Battery Life Estimator

Battery life automatically estimated based on temperature and GPS schedule (all products)

One of the most important user software features is battery life estimator. As you create GPS schedules, the software estimates battery life for you.  However, there are several factors that influence battery life. Firstly, the interval between GPS positioning attempts is a big one. We had a client in Australia publish a paper about this very thing.

In addition, GPS timeout has a huge effect on battery life. Although 20 years ago, when we first started working with GPS, things were different. Then, GPS receivers had few channels. Also, antennas for GPS were not nearly as good as they are now. As a result, it could take much longer to acquire GPS signals. But those days are long gone. No more are we in the days when a 240 GPS timeout is needed.  Use the battery life estimator and begin with a 60-second timeout.

The advertising interval has an effect to a lesser degree.  Most noteworthy is the mean temperature during the deployment.

Temperature and Battery Life

Although people tend not to think about the temperature in relation to battery life.  But in reality, it is a huge factor. The entire battery process relies upon chemicals. And chemicals do different things at different temperatures.  Therefore, we use a temperature setting in our battery life estimator.  We believe it is important to include temperature rather than leave it out of the calculation.

The Telemetry Solutions user software provides a conservative battery life estimate. Chiefly, our software assumes that the GPS timeout is always reached.  However, in the field this is unlikely. Consequently, battery life estimates may seem conservative. We hope that you will follow the battery life estimator.  Due to its importance, if you have any questions at all about it we want to hear from you.  The more product knowledge that you have the more likely you will succeed.

For more information please feel free to contact us!

Product Comparison

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S=Standard Feature  O=Optional Feature


Weight Range5g-20g6g-50g20g-100g130g-250g
Suitable Animalsbirds, bats, and other tiny mammalssmall lizards, tortoises, turtles, frogs, very small mammalsanimals that weight at least 500 gramsfoxes, Tasmanian Devils
Data Recovery MethodUHF WirelessUHF WirelessUHF WirelessSatellite
Data Transfer Rangeup to 30kmup to 50mup to 30kmglobal
Drone Data DownloadingSSSN/A
Base Station Battery Life2 days5 days2 daysN/A
Base Station External PowerSN/ASN/A
Change GPS Schedule in FieldSSSS
Drop OffN/AOOO
VHF TransmitterOOSS
Activity LoggerSSSS
Factory SealedSSSS
Best in Habitat TypeOpen-LightAnyAnyAny
GPS Precision ControlSSSS
Temperature SensorSSSS
Light SensorN/AON/AN/A
Custom DesignSSSS
Discount Price EligibleSSSS
Refurbishment AvailableSSSS

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