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Old 27-01-2013, 10:44   #1
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Adding GPS to Wifi-only Ipad

Hi, all. I am one of those folks that bought a wifi-only ipad. Now to make my navigation programs work properly, I need to add a plugin GPS unit. Has anybody used on of these units?

I am attaching a link to one for sale on ebay. Amazon.com: Bad Elf 1000 30-Pin iPod/iPhone/iPad GPS Receiver: GPS & Navigation

Please let me know if you have any experience with this type of add on.

Cheers, Bill
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Old 27-01-2013, 11:09   #2
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Re: Adding GPS to Wifi-only Ipad

You should get plenty help very soon, this is a very common remedy for wi-fi only ipads.
Personally I'd rather buy a used 3g/gps ipad to maintain the convenient portability of the ipad, watt usage, airtight waterproff cases, etc.
Craigslist has many cheap afordable ipads, I'd think you could get an ipad 2 3g 16 or 32 gig for $150-$300.
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Old 27-01-2013, 12:01   #3
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Bad Elf works well on my wifi only iPad. 110$
It has a small plug in cable to run it off a 12v
receptacle. Quick acquisition strong signals. Using it with Navionics charting. Great so far!
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:52   #4
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Re: Adding GPS to Wifi-only Ipad

After reading some reviews I got a Dual XGPS150 bluetooth GPS for our i-Pad. We've used it cruising in the Bahamas and since we're taking a (forced) break from cruising have found it works well in a small rental boat and with Google maps for car navigation.
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Old 14-02-2013, 21:04   #5
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I have two cheapest-available-at-the-time Bluetooth GPS devices from eBay and both have been flawless for years.
Gps is simple tech - hard to go wrong.
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I use Dual Electronics XGPS150 to augment GPS receiver already built into my iPad. Better signal, fewer disruptions due to iPad being moved, turned upside down, etc.
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Re: Adding GPS to Wifi-only Ipad

Any comments on the Bluetooth GLO portable GPS receiver?
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Re: Adding GPS to Wifi-only Ipad

There are glonas capable GPS and normal GPS. That's about it. The cheapest gps on eBay is the same as the most expensive... We're talking about 30 year old technology now. At sea, you're not likely to have sky-view issues like you would in a valley in the mountains or in a city.

Anything more than 12 channel is a dodge because you're unlikely to get more than 12 in the sky at one time, and even if you did, it won't help your HDOP much if at all.
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Re: Adding GPS to Wifi-only Ipad

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There are glonas capable GPS and normal GPS. That's about it. The cheapest gps on eBay is the same as the most expensive... We're talking about 30 year old technology now. At sea, you're not likely to have sky-view issues like you would in a valley in the mountains or in a city.

Anything more than 12 channel is a dodge because you're unlikely to get more than 12 in the sky at one time, and even if you did, it won't help your HDOP much if at all.
hmm.. you can get 12 from GPS alone! We'll have 3-4 constellations soon so I say go for the 25+ channel units. The Dual GPS has a good rep for the iPad.
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25 channels... Only if it doesn't cost any more. Otherwise you're wasting your money. Your HDOP will be what it will be at 12 and won't get much better. what you want sub-1m accuracy on a boat for I have no idea.
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Another vote for Dual XGPS150. It will work on the Ipad, windows bluetooth devices and a bunch more stuff.
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