The Great Big SPOT Thread

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by John E Davies, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. BrzGSAdv

    BrzGSAdv Adventurer

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    Hi mates... using a SPOT 2 and planning a long trip next week. I want to buy some extra batteries for this 10-day trip as I will be riding solo.

    Anything you know against using rechargeable lithium batteries with SPOT? I live in Brazil and those seem easier to find (as people buy them to use in digital cameras, etc) than disposable...

    Thx a lot for the help!
  2. VietHorse

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    Rechargeable lithium battery may be the best options. Unless you can mod your Spot to connect with your bike power outlet as what I did to my previous GoPro.
  3. TravellingStrom

    TravellingStrom Been here awhile

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    A set of non rechargeable will last a few weeks of continuous tracking
  4. TXjames

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  5. BruceI

    BruceI Been here awhile

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    New to Iphone, have had a Spot since 2009. Wondering if there is an app the equivalent to a bookmark that would allow my wife to check my location on her phone instead of a computer. Not sure what the Spot connect app is all about, but seems more complicated than what I'm looking for. Suggestions?
  6. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    You need the connect app to interface with your device, she needs the spot app to view your location. I think the spotwalla gives a better map for viewing on iPhone, just my personal taste.
    I'm not sure if you just had her log into your acct and bookmark that page how it would look?
    On the spot app the screen is to cluttered And the actual map is tiny, that's why I like spotwalla.
    Hope this makes sense, I'm on my phone and don't have my spot handy.

    Sorry didn't read 2009 you have a ver 1 or 2 so you only need the spot app or spotwalla.
  7. TXjames

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    +1. The Spot website is awful to unusable on mobile. Create a Spotwalla page and your wife will be able to view your tracks.
  8. dacrazyrn

    dacrazyrn ED RN Adventurer

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  9. Sir Dave

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    Am taking a two week ride in 5 weeks. Long story short between all the other things that go into making sure every last detail has been addressed I have left the SPOT to last. And honestly, I just flat do not have the time to read this entire thread to learn what is the best unit, easiest unit, etc.. SO I am asking for the advice of those already in the know. In the little time I have had to read I am leaning toward the SPOT CONNECT. My wife is not a computer guru, so I need an easy interface for her (Spotwalla looks to be the choice here) my son is going with me (40 years old and great rider) and I know his wife would appreciate knowing he is ok and his kids would probably like to follow daddy as we travel this great route. Also 4 other guys on the ride...so the more riders the greater the chance of something going wrong......anyway....you all know that...so once again guys....I would truly truly appreciate any information you may provide...my brain is mush....and....yes....I am looking for the direct route to the mountain top....your recommendations please!
    Thanks,

    dave
  10. Pine Sol

    Pine Sol Been here awhile

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    hello,

    sorry for the last minute, questions....
    i fly to korea tomorrow morning to start my ride,

    i have a spot gen2, first time, just activated, and cant for the life of me figure out how to change the tracking intervals? i want 30 or 60min updates (to make the batteries last)

    cheers
    ed
  11. HardWorkingDog

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    I'd recommend a SPOT 2 over the Connect. Less "issues." Simple.

    Can't change tracking interval.

    Hold the power button down for 5 seconds--just keep holding it down until the light goes off. :evil
  12. DangerMoney

    DangerMoney Loud Helmets Save Lives

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    +1. Just push the power and track buttons on the unit and it works.
  13. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    I would agree with others and if you want simple, don't get the SPOT Connect. The SPOT 2 is probably the easiest to use. The SPOT 3 probably is fine too, but its still pretty new and haven't seen any reviews on it yet.

    I'm partial to the SPOT 1 for its awesome battery life, but the combination OK/Tracking button throws people off.
  14. Sir Dave

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    Great...thanks everyone...this is just what I needed...the Spot 2 it is...wow...thanks again!
    Ride Safe
    dave
  15. Sir Dave

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    Hey guys..got SPOT2....have some questions:
    1. Purchased GEOS SPOT insurance...in the event of an SOS call the costs are covered by having this insurance. This is my understanding..please correct/comment if I need to be enlightened.
    2. I am the only one in our group of six who currently has the GEOS coverage..I am reading others in the group can purchase the insurance and attach themselves to the ID # of my SPOT....right?
    3. Purchased the SPOT assist package....if I break down push the assist button and they send out a tow truck....Right!?!?!....comments? Did I screw up?
    4. Does anyone know if pushing the Spot Assist button for a tow I will owe additional fees beside the usual tow fees etc.?
    5, I did not purchase the tracking feature...wow that is $$$..anyway I read that I could invite friends to watch the progress of the trip on a SPOT shared page..which because I have declined the tracking package will only display my location at time of "OK" message transmissions. Am I understanding this correctly?
    Thanks guys....I look forward to seeing what you think and what I may have missed.
    Ride Safe
    dave
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  16. 1200gsceej

    1200gsceej Long timer

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    Reminder.
    There is an ADV location page in Spotwalla.
    If you have a SPOT device you:
    1. might want a Spotwalla account if you don't have one.
    2. might want to join the ADV location page.
    See this thread for details.
    -ceej

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    if this has been posted here before, then consider it a BUMP!
  17. UnclebudinTX

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    5, I did not purchase the tracking feature...wow that is $$$..anyway I read that I could invite friends to watch the progress of the trip on a SPOT shared page..which because I have declined the tracking package will only display my location at time of "OK" message transmissions. Am I understanding this correctly?
    Thanks guys....I look forward to seeing what you think and what I may have missed.
    Ride Safe
    dave[/COLOR][/COLOR][/QUOTE]

    I would not have passed on this option.. it is nice to go back and review you route after the trip via the bread crumbs track. On spot walla they are there for a long time im not sure how long.... also with tracking you're wife or gf can log in and see where you are and avoid those cell phone calls of when you going to be home... being able to share my trips via tracking has added a new dimension to my riding, for example at lunch the other day I told some guys about recent trip to Colorado over the weekend, I can never remember the road number or every small town we went through . So I pulled up spotwalla on the ole smart phone and just showed them... the tracking gives my wife peace of mind about my riding long distances alone or even with a group. She called my cell one time to tell me I was on the wrong road..I had just stopped to get map out so I had already figured that out.. dam elpaso tx get me turned around even with a zumo gps..
  18. TXjames

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    Don't forget a track log just might save your ass when you're too crippled to get to the Spot and push the button. Whomever you instruct to check your Spot(walla) page should know you're not camping in a ditch and be able to send assistance.
  19. UnclebudinTX

    UnclebudinTX Been here awhile

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    My trip to Colorado two weeks ago involved me going "offroad" in a non intentional way... some nice people stopped to see if I was ok... and insisted on calling 911 ... 911 couldnt figure out where we were and we had no idea till a local stopped and gave us an location. I didnt even think about hitting the spot rescue button till we had it figured out... I guess that proves the point that "tracking" is a good thing to have.. I was checked out by ems and released .. completed the trip another 800 miles with what turned out to be a few broken ribs... still in first few minutes of the accident it never crossed my mind to hit the rescue button...just imagine had I been alone , knocked out.......
  20. GarrettRB

    GarrettRB Bike Nerd

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    Is the new spot 3 better at getting a satellite signal than the spot 2? I just want something simple to send an OK messages once in a while and call for help. The only difference I see with the 3 is better tracking which isn't a big deal to me. A better signal would be more comforting though. The 2 is about half the price of the 3.