Garmin GLO GPS Re­ceiver

Snowbirds & RV Travelers - - News & Reviews - BY BUDD STAN­LEY

To­days GPS maps for elec­tronic de­vices such as phones and tablets have come a long way in the last half-decade. Tablets like my iPad Air 2 come with GPS built in, how­ever not all de­vices have this fea­ture.

Not to worry, Garmin know a lit­tle some­thing about GPS con­nec­tiv­ity and have de­signed the GLO to be a smart phone or tablets best friend once you go off the grid. If you’re us­ing a map­ping app on a phone, tablet or lap­top that doesn’t have GPS, the Garmin GLO will al­low that app to see ex­actly where you are, no mat­ter how far away from civ­i­liza­tion you might be.

This lit­tle re­ceiver con­nects to both GPS and GLONASS satel­lites and then sends po­si­tion in­for­ma­tion via a Blue­tooth con­nec­tion to ei­ther a smart phone, tablet or lap­top com­puter. As long as it can see the sky, it will tell your map­ping pro­gram ev­ery­thing you need to know.

The GLO has pro­vided us with an ac­cu­rate sig­nal for about three months now. Its com­pact size and light weight al­lows it to be eas­ily tossed into a day pack and stays out of the way when placed up on the dash dur­ing use. The bat­tery is good for 12 hours, some­thing we’ve proven on a fairly long ex­pe­di­tion that took us well into the night.

Un­for­tu­nately, Garmin do not sup­ply any kind of lock down mount, only an anti-slip pad (so it likes to go shoot­ing across the dash on rough roads), and there is no weath­er­proof­ing. We con­nected ours to a GoPro mount keep­ing it dry and sta­ble in the wind­shield. Part Num­ber: 010-01055-15 Price: $129.99 www.garmin.ca

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