Choosing the best personal GPS tracker for different purposes may be difficult. Whether you are looking for dementia, kids, pets or hiking adventures we have summarised the top 5 best Human Trackers on the market suitable under different circumstances.
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Personal GPS Tracker reviews
#1 Best for hiking – Spot GEN3 Satellite GPS Tracker
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Spot Gen3 is a hikers GPS human trackers which has a rugged outer shell to withstand outside harsh environments. Further it is waterproof and the support of a satellite phone system is outstanding. Unlike GPS trackers that rely on a cellular signal, the Spot works through a satellite phone line. Thus it broadcasts location data in places that most cellular GPS trackers are unreachable.
Preserving battery life is crucial whilst you’re on the move. The Spot complies on this with tracking motion. Subsequently, it sends updates while you’re on the move and does not send updates when you’re not.
Setting up the Spot is a simple and you can set out updates to go out at intervals of 5, 10, 30 and 60 minutes. You can even set adjust the update frequency down to as low as every 2.5 minutes should it be required in extreme conditions. Battery life varies by use frequency, but can go anywhere from seven days on four AAA batteries or as long as 156 days if used on 60-minute intervals with a 100 percent clear view of the sky. For the adventurer the Spot GEN3 is a must.
- Long Battery life
- No real time tracking
- Subscription required
Overall, the Spot GEN3 is excellent way to send “I’ve arrived at…” messages and the recipient gets the map coordinates with a link to a map and to google earth showing the location. It works great for keeping people informed when you’ve got no phone signal like in most of Snowdonia, Skye, the Scottish Highlands, the Lakes etc. Suitable human trackers for hiking.
Keep in mind that a basic service plan applies to activate the Spot GEN3. The plans cover SOS, help feature, check-in, custom message, basic tracking and motion related tracking.
#2 Best for Kids: V-Kids smartwatch by Vodaphone
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The V-Kids smartwatch offers location tracking via GPS. Its important feature is the ability to exchange voice messages through the TCLMove app. The water resistant smartwatch can also send alerts to their parents phone by the press of an SOS button. This is however as long as the child is in an area where Vodafone’s network has coverage and there is GPS signal. Parents can also set Safe Zones. Whereby notifications go out to the parent’s phone when their child moves out of those safe zones.
- Accurate location determination.
- Ability to make calls.
- Only one game
Features smart watch functions. Your kid will be able to see the time, the weather, and reminders you’ve set for them, as well as play with the calculator, a silly voice changer and a very basic game. These features can be disabled through the app for your child to focus at school.
Overall, the V-Kids watch is simple human trackers, the location tracking works well, and the ‘school mode’ is useful feature.
#3 Best for elderly – Yepzon Freedom GPS tracker
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The Yepzon Freedom GPS tracker is a very tiny pendant-shaped wearable with accurate tracking and a built in SOS alert. It uses GPS, 3G networks by a built-in SIM card and Wi-Fi. This means that it tracks more accurately both indoors and out. Multiple caregivers can also follow any Yepzon One GPS unit.
Yepzon trackers don’t require an advance subscription or contract. You simply pay for the service as you use it and cancel when you wish. The cost of the 3G data your tracker uses is included in this.
The Yepzon can be worn around the neck and have instant access to the SOS function. Subsequently, allowing them to send an alert easily to their families.
The waterproof casing makes it suitable in case it’s worn in a pool or shower. The Yepzon is perfect for those who want to look after their parents and grandparents.
- Easy to use.
- SOS feature
- Indoor WI-FI positioner
- Battery life could be better
The Yepzon One has a clean design and a low monthly subscription cost making it ideal for your loved ones as suitable human trackers.
#4 Best for pets – Tractive Pet GPS Tracker
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The Tracker communicates location information to the app, which you can access on any device. The tracker allows you to set an allocated safe zone where your pet can freely move. Consequently, it sends a notification when your pet steps outside the defined range.
An important feature is that you can track your pet via the Tractive GPS app in the live tracking mode. You receive your pet’s location information in real time.
If the live tracking mode is off, the location update frequency depends on your pet’s level of activity and is not updated real time. You are able to view both your pet’s current position and previous locations. Due to Tractive GPS’ high accuracy and immediate update speed, you will locate your pet in no time.
- Works in over 150 world countries
- Unlimited communication range
- Live tracking mode
- Customisable safe zones
- Waterproof and shockproof
- Attractive design 12-month guarantee
- Free replacement during the service period
- Does not track activity
- Safe zone has a minimum range of 164 feet
- Not suitable for pets that weigh less than 9.9 pounds
- Subscription required of basic plan starting at £3.33 which includes GPS tracking and unlimited Live Tracking.
Tractive GPS is a fast, reliable, and accurate GPS pet tracker with additional useful tracking features. Instant notifications sent out when your pet steps outside the safe zone. Its main drawback is that it lacks tracking of your pets activities. However, there is an independent activity tracker on offer by the same company. You can easily use both devices at once.
#5 Best Budget Bluetooth Tracker – Tile Mate
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The Tile Mate is a suitable option for finding things in your home. It has a short range as it is a Bluetooth tracker. No monthly subscription required, and you simply download the app to get started. The tag will trigger the alarm when you press a button on the app. Further you can also press the button on the tag to make your phone ring. It’s really a very convenient device for when you can’t find your small items such as car keys. The battery should last you a full year. However you can’t recharge it or replace it.
- 150 Feet Range due to being Bluetooth tracker
The Tile mate tracker has become popular recently and while we can it can be useful it doesn’t have much range and isn’t’ ideal for all situation.
What is a personal GPS tracker?
Personal GPS tracker allows accurate pinpointing of ones location. GPS trackers come in various forms with extra features that ensures safety and security for particular situations such as dementia wondering.
What is a GPS tracker for kids?
Using a GPS tracker with your child can be easing to your mind. We recommend setting up predetermined safe zones thereby you receive alerts when your child leaves the safe zone. That way you’re not persistently checking the app and the battery will last longer. A gentle reminder remember a GPS tracker is no substitute for good parenting. We encourage you to talk to your children about safety, avoiding strangers and what to do in emergency situations.
What is a GPS Tracker for Pets?
A GPS pet tracker is a device that uses different technologies to keep track of pet’s locations. These trackers can be attached to your pet’s collars in order to provide real time tracking. This enables you to monitor the movements. With the new trackers nowadays you can pinpoint the exact location therefore making it easier for you to locate them in case they become lost or stolen. Some GPS trackers such as the Tractive PET GPS Tracker mentioned in the list even give an alert when your pet leaves a pre-determined safe zone.
How accurate is a Personal GPS tracker?
GPS trackers provide the most accurate information when it comes to tracking location of a vehicle, asset, person or pet. However in order to understand the GPS tracking accuracy it is imperative to understand the concept of how it works.
Vehicle tracking devices use Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. Thereby communicating with one of the many GPS satellites in orbit around the earth. Your GPS device is able to communicate with at least 4 different satellites at any given time. The device uses this communication to location information.
The accuracy of a personal GPS tracker can vary depending on various factors. For instance, for highly accurate data you will want to ensure you invest in the right device.
Other factors that can affect determination include position of the satellites, the weather, and the characteristics of the landscape. GPS tracking data can be compromised by:
- High buildings
- Being in a valley or surrounded by hills
- Being in a tunnel or garage
Fortunately, GPS tracking technology is becoming more intelligent. Thereby creating stronger connections between the satellites and the receivers that are less prone to disruptions.
What else do I look for in a good Personal GPS tracker?
GPS trackers use mobile phone signals and GPS satellites. Therefore you need to be in range of both GPS satellite and mobile signals for these to work. Other trackers use radio signal. Some indoor use trackers utilise wi-fi and bluetooth. The advantage of using a mobile phone signal is that, if you’re in the UK, coverage is pretty good and it can also be utilised abroad too.
Battery life can vary quite a bit depending on the use of the tracker, and other variables like phone signal. We have checked the battery life of all the GPS trackers reviewed and mentioned in our reviews.
Is it waterproof and resistant to rough handling? Durability is essential if its going to be worn for adventures such as hiking or around the neck of an adventurous pet.
A tracker using GPS, you will most likely have to pay a small monthly subscription fee for the 2G/3G service.
Value for money
We always review products giving consideration to their value for money. We review a range of devices to suit all budgets and functionalities however we welcome feedback for any we have missed.