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Dual Electronics XGPS150A Universal Bluetooth GPS Receiver for iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone and Other Smartphones, Tablets and Laptops Now with 12-28V adapter for cars, boats and airplanes

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Product Features
Wirelessly adds GPS to iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone and other Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops
Allows your device to be used with most apps that require GPS, including apps for car and marine navigation, golfing, geocaching, hiking, GPS tracking, cycling, running, social networking and more.
Rechargeable battery lasts up to 8.5 hours of continuous use and charges via the included USB cable
Small portable design. 2.25" x 2.25" x .75". Works anywhere in the world
Includes new 12V-30V DC charger, a non-slip pad for use in a plane, car or boat, and an adjustable strap to attach to a backpack or to use as an armband
Technical Details
Full charge lasts for at least 8.5 hours of continuous use
WAAS/EGNOS compatible
65-channel SkyTraq GPS chipset
Fast location acquisition times: under 30 seconds (warm or cold start)
Maximum altitude: 18,000 m / 59,000 ft


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Bluetooth Car kit

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  • Randy H.
  • 9/3/2012 8:48:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent GPS Add-On

Pros: Connects quickly with bluetooth to iOS & laptop. Works with most GPS mobile Apps. Accrate GPS readings. Holds Signal. Works in pocket & inside many buildings. 7 to 8 hr battery use & battery still strong after nearly a year of heavy use. Saves device battery. Small & solid build. Very functional Dash Holder & Arm Band. Greatly multiples value of your devices. No "dongle" issues. Placement versatility.

Cons: • As with all Bluetooth radios; interference from other rf devices in close proximity may cause failure of connection or disconnection. Yet, that problem is not hard to avoid.

• You do have to launch the free Dual App first to verify satellite connection, before you use your navigation or tracking app. It only takes a minute, so not a problem. All GPS units take a minute or longer to sync-up with the constellation.

• I can't find any info on cracking the case for a battery replacement (when needed).

• Be sure and verify that your favorite GPS app works with this receiver. If it doesn't, you will likely find another with comparable functionality.

Other Thoughts: I buy lots of gadgets – this Dual receiver, although not cheap, is well engineered and a very worthwhile purchase for Apple mobile device owners.
My PC is without Bluetooth, so I can't verify Windowz issues. I use this almost daily with Navigon for highway use and Motion X for back country with iPad (Wi-Fi), and MapMyWALK with Touch-Pod.
Highly recommend .

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/5/2012 3:29:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsreview 2

Pros: still none

Cons: after much work on my part i did manage to get this gps to work somewhat with windows had to put in updates for windows firmware for xgps 150a.Still does not work for more than 3 min. then drops out.The rubber holder was ripped right out of the box. Just can not give a good rating to something this bad.

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  • Edward F.
  • 7/3/2012 11:41:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsdiamond in the rough

Pros: Simple setup - device was out of the box and working within 5 minutes on an IPhone. Simple instructions for IOS users.

Cons: Windows 7 users - you have to install the latest Prolific USB-Serial drivers to use this device. Windows will not get them automatically, and if it does, they are more than likely outdated. Outdated drivers will result in intermittant communication errors. It'll work, but not very well.

On to the firmware update - I bought this to work with Harry's Lap Timer, so I needed to reflash to get the 5Hz update rate (look on Dual's FAQ page - it's the only link I found to the firmware update). Windows 7 users - DO NOT DO THIS UPDATE UNLESS YOU HAVE THE LATEST PROLIFIC SERIAL DRIVER!!!. The driver link in the update instructions went to a 404 page.

Mine took a couple of tries to get the new firmware loaded... at one point I thought I turned it into a brick! Had to take it apart and disconnect the battery to recover.

The MFC app they use to reflash will show a lot of errors and retrys - be patient! It'll eventually program.

Other Thoughts: Overall I'm very happy with the device. Not so happy with the tech support (still waiting for them to get back to me)

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/27/2012 5:34:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJUNK

Pros: none

Cons: this is a ripoff it says that it works with laptops running windows 7 it does not i called microsoft they said to me that no software will work well with this xgps150 and windows 7.i tried to return it to newegg and was told i could not.i had to deal with a company they got it from talk about passing the buck.Well iam closing my account with newegg after manny years of buying computer parts for good .

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