Bad Elf 2200 GPS Pro Review

The Bad Elf GPS Pro is a handheld GPS device that functions like a datalogger and a receiver, designed to connect with iPhone, iPad, and iPOD products. As simple as it may look, it has an array of applications stacked up within, that lets you share your location with your entire crew, family, passengers or anyone with a similar device.

The looks of the device consist of a large LCD screen that has metrics to measure location, speed, heading, altitude and GPS lock position.

You have the ability to lock your coordinates with the press of a button at the start of your journey, and then transfer the log to your device at the end. The icing on the cake is that the device is immune to water, making it totally compatible for the ardent adventure-seeker.

Features

  • High-contrast backlit display (100pixels X 64pixels)
  • Waterproof capability – 30 mins under 1m under water
  • Connects to 5 Apple devices
  • Battery life from 16 hours to 32 hours when connected or when in standalone
  • Stores 100+ hours of tracking data
  • 10Hz reporting data

Pros

  • Rugged and splash-proof design
  • Incredible Battery Life
  • Works in perfect precision even at high altitudes
  • Large backlit LCD display, enabling night time usage
  • Bluetooth connected
  • High Capacity Datalogger
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Only supports iOS devices. Android devices do not coordinate well with the GPS signal
  • Battery replacement is tough and tricky as it requires you to open the device and change them.
  • Cannot download trip data into non-iOS devices
  • Battery health status displays incorrectly at times

Summary

From what we’ve seen so far, the Bad Elf 2200 GPS Pro is the best device available to provide accurate and precise information at high altitudes. Apparently, the signal can reach over thousands of feet above the atmosphere, indicating relevant position and information even if the user is stationed at a horizontal or vertical axis at the location.

Now, although it doesn’t go so well with a few popular Android devices, its ability to function so well with an iOS device, compels you to buy one of these beauties. All of these features comes home in a small, resilient package that fits in the palm of your hand. It weighs about 3.2 ounces and is priced close to $150 on Amazon. This is probably the best and the most affordable device of its kind.

Comparison

There a lot of products these days, that let your receive and track GPS locations. As a customer, it is your right to reserve your money for the best. Each device has its own unique feature that makes you want to choose it. Here is a quick comparison between the Bad-Elf Pro and the Dual XGPS 160.

Both devices are GPS enabled with 10Hz WAAS/EGNOS compatible. The Dual X is slightly less heavy than the Bad Elf, weighing just 2.6 ounces. Both devices are housed with a lithium ion battery, but in this area, the Bad Elf scores above the Dual X with a higher battery life.

The Dual X has lesser number of features such as Bluetooth and GPS indicators. The Bad Elf has a lot of features including LCD Screen, displays latitude and longitude, altitude, heading and speed. Both devices connect and get charged via Bluetooth and USB respectively.

While the Bad Elf is only compatible with iOS devices, the Dual X is compatible with Apple, Android, and Windows devices. The Dual X also comes with a Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS), while the Bad Elf doesn’t support one. Both devices can pair with five other devices simultaneously.  Both of them update routes at an update rate of 10 per second.

The Bad Elf also has an advanced version – the Bad Elf Pro + that is slightly higher priced and has a lot more features than this bad boy.

Both of these products are priced close to $150.

Verdict

If you’re an ardent adventurer and would like to go geocaching into the woods from time to time, the Bad Elf 2200 GPS Pro can be your best friend in need. The device locks on into your location in no time, uses very little battery juice, is very compact and has a very simple user interface that will sweep you off your feet.

The best part of the Bad Elf is how strong its readings are, even under very difficult circumstances. Weighing only 3.2 ounces, it behaves like a pocket-friendly device, designed to take you to your destination.

If you’re a commercial fisherman, and you have a regular spot, get ready to be blown away by how accurately this device can take you to your coordinates with no sweat. Customers have reviewed that the Bad Elf picks up coordinates on places, which even the Garmin Glo or the Dual X don’t recognize.

What it does well is add an extra level of accuracy and reliability for all your Apple devices without cellular data or GPS.

So in closing, if you need a device that will keep you safe during an adventure or an ordeal, the Bad Elf is by far the best.