Gadgets March 1, 2021
I have lost track of the number of times I have been calling one of my fur babies to come in for the night only to have my anxiety build with every minute I don’t see their fluffy face appear over the fence.
In my mind kitty has gone, jumped into the nearest delivery van and is halfway across the country, however when I put my coat and shoes on, grab a can of treats and head out to find them nine times out of ten they pop up just mere metres away. If you have a four-legged friend who acts in a similar way and you don’t want to get a reputation by peering into the neighbour’s gardens looking for them the Girafus Pro-Track-Tor Pet Tracker might be an ideal solution. The Pro-Track-Tor is suitable for both cats and dogs, it uses a safe 2.4GHz radio frequency technology that comes in the form of a small tag transmitter and a handheld base unit receiver. The tag weighs 8g with the battery installed and measures up at 38x25x11mm making it one of the smallest and lightest in this field, the base unit is 95x65x14mm making it comfortable to fit in the palm of your hand and slip into your pocket. The tag comes with a protective silicon splashproof sleeve, ideal for those pets who aren’t afraid of exploring in the wet.
The base unit can connect up to 4 individual tags, it comes with all the batteries you need as well as a Velcro strap to attach to the collar, a lanyard for the base unit and a mini screwdriver to secure the battery case. The tracker comes pre-configured, no complicated pairing or syncing processes, no apps to download or subscription fees, this is an ideal unit for someone looking for a simple and cost-effective approach. The tag offers up to 500 metres connection in a clear line of sight with a directional LED indicator that will show you the right direction to search area. There are also signal tones that will beep as you get closer to your pet, the audio can be switched off if you want a more discrete search, the smart sleep mode helps conserve the battery giving it up to two months use, we would love for the Tag to be rechargeable to save replacing the batteries rather regularly. The Pro-Track-Tor Pet Tracker is a light weight, low cost and fuss free way to find your pet when they are playing silly buggers, as it uses RF technology instead of GPS the signal isn’t as effective over long distances, it is best suited for cats and dogs that don’t wander too far but like to play hide and seek. RRP £72.99- £111.39 (1-4 transmitters)
- Low cost
- Light and compact tag
- Track up to 4 pets from one base unit
- Directional tracking with LED and audio indicators
- Uses safe 2.4GHz RF technology
- Splash resistant case
- Smart sleep mode
- Ready to go out of the box
- Zero subscriptions, apps or complicated connectivity
- Batteries require replacing regularly
- Struggles in built up areas
- Limited range