MaxiTracker contains a powerful battery with a capacity of 6000 milliampere hours (mAh). Just like with a mobile phone, the battery life varies depending on how often the product is used and in what way it is used; it is therefore not possible to give a universally accurate battery life. However, we can provide different calculation examples that show approximate battery life in different usage scenarios.
When we talk about battery life on the MaxiTracker, we mainly talk about activity and standby. Activity refers to the times when the product is active and reports location data to the live tracking service. This occurs when the product's built-in motion sensor senses a vibration, and for ten minutes after the last recorded vibration.
When the product has not noticed any movements / vibrations for ten consecutive minutes, the product switches to standby mode. In standby mode, the product's antennas are turned off and no data is reported to the live tracking service.
Note that this, as well as our calculations on battery life, assumes that you have aggressive power saving mode activated. If you switch off the power saving mode, the standby mode does not work, thus shortening the battery life.
Battery Life - Estimation:
- Standby time *: 3 years
- Constant activity **: 100 hours
- 1 hour activity per day: 100 days
- 30 minutes activity per day: 200 days
* This means that the product is practically never activated, and most of the time sits idle in the vehicle.
** This means that the product is constantly in motion.
Factors that can negatively affect battery life
If you experience that the product's battery life does not match the above calculations, it is often due to one of the following reasons:
- Improper movements
- Non-optimal signal strength
Improper movements refers to events in which when the motion sensor is triggered due to external circumstances rather than actual movement. It could be, for example, that people accidentally bump into the object to an extent, which can often be prevented by adjusting the location of the device, or that the product is mounted in a boat that is in the water and sways.
That a boat sways when it is in the water is not something that can be prevented, and this can thus result in reduced battery life. What you can try to do in such a situation is to adjust the position in the boat so that the product feels the heels of the boat to a lesser extent.
Non-optimal signal strength refers to the product having poor signal strength and therefore needs to "work harder" to establish contact with satellites and mobile masts. You can fix this by adjusting the product placement.