Bad Elf Dongle Adds GPS To Non-Cellular iDevices

Bad Elf Dongle Adds GPS To Non-Cellular iDevices

Neat. This $99 dongle adds GPS to your Wi-Fi-only iDevices.

Bad Elf is the first Apple approved, direct connect GPS accessory for the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. The Bad Elf delivers high performance location awareness through a 66 Channel, 10 Hz capable, WAAS compatible (SBAS/EGNOS/MSAS) GPS receiver.

The Bad Elf GPS feeds latitude, longitude, altitude, heading, speed and universal time into Apple’s Core Location Services for any GPS enabled app to use. By plugging into the Apple 30-pin dock connector found on the iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad, the Bad Elf GPS quickly extends the usability of GPS enabled apps that need accurate GPS data. The Bad Elf GPS does not rely on cell tower-assisted GPS to achieve a lock or determine position.

(http://www.drivengps.com/Bad-Elf-GPS-w-CoPilot-p/gd124545-co.htm)

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  • GrangerFX

    I prefer the Dual Bluetooth GPS. It has its own battery so it won’t drain your iPhone or iPad like the BadElf. A Bluetooth GPS does not need to plug in so it won’t damage your connector if you set it down wrong. It will also still work if you upgrade your device to one with a lightning connector. You can put the Dual GPS close to your window and have the iOS device anywhere else in your car and get perfect receiption. It also works on a plane up near the window. Don’t make a bad (elf) mistake!

  • hanhothi

    I prefer the Dual Bluetooth GPS. !

    Problem with the Dual Bluetooth GPS is the app needed to drive it has been blocked in the latest iOS so it does not work. Bad news!

  • hanhothi

    The problem with any of these add on GPS units such the Elf or the Dual BlueTooth is they cost much the same as the difference between the Wifi and cellular versions of the iPad. Then Apple blocks them (as they have done with the Dual) and you are stuffed. Money wasted. I already have two BlueTooth GPS units, none of them work with crApple’s kit because Apple don’t want them to!

    The next iPad I will buy will be cellular, just to get the GPS. The iPhone HAS GPS so why buy the Elf for that?

  • ventura

    Didn’t TomTom have the car GPS mount for ipod ages ago? This had a gps pickup to use with their app. So maybe not the first.

  • MercuryFumes
    I prefer the Dual Bluetooth GPS. !

    Problem with the Dual Bluetooth GPS is the app needed to drive it has been blocked in the latest iOS so it does not work. Bad news!

    I have no problems using the Dual app on the latest version of iOS. Maybe you should try it again before ranting?

  • gg66

    I have an Emprum’s UltiMate GPS since more than one year and like the Bad Elf is also Apple approved and has the same functionalities. Works well with my iPad. It works also with my iPhone in airplane mode to know where I am when I take the plane.

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