Bad Elf Dongle Adds GPS Via Lighting Port

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When I ordered a Retina iPad mini, I went for the cellular version – and not only because it means I can get online anywhere without draining my iPhone’s battery by tethering. I got it for the GPS, which is pretty fantastic to have when traveling, especially in the (big) pocket-sized mini.

But if you didn’t have the foresight to spend the extra $130 on a cellular, you can now spend that exact same $130 on a dongle that adds GPS through the Lightning port.

The Bad Elf GPS for Lightning Connector connects to the Lightning port of any modern iOS device, including the iPod Touch, which doesn’t have a native GPS option. Once plugged in you can use any app just like you would if you had a GPS inside the iDevice.

Worried about battery drain? You should be. But at least you can plug the thing in when you’re using it, thanks to a microUSB socket on the unit which will let you plug it into a charger while you’re in a car, for example.

I tried a similar unit on an old iPod Touch, years ago, and it worked great. But unless you never, ever plan to take your iPad outside your home, I’d spring for the extra $130 when you buy it. You never know when you might need an accurate map, or a connection to the internet.

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