The usage of a low power GPS chipset allows uninterrupted logging for 32 hours. If you are happy with that feature set then the DG is certainly worth considering. It does not have a bluetooth module, and the integrated USB cable is primarily used to transfer the log data, to configure the device, and to charge the batteries. The screen also tells you how much memory is used. On the side of the device is the mode switch. Mode switching should be seamless, and I hope Globalsat can implement that in a future version. So, let’s look for something else that differentiates this device from the other data loggers on the market.

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The logger would still be in standby mode, with a GSM module powered by the solar cell, so that you could wake it up and configure it via SMS I don’t think I like that approach – I would want to be able to start a new track by power cycling the device like it is done on the Wintec WBT On the side of the device is the mode switch.

Specifications Here are the details that are listed in the user manual. The back of the unit shows the connector for the belt clip.

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I will change the mode to log by distance and specify a smaller distance, otherwise I will never fill up that memory The DG is not watertight. Looking rather square-ish it will certainly not win any prices for good looks, although the overall design is not too shabby either.

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Have any globalsag about this review? First you need to install the driver for the USB-to-serial bridge. They are not entirely accurate.

The usage of a low power GPS chipset allows uninterrupted logging for 32 hours. Even then they hold another 8 hours before finally giving in. But for now you can end up with multiple tracks per journey, and true to Murphy only one track at a time can be exported to Google Earth.

GlobalSat DG GPS data logger review

The screen also tells you how much memory is used. This is a sure recipe for confusion and lost data.

If you are happy with that feature set then the DG is certainly worth considering. I would expect gllbalsat future data loggers could be equipped with solar cells to extend the battery life more. Instead, you need to install the CPx driver, again either from the web or from the provided CD.

Note that there is no option to specify if you want to overwrite old data. That user guide is on the provided CD. This makes it completely impossible udb use the DG in a fixed car installation scenario.

That’s very nice but you don’t really know what these modes represent until you read the user guide.

The data logger program comes on the included CD but can also be downloaded from Globalsat’s website. This means a permanent in-car installation is not possible. The A,B and C modes can be used to log either by distance or by time. This is one of the weak points of the device – whenever you change settings you need to restart the DG The battery compartment cover is not overly user friendly, and did not survive a little drop oops either.

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Switching the device off while connected to USB is not easy either – it is not really clear if you actually managed to switch the device off or not because the LEDs are overridden by the applied power. You can select between modes A, B and C.

Also, an ultra low power or maybe even mechanical motion sensor could be fitted to switch the logging off when the device has been stationary for a longer time. Here you select the COM port that was assigned to the device at the time of installing the CP driver. Submit A Support Request. The DG is powered by two AA batteries. Carrying the DG on the belt is possible but due to the size of the device this is not overly convenient.