Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger - Part 1 - Unboxing

Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger – Part 1 – Unboxing 7

TripLogik GPS Tracker BoxToday I received the new TL1000 GPS mileage logger from TripLogik that I talked about in my earlier blog, GPS Logging – The Best Way to Track Business Mileage. It came shipped from Canada, so allow for the $21 shipping cost.  I initially wonder if there is a less expensive shipping option, as my earlier GPS logger (Milo by SatLogix) didn’t charge me any shipping fee.  Although the unit cost was $30 higher.  Perhaps SatLogix just built the price of shipping into the unit.

The unit arrived well packaged, and it took about 10 days to receive it.  I don’t often receive packages from other countries, but this is probably about average for shipping time during the busy holiday season.  I’d expect for a 3-5 shipping time outside of the holidays.

Unboxing

Triplogik Package ContentsI was happy to see that the device came with all the extras I could possibly need.  You’ll notice in the box is the actual device, which is smaller than what I imagined.  It’s smaller than a hockey puck, and encased in a metal — aluminum I think.  It feels like a very solid device, which I appreciate.  It has a single rubberized button, which will also light up or flash to indicate various states.  From my limited reading thus far, you use the button to set the trip type (personal or business) and to tell the device if you start a ‘new’ trip without stopping the vehicle for at least 5 minutes. You’ll notice several cords are included in the package.  The preferred way to install the device in your vehicle is using the included OBD II cable.  All vehicles built later than 2006 include a port under the dash that you can plug the device into to receive power.  This will keep your cigarette lighter port free and also provide uninterrupted power.
OBD II is a diagnostic port used to troubleshoot vehicle problems, but it also can be used to power accessories.  This device only uses the pins in the OBD II port which provide power, it can’t access your vehicle computer.
Of course  now you are asking 1) my car is older than 2006, or 2) I already use my OBD II port for something else.  TripLogik covers you there by sending a cigarette lighter adapter.  You can use the included cord which syncs the device with your computer also to plug directly into the cigarette lighter adapter.

So, essentially, you want to power the device in one of the two provided ways, and then place the device on the dash of your vehicle.  To do this they provide a removable ‘sticky’ pad which will hold the GPS logger in place.  The directions on the website says that when the pad loses its ‘sticky’-ness that you can simply wash it with water and it will be as good as new. TripLogik BrochureOne thing that was conspicuously missing from the package was any type of installation instructions.  The blue paper you see in the picture is a brochure explaining the device and what it does.  I did find that there was a manual included with the software that you download from the website, and the manual is also available as a direct PDF download from the website.  I would guess that TripLogik did not want to include a printed manual to keep costs down, which is fine in todays digital age.  I would have liked to have seen a CD included with the software and the manual.  Again, these are easily available for download on the TripLogik website — it just seems like the package would be more complete if it was included.

Final Impressions

The TripLogik package is very well put together, and the hardware seems to be very sturdy.  The included cables that you can use to power the device enable to you place it pretty much anywhere you need to.  I’m excited to get to try the device out over the next several days.  In Part 2 of my review you’ll get my impressions on installing and using the device in my vehicle. If you’d like to find out more about the TL1000 GPS Logger from TripLogik check out their website. Read Part 2 of this review: Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger – Part 2

7 thoughts on “Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger – Part 1 – Unboxing

  1. Reply Maciek Feb 25,2013 8:44 am

    Hi, thanks for a nice review… Just wondering, how do you know that it’s actually working, say for a month of logging ? What if you end up with syncing to the computer and first than find out that it has only logged fx. 2 trips of 120 possible trips that you made this month ?
    What happens if power is lost for some reason (perhaps a fuse).. is there a battery backup ? Do you get any audible signal from the unit, to know that it’s working ?

    And lastly.. how precise is it, and do you know how it compares against some of those android GPS logging programs out there ?

    • Randy Young Reply Randy Young Feb 25,2013 8:58 am

      There are audible alerts on the unit, and if it loses signal the light on the device starts flashing. I have rarely had it lose signal, but it picks it up again quickly (and then the light stops flashing). That usually happens around tall buildings. If the power goes out it will give an audible alert and the light on top will go out. No battery backup, this is a very small device — but I have had no need for that, and the current it draws is so low that I don’t think it would blow a fuse.

      It is pretty darn accurate, more-so than cellphone GPS devices because those use cell towers (A-GPS) to triangulate position typically, and this device uses actual GPS satellite monitoring. I’ve been happy with the device, and I have used several. Much, much, better solution than using cell phone apps.

  2. Reply jk Apr 10,2013 10:19 am

    I am considering buying one of these to track business mileage. Would you still recommend it? I am having a hard time finding any similar passive obd gps products without monthly fees and the triplogik sounds great, but I can’t find any other reviews on the product (besides yours). It is a significant enough investment to want to double check on your recommendation :) You are using it in the United States, right?

    • Randy Young Reply Randy Young Apr 10,2013 10:21 am

      Yes I am in the US, and I use the device daily. It’s the best solution I’ve found, and the company is very responsive to questions. The best thing is that the data resides on your computer, so if the company goes out of business everything still works. And no fees :)

      BTW, if you purchase the device – and use one of the links here in the article I’ll get a few bucks. It helps pay for hosting costs.

    • Reply Maciek Apr 10,2013 10:28 am

      I’ve purchased one of these…
      One concern is if you park your car in a deep under a building garage. Every day when I drive from home, my unit spends 30secs to 3 minutes to catch a signal, even though it’s supposed to be active all the time during the night.
      No possibility to edit trips, if you get them wrong by fx. not waiting for a fix.
      If you forget to split a trip when in the car, you will not have a possibility to do this later, on the computer.
      Because my car lives in a garage, and I don’t like to wait for a fix, my automatic “home” location is my entire street which is about 1km long.
      You can email me, if you have further questions xplainit@gmail.com

      • Randy Young Reply Randy Young Apr 10,2013 11:07 am

        Maciek, I do have this issue when I leave parking garages — but I had the same issue with the last device I used as well. I think it’s a technology issue. If you find anything else that works better (for a similar cost) please let me know!

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