where on a car is it installed? is the device hard wired if so how does that work?
- Asked by Wanda H from Red Boiling Springs
- Aug 27, 2012
PocketFinder GPS Vehicle Locator (Powered by LBT)
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The PocketFinder Vehicle can be hardwired to the battery of a vehicle or to a vehicle's fuse box. The installation is very easy (takes about 5 minutes), but the company recommends that customers have the devices installed by automotive professionals or stereo shop.
Once the device is hardwired to a power source, it can be physically installed just about anywhere in the vehicle. But for best results, the device should not be installed next to the motor. A good installation spot is under the dashboard or behind the rear tail light.
- Answered by Gregory H from Irvine
- Aug 28, 2012
Yes, the device is hard wired. One wire for power and the other ground. Depending on what you are connecting to, the device is connected by clamping the wire to another wire or attaching directly to the battery with the lug nut. A nice option is that you can install the device anywhere in the car that you can access an "always on" or constant powered wire. Most customers connect the device right to the battery or fuse box, others connect it to an always powered wire in the dashboard or back by a taillight in the trunk.
Two considerations that lead to a successful installation are:
1. Red wire is connected to a power source that is always powered. You don't need to worry about the device draining your battery because it has a motion sensor in it and only draws 3 to 4 milliamps of power when not moving.
2. Green and Amber lights turn solid. When you first connect the device to power you will see two lights. Both should be flashing. Green represents GPS connection and Amber represents wireless connection with the network. Point the GPS antenna side of the device up towards the sky so that it can connect with the GPS satellite network.
Common installation locations are:
> In the trunk pointed out the taillight
> In the engine compartment pointed out the headlight
> In the dashboard as close to the windshield as possible
If the vehicle looses power, the device has an internal battery that will allow it to continue to locate for approximately 4 hours and you can have it notify you when the internal battery begins to run low.
- Answered by David M from Mission Viejo
- Aug 28, 2012