Here at Scout, we know that uninterrupted GPS tracking is very important to our customers when they’re using our product to keep track of important vehicles and loved ones. That’s why we understand that a long-lasting battery is vital, so we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to make sure that you get the most out of your Scout’s battery.
To begin, if you’re using your Scout to track a vehicle with a battery, we highly recommend that you use the provided hard-wire kit to connect it directly to your vehicle’s battery. This way, it will always be charging when the vehicle is on. For instructions on how to hardwire your Scout to the battery, check out this help article.
If your Scout cannot be hardwired to the subject you’re tracking, you will find the following tips helpful.
Turn “Save Battery” on.
You can do this by going to your FindMyScout app and clicking on “Settings,” then “My Scouts,” then select your Scout, and turn on the “Save Battery” slider so that it turns green.
Extend the battery life of your Scout with a backup battery.
This is what we suggest if you’re planning on tracking your subject for a long period of time or if you’re going on a long trip where power may not be available. You’ll need a backup battery that has a USB port. We recommend the Anker PowerCore 1000 or the EasyAcc 20000mAh Power Bank.
Slow down the “Update Rate.”
The “update rate” is the interval between updates from Scout when it sends its time and location through the cellular network. You can customize your Scout’s “update rate” on the settings menu as shown in Figure 1. If you slow the “update rate” down to report every four hours, you will still be able to log onto the app and locate your Scout’s current point at any given time; you just won’t be able to see its previous locations from the past four hours.
If you decide to slow down the “update rate,” a great way to stay notified about where your Scout goes is by setting up zones. If you put a zone around a specific area that you don’t want your Scout to go, then you will receive notifications on your phone or smartwatch when the Scout leaves and enters that zone. This will help you preserve your battery while also staying updated if your Scout leaves or enters a specific area.