Important: how and where to place your LongFi GPS Tracker, especially on a bike
The GPS tracker will only work well if you follow certain rules:
1) Metal is not your friend
The tracker (like any other electronic system) is sensitive to metal and magnets, which can prevent it from communicating properly. It is therefore important to avoid placing it in an all-metal compartment at the risk of creating a so-called Faraday cage.
On a bike:
For this reason: if you are using your Tracker to protect a bike, it is strongly recommended not to place the tracker in the bike frame, handlebars or seat tube unless your bike is made entirely of carbon fibre. The most reliable option is under the saddle if you can, so place it in a plastic bag or plug the connector to prevent any infiltration. You can also slip it into a piece of bicycle equipment such as a saddlebag.
You can also try to place the tracker inside the plastic cover for your bike's engine.
In a car:
If you are using a Tracker in a vehicle, make sure that the Tracker is a few inches away from metallic parts of the vehicle, and that it does not have metal right above or around it. The tracker should ideally lay flat with the Invoxia logo facing upwards.
In any case, after placing your GPS Tracker where you intend to use it, perform a first test by taking your vehicle on a ride while making sure that your smartphone's Bluetooth is switched off.
2) Water is your worst enemy
The GPS Tracker is not waterproof. If water enters through the connector or if the tracker is exposed to a high level of humidity, this can lead to malfunctions. It is therefore necessary to ensure that the tracker never enters in contact with any liquid and that it is in a watertight compartment. If you are using your Tracker outdoors, wrap it in a watertight plastic bag, or use our waterproof pouch accessory (coming soon).