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Bad Elf GPS Receiver

June 1st, 2011
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Bad Elf GPS Receiver for iPad and iPhoneThe Bad Elf is a small form factor GPS receiver which plugs directly into the dock connector of any iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. It provides accurate GPS data up to an altitude of 60000 ft and to a maximum speed of around 850 knots. It also allows for charging/syncing via an integrated mini usb port.

There is an obvious use for the Bad Elf GPS receiver, those of us who decided that the 3g version of the iPad and iPad 2 wasn’t needed and opted for the wi-fi only version. Only to discover that the 3g version is the only one that includes a GPS receiver. The same applies to the iPod Touch, no 3g = no GPS.

There is a reason for this though, basically GPS receiver chips work on a ‘bigger is better’ principle. This however conflicts with Apple’s design philosophy that we all love so much. Therefore Apple have adopted a smaller GPS chip to fit into their sleek designs. To ensure that we are not sat there till the end of time waiting for a GPS signal they have developed an ‘assisted GPS’ system, which downloads supplementary location data from the 3g network. Which is great if your walking round the streets of New York but not so great if you are at 30000ft above the same location!

So even if your device has assisted GPS installed, you will still benefit from having the Bad Elf GPS receiver installed in the form of more accurate GPS data for your aviation apps to use, and the ability to use GPS from within airplane mode.

Its not an insubstantial investment at a list price 129.95USD, but it is essential if you plan to use location based aviation apps.


There is also an app available to allow which allows the user to download additional location data over Wi-Fi or 3g which allows for even faster acquisition of GPS signal.

Bad Elf, LLC.

  1. Joel Johnson
    July 16th, 2011 at 17:47 | #1

    Will bad elf work with Cyclemeter?

  1. June 29th, 2011 at 09:45 | #1