Next-generation Bad Elf GPS for iPad now available
Bad Elf, makers of the popular plug-in iPad GPS, recently released the Bad Elf Pro, a next-generation GPS for iOS devices. This small, rugged, wireless GPS connects to your iPad via Bluetooth, so you no longer need to physically connect it to your iPad. Unlike other Bluetooth iPad GPS receivers, the Bad Elf Pro can connect to as many as 5 iPads or iOS devices simultaneously. This means multi-crew cockpits no longer need multiple GPS receivers when using more than one iPad, and passengers can connect for location information on their own iPad.
The Bad Elf Pro is also the only dedicated iPad GPS to feature a backlit LCD screen. This allows you to quickly see navigation information, battery level, Bluetooth connectivity and data log storage utilization. The GPS itself features an advanced 66 channel WAAS-enabled receiver with a fast 10Hz reporting rate. It works with all location-based apps including Foreflight, WingX Pro, Garmin, iChart, Air Navigation Pro, and more. The Bad Elf Pro’s small size makes it convenient to position almost anywhere in the cockpit. And it’s 16-hour battery life means it’ll last for several days of flying.
The Bad Elf Pro features an internal data-logging feature, meaning you don’t have to keep a separate app open to store the trip data. After your flight is complete, open the free Bad Elf app and use the ‘Trips’ function to quickly transfer the trip log to your iPhone or iPad. You’ll be able to see your flight path on a map within the app, and have the option to easily share this with friends and family using Facebook, Twitter or email.
The Bade Elf Pro includes a charging cable, 12-24V car charger, lanyard and user’s manual, and is available for $149.99 here.
looks a bit better thought out than the Garmin GLO, in terms of having a battery status display and being a bit more weatherproofed. If this also had GLONASS I would likely pick it over the Garmin in a second, if only because I never know how much juice is left in the GLO, have to keep it in a ziploc bag when out in the field, and the GLO’s power button keeps getting turned on/off when I don’t want it to because of the physical design.