Solar Trailer Tracker Installation
Solar trailer tracker installation is quite simple but there are a few considerations to ensure maximum performance and battery life. Installation can be done by anyone as no electrical skills are needed.
A solar unit reports differently when in motion compared to when it is stationary or compared to vehicle tracking units. When stationary, a “heartbeat” is transmitted once per day to confirm the device is reporting. When in motion, the solar unit will update more frequently depending on how it is programmed. Customers are responsible for monitoring the performance of GPS trackers in their account. MyFleetistics has a Device Status Table to help in monitoring general performance.
2. Installation Considerations
Consider these points to make your unpowered asset tracker. If unsure, get instructions specific to your device.
1. Power the unit on and view it in your account before mounting on an asset such as a trailer or generator. It may require being left in the sun for a day to get an initial charge.
2. Place the solar tracker vertically in a way to get as much sun as possible in all weather conditions. Dirt, snow, and ice can buildup over time and reduce the charging capability if mounted flat.
Note: The 5500c works on 4 AA lithium-ion batteries which must be changed before they go dead. Once dead, you will no longer know where the asset is in order to change the batteries. The system send emails when 20% battery life remains. It is your responsibility to ensure you are receiving emails from @fleetistics.com and @myfleetistics.com. Changing them annually is best practice before they die.
- Test the solar GPS device before deploying to the field
- Document the vehicle and the solar GPS unit so you can label them correctly in the GPS software online
- Xirgo 4900: Power the device on by pressing the black button seen in the image. Listen for the click.
- SmartOne Solar: Remove the magnetic switch and hold onto it to turn the unit off.
- If you ship the device, the power must be off.
- Xirgo 4900: View the lights to ensure proper function.
- When testing the device, the tracker should be outside with a clear view of the sky for the SmartOne Solar and in a good cell area for the 4900.
- Do not pressure wash the units from less than 5′.
- Look at your GPS account online daily or weekly to spot issues quickly.