Install a Car Tracking System Yourself

There are many reasons why one might want to install a car tracking system. Apart from the usual tracking purposes, it can also be used as an anti-theft device. It can also be used to monitor a particular driver and his driving habits. GPS devices have many professional purposes as well. In businesses like cargo delivery, car rental or ambulance service, these devices are indispensable.

Whatever might the purpose be, these devices work flawlessly and are actually easy to install as well. Once installed, these devices work with the global positioning system so they can deliver real-time location of the vehicle always. The direction of movement, the speed and of course, the location can be known remotely. The technology has reached such heights that these devices can also tell of the time spent halting at different locations. One can even opt for geo-fencing where the alarm will be activated once the car ventures outside the predefined route. All these data can also be stored in a central database for future reference.

Coming to the installing of such devices to your car, first thing you need is to find a power source for those. There are two ways to provide power to these devices. One can use dedicated batteries to power it, or one can also feed it from the battery of the car. If you want the second option, you need to go to a professional. However, if using dedicated power source, it is very easy to install and anyone can do it. You need to buy the device, and also a magnet-proof and weather-proof case to house it.

Now power the device using the battery cell and put the active device into the case. Put the case somewhere where it will not be seen easily. Next step is to test the device.

Once you have put the case into a safe and hidden area of the car, take the car out and drive for a while. Note the location, the speed, the direction and the halt timings manually. After the drive, check if the case is safe and secure where you put it. Now use the computer and check the data collected by the device. Compare it against your manual notes. If everything matches, you have successfully installed a GPS device yourself. If not, you better consult a professional. Also, keep a note about the battery so you don’t run out of power.


Barracuda Stun Guns Up Close

Barracuda only uses metal hydride (Ni-Mh) batteries in its rechargeable stun guns. Nickel metal hydride batteries do not suffer from a “memory” effect. This means that Ni-Mh always charges your device thoroughly to the top of its capacity no matter what your recharge schedule is. Other lesser batteries lose its discharged memory and may assume that it is “empty” even if charged when it is half “full.” The net effect is that they may not charge fully unless you completely discharge the batteries. And that’s definitely not acceptable with a stun gun. (you will almost certainly burn the electrodes if you try to discharge it in air.) So it’s “no worries” with a Barracuda rechargeable unit.

Have you noticed the stun gun voltage wars? One manufacturer claims 1 million volts, then the next one is 2 million and so on. We have manufacturers’ claims of up to 8 million volts now. It is marketing gone crazy as stun gun voltages are very difficult to measure especially as it relates to force on a body. Stun guns’ dirty little secret is that voltage is not the most important measurement of power. It’s the amperage. Most units routinely produce 1-3 milliamps. This is reasonable given the modest power sources of citizen sun guns (typically 3 to 18 volts). Barracuda stun guns have an output of 4.5 milliamps which is higher than other units but still very safe.

I recently talked with Bret Harders, owner of Over The Counter Intelligence Inc who distributes the Barracuda brand exclusively. I asked him why he includes no flashlight on his units.

“We feel it’s just another button to confuse you in an emergency. Moreover, an LED light array can drain needed power from the stunning device” he said. “Picture a circumstance where you are using your stun gun as a flashlight one night. After a point in time, the dreaded happens. There are rushed footsteps coming up behind you. You turn around with just enough time to zap the attacker right at the side of the neck, a very effective spot. Blit… blit… blit. All that come out is a pathetic little spark! You had forgotten to recharge the unit lately and that 15 minutes use of a flashlight could mean the difference between life and death, literally!”

That got my attention fast. While we continue to sell thes products with flashlights, we try to warn customers to always keep the stung gun fully charged and use the flashlight feature sparingly.

All Barracuda units have the wrist strap pin safety feature. The pin which has to be inserted into the stun gun in order for I to work, is attached to a wrist loop to be worn around your wrist. If someone were to take the stun gun away from you, the pin would detach, rendering it inoperable.

Before you consider purchasing this defensive product, make sure they are legal in your city or state. Here is a list of restricted or prohibited areas.

Restricted areas: CT – Legal for home use, carrying prohibited. IL – A FOID card is required. IN – TASER subject to requirement of handgun license. WI – A CWW permit is required.

Illegal states are: HI, MA, MI, NJ, RI and all U.S. Virgin Islands

Also Annapolis, MD, Baltimore, MD, Baltimore County, Denison / Crawford County, IA, Chicago, IL, District of Columbia, Philadelphia, PA. For all areas listed we will ship to an alternate legal location.

We do not accept international orders including orders from Canada


Dead Car Battery FAQS

You should think of your car battery as the heart of your vehicle. It is its power unit. You would think the engine would be a better metaphor, but your car battery is what essentially gives your vehicle power. Just like you wouldn’t want your body to go without a beating heart, you wouldn’t want your vehicle to go without power. Otherwise, you’ll end up getting stuck somewhere because of a dead or defective battery. The best method for maintaining a functional and reliable unit is to have your vehicle serviced professionally at least twice per year.

If you are concerned about your “power unit”, or simply wish to learn more about them, continue reading for some frequently asked questions about dead batteries, as well as, their answers.

How Do I Know if My Car Battery is Dying?

There are several signs that indicate it’s time to service or replace your car battery. These signs include but are not limited to: slow engine crank, weak engine power, dashboard lights illuminated (even if it seems unrelated), check engine light turns on, low fluid, dim lights (interior and exterior), sluggish car start, bloated casing, smell of sulfur or rotten eggs, and more.

Why Did My Battery Die?

The most common cause for a dead battery is drainage. If you leave your headlights or interior lights on all night by accident, you may wake up to find that your car power is dead. A simple jump-start will fix this issues in as little as a five minutes. Other circumstances that can cause power drainage include not closing the visor or glove box all the way, leaving a stereo on, leaving a door ajar, and leaving the dome light on. After several hours, it will drain entirely, even sooner if it’s old or close to replacement.

As for other reasons why your car battery might have died, things like parasitic draw, defective cells, low fluid, and more can all play a role. It is best to have yours inspected by a trained mechanic for accurate and professional assistance.

How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

The typical lifespan for a standard lead-acid car unit is between 3 to 5 years. For those who drive often or long distances, change out your batteries closer to the 3 year mark. This is recommended for older vehicles as well. Keep in mind that although this is the standard lifespan, there are several factors that can shorten the life of your car battery.

How Can I Tell the Age of My Battery?

The age of your automotive battery is easy to locate. The manufacturer date is always stamped on a label, which is usually on its side. The information on the label will provide the date it was sent by the manufacturer. The first two characters of the label represent different pieces of information. The letter represents the month it was made, while the number represents the year (i.e. JAN=A, FEB=B, 9=1999, 1=2001, etc.).


Audiovox Cellular Phone

Audiovox is an electronics company. They operate under the brands Audiovox, Jensen, and Advent. Audiovox products include car audio, home audio and home electronics. On November 1, 2004, Audiovox sold their Audiovox cellular phone subsidiary Audiovox Communications Corp to UTStarcom.

Audiovox Corporation is a major supplier of wireless communications products, mobile entertainment, security products and consumer electronics products. It ranks among the leaders in wireless products and is the industry leader in mobile video products. The company markets its products through two subsidiaries, Audiovox Communications Corp. and Audiovox Electronics Corp. Through these subsidiaries the company’s products are sold to wireless carriers and their agents, retailers, distributors, original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s), and the U.S. military. The company is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol VOXX.

Audiovox cellular phone handsets are the most exciting wireless handsets in the market today! The company offers Audiovox cellular phones for everyone; from the business executive who needs instant access to the Internet, to the on-the-go teenager who needs to stay in touch with mom and dad. Featuring the latest technology and the most user-friendly features, you are sure to find an Audiovox cellular phone that best suits your lifestyle.

There are 5 classes (plus Accessories) of Wireless Audiovox cellular phones available to you:

Analog – A signaling method that uses continuous changes in the amplitude or frequency of a radio transmission to convey information.

GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) – GSM uses narrowband TDMA which allows eight simultaneous calls on the same radio frequency. Along with CDMA and TDMA it represents the second generation of wireless networks.

CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) – CDMA assigns a code to all speech bits, sends a scrambled transmission of the encoded speech over the air and reassembles the speech to its original form at the other end.

TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) – A method of digital wireless communications transmission allowing a large number of users to access a single radio-frequency channel without interference. Each user is given a unique time slot within each channel.

PCS (Personal Communications Service) – A second-generation digital voice, messaging and data cell phone system in the 2GHz range. PCS is supported mostly by GSM. PCS systems use a different radio frequency (1.9 GHz band) than cellular phones and generally use all digital technology for transmission and reception.

Audiovox cellular phones have lots of inherent features, like integrated digital cameras, color display, PDA functions etc. Audiovox cellular phones also have lots of accessories. With Audiovox cellular phone accessories you can gain greater access to the world around you and have fun at the same time.

Audiovox offers a full range of accessories including Audiovox cellular phone hands free car kits (required by law in some areas for using your cellular phone while driving), desktop speaker phones, Audiovox cellular phone antennas and antenna boosters, holders, and cases. Spare or replacement batteries are also available for your Audiovox cellular phone, as are keypads.

Other accessories for your Audiovox cellular phone are: USB data cables and connectivity kits. An over the ear car headset will keep you hands free for other things like driving, working at your keyboard, or even fixing dinner. Earphones and a microphone are great for those not comfortable with speaker phones. Cases and pouches will keep your Audiovox cellular phone safe from grime and impact. Some Audiovox cellular phones are also waterproof.

You have access to a plethora of faceplates for your Audiovox cellular phone. There is a wide collection of downloadable ring tones, graphic wallpapers, screensavers etc to jazz up your Audiovox cellular phone. You can get an MP3 player for your Audiovox cellular phone, rapid chargers; they even have a double battery charger so that you can charge a spare battery as well as your primary battery.

A holster or belt clip for your Audiovox cellular phone can be a useful alternative to the pocket or purse when you are out. Audiovox has a whole line of cell phones for you to choose from, some of which are the pre-paid Audiovox cellular phones that can help you avoid the excesses of provider calling plans. Cellular phone joysticks for gaming, an FM stereo headset and an AC/DC wall adaptor for a car charger; all of these accessories are designed to make your Audiovox cellular phone even more useful and suited to your needs.


Bluetooth Headphones Tips – Prolonging Li-Ion Battery Life

Many Bluetooth headphones use the lithium-ion type of rechargeable battery. It is actually the most popular type of rechargeable battery not just among Bluetooth headsets but also for other electronic devices such as laptops and cell phones.

One main reason that Li-ion (lithium-ion) batteries are the favorite battery type of a lot of Bluetooth headphones is that these kinds of batteries have a bigger energy storage capacity. What this means is that Li-ion batteries have a greater energy-to-material ratio than the other kinds, such as nickel metal hydride (NiMH) or nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries. For the same amount of nickel or nickel-cadmium, the lithium-ion battery can hold more power.

The second main reason is that Li-on batteries do not degrade in performance even if you repower them while they are not completely depleted of stored power. Unlike other batteries, the Li-ion battery does not show the so-called memory effect. It also has stronger resistance to severe temperatures and does not self-discharge as fast as the other types when it is in storage.

Much as everyone would like Li-ion batteries to be eternal, the fact is that they have a limited life. When used appropriately and cared for, they can actually provide your Bluetooth headsets with power up to about three years. The key here is in knowing how to make your Bluetooth earphones’ Li-ion battery packs reach their optimal life span. Here are a few tips.

Do not completely empty your battery of power. Li-ion batteries actually do not need to be fully empty before you need to recharge them. As a matter of fact, you will decrease the life span of your batteries if you frequently let them go empty first before recharging them. However, it is also healthy to completely discharge your Li-ion battery from time to time, say, after every 25 or 30 partial recharge cycles.

Never subject your Li-on battery to high temperature when you recharge them. Not only will the heat be a safety risk but will also shorten your battery’s life and energy capacity.

If you are intending to leave your Bluetooth headsets unused for some time, you should make sure that the batteries are at least half-charged. Also, never leave the battery inside your Bluetooth earphones if you won’t be using the devices for a long period. If you do, the active material may leak out and corrode and damage your unit. Store the batteries in a cool place. Even the refrigerator will do, but never the freezer.

These practical tips are easy to remember. If you keep them in mind and follow them, you can be sure that your Li-ion battery for your Bluetooth headphones will last up to its maximum lifespan.


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GP Alkaline Cell Battery LR41 192 1.5V Pack Of 10

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GP Cell Batteries provide the power needed by many special devices.

GP Cell Batteries can be used for digital cameras, music players, watches, cordless and mobile phones, hearing aids, remote controls, toys and electronic gadgets, computer peripherals, smoke detectors and security devices, and a whole lot more.

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