Bad Elf GPS Pro: The HighTech GPS Logger in the Field Test

Read the GPS-Logger on the way with the iPhone? With extremely accurate GPS and long battery life? I take a look at the Bad Elf GPS Pro Geologger.

Do you think GPS loggers are old hat? All the same, no innovations?

Then you should take a look at the GPS Pro from Bad Elf . A GPS receiver with “MFI” certification, which puts all the GPS loggers I have tested so far in the shade.

[Update January 2017]
Bad Elf has another model, the GPS Pro + . I tested this development in detail at the GPS Radler .

Bad Elf GPS Pro (BE-GPS-2200)

Bad Elf GPS Pro (BE-GPS-2200)

Transparency Note:
The Bad Elf GPS Pro was provided to me by GPS-CAMERA.EU.

Equipment and operation

The case nestles nicely in the hand and feels high-quality.
The front is dominated by the large display. There, current information is displayed and it facilitates the operation. This is done via three buttons on the left side.

Much more important, however, are the core competencies of a GPS logger: accuracy , memory size and battery life .

Charge with the included USB cable

Charge with the included USB cable

For the power supply, a Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1,600 mAh is permanently installed. Charging is via a mini-USB cable.
The battery life is extremely impressive.
With one battery charge, I was able to record as much as 42.5 hours with Bluetooth disabled and a recording interval of 1 second. Was active Bluetooth (hardly iPhone communication), the logger still ran 41 hours with a single charge.

Geologist in action

Geologist in action

Bad Elf also relies on high-tech for the GPS receiver . Extremely precise and up to 10 position determinations per second (10 Hz) ensure an exact track. How accurate can you see below on the map?

With the built-in memory, Bad Elf relies on 64 MB of flash memory. In it, I was able to record over 325,000 waypoints . At a waypoint per second (1 Hz), about 90 hours of track recording are possible. For geotagging when traveling I choose a 5 second recording frequency as the best compromise between accuracy and space. With this setting, 450 hours of recording are possible. Logging for 12 hours a day is enough for a holiday of more than 5 weeks.

Bad Elf has certified the GPS Pro MFI for communication with Apple devices. The Made for iPhone / iPad / iPod quality seal guarantees full compatibility with Apple mobile products.

Record track

GPS logger active

GPS logger active

The best way to activate the automatic track start in the settings. Then everything is done by switching it on. The track starts as soon as there is contact with the satellites. And that works really fast.

Connection to the iPhone

Bad Elf and iPhone are connected

Bad Elf and iPhone are connected

Make settings, read tracks, everything is done on the iPhone.

The matching app is called “Bad Elf” and is available for free download in the App Store.

Bad Elf GPS Bad Elf GPS Download QR code Bad Elf GPS Developer: Bad Elf, LLC. Price: Free

The docking process is started via the iPhone Bluetooth settings and is done quickly and easily.

Bring GPS track to the computer

iPhone app with the tracks

iPhone app with the tracks

The reading of the memory is (currently) only possible with an iOS device. Unfortunately, both an Android app and a way to access the tracks via USB directly from the computer is missing.

Switch to the “Trips” tab in the iOS Bad Elf app. All tracks are sorted by time. It is also clear where the track currently lies. On the bathroom Elf, in the app or on both devices.

Use the detail view to transfer the track to the iPhone. From there, the record can be displayed on a map or exported.

Track export options

Track export options

From the iPhone, the track can take different paths. Export to iTunes or as a GPX file to another app.

Shipping by e-mail
It is very flexible by e-mail. Send the tracks to your own computer or share them with friends.

Upload to the Dropbox
My favorite way. Directly after the download the GPX export into the Dropbox start and the track is immediately available on all my computers.

Export via iTunes
It also works without internet. Export to iTunes and the next time the iPhone is plugged in, the track is ready on the computer.

Access the tracks via iTunes

Access the tracks via iTunes

GPS-Logger test drive

Finally, the obligatory Unterschleißheim round. Dangers by bicycle. The Bad Elf was in the handlebar bag.

Personal conclusion

Assuming you have an iPhone or an iPad and are willing to pay the price, then you get the Bad Elf GPS Pro (BE-GPS-2200) the currently best in my eyes GPS logger.

Extremely accurate GPS data, large track memory and gigantic battery life. In addition an ease of use that was previously unknown in GPS loggers.

The GPS Pro is only surpassed by the GPS Pro + .

I like that:
  • GPS accuracy
  • Battery life
  • service
I do not really like it that much:
  • price
  • Can only be used in conjunction with iPhone / iPad
  • Scratch-sensitive display
  • Clock with seconds is missing for time sync