universal bluetooh gps receiver
Universal Bluetooth GPS Receiver wirelessly adds highly-accurate GPS to devices

Ideal for pilots, race car drivers and boating, this 2nd generation GPS Receiver features even faster signal acquisition, 10Hz positioning updates and Bluetooth connectivity to up to 5 devices. The WAAS receiver simultaneously receives both GPS (USA) and GLONASS (Russia) satellite system signals.

Overview

Meet the SkyPro – a brand new GPS Receiver with fast signal acquisition and 10Hz positioning updates, making it an ideal GPS for pilots, race car drivers and other fast moving applications. The WAAS receiver is compatible with both GPS (USA) and GLONASS (Russia) systems and it connects via Bluetooth to up to 5 Apple or Android devices. 

Just like its predecessor, the popular XGPS150, SkyPro is very simple to use. There is a quick set up process that includes pairing your tablet with the unit. Once this is done, SkyPro will automatically connect to the device it was last paired with, and you will be able to use it with hundreds of apps that require location information.

The GPS receiver will run for up to 10 hours on a charge, and can be recharged using the included 12-28VDC cigarette lighter adapter, from any PC, or from the USB charger which came with your tablet/phone.

This GPS Receiver also comes with a useful GPS Status Tool app. (Available free on the iTunes App Store). The app allows you to turn on and off the automatic route recording feature, and to export the stored log file information.  The Status Tool app also shows detailed information from the GPS Receiver including:

  • Your location (or whether the device is still determining where you are)
  • How many satellites the device sees and the signal strength of each satellite
  • The battery level of the GPS Receiver, and whether or not it is charging
  • Confirmation the GPS Receiver is successfully connected to your iPad/iPod touch/iPhone

The SkyPro GPS Receiver also includes a non-slip pad for use in a cockpit, car or a boat.

Click here to download the XGPS160 product manual

Key Features
  • High-sensitivity WAAS GPS receiver
  • Simultaneous GPS and GLONASS reception
  • Up to 10 position samples per second
  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity to up to 5 devices
    • iPad (generations 1 to 4)
    • iPad mini
    • iPod Touch (generations 2-5)
    • iPhone (all models)
    • Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops (Android, OS X, Windows and Surface Devices)
  • Automatic route recording
  • Works with most apps that require GPS
  • Built-in rechargeable battery lasts 10 hours
  • USB charging via the included USB cable
  • Includes a non-slip dashboard pad
  • Includes 12-28VDC charging adapter

Click here to download the XGPS160 product manual

 

Specifications

GPS/GLONASS

  • GPS and GLONASS supported simultaneously
  • 99 channels
  • SBAS (WAAS, MSAS, EGNOS, GAGAN) supported
  • GPS: L1 1598.0625~1605.375 MHz
  • GLONASS: L1 1598.0625~1605.375 MHz
  • Accuracy: +/-2.5m (CEP)
  • Fast location acquisition times: < 29 secs (warm or cold start)
  • Position updates: up to 10 times per second
  • Maximum speed: 1000 kts / 1150 mph
  • Maximum altitude: 20,000 m / 65,600 ft

Bluetooth

  • CSR engine
  • Version: 2.1 + EDR
  • Bluetooth connectivity to up to 5 devices (5 Apple devices, 5 Android devices, etc.)
  • Bluetooth range: 33 ft / 10m (open space)

Internal Battery

  • Full charge lasts for at least 10 hours of continuous use (for 1 device)
  • Recharges in 3 hours
  • Capacity: 1400 mAh
  • Plug in to 12VDC source for continuous use

General

  • Supports both NMEA and Apple protocols
  • Small and light:
    • 2.7″ (70mm) wide x 2.2″ (55mm) tall x 0.8″ (22mm) thick
    • 2.5 ounces / 71 grams
    • Non-slip pad: 4.8″ (122mm) wide x 4.2″ (107mm) tall x 0.9″ (25mm) thick
  • Operating temperature: 14°F – 140°F (-10°C – 60°C)
 

What You Get

  • The XGPS160 SkyPro GPS Receiver
  • 12-28V Cigarette Lighter Adapter
  • Mini USB to USB charging cable
  • Non-slip pad
  • Status Tool App (free download from the iTunes App Store)
  • Owner’s manual with warranty information
 

Apps

The GPS Receiver provides location information to most any app that requests it, so you can now use your iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Bluetooth-enabled smartphones and Bluetooth-enabled tablets & laptops with many GPS-aware apps, and add dozens of new uses to your device.

Below are some of the apps which we’ve downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Android Market that have been used with the GPS Receiver. This is by no means a complete list – there are hundreds of GPS-aware apps on the market and most of them will work with the GPS Receiver.

Geocaching Apps

The highly-accurate GPS Receiver is great for use with apps for geocaching.

Geocaching with Geosphere Geocaching

Marine Navigation Apps

Use your device on a boat as a chart plotter with marine navigation apps.

Navionics Marine family of apps iNavX Marine Navigation Marine Charts from EarthNC iSailGPS WaveTrax Anchor!

Cycling, Running, Fitness Apps

Track your speed, distance and record your route with apps for running and cycling.

BikeMateGPS iMapMyRIDE Go Barefoot RunKeeper Pro

Hiking, GPS Tracking Apps

The GPS Receiver’s lightweight and portable design makes it ideal to take hiking or to track your way along a topographic map.

Gaia GPS Topo Maps GrangerFX family of Scenic Maps Fugawi iMap USA & Canada Google Maps AccuTerra – On Demand Maps and GPS Tracker iHikeGPS Galileo Offline Maps ArcGIS GPS Kit & GPS Kit HD GIS Kit & GIS Pro

Social Networking Apps

Enjoy the full benefits of many Social Networking apps.

Yelp Gowalla Foursquare MyTown

Whats nearby Apps

Locate a nearby restaurant, hotel or a gas station with the help of many travel and lifestyle apps.

Urbanspoon WHERE AroundMe

Performance Apps

The GPS Receiver is great for use with performance apps, including:

for Apple iOS:

CMS Lap Timer Pro
Harry’s GPS LapTimer
TrackAddict HD

for Android:

CMS Lap Timer Pro
Harry’s GPS LapTimer
RaceChrono

 

Important: Third party apps are not included with the purchase of any XGPS160 product. Dual cannot guarantee that apps will work with the XGPS160 as updates to apps and operating systems can affect compatibility at any time. Please read all app descriptions carefully before purchasing apps. Dual will not reimburse for apps which do not work or stop working with XGPS160 products. Dual’s customer support is unable to assist with issues or questions about how to use third party apps.

Where To Buy

or from any of our authorized resellers listed below. Orders placed directly through Dual are for US shipping only.

If you are a Flight Instructor, member of CAP, USCG Auxiliary, or a student enrolled in a Part 141 school please contact us for special pricing.



FAQs

Does the XGPS160 work with Surface Tablets or Windows 8?

Sort of… The XGPS160 will pair over Bluetooth to a Surface Tablet, using the “Add Device” option from the Control Panels. However, Windows does not know how to pull GPS information from the device. So only programs which understand what to do with NMEA-formatted GPS data will work properly (e.g. VisualGPSView, Google Earth). We are trying to find a better solution for this. The USB driver for the XGPS160 is not compatible with Windows 8.1 yet, so it is not possible to get GPS data over USB using Windows 8.1. The driver does appear to be compatible with Windows 8.0.

How do I find the XGPS160 app?

The link is here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skypro-gps-status-tool/id705424484?mt=8. (Alternatively, you can search the iTunes store for the keyword “SkyPro”.)

Can I use the Bluetooth GPS Status Tool app with the XGPS160?

You can…but that app is designed for the XGPS150. It will only show you partial information from the XGPS160. So you should really use the SkyPro app (and it’s free).

On my XGPS160, how do I turn route recording on or off?

There are two ways to do this:

  1. Triple click the power button on the XGPS160. The “Log” light on the top of the GPS will be on or off to indicate the status of recording.Or:
  2. Open the SkyPro app, and tap the Settings icon in the upper right corner. Then choose “Yes” or “No” under “Always record position when turned on”.
How do I get the recorded trip data off the XGPS160?

You can access the recorded route data in the XGPS160 using the SkyPro app:

  1. Make sure the XGPS160 is on and paired to your iPad.
  2. Open the SkyPro app.
  3. Select the Trips tab.
  4. The app will download the list of routes the GPS has recorded, listing them by date and time the trip started.
  5. Tap on a route you are interested in. The app will download the complete route from the XGPS160, and allow you to view, share or delete that route.
  6. Tapping the Map button will show you the recorded route on a street map. You will need internet access for this feature to work.
  7. Tapping the Share button will allow you to email the route in a KML format.
I go to the Trips tab in the SkyPro app, and it says I must update my firmware. How do I do that?

See “How do I update my firmware” below.

What format is the recorded trip data in?
Trip data is exported in a KML format, readable by many apps, including Google Earth.
How do I delete a recorded route from the XGPS160?
Open the SkyPro app, select the Trips tab. Then select the route you want to delete from the list of trips. After selecting the route, touch the “Delete from SkyPro” button.
What firmware do I need to have in my XGPS160 in order to download recorded trips?
You will need firmware version 1.2.0 or above.
How to I check my firmware version?
Open the SkyPro app. The firmware version is shown on the Status tab at the top of the screen right underneath the battery level.
How do I update the firmware in my XGPS160?
You can do it through the SkyPro app:
  1. Plug in the XGPS160, or make sure it is at least 50% charged.
  2. Make sure the XGPS160 is on, and paired to your iPad.
  3. Open the SkyPro app, and touch the Settings icon in the upper right corner.
  4. Before proceeding, it’s very important to know that you should not exit the SkyPro app nor turn off the device during the update.
  5. Tap the Check Update button at the bottom of the Settings popup menu. This begins the update process.
  6. When the update is complete (about 4 minutes), turn off the XGPS160 and turn it back on again.
How long does the update process take?
It takes about 4 minutes.
Help! My Dual GPS used to work fine with my iPad, but now sometimes it doesn’t – what’s wrong?!?

Unfortunately, there’s a bug in iOS versions 6.1.2, 6.1.3 and 6.1.4 which affects Bluetooth-connected GPS accessories (from any manufacturer). The symptom is that apps don’t display GPS information even though the GPS appears to be paired and connected properly to the iOS device. Confusingly, if you open the Dual GPS Status Tool, the GPS looks like it is working properly – it shows a position, an altitude, and lots of satellites in view.

The fix is to upgrade to iOS 7. But if you’re holding off doing that, there are some things which you can do if you are experiencing the problem. Additionally, Dual has been working with app companies including ForeFlight and WingX to provide a workaround.

If you aren’t using ForeFlight or WingX, or want to try a workaround, try one of the following options. These won’t permanently solve the issue, but they can temporarily restore GPS information to your apps:

  • Stop any apps which are running in the background.
    • Double click the Home button on the iPad to open the background menu.
    • Touch and hold any icon on the bottom of the screen, waiting until the icons start to jiggle.
    • Tap the red circle on the upper left of each icon. (This will not delete the app from your iPad, just stop it from running in the background).<
    • Touch the upper part of the screen to close the background menu and reopen the app you want to use.

OR

  • Toggle Location Settings.
    • On the iPad, go to Settings->Privacy and toggle Location Services off and then back on.

OR

  • Unpair the GPS, reboot the iPad and re-pair the GPS
    • Turn off the XGPS160.
    • On the iPad, go to Settings->Bluetooth.
    • Find the device named XGPS160-xxxxxx in the list shown and then tap the blue arrow button to the right of the name.
    • Select “Forget this device” and confirm you wanted to do this.
    • Press and hold the power button on the iPad until the power off slider appears.
    • Drag the slider button to shut down the iPad
    • When the spinning cursor disappears and the screen goes dark, hit the power button on the iPad to restart it.
    • Turn the XGPS160 back on.
    • Once the iPad has rebooted, go to Settings->Bluetooth
    • Look for the XGPS160 in the list of devices, and tap the name to pair it again

OR

  • Reset the network settings on the iPad
    • On the iPad, go to General->Settings->Reset
    • CAUTION: the next step will erase any WiFi passwords stored on your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch
    • Tap Reset Network Settings. The iPad will reboot itself.

If you are a user of ForeFlight, WingX Pro 7 or eKneeboard, we recommend that you download the latest update of the EFB app. These apps include code to communicate specifically with your GPS which bypasses the bug in the iOS.

I get an error message when trying to download a GPS-enabled app onto my Wi-Fi only iPad or cannot download a GPS-enabled app onto my Wi-Fi only iPad.

While this is an uncommon issue, some developers do restrict their apps from being downloaded to devices which don’t have the GPS feature, not taking into consideration the fact that an external GPS will allow their app to work. We suggest that you either ask the app developer to remove the restriction or choose a different app. The vast majority of app developers do not put these restrictions in place, and there is a very large number of GPS-enabled apps which can be downloaded to non-3G/WiFi-only iPad devices, allowing them to be used for navigation (car, boat, plane), hiking, golfing, geocaching, etc.

How do I make the GPS Receiver work with my Android tablet?

Android tablet owners will need a “helper app” which connects the GPS data from the XGPS160 to all apps on the tablet. We recommend using one of these two apps: Bluetooth GPS or Bluetooth GPS Provider. Both are free downloads from the Google Play store.

Instructions for making the XGPS160 work with Android devices:

• If you have Android version 2.x or 3.x installed on your tablet:
• Configure the tablet to use mock locations: go to Settings->Applications->Development and enable “Allow mock locations“.
• Next, pair the XGPS160 with your tablet:
• On the tablet go to Settings->Wireless & networks->Bluetooth Settings. Look for XGPS160-xxxxxx in the list of devices.
• If it does not appear, tap the “Find nearby devices” button and wait a few moments.
• Once the XGPS160 appears in the list of devices, tap the device name in the list. The tablet with think for a few moments and then say “Paired but not connected.”

• If you have Android version 4.x or later on your tablet:
• Configure the tablet to use mock locations: go to Settings->Developer options and enable “Allow mock locations“.
• Next, pair the XGPS160 with your tablet:
• On the tablet go to Settings->Bluetooth. Look for the XGPS160-xxxxxx in the list of devices.
• If it does not appear, tap the “SEARCH FOR DEVICES” button in the upper right corner of the screen and wait a few moments.
• Once the XGPS160 appears in the list of devices, tap the device name in the list.

If you are using Bluetooth GPS:

• Download, install and open the app on the tablet
• Open the Settings screen by clicking the Overflow icon (the three dot icon) in the upper right and check the options for Reconnect and Use Unsecure Connection.
• Exit the Settings screen and go to the Main tab.
• Click the Start button.
• The app will begin to communicate with the XGPS160 and show you information about the connection.

If you are using Bluetooth GPS Provider:

• Open the Bluetooth GPS Provider app on the tablet
• Open the Preferences screen by clicking the Overflow icon (the three dot icon) in the upper right corner.
• In the Choose GPS receiver popup menu, select the XGPS160.
• In the GPS Connection Method popup menu, select Insecure (Reflection).
• Exit the Preferences screen and go to the Main tab:
• Click the Start button.
• The app will begin to communicate with the XGPS160 and show you information about the connection.

The tablet will now be connected to the XGPS160, and apps on the tablet can use the data from the XGPS160.

To use the XGPS160 subsequently, just make sure that the helper app is open and running on the tablet.

Will the XGPS160 work with racing apps like Harry’s Lap Timer or TrackAddict?

Yes.

I’m a pilot. Can I use the GPS Receiver in the cockpit?

Yes. The GPS Receiver works with all popular electronic flight bag apps including ForeFlight, Garmin, and WingX Pro. If you are a commercial or corporate pilot, please contact customer support for some helpful tips on using the XGPS160 in aircraft with heated windshields and at high cruising altitudes.

What is the difference between the XGPS160 and other Bluetooth GPS receivers on the market?

In short: the number of devices it works with. The GPS Receiver brings GPS capability to your Apple iPad/iPod touch/iPhone, Android phones and tablets, Microsoft Surface tablets and laptops running Windows, OS X or Linux. If you have several phones/tablets/laptops in your household, and you’re looking for one GPS to work with them all, the GPS Receiver is an excellent choice:

  • The GPS Receiver is completely portable
    Slip the GPS Receiver into the included non-slip pad and use it for navigation in an aircraft, in a car or on a boat.
  • The GPS Receiver has a built in rechargeable battery
    The battery powers the GPS for up to 10 hours of continuous use. The GPS Receiver does not use battery power from the device it supplies the GPS signal to, so you won’t drain your phone/iPod or iPad battery.
  • The GPS Receiver works with a huge number of apps
    Most every app for the iPod touch/iPad/iPhone will work. The same is true for Android and Windows.
  • The GPS Receiver turns your iPod touch, iPad or iPhone into a global navigation device
    When traveling in different countries, use the XGPS160 with local navigation apps containing local maps. No need to rent or buy another device for car navigation.
Does the iPod touch/iPad/iPhone have to be jail broken in order to work with the GPS Receiver?

No, the GPS Receiver has been certified to work with iPod touch, iPad and iPhone.

Do I have to be in a WiFi hotspot in order to be able to use the GPS Receiver for turn-by-turn navigation?

Yes and no. The GPS Receiver itself does not require a WiFi or cellular connection in order to determine your location. However, some apps do require a network connection in order to download map data. Check the list of apps for examples of navigation apps that have built-in maps and do not require an Internet or a WiFi connection to work.

Will the XGPS160 work with a navigation application from another company?

Yes, typically. First, look to see if that navigation application is available for your device (iPod touch, iPad or iPhone). Second, make sure that the application does not require a cellular connection in order to download map data or retrieve navigation instructions. The XGPS160 does not provide a cellular connection to the Internet.

How do I know if a particular app will work with the XGPS160?

The GPS Receiver, by design, will provide GPS coordinates to any app that requests it, and the vast majority of apps on the iTunes App Store will work with the GPS Receiver. (A partial list of apps we’ve tested with the GPS Receiver is here.) If you have a question about a specific app, here is a simple checklist you can follow to determine whether or not an app will work with the XGPS160:

Step 1: Make sure that the app you are considering is available for download onto your specific device (iPod touch/iPad/iPhone). For example, not all apps on the iTunes App Store work with the iPod touch or the iPad. Read the app description before downloading it onto your device.

Step 2: Read the entire app description carefully to determine whether the app requires a network connection. If it does, and you are looking to use it on an iPod touch or an iPad without the 3G service, most of the time it means that you will only be able to fully enjoy the app when in a WiFi hotspot. It doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t use the app, but it could be that some features, which rely on the network connection will not be available when you are not in a WiFi hotspot. Many location-based apps do not require a network connection, and you can fully enjoy them with the help of the XGPS160 on the devices that do not have a network connection.

How much battery life should I expect?

The battery in the GPS Receiver lasts about 10 hours of continuous use.

How long does it take to charge the GPS Receiver?

About 3 hours.

Will the GPS Receiver provide my location anywhere in the world?

Yes.

Will it work with the iPod touch/iPad/iPhone that my sister/brother/father/daughter/boyfriend has?

Yes. Just like with any other Bluetooth device, you will have to pair the XGPS160 with the device you intend to use it with. The set up takes less than a minute and then you can use the device with the GPS Receiver.

I have an iPad. Why would I need this?

The WiFi-only model of the iPad does not have a GPS receiver. If you would like to use a navigation app on this iPad – or any other app that needs to know your location – you will need the GPS Receiver.

I have an Android phone with GPS built in. Why would I need the GPS Receiver?

Using an external GPS, like the GPS Receiver, dramatically reduces the battery drain on your phone: that means more talking & texting for you & less time being tied to a power outlet.

I have an iPhone with GPS built in. Why would I need the GPS Receiver?

The GPS Receiver will give you an improved GPS accuracy. Also, using an external GPS, like the XGPS160, dramatically reduces the battery drain on your phone: that means more talking & texting for you & less time being tied to a power outlet.

Tips & Troubleshooting

Download the Apple iOS 6 bug fix here.

The blue light on the GPS Receiver is blinking and it won’t connect to my iPod/iPad/iPhone.

Look at the blue light on the GPS Receiver:

  • If the light is blinking on & off in a regular once-on, once-off fashion, go into Settings>General>Bluetooth on the iPod/iPad/iPhone. Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on and the GPS Receiver is listed as a device. Tap the device name to connect the two devices.
  • If the light is in a continuous regular pattern of blinking several times followed by a pause, turn off the GPS Receiver, wait about 30 seconds for the iPod/iPad/iPhone to recognize the device is disconnected, and then turn the XGPS160 back on. If this happens again, you may need to turn the iPod/iPhone/iPad off and back on.
The blue light on the GPS Receiver is on and not blinking, but my iPod/iPad/iPhone is not getting location information.

This could be a couple of things:

  1. Is the green GPS light blinking on the XGPS160? If so, the GPS Receiver cannot pick up satellite signals in its current position – move it closer to an open view of the sky.
  2. Are Location Services enabled on your iPod/iPad/iPhone? Go to Settings>Location Services and make sure that Location Services is set to ON and the setting for your particular app is also set to ON.
  3. Is the mode switch on the XGPS160 set to the correct location? It should be moved to the right.
  4. Did the XGPS160 connect with a different device that is nearby? Go into Settings>General>Bluetooth on the iPod/iPad/iPhone. Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on and the XGPS160 is listed as a device.
  5. If none of that helps, then turn off the GPS Receiver. In Settings>General>Bluetooth on the iPod/iPad/iPhone, find the GPS Receiver in the device list and select “Forget This Device”. Turn the GPS Receiver back on. When it appears in the device list, tap the device name to reconnect.
When I turn on the XGPS160, I get a message on the iPod/iPad/iPhone that says “This accessory is not supported by iPod/iPad/iPhone.”

Turn the GPS Receiver off, wait about 30 seconds for the iPod/iPad/iPhone to recognize the device is disconnected, and then turn the XGPS160 back on. If the message repeats, turn the iPod/iPhone/iPad off and back on.

I turned the GPS Receiver off, but the iPod/iPad/iPhone shows that it is still connected for a long time.

The iPod/iPhone/iPad takes about 30 seconds to recognize that the GPS Receiver is no longer available. This is normal.

Sometimes my iPod touch/iPad/iPhone freezes for a few moments when I’m using the GPS Receiver. What’s happening?

The iPod/iPad/iPhone was in the middle of communicating with the GPS Receiver when the GPS Receiver was turned off or went out of range. When this happens, the iPod/iPad/iPhone keeps trying for up to 30 seconds to reach the GPS Receiver. When it can’t find it, it gives up and comes back to normal operation. You can avoid this by exiting the active app before shutting down the GPS Receiver.

My Android phone connects to the GPS Receiver, but the GPS light on the GPS Receiver never comes on.

You need a serial port “helper app” installed on your phone. See the second entry in this FAQ list for detailed instructions.