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Keep Track of Your Things With This Mini GPS Tracker

Portable GPS Tracker from Spy Tec
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* Compact and convenient tracking device
* Real-time location monitoring
* Compatible with Google Maps

The mini portable GPS Tracker from Spy Tec is one of the most accessible and surprisingly useful ways to incorporate a famous spy movie trope into your daily life. It tracks any item’s location in real time over Google Maps and in the supplied app. The best part: this simple location tracking gadget can be had for about the cost of a few mixed drinks.

If you’re always misplacing your phone and having friends call so you can find it, and you find yourself wishing other items had this feature too — say, your leather jacket, or your work hard drive containing footage and other data covered by an NDA you’ve signed — then this mini portable GPS tracker may really come in handy.

[caption id="attachment_20444" align="aligncenter" width="276"]Mini Portable GPS Tracker Image courtesy of Amazon[/caption]

At only three inches in length and weighing less than two ounces, this tracker is designed to be both lightweight and discreet. To enhance battery life and accuracy, a built-in accelerometer detects motion and powers the device on or off depending on whether the tracker is moving. The battery lasts up to two weeks, and won’t die at an inconvenient time. A geo fencing feature, meantime, alerts you by text or email when your item leaves a specified area, ideal for parents who want to keep track of their kids.

If you use a shared workspace or store your gear in an area that is open to the public, some way of tracking your valuables is a no-brainer. Now that the technology is so robust, portable and affordable, the mini GPS tracker, once part of the realm of spy fiction and Saturday morning cartoons, is now available for a wide range of personal security and home safety uses.