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GPS trackers have become invaluable tools for fleet managers, businesses, and even individuals looking to keep tabs on their vehicles and assets. With a variety of options available, including hardwired, OBD, and portable trackers, selecting the right one for your specific needs can be challenging. In this article, we'll explore the differences between these types of GPS trackers to help you make an informed decision.

Hardwired GPS Trackers:

Hardwired GPS trackers are permanently installed into the vehicle's electrical system. They require a simple 3 wire installation. Many people will opt to have them professionally installed but anyone with basic electrical skills can accomplish this install. Typically hidden from view, making them less susceptible to tampering or theft. These trackers draw power from the vehicle's battery, ensuring a constant and reliable power source.


  • Permanent installation ensures consistent operation.

  • Hidden design provides enhanced security.

  • Suitable for long-term tracking needs.

  • No need to worry about battery life.


  • Installation costs may be higher or take longer

OBD (On-Board Diagnostics) GPS Trackers:

OBD GPS trackers plug directly into the vehicle's OBD-II port, which is present in most cars manufactured after 1996. They offer a simple "plug-and-play" setup, making them user-friendly and easily transferable between vehicles. OBD trackers can provide a wealth of vehicle diagnostic data in addition to location tracking.


  • Easy to install and switch between vehicles.

  • Access to vehicle diagnostics and performance data.

  • No additional power source required.

  • Easily hidden out of view using an optional accessory cable 


  • Limited compatibility with older vehicles without OBD-II ports.

Portable GPS Trackers:

Portable GPS trackers are battery-operated and can be placed inside vehicles, attached to assets, or even carried by individuals. They offer flexibility and convenience, especially for short-term tracking or situations where a permanent installation is not feasible.


  • Flexibility to track various assets and even individuals.

  • No installation required; easy to set up and use.

  • Can be used beyond vehicle tracking, such as for personal safety.


  • Limited battery life requires periodic recharging or battery replacement.

Choosing the Right Tracker:

  • Consider Your Tracking Needs: Determine whether you need long-term, permanent tracking (hardwired), a mix of vehicle diagnostics and location data (OBD), or the flexibility to track various assets (portable).

Ultimately, the choice between a hardwired, OBD, or portable GPS tracker depends on your specific tracking requirements, level of security desired, and budget constraints. Careful consideration of these factors will help you make an informed decision and choose the GPS tracker that best fits your needs.

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