Common questions about the battery packs in Equipment Asset Tracker devices

This article answers some common questions about the battery packs in both the Equipment Asset Tracker and Equipment Asset Tracker - Battery devices.

What is the shelf life of the replacement battery packs for the Equipment Asset Tracker and Equipment Asset Tracker - Battery devices?

According to manufacturer specifications, the batteries in the Equipment Asset Tracker family of devices maintain 95% of their stored capacity after 20 years of storage in proper storage conditions (approximately 21°C/70°F).

When does the Equipment Asset Tracker device use the asset's battery?

Any time the Equipment Asset Tracker is connected to an asset's battery, the Equipment Asset Tracker uses the assets's battery instead of the internal battery.  The internal battery is used when the device is not receiving power from the asset's battery.

What impact does the Equipment Asset Tracker device have on the asset's battery?

While the Equipment Asset Tracker does draw power from the asset's battery, its consumption is minimal.  While sleeping between Periodic Location Updates (PLUs), the device draws mere microamps.  When awakened to perform an update, the device draws milliamps for a few seconds.  Consider that typical asset batteries hold at least 50 to 70 amp hours, the draw from the EAT device is negligible and should not cause any issues with an asset's battery life. 


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