Conventional variometers have the major flaw of having a lag between the actual climb/sink rate and the audio feedback. XC Tracer Mini III GPS gives a lag free audio feedback due to the use of an accelerometer combined with the barometer. This allows to be way more efficient in thermals, especially in weak conditions. It is possible to customize the audio feedback sound to your taste here!
XC Tracer Mini III GPS does log an IGC and and KML file in parallel. The IGC files are accepted by F.A.I. for paragliding competitions, and you can look at your track in Google Earth in simply double clicking on a KML file.
Don't be surprised not to have to charge it for a full season! There is a lithium polymer battery built in, when fully charged the battery has enough energy to power XC Tracer Mini III GPS for more than 20h hours without sunshine. But since the battery gets charged when it's exposed to sunlight (even when the device is turned off) by the solar cell you get an almost infinite autonomy! In case it should be necessary you can also charge the battery via the Micro USB cable that got shipped with your vario.
The Bluetooth BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) 4.0 module built in allows you to connect the Mini III GPS to your favorite app (see list here) on your Android /iOS / e-reader device. A connection over USB is also possible, but it is recommended to use BLE whenever possible. You can configure the BLE strings that you want to send to your phone, tablet or e-reader using a simple configuration file.
One button and that's all. You'll use it to switch on / switch off the device and to choose the volume from 0 (silent) to 3 (loud). Configuration is made via an intuitive text file. If you struggle with the updates or just to access to the XC Tracer memory check out this page.
We highly recommend you the software LogFly! Intuitive and compatible with XC Tracer. Don't bother counting your hours anymore. It does everything by itself and provides many interesting statistics.