Transcript from Steve's Video:
This is the Garmin Astro DC-40. This is the 3rd generation of the Garmin Astro collars. It's a GPS receiver that your dog wears. It picks up information from the satellites. And then it broadcasts that signal using its RF antenna back to your handheld to give you the location of your dog.
Pretty complex device to be worn on a dog, but they do a great job. They're tough. They hold up real well. We've got a new design on the antenna that is more durable than some we've seen in the past. Great little unit. We seldom have trouble out of them nowadays.
It's compact. It's got your battery, everything that you need. It is designed to be worn separately. Some folks will attach on e-collar to this device. I'm not a big fan of doing that. I would rather that be on a separate collar.
But the DC-40, they hold up really well. We've had real good luck with them. A far as a GPS only collar, this is one of my favorites ones out there.
The DC-40, to get a full charge it's going to take about four hours. It comes with a charger, clips on. Fully drained battery it will take you about four hours.
There are different update rates. The update rate is how often the collar sends a signal back to the handheld. That determines your battery life. The quickest update with this is a five second update. The five second update we get between 20 and 24 hours of runtime. That's straight runtime.
If you lower your update rate where it's sending information back to the handheld in a 10 second or 15 second increment, or a 30 second, or even the long, which is 120 seconds, you can get longer battery life. The downside of that is that the information that you have at the handheld has bigger gaps in it. So it really depends on what you're doing.
I run all of my dogs with a five second update and I just keep track of my battery life. I watch it pretty close. Every day when I'm through running a collar, that night I stick it on the charger so I have a full charge the next day.
The DC-40 works with a 320 handheld. You can expand a 320 handheld up to 10 dogs. We have 10 different colored collar straps you can order. They come free with the system, but that way you can identify your dogs based off of color and have a different color for each strap.
Each DC-40 collar comes with a charging clip, a wall charger, and a car charger.