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What's New in the Garmin ALPHA 10 + TT15X Combo
Up to 80 hours of battery life
Update your device via Garmin Express software
Remotely activated Sleep Mode further extends battery life (only with Alpha handhelds)
Compact design with at-a-glance tracking and configurable training
Multi-GNSS (global navigation satellite system) tracking for maximum accuracy and coverage
Add Garmin†TT15X†collars†(available separately) and†track and train up to 20 dogs
Store custom training settings for each dog with 18 levels of continuous or†momentary STIM plus tone and vibration
Red (x2), Black (x2), Orange, Blue, Green, Yellow, White, Silver, Pink, & Violet
Red (x2), Black (x2), Orange (x2), Blue, Green, Yellow, White, Silver, Pink, & Violet
Red (x2), Black (x2), Orange (x2), Blue (x2), Green, Yellow, White, Silver, Pink, & Violet
Red (x2), Black (x2), Orange (x2), Blue (x2), Green (x2), Yellow, White, Silver, Pink, & Violet
Red (x2), Black (x2), Orange (x2), Blue (x2), Green (x2), Yellow (x2), White, Silver, Pink, & Violet
Red (x2), Black (x2), Orange (x2), Blue (x2), Green (x2), Yellow (x2), White (x2), Silver, Pink, & Violet
Red (x2), Black (x2), Orange (x2), Blue (x2), Green (x2), Yellow (x2), White (x2), Silver (x2), Pink, & Violet
Red (x2), Black (x2), Orange (x2), Blue (x2), Green (x2), Yellow (x2), White (x2), Silver (x2), Pink (x2), & Violet
Red (x2), Black (x2), Orange (x2), Blue (x2), Green (x2), Yellow (x2), White (x2), Silver (x2), Pink (x2), & Violet (x2)
Garmin ALPHA 10 + TT15X Combo Batteries
Li-ion batteries in both handheld and collar
Less than 6-hour charge time
Collar battery is user-replaceable
Snap-on charging clip for no exposed charging jacks
Dual-lead charger lets you charge the collar and handheld at the same time
Handheld Battery Runtime:
~40 hours (will vary depending on usage)
Collar Battery Runtimes:
~60-80 hours depending on update rate
Garmin ALPHA 10 + TT15X Combo Range
The Garmin Alpha handheld and collar have a "line of sight" range of up to 9 miles.
The Alpha handheld and dog GPS collar communicate using a VHF radio signal. To get the maximum range out of the system there needs to be nothing obstructing this signal.
Realistically, this won't happen in most places we spend time with our dogs, so the actual usable range will be MUCH less than 9 miles depending on hunting/training conditions, weather, terrain, presence of cover, etc.
The TT15X is a track and train collar while the T5X is tracking only. Both collars are compatible with the Astro 430, all four Alpha handhelds, and the PRO 550 Plus. They can be tracked from multiple handhelds at the same time and can be run at the same time as TT10, TT15, and T5 collars.
Please note that Garmin's "X" collars are NOT compatible with the Astro 320 or 220.
The "X" collars have the same physical design as Garmin's regular size collars, but with several upgraded features:
Longer Battery Life -- up to 80 hours of run time using the 2.5 second update rate
Garmin Express Update Option -- you can update your "X" collar's software with Garmin Express
Sleep Mode -- you can put your "X" collar into sleep mode using Alpha handhelds, extending battery life even longer
Collar "About" Screen -- on Alpha 200i and 200 handhelds you can check your "X" collar's software version
Extended Battery Life
The biggest improvement on these collars is longer battery life.
Every time we talk with Garmin, battery life is a topic. With the "X" collars they have drastically increased battery life and added options to stretch it out even longer if needed.
We are seeing between 60 and 80 hours of run time off a single charge with a 2.5-second update rate. Setting your collar on a 5 or 10-second update rate will push it past 80 hours, and a 2-minute update rate will give you over 130 hours.
This will be especially helpful for folks with big running dogs or in lost dog situations. An "X" collar set in Rescue Mode drops down to a 2-minute update rate when the battery reaches less than 25% capacity, giving you the maximum possible time to locate a lost dog. More battery life = more time.
There are few things more useless than a tracking collar with a dead battery.
Keep in mind that this extended battery life option doesn't change my take on charging your collars.
I still recommend that you charge them after every use.
I want you to have the maximum battery life available if you need it. The only way to make that happen is to charge your system before each use. Also, keep in mind there has not been a change in the handheld batteries, so you will still need to charge them pretty much every night anyway.
Updating Your Collars with Garmin Express
With the "X" collars, you can now update both your collars and your handheld with Garmin Express.
This eliminates the need to have multiple programs installed to keep your system up-to-date. I prefer Garmin Express for several reasons, but not being able to update everything from one program has been a hassle. Now every new dog tracking product can be updated using Garmin Express.
The "X" collars have a Sleep Mode option just like the Garmin MINI collars.
Sleep Mode allows you the option of using your Alpha handheld to shut off both radios in the collar (GPS and handheld communication), significantly extending battery life. The collar searches every few seconds for a turn-on signal. Once you give the signal from your handheld, the radios turn back on and the collar returns to normal communication mode.
Note that you must be within range to activate the collar.
This is a specialized feature that really isn't going to be used by most of our customers. It's designed for situations where either you can't get to a dog in time to pick him up and are forced to leave him out overnight, or you are intentionally leaving him out and want to preserve battery life.
We have a few folks that like to leave their collars on their dogs all day while hunting, even when moving around in their vehicle, and Sleep Mode lets them conserve run time. I'm not sure if it's still necessary with the longer battery life, but the option is there.
Folks with livestock protection dogs will like the Sleep Mode feature. It will give you extra-long battery life while still keeping up with the location of your dogs.
The "X" collars give you the ability to view your collar software data on your Alpha 200i or Alpha 200 handheld.
This means you can check the software version from your handheld without the use of a computer. Not a giant deal, but it's a feature that we had back in the Astro 320 / 220 days, and it's nice to see its return.
I'm extremely pleased with these new collars.
We always want more range, longer battery life, and more durability from our tracking collars.
While we only get one of the big three updated here, it's an important update -- perhaps the most important -- and it will make finding lost dogs easier.
Transcript from Steve's Video
So this is the GARMIN TT15X. If you're familiar with the TT collars, it looks exactly like the current version of the TT15. The X collars have three major differences. The first difference is gonna be battery life. And that's the most important difference here. The battery life on this collar is substantially better than what we have in the TT15s right now, and it blows the TT15 MINIs out of the water.
In a two and a half second update rate, you're looking at between 60 and 80 hours of run time off of a single charge. The variance in there is gonna depend on a couple of things. Whether you run your lights, how much you're stimming the dog. Depends on what you're doing.
There's a difference too, between straight run time, and then you turn it on and turn it off, you'll get some differences there. But it's substantially longer than what we've had before, and that's a big deal, especially in a lost dog situation. The other. Two things. One of them's a giant deal. One of 'em is one of those things where it just depends on what you do.
The next big deal is that you can update the TT15X collars through Garmin Express. Prior to the 15X collars, you had to use Web Updater to update your collars. And so now everything that Garmin has on the market can be updated through Garmin Express. So that's handy, cuts down on the number of programs you have to have.
And then the last new thing is that the 15X has the sleep mode function for the collars, which we've had that in the MINI 15s, but we have not had that in the regular 15s. So the 15X has sleep mode. For most people that is not a big deal. But for folks that have dogs that are, that are out a long time and they're either intentionally not recovering them at the end of the day, or they can't get to them at the end of the day and they need to be able to leave them out overnight, the sleep mode option allows you to power down the collar so that it's no longer using its radio functions. And then when you return to the area all you have to do is go back into it and wake the collar up.
When you're looking at the collar, you go into your menu and right here, we have adjust sleep mode. And so you select that and then you are gonna go, I'm gonna put this collar to sleep. And so if you watch it, it's going to shut down. Okay. So basically it is lost all communication with the collar and it, that way, your, your battery's just not being used hardly at all.
And what the collar's gonna be doing is that it is going to wake up and look for a wake signal. And so what's happening is there's a rotation. And what it's doing is instead of constantly broadcasting and pulling GPS signals, it's waiting to wake up for a radio signal. So when you get back in the area, you want to turn it back on, you go back into your menu and you adjust collar sleep mode, and we're going to wake and now it's gonna take a second for it to update.
There you go. And you'll notice that the GPS has not quite come on yet, takes a second for it to pick back up. But basically that allows you to power down the radio signals on the collar so that it's no longer doing GPS or MURS communication. And that's going to drastically improve your battery life.
Garmin ALPHA 10 Handheld
The Garmin Alpha 10 is the newest handheld in the line of Garmin Alpha track and train systems. It works with "X" Series, regular, and MINI TT15s, TT10s, and T5s (tracking only).
What's unique about the Alpha 10 is its small size.
It is substantially smaller than the other handhelds on the market, weighing in at only 5.6 ounces and 2.6Ē tall. This could be a lot more comfortable for you to carry around in your hand, but whether this device is right or not for you depends on what you need, so read on.
What I like about this unit is that it will track up to 20 collars and handhelds, much like the Alpha 100 or the Alpha 200.
The tracking is similar to what you get from the PRO 550 PLUS. It is a directional only tracker, so when you're looking for a dog it will have an arrow showing the direction and distance the dog is from you.
The other great thing about the Alpha 10 is that it has the ability to track and message other Alpha handhelds, so you can sync it up with your 100 or 200 handhelds and send messages back and forth, and track each othersí locations.
The Alpha 10 has a lot of information packed into a small screen.
Overall, the Alpha 10 has a pretty simple interface. The toggle takes a little bit of getting used to, but the more I used it, the more I enjoyed it.
I found that it has a lot of information packed into a small screen and it fits in well with what I need in a lot of situations. As tracking units go, this is a really great handheld.
Where I think most folks are going to really appreciate the Alpha 10 is when using it in a vehicle.
I connect my Alpha 10 to a long-range antenna and use it along with a Garmin DriveTrack as a dedicated secondary unit that never leaves my truck. That way when I track dogs on foot I don't have to unscrew or unhook anything.
Since the Alpha 10 does not have mapping built-in, another option is to sync it with the Garmin Explorer app on your mobile phone. If you want a larger screen than the DriveTrack or a less expensive option, you can get a tablet and download the Garmin Explorer app there, too.
The Alpha 10 is a track and train unit but has limited training functionality.
The Alpha 10 has stimulation, tone, and vibration capabilities, but it is limited in that you have only one button with a toggle switch to raise and lower stimulation. The feedback we have been getting from customers is that this configuration isnít particularly easy to use, the side-button in particular.
Basically, this is a good unit if you donít have to use stimulation much, but it does not have the training functionality that the other Alpha handhelds have.
In my opinion, of the Garmin tracking/training units available, the PRO 550 PLUS offers the best e-collar functionality, followed by the Alpha 200, the Alpha 100, and then the Alpha 10.
Like the simply features of the Alpha 10, the toggle is very sensitive and the training collar button is hard to operate with gloves. Otherwise I like the all in one features with training and gps collar. The size of the handheld transmitter is great.
All in one and size is great.
Toggle is sensitive and training button is hard to feel with gloves.
By Melissa M.
Garmin Alpha10 and TT15X
March 10, 2022
This is a great product - I was a little unsure if I wanted the bigger system with maps or just the tracking arrow and distance, as with the alpha10, but I decided to go with the smaller system - and can use it with the Garmin app on my phone if I want more information. I have 2 male GSPs - just about a year old - whom I bring in the woods every morning. One is a runner, and disappears pretty regularly on me, which is why I got the system in the first place. The Alph10/TT15X system has given me my enjoyable morning walks and piece of mind back - I can see where my sinning dog is and give a gentle stimulus to remind him that he needs to come back. I don't stand in the middle of the wilderness yelling or whistling for him anymore. He has become more responsive and less likely to roam too far.
Easy to use, very long battery life (well over a week, out in the woods with dogs for about 1-2 hours a day), never loses the signal. Expensive, but worth the money. I would not bother with the more expensive versions that show maps on the screen - too much information and you can get that information for free with a Garmin App on your phone.
You need to be happy with the stimulus level you've chosen, as it is cumbersome to change on the fly.
Works great after software update
February 14, 2023
Initially could not get controller and collar to pair. Was told to update collar software, but was missing cable to connect from collar cable to USB. I bought my own and then tried updating collar with Garmin Express but it didn‚Äôt work. Then tried updating the controller which did work allowing the two to pair.
Now that it‚Äôs working, I couldn‚Äôt be happier with it. Works as advertised.
San Antonio, Texas
Only Used Once
February 1, 2023
Have only used it once, but seems to work well. Impressed with the battery life. No longer worrying about keeping extra batteries handy
December 21, 2022
Small, lightweight and after playing with it for a few minutes I was ready to go hunting. It does everything that the more expensive units can do. Download the Garmin Explore app and you can watch everything you dogs are doing.
Simple, easy to set up and due to its size, you never know its in your pocket
Training button is a little small and stiff but it just takes a little time to get the feel of it
A great new addition to the field kit
December 14, 2022
I just received the Aplha 10 and TT15x collar combination before my last hunt and put it immediate into use. Setup was incredibly easy. The Alpha 10 paired quickly with both my existing TT15 and the new TT15x collars. I have been using a Garmin 550+ handheld for the past three seasons and love that unit as well. If your dog(s) need training/stimulation the 550+ is probably the better unit to use. Since I was hunting my 4 year-old LLewelyn Setter, training/stimulation is not much of a need.
Comparisons between the 550+ and the Alpha 10 - I love the unit's larger direction display, which is much easier on older eyes. The Alpha 10 is a much smaller unit and easily fit into the shoulder pouch on my vest, keeping it within easy access but out of the way when shouldering a shotgun to the other side. Both the 550+ and Alpha 10 synced well with Garmin's Explorer app, but it is slightly easier to start and stop a hunt tracking with the Alpha 10. There is a little more information on the collar available in the Alpha 10's screen, such as collar battery strength, which I much appreciate.
Overall, I really like the Alpha 10. The three main things I need in a tracking collar right now in order of importance are direction and distance to my pups, battery strength of the unit and collars, and a stimulation option for the rare correction need. The Alpha 10 checks all those boxes.
As for the new TT15x collar - I need to perform some side-by-side testing, but it does appear to be slightly more accurate than my older TT15 collar. The software updates were easy enough to do thru Garmin Express, not that the WebUpdater approach was that difficult. Though, I do like having all my Garmin updates (550+, Alpha10, Fenix) in a single software location.
One more note on the customer service from Gun Dog Supply ... It was, as usual, simply amazing ... My wife actually ordered this unit as a gift for me and the pup. She initially forgot to order the TT15x collar with a blue strap (almost everything for this pup is blue). Hours after she placed the order, she called to adjust the order. In her words = "the woman who answered the phone could not have been nicer!"
+ Smaller than the 550+
+ Bigger directional display
+ Location accuracy
+ Unit and Collar battery strength
- Changing stimulation levels is not as quick as the 550+
- Easy to toggle the thumb switch when taking the unit in and out of a vest pocket/pouch
November 22, 2022
I would like everyone to know that purchasing from Outdoor Dog Supply , was a wonderful experience, fast shipment !! I'm so pleased with it , anything from Garmin has been a pleasure to purchase , watch the video Steve has on it . It can't be explained any simpler.
I hunt bird dogs and it the best !!
It's not a 100 or a 200 , but with phone app it can be seen as either . Nothing to complain about .
By Nick F.
Kansas City MO
Great E-Collar & Tracking System
November 4, 2022
So far, so good. Garmin makes top notch products. Had to exchange the TT15X for the TT15 Mini. Gun Dog Supply made the exchange easy.
Great company. Great support. My go to site for all things sport dog related.
Great small handheld
October 7, 2022
I got the Alpha 10 to be a compact handheld for my Garmin collars and it has been working like a dream with my 5 dogs in the field.
Great size and reception
None to say so far
Garmin Alpha 10+
September 10, 2022
Well constructed product.
Not easy to set up the hunt. You must be very careful to make sure the unit is off . Mine went dead on me
Fits my needs
July 24, 2022
As Steve's video review says, the Alpha 10 is not for everybody. But it fits my needs perfectly. My dog is already collar conditioned and doesn't need a lot of correction, so I didn't need a training collar. He responds to vibrate as a whoa command and tone as a recall, so I leave the setting on one of those and hitting the button gives me the desired response. Scrolling through multiple settings or working multiple dogs would be a drawback for this unit, I think. The tracking screen on the unit is fairly rudimentary- direction and distance to your dog, other devices, or your truck. But, when paired with my cell phone via Bluetooth and using the Garmin Explore app with downloaded maps, I get better mapping capability and dog location than with the more expensive units. It means having to have the Alpha 10 and my phone with me during a hunt, but that's not a concern for me. Plus, it doesn't require cell service. The TT15 collar works well for my Braque Francais. He is nearly 50 pounds, but his neck at the base of his head is only 14", and 16" at his shoulder, so a smaller pointer. So far, range has not been an issue, although I've only tested to about 1/2 mile. There are better training collars, and more advanced tracking units with better features. But for the right application, this combo is a great value.
Price and value in the right application
Gun Dog Supply customer service. I called and asked a lot of questions before making the purchase. I explained my needs and received honest feedback on the pros and cons of many units. There was no effort to upsell me. The unit was backordered when I placed my order, but I received it before expected.
Not the best for collar conditioning a new dog
Not the most features in a tracking unit
Takes some familiarity to get comfortable switching settings and between dogs
Enclosed user manual. Watch some videos.
Ideal for Chukar hunting
March 5, 2022
This is perfect for birdhunting in big country with a trained dog. I used Astros in the past but too many features made it harder to use. Seeing the direction and distance of the dog is all I need for tracking. Marking the truck is a big plus and why I chose this over the 550 plus. I do not use this for training but do need stimulation and randge for the occasional deer/antelope chase. The only thing I would change would be to add a range alert feature. If I need that and other mapping features I can also carry my Astro 430 which can read the TT15X collar.
Light and small. Easy to use. Good range Great for upland bird hunting.
Battery stopped taking a charge and had to return it to Garmin for a replacement.
Using with Garmin Explore was too confusing.
Simple, but not Garmin's best engineering
November 4, 2021
The upside is that the battery lasts a long time and they've dropped all the bells and whistles from the 100 and 200, so it's much simpler. Eliminating the touch screen also prevents the annoying moment when you look down during a hunt and realize you're 4-screens deep into a place you don't care about or don't want to be
The downside is that it seems to have been designed by someone who hasn't hunted with it-- (see cons, below)
To be clear: my frustrations are with Garmin, not Gun Dog Supply! I'm grateful to GDS that it was even available-- these are not easy to find these days and I needed mine quickly when my Alpha 100 stopped charging (after just 2 years).
Bottom line is that I'm keeping it, but there's room for improvement!
Long battery life.
Biggest flaw is the Training button, which 1) is hard to find by feel and/or without having to look, 2) is difficult to engage with gloves on, and 3) doesn't have any "action" like a click or vibration to let the user know it's been engaged.
The small size also means that using the buttons is cramped. Engaging the training button requires squeezing from the other side, which often causes inadvertent pressing of the Menu Button. This is true whether it's held in the right or left hand, and it's especially bad if you have large hands and/or fat fingers.
A post-production workaround might be a latex protective "skin" that could add a bump to the training button, so that it's more easily found and engaged without looking and with gloves on.
Like most Garmin products, the menus are not too intuitive-- likely b/c they're designed by engineers rather that dog trainers and handlers. E.g.: Engaging the Stim/Tone/Vibe from the little joystick would be helpful.
Last, a bottom mount for a lanyard would be helpful. I like to have the unit clipped on my belt, but also tethered with a shock cord, which is possible with the 100, but the belt clip attachment makes that impossible with this unit, so the shock cord and/or carabiner get all messed up in the belt clip. A simple bottom attachment would be another big help.
I would recommend this to a friend, but not without some warnings!
By Chris N.
October 6, 2021
Once I got the collars synched, it worked as advertised.
September 16, 2021
The Alpha 10 is exactly what I've been looking for in a handheld track/train. It's simple, it tells you where your dogs are, it alerts you when they're on point, and it gives you the ability to correct with tone/vibrate/ continuous and momentary stimulation. It is more of a "tracking" device than a "training" device, but it does give you the ability to do both. Pairing the Alpha 10 (and appropriate collars) with the Garmin Explore app (on your smartphone) gives you real-time and useful data on topographical or aerial imagery maps that can be reviewed in the field or after the hunt. The Garmin Explore app can be used with or without cell service, as long as the appropriate maps are downloaded beforehand. All of this, in a small and light package, makes the Alpha 10 perfect for my needs.
Pairs with Garmin Explore app
Small & Light
"Training" button can be difficult to quickly find in the field
Included carabiner is not ideal - it should be attached at the bottom of the device, not at the top.
Fast service and functional controller
September 16, 2021
Received the unit two days after ordering! It is a simple device easy to set up and the screen is easily seen in the sun. I like the compass and time showing right above the dog data. The tone and vibrate function setting and menu are easily accessible. I run three dogs and the screen shows their distance and direction. The toggle is rapid and the stimulation button convenient to press.
Small and easy to use device that functions as intended. I manage my pointers more easily than with the Alpha 100 while hunting.
Simple to set up and has what you need work your dogs in the field.
Been using the alpha 10 for a week so have not found fault with it as yet.
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