The NEW Garmin Alpha 200i takes everything we love about the Alpha 100 and squeezes it into a sleeker package with even more features.
All the way back in 2012, Garmin gave us the best-selling Garmin Alpha 100: the first-ever Garmin GPS tracking collar combined with a Tri-Tronics remote trainer. For the first time, you could track and train your dog using one handheld and one collar with the added versatility of a touchscreen.
Now after all these years, Garmin gives us their second-generation Alpha handheld: the 200i.
The Alpha 200i features a larger 3.5" touchscreen compared to the Alpha 100's 3" screen, giving you more detail and better control.
Three Side Buttons:
In addition to the three front buttons carried over from the original Alpha 100, the new Alpha 200i adds three side buttons for improved usability.
More Internal Memory:
The Alpha 200i has 16 GB of internal memory. That's FOUR TIMES MORE than what was in the original Alpha 100. More memory means more detailed maps, more dog data, and more functionality.
Compass Pro View:
In addition to your dogs, you can now see the direction and distance to your truck and your friends' Alpha handhelds on the Compass Screen.
Built-in InReach Technology:
The Alpha 200i has a built-in InReach communicator, so in an emergency you can send interactive SOS alerts and two-way messages via the 100% global Iridium satellite network from anywhere in the world with no cellular service needed (satellite subscription required).
Some other cool new features of the Alpha 200i include:
Preloaded TopoActive Maps
Directly download BirdsEye satellite imagery to your Alpha
Hunt Metrics Data
shows each dog's hunting patterns and behaviors so you can keep them healthy and safe
Compatible with the Garmin Explore App and Website
for managing tracks, routes, and waypoints, as well as reviewing statistics from the field
The TT15 MINI GPS Collar is designed for very small hunting dogs that have trouble wearing the larger, standard TT15 collar.
It's a great choice for beagles, squirrel dogs, smaller flushing and pointing breeds, and terriers.
It weighs only 7.5 oz. and will fit dogs with a neck size as small as 9.5 inches. It is the exact same size and design as the Garmin PRO Trashbreaker collar.
Just like the standard TT15, the MINI also has a top-mounted GPS antenna but with a shorter mount to fit smaller dogs better.
While the MINI TT15 was built with smaller dogs in mind, it can be comfortably worn by larger dogs.
The only issue with larger dogs wearing the MINI TT15 is the GPS antenna is not going to be in the ideal location. If your dog's neck is 16" or over, it will end up on the side of his neck instead of on top.
Perfect for Puppies
I recommend the MINI collars for anyone with young dogs. I always have a puppy or two around, and the regular Alpha collars are a bit much for them. The MINI collar is perfect for that young pup.
I really like the look and feel of the MINI collars, but they may not be right for you.
This collar is intended for small dogs. To reduce the collar size, Garmin had to sacrifice two vital features of any tracking collar -- Battery Life and Range.
When set to a 2.5 second update rate, the MINI collar has a 16-hour runtime vs. a 24-hour runtime on the regular TT15 collar. 16 hours may be long enough for most hunting trips, but more battery life never hurts. Few things are as useless as a tracking and training collar with a dead battery.
The MINI collar has a line of sight range of only 4 miles vs. the 9 mile range of the regular TT15 collar.
The MINI TT15 costs the exact same amount as the regular TT15, so there is no cost savings.
Garmin ALPHA 200i + TT15 MINI Combo Transmitter (Remote)
Handheld GPS Features
Large 3.5" (diagonal) sunlight-readable touchscreen that works when wearing gloves
InReach technology adds interactive SOS alerts and two-way messaging via the global Iridium satellite network (subscription required; jurisdiction restrictions may apply)
Dedicated emergency SOS button
Sleek, streamlined design is less bulky
Fully rubberized outer coating with an over molding
Meets tough IPX7 waterproof standards
Quad helix GPS / Galileo antenna for improved signal reception
Removable VHF antenna
16 GB internal memory
Micro SD card slot (max. 32 GB class 10 or less) for preprogrammed MapSource mapping detail such as US TOPO, Inland Lakes, BlueChart and City Navigator, or add more memory by installing a blank MicroSD Card
Garmin "backbone" accessory mount plus lanyard attachment point
Power Button Control Screen includes button lock feature
Micro-USB port for data updates via PC or Mac
See ambient temperature data by adding the Garmin Tempe (available separately)
Backward compatible so it will work with your existing collars and other Alpha compatible devices
Transfer location data between compatible Garmin devices
Alpha Handheld Specifications:
Dimensions: 2.7" x 6.4" x 1.3" with antenna
Weight: 9.9 oz.
Dog Tracking Features
Preloaded TopoActive maps
Map Screen Options let you show or hide Dog Status, Distance, Names, and Offscreen Dogs
Zoom to Map Dogs: automatically see all dogs on your map screen no matter how far they are from you
Dog Trails: choose from Complete History, Partial History, or No Trail History
Dog Set Up Menu with universal dog settings including Update Rates and Dog Types
Dog Alerts: choose tone-only, vibration-only, or tone and vibration
Hunt Metrics: shows each dog's hunting patterns and behaviors so you can keep them healthy and safe
Directly download BirdsEye satellite imagery to your handheld (1-year subscription included)
Share your dog info with other Alpha handheld units
Save up to 1,000 waypoints, 50 routes, and 10,000 track points
Compatible with the Garmin Explore app and website for managing tracks, routes, and waypoints, as well as reviewing statistics from the field
GeoFence and Radius alerts
Area calculation feature
VIRB Control on the TT15 MINI collar lets you start or stop VIRB video recording with the Alpha handheld (VIRB camera not included)
Remote Training Collar Features
Customizable settings let you create your own personal configuration with ideal stimulation types and settings for each dog
3 front + 3 side buttons and touchscreen controls
Train and track up to 20 dogs from one screen
Adjust stimulation levels from any screen
18 levels of continuous STIM
18 levels of momentary STIM
Non-stimulating vibration and tone options
Choose from two stimulation configurations:
Traditional STIM -- 6 levels with each level having a low, medium, and high for a total of 18 levels, replicating the “classic” Tri-Tronics stimulation setup
Linear STIM -- 18 levels that exactly match the low, medium, and high levels used in Garmin / Tri-tronics PRO series collars for those who prefer a slightly faster way to raise and lower levels
Garmin ALPHA 200i + TT15 MINI Combo Collar
Full-featured GPS TRACKING + TRAINING collar
Can be used alongside TT15 and T5 / T5 MINI tracking only collars
Waterproof to 1 ATM (10 meters)
3/4" plastic-coated nylon collar strap is durable and odor-free
Fits neck sizes 9.5"-22"
K-9 metal collar buckle with metal keeper
Braided-steel VHF whip antenna to handle whatever abuse your dog can give
Top-mounted, high-sensitivity GPS / Galileo receiver for improved signal reception
Remote activated LED safety beacon lights for added visibility
Connect to your computer via USB for easy software updates and exporting GPS dog data
16- to 30-hour run time depending on update rate
Rescue Mode activates at 25% to preserve battery life
Battery life indicator tells you when to recharge your collar
4-hour collar charge time
Also compatible with the Alpha 100 and Astro 430 (tracking function only)
TT15 Collar Specifications:
Dimensions: 1.75" H x 3.5" W x 1.85" D
Weight: 10 oz. with collar strap and antenna
Garmin ALPHA 200i + TT15 MINI Combo Comes With
Alpha 200i handheld with TopoActive Map
TT 15 MINI GPS dog device
User-replaceable Li-ion rechargeable batteries in collar and handheld
USB cables (micro and mini)
Short and long contact point sets with wrench
5" handheld antenna
Braided-steel collar antenna
1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription
1-year Garmin warranty
Up to 20 user-replaceable 3/4" collar straps (depending on number of collars purchased)
Black (x2), Red (x2), Orange, Blue, Green, Yellow, White, Gray, Pink, & Violet
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Features of the Garmin ALPHA 200i + TT15 MINI Combo
Interactive SOS and Two-Way Messaging
Should you have an emergency or accident, the Garmin Alpha includes InReach technology so you can send an SOS or other message via the Iridium satellite network from anywhere in the world (subscription required).
Download Detailed GPS Dog Trail Info
Map the area you and your dog covered during the day's hunt on your computer using the Waypoints and Tracks and Dog Tracks features on the Alpha Handheld. Download your hunt using either MapSource or Motionbased.com and see your hunt on a TOPO map or Google Earth.
Avoid Getting Lost with Hunter-Friendly Icons
Mark and label your vehicle, UTVs, blinds, hunting lodge, food plots, and other outdoor features with waypoint icons specially designed for hunting.
Keep Up with Birds Using the Covey Counter
Mark the exact location of your coveys on the map with this special waypoint feature and record the time of day, elevation, number of birds in the covey, and number of birds taken.
Although the Garmin Alpha was originally designed for hunting dogs, many of our non-hunting customers have found that the Alpha is perfect for spending time outdoors with their dogs and allowing them to run off-leash. Whether hiking, camping, biking, or horseback riding, the Garmin Alpha gives your dogs more freedom while letting you keep a close eye on them and find them if they get lost. Since the Garmin Alpha is also a full-featured GPS, it will help keep you from getting lost as well!
Garmin ALPHA 200i + TT15 MINI Combo Batteries
Li-ion batteries in both handheld and collar
Less than 6-hour charge time
Handheld and collar batteries both 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 Runtimes:
~16-20 hours without InReach technology enabled
~11-15 hours with InReach technology enabled
Collar Battery Runtimes:
~16 hours with 2.5-second update rate (24 hours in Rescue Mode)
~21 hours with 5-second update rate
~24 hours with 10-second update rate
~27 hours with 30-second update rate
~30 hours with 120-second update rate (34 hours in Rescue Mode)
Garmin ALPHA 200i + TT15 MINI Combo Range
The Garmin Alpha handheld and MINI collar have a "line of sight" range of up to 4 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.
Garmin Alpha GPS Maps
Includes free Garmin TopoActive map and 1-year subscription to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery
Supports optional map data including TOPO U.S. 24K, autorouting with City Navigator, and Garmin Custom Maps
Annual 12-month Contracts
Lower monthly fees -- Ideal for people who either plan on using their inReach all year long, or who want the peace of mind of having a continuously active SOS device.
Ideal for year-round use and peace of mind
Lower monthly fees
Move up a plan at any time for free
Initial account activation fee of $19.95
Move down a plan at any time for $24.95
Requires only a 30-day commitment -- Allows you to pay for satellite airtime service when you need it on a rolling monthly basis. You can change plans, up or down, or suspend your service at no charge.
Ideal for seasonal or occasional use
Move up or down a plan for free
Suspend your service when you don’t need it
Keep all your account data, tracks and details when suspended
I am very happy with this tracking/training system. The dogs enjoy a bit more freedom as well.
ProsSimple to use
ConsA bit costly
Los Angeles, California
No OnX Hunt chip compatability.
November 9, 2020
Sold the unit to my friend at a discount instead of returning to Gun Dog Supply. Garmin took a big step backwards by not including compatability for the OnX Hunt chip. I upgraded from the Alpha 100 and expected the same OnX experience. I was disappointed. Most Garmin units recognize the chip, not the Alpha 200i. I expected the latest and greatest from Garmin to do the same as their previous units.
ProsGreat screen, excellent interface, very easy to operate the controls.
ConsAs stated above.
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