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Garmin ALPHA TT15 MINI / PRO 550 PLUS MINI Add-On Collar



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Let's take a look at the Garmin Alpha MINI TT15 collar. The MINI TT15 is the newest collar designed for use with the Garmin Alpha Track and Train GPS system. The MINI collar was designed for your extremely small dogs. It'll go down to a 9.5 in. neck and fit comfortably, so that you can get good e-collar contact. That's important with a training collar, unlike a tracking collar which can be a little lose on the dogs neck. With a training collar you've got to have skin contact with your probes, and so the collar's got to go down small enough. This is your big collar; this is a regular TT15, this is a MINI TT15, and what we were running into is first off you can see this is the smallest both of these collars will go. So you've got a substantially smaller neck size here. But then you've also got, while it's not extreme, the weight difference is about 3 oz., and on a really small dog that can make a little bit of a difference. But the problem we were running into was that you couldn't get this down small enough to fit onto a small dog's neck especially the little beagles. That's the biggest thing we've run into. But it also makes a difference on some of your smaller bird dogs, some of your smaller squirrel dogs, your little bitty dogs, this is a lot for them to carry around. So Garmin developed the MINI collars. 9.5 in. neck is how small it'll go. It's not for everybody. I don't want people to go, "Hey it's a small collar, so I can put it on my giant dog." Right now I'm telling folks 9.5 in. to about 14 in. is what I'm going to recommend. You'll notice, this is your GPS antennae, and as you start to get out to the bigger necks, you're going to start to get this on the side of the dog's neck. Now, we've had that before on the older versions of the Astro, but we really prefer the GPS antenna be on top. You're going to get a lot better signal reception. So as you get up into the larger necks, this is what you end up with. So I'm going to say that 14 in. is the maximum. I recommend people go with this. That's going to cover a lot of them. Several of my bird dogs can comfortably wear this collar.

But the other problem that you run into with a dog with a larger neck, when you get all this on the side is you're going to start to get some rotation. And while that's not a gigantic deal, you'll probably still be able to get GPS reception. Notice what your antenna does. That's not good. So, small dog you actually get really good antennae placement. That's perfect. And so you want to use this on smaller dogs. With a smaller system there are two things that we are looking at. You're going to have less range, and you're going to have lower battery life. And in the GPS system that's not ideal, but for the really small dogs that's just sort of the nature of it.

Let's talk about battery life first. With a regular TT15 collar in the 2.5 second mode -- 24 hours runtime when it kicks into rescue mode. The MINI TT15 on battery life -- it's going to get about 16. You're talking 8 hours less. Now, 16 hours is a full day for everybody, so it's just a tradeoff that you really just have to come to terms with. I'm ok with it, but that kind of goes back to what I was talking about with the larger dog there's just not a big advantage to going with a small collar. I'd rather have the longer battery life. So if you have a dog 14 in. and above, I'm going to go with the bigger collar.

Range is going to be the other trade off. Garmin lists the MINI TT15 as having a maximum range of 4 miles. And they list the TT15 regular size collar as having a maximum range of 9 miles. I've always felt the 9 miles was pretty optimistic. I have never been able to get 9 miles out of the system. The most I've ever done with an external antenna is about 6-6.5 miles. So far all of our tests on the MINI collar, it has matched up exactly with the big collar. It's going toe-to-toe with the big collar, everything we have done. But I went back and talked to the engineers at Garmin to get an answer for that because I didn't understand why they were, in my opinion, underselling the MINI collars. What I was told is that in the 4 mile / 5 mile range and down this collar is going to work about the same. But when you get up into that longer range, when you get passed that 5 mile sort of range, that this one is going to drop off more than the larger collar. There just aren't a lot of situations where you're going to get that kind of range out of a GPS system, so right now I'm a little up in the air on what we're going to say range-wise on it. Garmin says this one is 4, this one is 9. So far, the most Iíve gotten so far with this collar is 4.5, but I haven't replicated the situation where I've gotten 6.5 miles yet, so we'll see. But so far range wise I'm pretty happy with it. So going back to it, if you've got a small dog this is perfect. If you've got a bigger dog, I would stick with the larger collar.

Everything else about them is pretty much the same. 2 new features: the MINI collars have a bark sensor, so that you can know when your dog is barking or baying and the TT15 has what's called a sleep mode. Sleep mode was designed to allow you to shut the collar down. The way it was presented to me was that if your dog is out, you can track him, but you can't get to him, and you're worried about your battery life running out, then you can activate sleep mode. The collar will quit transmitting, and you can come back in the morning and reactivate it. In my opinion that's a pretty bad idea. If you have a location on a dog, you need to get to him as fast as you can. So I can see where you can use sleep mode if you're going from hunting spot to hunting spot, and you want to power down your collar without actually having to cut it off, then sleep mode is valuable. I would not shut down a collar on a dog that I'm tracking and try to find the next day. Beyond that it works pretty much the same. It is compatible with all of the collars out there. You can run them together if you have big dogs and small dogs, and you want one of each, you can do that. You can still run it with the TT10s, and it also has the same feature where you can run it as a tracking only collar on the Garmin Astro.




"It's the perfect size for a small dog and works just as well as the TT15 collar."

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By: Cleveland Rhoades From FL

Hunts. Competes.
Purchased the TT15 Mini to go with my Garmin Alpha for our Female Brittany pup. It's the perfect size for a small dog and works just as well as the TT15 collar I used for my male. Love it. Also I must give 5 stars for everyone at Gun Dog Supply. I need the collar for a AKC field trial and was worried that I couldn't receive it time for the event. Gun Dog Supply had it in stock, got it out that day, and I received it when they said I would. Our little 6 month old girl took fourth place in her first ever AKC field trial. Thank you Steve

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 26690
Reviewed: 2016-01-25
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Customer Review #33444

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By: Jack Metzger From WI

The smaller size is good for my Beagles.




Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 33444
Reviewed: 2018-10-13
Customer Review #33633

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By: David Adams From TN

I like these collars because I have two dogs with small necks. The smaller collars allow me to keep up with and correct them.




Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 33633
Reviewed: 2018-10-18
Customer Review #32583

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By: Jr Woolman From

Hunts.
Asked on social media the difference between the mini and regular collars, told there was no difference other than size. Well, the sizes are different. I do own bigger beagles, so I ordered a six dog alpha with bigger collars and they barely fit, but one dog (as she is smaller) it wouldn't fit. So if you're running smaller dogs I'd get the minis. I wish all mine were minis.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 32583
Reviewed: 2016-11-25
Customer Review #31252

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By: DAVE DUESING From WI

BEAGLES. Hunts.
Nice fitting collar. I wasn't sure how my 11 month old Beagle would act with the antennae on it, but she is unfazed after 1-2 uses. She's only about 17 pounds but she handles it fine. I shocked her from 320 yards away to get her back to the cabin and it worked great. I would recommend this set-up along with my Alpha 100. A little pricey, but worth it.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 31252
Reviewed: 2016-08-22
Customer Review #30875

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By: Jamison Read From OH

Hunts.
Great product.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 30875
Reviewed: 2016-07-27
Customer Review #30903

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By: Chad Pinion From LA

Hunts. Competes.
Fits perfectly and truly a must have for all serious hunters.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 30903
Reviewed: 2016-07-29
Customer Review #30062

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By: Ron Hunter From AR

Hunts.
I love the collar. I initially bought the larger TT15 but it did not fit well. Steve offered to exchange it for the TT15 mini!! The only complaint I do have is the battery life is not the greatest. It is good..not great. It is much better with the full size TT15.


Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 30062
Reviewed: 2016-06-16
Customer Review #29798

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By: Donald Justus From VA

Hunts.
I love it, you can't find any better.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 29798
Reviewed: 2016-05-31
"The range is the same."

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By: Bruce Spencer From WI

Hunts. Family pet.
It seems to work as well as my TT15's. The range is the same, I do not notice any difference.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 28515
Reviewed: 2016-04-01
"Love it."

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By: Keinan Bazile From LA

Hunts.
Great product. Love it.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 27661
Reviewed: 2016-02-29
"Great product."

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By: Mitchell Durden From GA

Hunts.
Great product.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 27380
Reviewed: 2016-02-19
"Would not go hunting without them."

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By: Russell Skinner From GA

Hunts.
Great product. Purchased a 5 dog set and just picked up my 6 dog. Would not go hunting without them.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 25858
Reviewed: 2015-12-26
"Nice size for a 35lb dog."

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By: Dawn Kundert From

Nice size for a 35lb dog. Working well in hilly terrain.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 25668
Reviewed: 2015-12-19
"It took a few tries to get it bound to my transmitter, but once working is outstanding and fits my very small - 24 lb female Brittany, whereas the standard collar did not."

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By: Anthony Avallone From OH

It took a few tries to get it bound to my transmitter, but once working is outstanding and fits my very small - 24 lb female Brittany, whereas the standard collar did not. I use two collars at once to handle both dogs.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 25297
Reviewed: 2015-12-06
"Worked so well on the husky decided to buy the little bunny hunter one too."

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By: Renee Grandi From OR

Family pet.
Bought the first collar and handheld. Worked so well on the husky decided to buy the little bunny hunter one too. Can't say he is as trainable, but at least we know where he is now. He loves to get quiet when he is hunting.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 25343
Reviewed: 2015-12-07
"The only problem that I have is that I did not receive an operator manual."

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By: Mitchell Durden From GA

treeing fiest. Hunts.
The only problem that I have is that I did not receive an operator manual.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 24550
Reviewed: 2015-11-05
Customer Review #32987

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By: Robert Booth From RI

Purchased a TT-15 Mini two seasons ago. Had problems with it (shifting into shock mode on its own); Garmin advised master resets which seemed to reduce the frequency of the issue but the pup at that time took some nasty jolts.

Added second beagle pup this year and added second TT-15 Mini. Updated the Alpha's s/w per instructions and found new collar; Alpha working great.

However, when working the dogs together I found the old original collar had died locking in a GPS location about 8 miles from my local area and would not acquire a GPS link. After doing all the Garmin fault corrections (unsuccessfully) replaced that one with the most recent TT-15 Mini purchase.

Two years ago I was so-so about the product line but the new collars are working fine and have no issues with the Alpha since the s/w updates. The jury is still out until the end of this year's small game season but I'm certainly more satisfied now than I was two years ago.

At this juncture, I've elevated my evaluation from a 2.0 to a 4.0 and would recommend the Alpha 100/TT-15 Mini combination for the trail by anyone with beagles. I only use tone (recall & sit) or vibrate (to precede recall) if necessary. Shock is not selected for either dog.


Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 32987
Reviewed: 2018-10-11
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ALPHA TT15 MINI Collar Features

  • Designed for smaller breeds measuring as small as 9.5" in neck circumference
  • Top-mounted, high-sensitivity GPS / GLONASS receiver gives better signal reception than GPS alone
  • Compatible with the Astro 430 and 320 (tracking functions only)
  • VIRB CONTROL on the collar lets you start or stop VIRB video recording with the Alpha handheld (VIRB camera not included)
  • Non-stimulating Vibration function
  • Bark detection sensor
  • Non-stimulating Tone function
  • Remote activated LED light beacons for low light conditions
  • User replaceable 3/4" collar strap fits neck sizes between 9.5" and 22"
  • BRAIDED STEEL collar antenna takes all the abuse a hunting dog can give it
  • USB port on collar for software updates and exporting additional GPS dog data
  • 18 levels of both Continuous and Momentary Stimulation
  • Waterproof (1 ATM -- 10 meters)

    ALPHA TT15 MINI Collar Dimensions

  • Weight: 7.5 oz with collar strap and antenna
  • Height: 1 3/8 inches
  • Width: 3 1/8 inches
  • Depth: 1 13/16 inches

    ALPHA TT15 MINI Collar Compatibility

  • Compatible with Alpha 100 and Astro 430 and 320 receivers (tracking function only with Astro and collar must be in Astro mode)
  • Can run on the same ALPHA system with TT15 and TT10 collars
  • NOT compatible with Astro 220 Handheld

    ALPHA TT15 MINI Strap Color Options

    The Astro/T5 MINI Combo comes standard with a black collar strap. Additional collars come from the factory with a red strap. We give you the option of 10 different strap colors: Orange, Black, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow, White, Silver, Pink, or Violet so you can easily keep up with different dogs!

    Not available to Canadian addresses. This product is approved for use in the US only. Collar to handheld radio communication may be disabled in Europe and other prohibited areas.

  • Country of Origin: Made in Taiwan.




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