Quick battery test with GPS on

A project log for Squeak: GPS pet tracker

Squeak is a LoRaWAN GPS pet tracker with a very long battery life. It allows you to ask your pets to share their location

mihaicuciucmihai.cuciuc 11/19/2022 at 08:020 Comments

I ran a battery capacity test. System was configured to stay in sleep and wake up every 10 minutes. Then try to get a GPS fix and transmit an uplink. Then tested this in two scenarios, shown in the following plot.

On the left, a GPS fix is easily obtained and power draw is small. For the middle section the GPS cannot get a fix and it keeps trying for 10 minutes. During this phase 62% of the battery capacity is lost in 8.7 hours.

But something does not add up. With this power profile I expect 14h of run time. Further tests needed. Possible causes: