Astro T5 Collar Hardware Features:
Integrated Beacon Lights give your dog added visibility in low-light conditions.
Orange Top Mounted High-Sensitivity GPS/GLONASS Receiver
The T5 features an orange GPS/GLONASS receiver to make it easy to differentiate T5 collars from other models. The GPS/GLONASS receiver antenna is on top of the dog's neck like on the old DC-30 but without the horrible nylon collar strap. Get better, faster GPS tracking with increased sensitivity.
Quick-Charge Li-ion Batteries
The T5 collar features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that gives a 24-48 hour run time depending on selected update rate. Charge time is 4 hours. The built-in battery life indicator lets you know when you need to recharge your collar.
The T5 Astro GPS Collar is waterproof to 1 ATM (10 meters)
Collar Battery Run Time Chart:
◦25 hours with 5 second update rate
◦35 hours with 10 second update rate
◦40 hours with 30 second update rate
◦52 hours with 120 second update rate
It's really tricky to give exact run times on the Garmin Astro T5 because there are so many variables. Collar battery run time is most affected by update rate and whether or not you use the Beacon Lights.
One Piece Charging Cradle
The T5 has a charging clip just like the DC 40 and the TT 10, but unlike these two other collars, the clip is part of the cord and not a separate piece. One less thing to lose!
Collar VHF Antenna: Tough Braided-Steel
These whip antennas take all the abuse a hunting dog can give it in the rough terrain where you hunt. The T5 comes with a VHF antenna made from BRAIDED STEEL. This antenna is the same design used on the Alpha TT 10 and 15. We have really been pleased with these antennas, and they are very tough -- especially compared to the old designs on the DC 30 and DC 40.
Additional Long Range Collar Antenna
Also included in the T5 package is a 22 1/2" Long Range Collar antenna. This longer antenna provides additional range compared to the standard 18 1/2" antenna. The Long Range Collar Antenna is perfect for big running hounds.
Feed-through Collar Strap Design
The T5 collar strap is a feed through / collar belt loop style unit just like most e-collars on the market today. It does not require screws or a plate to attach the collar to the unit.
Coated Nylon "Glo" Collar Strap
Just like the DC 50, the T5 uses a 1-inch wide plastic coated "Glo" collar strap that is popular with most hunters and Field Trial dog owners. These straps hold up better than regular nylon or leather collars and come in 10 different colors so you can keep up with your different dogs. Choose an Orange, Black, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow, White, Silver, Pink, or Violet collar strap. Fits neck sizes between 13-inches and 22-inches and features a solid K-9 metal collar buckle with metal keeper.
USB Port on Collar
Built-in USB Port allows easy software updates -- just plug your collar into your computer. Also can be used to export additional GPS dog data directly from your collar to your computer.
Astro T5 Collar Software Features:
Astro / Alpha Cross-Compatibility
The T5 is compatible with both the Astro 320 and Alpha 100 handhelds (tracking function only with Alpha). This now lets Alpha users who need a system they can use in competitions legally run T5 tracking collars. Also, folks that buy the Astro 320 with T5 collars can continue to use the T5 collars in the future if they ever switch over to the Alpha handheld.
When the battery on a tracking collar dies, finding a missing a dog gets a lot more difficult. When the collar battery drops to 25% life, RESCUE MODE changes the update rate to a 2-minute ping to extend battery life which gives you the maximum amount of hours to find a lost dog. Rescue mode is not the default setting. You have to turn it on under SETTINGS. I can't think of a good reason NOT to run your collar in rescue mode because there's no downside to using it.
Live Laptop Tracking with BaseStation: Track Your Dogs on a Bigger Screen
Using BaseStation, you can take your handheld while you're tracking dogs and plug it into your computer, letting you view your dogs on your laptop's screen. HOW TO: First download Garmin's Base Station Software. Then plug your handheld into your computer's USB port to see the Tracking screen on your computer. We've got guys that are working out of vehicles and they are tired of looking at a small screen all the time. They want to set up a computer in their vehicle and be able to view the tracking. You still use a handheld to track, but view your dogs on your laptop screen instead of a small handheld. Garmin says it'll track on the computer "real-time," but it's the same update rate that you have on your system -- 5, 10, 30, or 120 seconds between updates.
Astro T5 Collar Comes With:
•22 1/2" steel braided antenna (installed on collar)
•18 1/2" steel braided antenna
•AC charging adapter
•Car charging adapter
•Charging/USB cable with integrated charging clip
Astro T5 Collar Dimensions:
•Weight: 9.3 oz with collar strap and antenna
•Height: 1.75 inches
•Width: 3.5 inches
•Depth: 1.85 inches
•1" wide collar strap
•Fits neck sizes between 13-inches and 22-inches
Astro T5 Collar Compatibility:
•Compatible with Astro 320 and Alpha 100 handheld receivers (tracking function only with Alpha)
•Can run on the same system with DC 20, DC 30, DC 40, and DC 50 collars
•NOT compatible with Astro 220 Handheld