Longer lasting battery charges on the pet’s tracking collar might be a great reason for keeping your Marco Polo System in Monitor mode, but it’s not the only one. Whenever your system is in Monitor mode:
- The locator will warn you if the battery is low on any pet tracking tag. Remember, Marco Polo can continuously monitor up to 3 pets. So a low battery on any one will alert you to the need to recharge the tag.
- In addition to checking the battery status, the system is continually checking for any faults in the locator and each tag, so you can have confidence that everything is working correctly and is ready to immediately track your pet when you need it most.
- You will receive an alarm if any monitored pet wanders outside the “safe zone” you have selected for them.
- And as mentioned in the lead-in to this article, the battery charge on the pet tracking tags will last up to 3x longer. Again, this seems counterintuitive, right? How can the system be doing more, yet using less of the tag’s battery power? Well we said it was clever – trust us, it is clever and it does reduce the tag’s battery use.
Those are some very compelling reasons to program your Marco Polo Locator for your pet’s “safe zone” and keep the system in Monitor Mode when not tracking a wayward pet.
So how to take full advantage of all the benefits of this feature? Here’s a few simple steps to take:
- Turn the handheld Locator on and program the Marco Polo Locator’s “safe zone” feature for each pet tag (or keep the default setting of Medium to start with). For more detailed information and setup instructions, refer to the user manual, pages 16-20. If you have misplaced the user manual, you can go here to download another copy.
- Charge the pet’s tag, and when fully charged put it on your pet.
- Put it in Monitor Mode. Unless you need to track a wayward pet, leave the Locator in Monitor Mode at all times.
- Keep the Locator plugged into the charger. Don’t worry, keeping the Locator turned on and plugged into the charger will not harm the battery. That’s another “under the hood” design the clever engineers at Marco Polo figured out.
That’s all there is to it! If the Locator never gives you an alert (i.e. not “beeping”) everything is fine. No alert means that the entire system is working, the batteries are adequately charged in the Locator AND your pets tags and all your monitored pets are inside their programmed “safe zone”. If you do hear an alert, it is time to check for low battery indications on the pet’s tags, or to see if your pet has wandered outside the “safe zone”.
With Marco Polo on the job, you’ll never need to do a head count of your pets when you come home, and you’ll never again take a nap with one eye open just to make certain your pets are OK.
Marco Polo and monitor mode – you can relax and have peace of mind knowing that Marco Polo is on the job.