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User Manual and FAQ 2020-03-19T13:59:51+00:00

leGPSBip+ User Manual

Searching GPS : the more it blinks orange, the more satellites are being acquired. Once GPS fix is done, it stops blinking.

You may need to wait up to 10min for an initial GPS fix (may vary with cloud coverage).

Notes :
Without GPS fix, your track will not be recorded.
When acquiring satellites, the battery power consumption is important.

Antenna positioning : Make sure the device is facing up to get the best satellite reception.

Notes :
Even when you are getting ready, make sure nothing covers leGPSBip+, and the antenna is facing the sky.
Track recording will start 1 minute before take-off detection, otherwise, in the Configurator, you can turn off take-off detection, and recording will start at GPS fix and run as long as the device is on.

Info : leGPSBip+ has been design to be used in paragliding. We cannot guarantee optimal performances in a car, at home, or in any constructed area.

You can select four different volumes.

Vario silent volume : voice volume and LED behavior configurable in the Configurator.

Note :
Vario volume consumes battery power : when set to maximum, the battery power consumption is important.

You can change the Up sensitivity without the Configurator (just before take off) following the diagram above.

Note : if you have multiple profiles enabled, you will be asked to select your profile beforehand.

You can change the Sink alarm without the Configurator (just before take off) following the diagram above.

Note : if you have multiple profiles enabled, you will be asked to select your profile beforehand.

Weak lift buzzer : short modulations indicating weak lift. Threshold values can be configured in the Configurator.

Note : When vario is off or disabled, vocal manual mode is enabled when double-click.

You can request flight information anytime by double tapping or double clicking (if vario is off or disabled) on the device.

Note : Double-tap force, double-tap disabled on ground, and voice format can be configured in the Configurator.

You can enable or disable voice auto mode : announces flight information when distance, altitude or time triggering conditions are met.

Voice flight information :

  • Ground speed from GPS (if available)
  • Altitude (ASL), calibrated from GPS at start up, barometric during flight

Use Chrome or Firefox. More info on the Configurator page.

To view your flight : download the corresponding IGC file (in the tracks folder), upload it on an online viewer like IGC Webview, VisuGPS, CFD, or XContest.
Also, you can upload the KML file on Google Earth to view your flight in 3D.

You can either connect the device to your computer as a USB flash drive, or charge it using your smartphone AC charger (or USB cigarette lighter adapter, or USB external battery).

leGPSBip+ is always charging while under the sun ! It will take about 20h of direct full sun to charge it completely.

Note : do not place the device behind a window, or the windshield of a car, leGPSBip+ won’t charge, and the battery will be damaged.

leGPSBip+ runtime depends on the amount of sunshine and the activated options in the Configurator (see energy info for each parameter).

See connectivity guide here.

You can enable multiple profiles in the Configurator. If more than one profile enabled, selection will be asked at start up.

Proceed to a factory reset anytime : default settings will be applied and language selection requested.

Note : your previous configuration file will be saved under the name before-reset-config.gpsbip.

Languages : extra languages can be downloaded here.

Here, download the printable user manual version

Download manual page 1

Download manual page 2

leGPSBip+ : FAQ

Configuration :

Do I need to install a specific software on my computer to retrieve my tracks or to configure the device ?

No ! There is no need of any software !
When connected to a computer, leGPSBip+ works just like any USB flashdrive, and you can access its files / folders with your files manager.
Tracks (IGC files and KML files) are easy to retrieve in a folder named “tracks”.
In order to configure leGPSBip+, there is leConfigurator web-app, which is available here, or on the device itself. It’s only a web page that also works offline.
Tracks are, by default, organised by dates in folders, like in the screenshot below (they can also be sorted all in one folder in order to be easier to export to a flights manager software) :

I have a Linux / Mac / Windows, does it work with leGPSBip+ ?

leGPSBip+ works on any Windows, Linux, or Mac computer.

My computer is asking me to format leGPSBip+ disk, what should I do ?

leGPSBip+ should not be formated at any time, or the manufacturer warranty will be void.

Update :

At the end of the update of my leGPSBip (version 1), it says "ok, next step" and then "calibration failed". What should I do ?

It means you have to proceed to the sensors calibration in order to get the Instant Vario.

Please, follow the procedure described here.

leGPSBip+ is not concerned, as its sensors are factory calibrated, and the Instant Vario is activated by default.

I wish to do the calibration again on my leGPSBip (version 1), how to proceed ?

It’s not possible to force a new calibration. There is no need to do it again (even after an update or a reset). When it has been calibrated the first time, if it has been validated (vocal confirmation), it means the sensors are properly and permanently calibrated. If the sensors would have not been properly calibrated, then the calibration would have failed and the process would have started over until the calibration validation.

My instrument does not turn ON, what should I do ?

You just need to charge it during 1 hour using a USB charger and cable that you know is working (try to charge your smartphone first). It is normal the LED does not lit.
After 1 hour, turn it ON and according to the battery percentage, you can continue charging it. The LED will light in green when fully charged.

If it still does not turn ON, do a reset (press the button during 20 seconds).

How to update the voice pack ?

  1. Download the voice pack file
  2. Connect your leGPSBip+ as a disk (see section “file transfer and charge” on the manual) to your computer.
  3. Replace the old file by the new downloded one inside the folder named “voices”
  4. Keep your leGPSBip+ connected until it stops blinking, and then click on Eject disk
  5. Disconnect leGPSBip+ and turn it ON

There should always be at least one voice pack in the “voices” folder.

It looks like there are useless files, can I delete them ?

When you connect leGPSBip+ to your computer, it appears as a USB flashdrive in your files manager.

Its tree view at the root should be as follow :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the “voices” folder or the “gpsbip-configurator.html” file is deleted, then the device will not be working correctly anymore. They should also not be renamed. And the leGPSBip+ disk should not be formated at any time, or the manufacturer warranty will be void.

Only the “config.gpsbip” file can be deleted, it’s like a reset (20s press on the button).

The “voices” folder has to always contain at least one voice pack. You can delete voice packs you don’t use. If a voice pack is located outside the “voices” folder, it won’t be working.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “tracks” folder contains the recorded tracks. They are organised in folders by dates or all in one folder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracks files and dates folders can be deleted if needed.

What is my current firmware or voice pack version number ?

  1. Switch off your leGPSBip+
  2. Connect it to your computer
  3. Open leConfigurator
  4. Click on “load config”, and follow the instructions
  5. The version number will be available under System > more (see screenshot below)

Screenshot_firmware_version_number

Vario :

When I turn ON my instrument and want to try the vario, it doesn't beep, why ?

The vario is silent on ground by default : you need to takeoff to enable the vario. (alternatively, changing volume will un-mute the vario)

While flying, leGPSBip+ sound volume changed to minimum, why ?

When the battery goes below 30%, the volume changes to minimum in order to consume as few energy as possible, and then allows leGPSBip+ to continue tracking as long as possible.

While flying, leGPSBip+ recharges via its solar cell, and when battery level goes beyond 30%, then the volume will go up again.

My instrument is making curious noises all the time while its not moving, what should I do ?

It’s not a bug, it’s a feature : the zero lift indicator !

This indication tone is made of short modulations indicating weak lift (between -30cm/s and your positive lift threshold, (default is +20cm/s), not strong enough to thermal but helping you to find thermal standing nearby.

To activate or deactivate it, you simply need to double-click on the button.

GPS :

How many flights leGPSBip+ can record ?

Internal memory is 8Gb, that’s about 20 000 flights !

Can I use leGPSBip+ to record my path while hiking, cycling, skiing or non-paragliding related activitiy ?

Yes, leGPSBip+ can track your path when hiking, cycling, or skiing. There is even a specific option in the Configurator web-app : it will make sure the track stick to the ground on Google Earth.

Please note that leGPSBip+ has been designed for paragliding. It needs good satellite reception, so it may loose satellites while under the trees of a forest for example, and therfore it may cause “holes” in the track.

leGPSBip+ is not waterproof, so we do not recommend to use it on a boat.

Does leGPSBip+ still record tracks when connected to a tablet or smartphone ?

Yes, if track recording is enabled in the Configurator web-app.

Is leGPSBip+ accepted at FAI events ?

The IGC file recorded is FAI-CIVL certified.

Connectivity :

Is it possible to connect leGPSBip+ to a Kobo eReader ?

These devices rarify on the market, and there is too many hardware differences within the manufacturing batches, we cannot guarantee the connectivity on this many different hardwares, and we no longer support this feature.

Does leGPSBip+ still record tracks when connected to a tablet or smartphone ?

Yes, if track recording is enabled in the Configurator web-app.

Can I charge my smartphone with leGPSBip+ ?

No. The solar cell is enough for leGPSbip+, but not for another device.