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10 Best GPS Modules For Engineers And Hobbyists

GPS, or Global Positioning System is a configuration of multiple satellites and receivers on the ground that output information regarding location on the earth as per latitude, longitude and altitude. Modules we have listed here are basically receivers and can be used by hobbyists & professionals alike. So check out this list of 10 best GPS modules and let us know your favourite GPS module in the comments section below

10. GPS Modules – Venus638FLPx-L 20Hz (40$)

A 14 channel GPS, which means faster connectivity. It has a cold time of 38 seconds and a hot time of 3 seconds. The module operates at a 20Hz frequency that is quite impressive.
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9. GPS Modules 32 Channel 5hz Receiver with Antenna (24$)

This GPS has a 32 Channels. The con about this GPS module is that it only refreshes data 5 times per second which is slow if you are planning to use it with your fast moving drone.
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8. I2C-GPS NAV navigation Navigation Module GPS board for CRIUS MultiWii MWC (8$)

All GPS data is available via the I2C bus to connect to 328P Multiwii FC. An LED on board shows GPS 3D, which gives fix status for ATMega 328P Microcontroller.
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7. SparkFun Venus GPS Logger – SMA Connector (60$)

One of most powerful GPS modules at SparkFun. It has 14 channels and an update rate of  20Hz.
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6. GPS Receiver – EM-506 (40$)

This GPS receiver has 48 channels. Specs include Extremely high sensitivity : -163dBm,2.5m Positional Accuracy, with a Hot Start : 1s, & Cold Start : 35s / 15s with CGEE. The only con being that it has a refresh rate 1Hz.
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5. GPS Receiver – GP-635T (40$)

The GP-635T is a slim GPS receiver with -161dBm tracking sensitivity and only 27 second cold start time. The slim design makes it ideal for applications where you don’t have a lot of space to work in. It’s quite small. This 50-channel GPS module, based on the uBlox-6 chipset, has an operating voltage of 3.3~5.5V.
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4. Adafruit Ultimate GPS Breakout – 66 channel w/10 Hz updates – Version 3 (40$)

This GPS module has -165 dBm sensitivity, 10 Hz updates, 66 channels. It runs on 5V and draws only 20mA current.
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3. JBtek Raspberry Pi GPS Module with U-BLOX NEO-6M Modular and High-Performance Ceramic Antenna (30$)

The GPS module has-161 dBm sensitivity, 5 Hz updates, 50 channels, comes with a ceramic antenna, excellent star searching capability, built-in rechargeable backup battery, can retrieve ephemeris data. Compatible with 3.3V / 5V level, for easy connection to a variety of microprocessor systems. You can set various parameters via the serial port, and can be stored in the EEPROM.
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2. GPS Receiver – LS20031 5Hz (60$)

The LS20031 GPS receiver is a complete GPS smart antenna receiver that includes an embedded antenna and GPS receiver circuits. This low-cost unit outputs an astounding amount of position information five times a second. The receiver is based on the proven technology found in LOCOSYS 66 channel GPS SMD type receivers that use MediaTek chip solution.
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1. u-blox NEO-7 GPS modules by 3DR (90$)

This GPS modules is ideal for use on drones and quadcopters especially the ones provided by 3DR. The module has 56 channels and an accuracy of 2.0m. This module comes with compass and I2C EEPROM for configuration storage.
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