This review will be put up as soon as it's available.
What can I say about the Elekon Batlogger C?
If you're looking for a static full spectrum recorder to leave out on site, the Elekon Batlogger C, the Anabat Swift, the Pettersson D500X and the Wildlife Acoustics SM4BAT FS are the ones to consider.
All units record bat calls very efficiently, but the main consideration is going to be deployment times. The Batlogger C can last for 5 nights with the single included battery or 10 nights with the optional additional battery. The D500X can last for 14 nights. The SM4BAT FS and Swift can last for up to 30 nights.
My preference is the SM4BAT FS or Anabat Swift with their unprecedented deployment times and ease of use, though the Batlogger C's SMS text alert function is pretty cool.
With all of these units you'll also get a free bat calls book worth £35: either British Bat Calls by Jon Russ, Social Calls of the Bats of Britain and Ireland by Neil Middleton et al, Bats of Britain & Europe by Christian Dietz & Andreas Kiefer, Is That a Bat? by Neil Middleton or a £35 voucher.
I want you to be 100% happy with your purchase so call me on 0333 9000 927 for advice.
The data logger for professional long-time recording of bat activity. Besides the proven high-sensitivity records this unit is equipped with SMS / email functions and is designed for long observations in the field.
The BATLOGGER C is a recording system for bat calls. It convinces by best audio quality (real time, full spectrum). Meta data like coordinates (GPS) is assigned to every recording. Analysis software is included. Forward-looking energy management on site. Messages about events and status of the device.
All data relevant for the bat capture are recorded automatically and in a single device:
Ultrasonic calls (10 – 150 kHz)Location, track (via GPS)Temperature Recording parameters (timestamp, trigger, ...)
The recordings are stored on an SD card and can be displayed and evaluated on a PC. The ultrasonic microphone is one of the most sensitive on the market.
The BATLOGGER C has been specially developed to carry out your "very long time" studies automatically. All components are designed IP67 and ensure trouble-free operation.
Water- and dustproof IP67; Rechargable batteries up to 100 hours recording time; Low weight of 1.5 – 1.8 kg; Small size, box with carrying handle; Integrated connectivity; Passive and active anti-theft protection.
The BATLOGGER C is optimized for low power consumption at many points. A built-in, non-contact magnetic switch detects the closed upper shell and turn off all unnecessary consumers. The settings of the GPS system and the GSM module can also be optimized through presets of the systems.
On the other hand you have many possibilities of supplying the BATLOGGER C with energy:
Direct operation with a 230V power supply; Changeable Li-ion battery pack (50h); Second slot for optional add on battery (50h); Additional optional charger for recharge batteries at home; Integrated charge controller for direct connection of a solar panel; Possibility to connect 12V or 24V batteries.
Sunday morning at 9:00 clock. Breakfast with the family. Do you really want to know if your devices have made recordings at the site? If not, then let yourself be sending this information via email. So you can also easily forward them.
However, if the BATLOGGER C unexpectedly runs out of power or the box is moved, you can still send an SMS.
SMS and/or e-mail are available; Daily status report; Notification if SD card is nearly full or nearly empty battery; Alarm message on movement of BATLOGGER C; External connection of the GSM antenna for improving the quality of reception.
Various operational situations require different recording settings. Scheduled recordings, continuous recording, instant recording and different triggers (for call detection) can be adjusted.
With the BATPARS Editor Software (included) it is easy and user-friendly to create and customize the BATLOGGER C settings on the computer (Windows and Mac). So it is a breeze to adjust all parameters according to your needs.
Due to open file formats such as WAV and XML besides our software, also other popular audio and bioacoustics programs can be used.
Often the place is a significant indication of the species. With the integrated GPS module, the location is saved with each recording.
The extensive range of accessories of BATLOGGER C puts you into position to configure your system for your needs.
Extra batteries; separate battery charger; external solar panel; separate fixations; microphone cable with integrated microphone test; GSM antenna extension; ocks for active anti-theft; microphone mounts for various fixings.
Dimensions: 224 x 191 x 99 mm; Weight: 1.55 kg (1 battery); Protection: IP67 (except microphone capsule); Power: One or two 7.2V, 6900mAh Li-ion battery pack; Operating time: about 5 nights at 10h, per battery pack power supply; Photovoltaic module (optional); Ultrasonic recording: 10 - 150 kHz; Sampling rate: 312.5 kHz, 16 Bit; Data storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC-Card max. 128GB; Audio out: 3.5 mm headphones jack; GSM/SMS/Email: Integrated GSM/GPRS module Quadband (850/900/1800/1900 MHz); GNS / Location: Integrated GPS/GLONASS receiver.
Included: 1 BATLOGGER C device; 1 SD-Card 16GB; 1 Microphone FG black; 1 Microphone cable 2m; 1 Battery 7.2V, 6900mAh; 1 Power supply 24V, 24W; 1 Instruction manual; BATPARS Editor Software (Windows/Mac); BatExplorer Software (Windows); EU-UK mains adaptor (only from me)
Recorders to be left out on site and producing full spectrum files.
Hand-held recorders that can record full spectrum files and most of them log GPS co-ordinates.
Hand-held recorders that can record birds, frogs and other audible species. Some also record bats.
Comment from a client:
"My bat detector microphone failed during a dawn survey and knew that I had a group of dusk surveys starting in two days time. I was not in a good place as I did not have a spare, but my equipment was less than a year old.
After my survey I contacted Martin by email and he called me back on the same day, a few hours later, after a quick nap. He told me he did not have a part in stock, but had already contacted the supplier on my behalf.
The next day I received a replacement part, free of charge and express delivered from Switzerland. I thought it was amazing, and could not believe it was resolved so quickly.
Due to Martin's exceptional service I was good to go with the surveys, and I really would like to thank Martin and Wildlife Countryside Services for making the dusk surveys happen."