The BrickHouse Security Spark Nano 7 is a GPS tracker that features 4G LTE connectivity meaning it's good for live tracking. This is built specially for vehicles and valuables, but could also be used for keeping track of a child or wayward elderly relative.
Since this is reliant on that 4G connection you will need to factor in the cost of a subscription on top of the price of the unit itself. But with alerts setup you may find this isn't needed for use regularly, something which helps extend battery life.
The optional magnetic case makes this easy to affix to a vehicle, out of sight, so you can get peace of mind knowing it can be tracked should you need to. As such, we recommend this in our list of the best personal GPS trackers (opens in new tab).
The BrickHouse Spark Nano 7: Design and features
The BrickHouse Security Spark Nano 7 is a compact unit meaning it can be discreetly placed in a car, a bag or attached to any item of value to track it - even a pet's collar. Since this is designed for vehicles it does have an optional magnetic case which is also waterproof, allowing you to place it on the underside of a vehicle easily.
The unit does also feature a button which can be pressed as an SOS alert. This sends the alert to the app of the connected account. So while this could be useful for parents with a child or elderly relative, it's not connected directly to the emergency services as some dedicated person-focused trackers will do.
The unit features a rechargeable battery which is good for up to 15 days of standby time or 15 hours of continuous tracking use before needing a charge.
The 4G cellular connection is nationwide meaning it should stay connected anywhere in North America, claims the company. It also says you're good for tracking into Canada and Mexico, should you need that.
BrickHouse Security Spark Nano 7: Performance
For regular updates the BrickHouse Security Spark Nano 7 allows you to get sixty second updates automatically. But if you then close in on the device's location and want greater accuracy, you have the option to turn on the Rapid Track mode, which allows you to track far faster and more like real-time.
Despite the battery life in full tracking mode giving around 15 hours tops, the standby mode works well. This will automatically shut down location sending when it detects there is no motion. That works very well when it comes to extending standby battery life to get to that claimed 15 days top end.
Geofencing is a great feature, new to this model, which allows you to setup a limit, on a map, of where the tracker can go. If it leaves that location you get an alert automatically. This can also be used professionally, to check unexpected stops on cargo, or by parents keeping tabs on their kids while at school. It isn't quite as effective as the AngelSense Guardian (opens in new tab) for this kind of use, but it's still highly effective.
BrickHouse Security Spark Nano 7: Service plans
As this tracker uses things like alerts and Geofencing, you'll need to pay for a service plan on top of the cost of the unit. In terms of cost, these plans are some of the most expensive of all the units we've tested, which is a shame.
There's a basic level, which is $30 per month, a Plus plan at $40, and a Premium at $50. You get varying levels of location updates, alerts, and device protection on these plans, and you can save a little cost by opting to pay upfront for a 3month or 12 month subscription. Get all the details right here (opens in new tab).
The low cost of the tracker itself does offset the price of the plans, but overall, you're paying loads more than you do for some other GPS units out there.
Should you buy the BrickHouse Spark Nano 7?
If you want to track a vehicle, personally or professionally, this is a fantastic option. It will require you to buy the waterproof and magnetic case for the best results and to pay a subscription for the 4G connection.
With an excellent tracking performance, useful geofencing alerts and smart battery performance, this is a powerful and discreet tracker that's ideal for vehicle and valuables tracking. However, if you want to track children or elderly relatives specifically there are better more tailored options, and if you're heading outdoors for an adventure, something like the Spot Gen4 (opens in new tab) is a far more suitable alternative.