XC Tracer Mini 3 Solar GPS-Vario


The XC Tracer Mini III GPS is a solar variometer with GPS and BLE, simple and performant. It may weigh only 34 grams but it has more than one trick up its sleeve!


Conventional variometers have the major flaw of having a lag between the actual climb/sink rate and the audio feedback. XC Tracer Mini III GPS gives a lag free audio feedback due to the use of an accelerometer combined with the barometer. This allows to be way more efficient in thermals, especially in weak conditions. It is possible to customize the audio feedback sound to your taste here!


XC Tracer Mini III GPS does log an IGC and and KML file in parallel. The IGC files are accepted by F.A.I. for paragliding competitions, and you can look at your track in Google Earth in simply double clicking on a KML file.

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There is a new XC Tracer available, XC Tracer Mini III GPS. It is basically an XC Tracer Mini II GPS with a new chip for creating louder vario tones, and a new BLE chip, and a new enclosure. But why change the successful XC Tracer Mini II GPS that was used by more than 50% of the XAlps pilots?

The switch that is used for switching on/off and changing the volume is no longer in production. So we had to modify the pcb anyway for a new switch, that would have been easy. But this required changes in the mold for the red button. But the molding company didn’t want to do it. So we had to order a new mold from a different company. But would it be wise to produce just the same thing, or incorporate the lessons learned (how to make louder vario tones for example) while developing XC Tracer II Flarm? In the interest of the customers we decided to integrate louder vario tones. But this requires different software too, so in the end we needed a new name in order not to have any confusion with firmware updates. That’s why the new vario is called XC Tracer Mini III GPS.


Don’t be surprised not to have to charge it for a full season! There is a lithium polymer battery built in, when fully charged the battery has enough energy to power XC Tracer Mini III GPS for more than 20h hours without sunshine. But since the battery gets charged when it’s exposed to sunlight (even when the device is turned off) by the solar cell you get an almost infinite autonomy! In case it should be necessary you can also charge the battery via the Micro USB cable that got shipped with your vario.


The Bluetooth BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) 4.0 module built in allows you to connect the Mini III GPS to your favorite app (see list here) on your Android /iOS / e-reader device. A connection over USB is also possible, but it is recommended to use BLE whenever possible. You can configure the BLE strings that you want to send to your phone, tablet or e-reader using a simple configuration file.


One button and that’s all. You’ll use it to switch on / switch off the device and to choose the volume from 0 (silent) to 3 (loud). Configuration is made via an intuitive text file. If you struggle with the updates or just to access to the XC Tracer memory check out this page.


We highly recommend you the software LogFly! Intuitive and compatible with XC Tracer. Don’t bother counting your hours anymore. It does everything by itself and provides many interesting statistics.


Size: 44.5 x 44.5 x 16.5 mm
Weight 34g
Scratch resistant solar panel with 22.5% efficiency
20h+ battery autonomy without sunshine
Lag Free audio feedback
GPS Modul with concurrent reception of signals from GPS, Glosnass und Galileo satellites.
BLE Modul, iOS and Android compatible
1 led for status indication
LiPo battery with low discharge protection circuit
LiPo charger integrated
ARM Cortex-M4F processor
Easy firmware update over USB / drag & drop
SanDisk Ultra microSDHC 8 GB
2 Micro USB cables
Swiss Made