The 8 Best Arduino GPS Modules

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This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in November of 2017. From building your own drone or autonomous vehicle to keeping extremely accurate time or even putting together a homemade tracking device, there are numerous purposes for GPS modules compatible with an Arduino board. We've evaluated the best models currently offered to consumers, and ranked them by their easy of use, accuracy, startup time, and features, such as antennas and built-in memory. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best arduino gps module on Amazon.

8. DIY Mall Navigation GMouse

7. Readytosky Ublox Neo-M8N

6. ICstation Mini Neo-7M

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5. Geekstory Beitian BN-880 U8

4. Gowoops Ublox Passive

3. Hobbypower Ublox Neo-7M

2. MakerFocus STM32 Uno R3

1. Adafruit Ultimate Breakout

Editor's Notes

September 03, 2019:

Putting together a reliable list of these modules required striking a balance between capabilities and usefulness. The majority of our list contains models designed with Neo-6M chipsets which aren't technically the most advanced, but that offer the easiest programming and use for the widest amount of applications.

Neo-7M offerings may be able to access GLONASS in addition to GPS, but they can't do so simultaneously, and 8M units — capable of doing both at the same time — are more complicated and often less useful, or at least not very much more useful. GPS all by itself is perfectly capable of working well for drone operation, tracking devices, and also for younger hobbyists who are just trying to get something cool up and running on their boards.

With that in mind, we didn't let the chipset necessarily sway our ranking, especially when something like the Icstation Mini Neo-7M doesn't even have an antenna. Or when something like the MakerFocus model at number two is so inexpensive, reliable, small, and effective.

Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on September 06, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).

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