- Virtual tach eliminates the need for tach wire in most installations
- d2d serial data port
- D11 bitwriter programmable for easy configuration
- 2-Way LCD 4-button remote is backlit, has tone & vibe modes & zone id
- Command confirmations & event notifications via LCD remote
The Avital 5305L is the budget version of high-end Viper car alarms, made by the same manufacturer. It lacks range, but comes with a two-way pager and a remote start for just $100.
Manufactured by the same company responsible for Viper and Python car alarms, the Avital 5305L is the budget version of these high-end reptilian brands.
It has almost all the same features as these $200 car alarm systems: a dual-stage shock sensor, a two-way pager with LCD display, a remote start and four auxiliary ports for system expansion. But it provides these features at around $100making the Avital 5305L the car alarm with the best value. The biggest difference between the Avital 5305L and the reptilian brands is the two-way pager’s 1,500 foot range.
The high-end brands have a mile range – an impressive, albeit mostly impractical specification. People typically don’t wander a mile from where they parked. So, unless you routinely find yourself more than a quarter-mile from your parked car, there’s no reason to spring for the more expensive car alarm. If you’re concerned about the value of having a Viper or Python sticker warning (a significant deterrent unto itself), you can buy these on Amazon for a few dollars. Another difference between the Avital 5305L and the high-end brands is the lack of SmartStart compatibility. Viper’s SmartStart GPS is a module added to the alarm to provide car tracking and performance monitoring. This technology moves away from the “make loud noise in hopes it attracts attention” to direct alerts to your phone with a range only limited by the cellular network. The Avital 5305L is the most affordable car alarm I’ve reviewed with a remote start and two-way pager. While the remote start is an excellent convenience, the two-way pager is the more important feature. It alerts you when the alarm’s goes off, whether it was a warning chirp or a fully activated alarm. So, you know what’s going on with your car even if you can’t hear the 120-dB siren, so long as you are within the 1,500-foot range.
Traditional car alarms rely on the premise of drawing attention to the vehicle with a 120-dB siren. This means your car’s protection largely depends on whether anyone within the audible range of the siren cares enough to pay attention to it. This has become a problem with car alarms, especially in cities where the racket of car alarms is part of the urban landscape. Not only does CarLock send you alerts, but if your car is stolen, you can track its location. This is something traditional car alarms don’t do, unless they’re paired with a similar car tracking device, such as the Viper SmartStart GPS. CarLock plugs into the car’s OBD port (usually connected under the steering column) and connects to a cellular network. This provides virtually unlimited range. Even the most high-end car alarms only provide a one-mile range.
While a mile is far more range than most driver’s need, it doesn’t account for monitoring your car when you’re out of town. With CarLock, you can be in Ireland and receive alerts about your car in Utah. However, the downside to cellular technology is the monthly subscription of about $9. It has sensors to detect impacts like traditional car alarms, but sends you alerts when the car’s engine starts and when the car moves.
In addition, it tracks the car with GPS similar to a LoJack system, so there is a greater chance of recovering your vehicle if it’s stolen. Another upside to CarLock is the performance monitoring and geo-fencing features. Since it’s connected to the car’s OBD sensors, it tracks performance and alerts you to speeding, sharp turning, violent acceleration and braking. In addition to helping you be aware of your own driving habits, it allows you to track other driver’s habits. And with geo-fencing, you create a geographical boundary on a map and are alerted if the car deviates from this boundary. While there are a few questionable scenarios for using this feature, the main reason is to monitor your teenage driver’s location, ensuring you are notified when they decide to skip school for the movies.