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ABAX Triplog unit

The ABAX Triplog unit is designed to be an easy two wire installation that can be fitted in 10 minutes. In standard form, it consists of an antenna housed within the compact black unit, a red positive and black negative connector and 1.5 meters of cable. An optional third yellow wire and connector can be used for other digital inputs.

The ABAX Triplog unit requires power from a constant 12V or 24V source, such as the vehicle battery or, for example, a jump-start point. Connecting the units positive power cable to a switched feed will not only impede the operation of the unit, but also likely damage the unit and void your lifetime warranty.

It is the customers responsibility to ensure the unit is mounted correctly. ABAX will not cover the costs to replace or swap a unit that is faulty due to an incorrect installation. Failure to mount the unit according to ABAX guidelines may also void your lifetime warranty.

ABAX5 technical specification:

  • Dimension: 46x46x18mm
  • Weight: <50g
  • Water resistant: IP67
  • Temperature resistant: (-20°C to +60°C)
  • Sensors: Self-diagnostics, accelerometer, battery test
  • GPS and GSM positioning
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Easy installation

GPS and GSM signal strength

GPS and GSM signals are impaired by metal. Therefore the unit should not be installed in a position where the metallic body of the vehicle can interfere with signal strength.

In order to operate effectively, the unit requires a constant line of sight to connect to GPS satellites. The unit will work effectively when concealed under non-metallic materials such as plastic or glass, but efforts must be made to ensure metallic surfaces do not cover or interfere with the unit and affect signal strength.

Approximately 95% of all Customer Service queries regarding poor signal, are a result of metallic interference.

Petter Skaug – Customer Service Director

If you wish to check the signal strength of your unit, ABAX Customer Service is available 24/7 on 01733 698 888.


Windshield installation

  • Clean dirt with the cleansing wipe. Use paper towel to dry off.  A wet windscreen will ruin the adhesive sticker.
  • Before mounting, make sure the unit will not interfere with the windscreen wipers. The device requires clear view of the sky!
  • Feed the cable underneath the vehicle bonnet ensuring it does not get pinched. Connect the red wire to the positive vehicle battery terminal. Connect the black wire to the negative vehicle battery terminal. The fuse is located at the red (positive) wire. Never replace the fuse with other values than indicated on the product label.
  • If the unit is receiving power, the LED light will blink red for 1 minute, and then blink blue for up to 9 minutes. When start up is complete, the LED will stop blinking.
  • Please make note of the vehicle registration number, vehicle mileage and the main driver. Give these details to your administrator together with the units MUF-number which is located on the box.

Concealed external installation

For practical, aesthetic or security purposes, some customers prefer a concealed installation.

This is possible, but do not mount the unit under metal as it may interfere with GPS signal strength. Usually, the best location is under the plastic scuttle panel.

  • Decide on a mounting position.
  • Clean and dry the mounting area with the supplied cleansing wipe. A wet windshield will ruin the adhesive sticker.
  • Feed the cable ensuring it does not get pinched. Connect the red wire to the positive vehicle battery terminal. Connect the black wire to the negative vehicle battery terminal. The fuse is located at the red (positive) wire. Never replace the fuse with other values than indicated on the product label.
  • If the unit is receiving power, the LED light will blink red for 1 minute, and then blink blue for up to 9 minutes. When start up is complete, the LED will stop blinking.
  • Please make note of the vehicle registration number, vehicle mileage and the main driver. Give these details to your administrator together with the units MUF-number which is located on the box.


Concealed internal installation (battery in the cabin)

When the vehicle battery is not located under the bonnet, it is possible to conceal the unit inside the vehicle. Remember, do not mount the unit under metal as it may interfere with GPS signal strength. Some good locations include the top of the dashboard, inside the A-pillar or inside the dashboard (placed as high up as possible to get the best possible signal).

  • Decide on a mounting position.
  • Clean and dry the mounting area with the supplied cleansing wipe. A wet windshield will ruin the adhesive sticker.
  • Feed the cable ensuring it does not get pinched. Connect the red wire to the positive vehicle battery terminal. Connect the black wire to the negative vehicle battery terminal. The fuse is located at the red (positive) wire. Never replace the fuse with other values than indicated on the product label.
  • If the unit is receiving power, the LED light will blink red for 1 minute, and then blink blue for up to 9 minutes. When start up is complete, the LED will stop blinking.
  • Please make note of the vehicle registration number, vehicle mileage and the main driver. Give these details to your administrator together with the units MUF-number which is located on the box.

Inaccessible battery installation

If the vehicle battery is inaccessible, jump-start points or fuse boxes under the bonnet can be used to power the unit. This will require the unit to be earthed somewhere on the vehicle, such as an earth stud or chassis bolt.


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EU Declaration ABAX5


Installation in different vehicle types:

Tesla Model S (All electric cars)

Installation type:Concealed
Estimated installation time:10 minutes
Required tools:Flat head screwdriver, 10mm and 13mm socket drive
Red wire:For permanent power
Black wire:For ground (earth)

Although the following guide applies to the ‘Tesla Model S’, the principle would remain the same for all electric cars. All of the non-powertrain components for the vehicle will operate from a standard 12V battery like any combustion engine car. This battery is completely separate from the main powertrain battery of the vehicle. If you are unsure, please contact the vehicle manufacturer to establish the location of the 12V battery.

Please follow the instructions approved by Tesla when mounting ABAX5 in your vehicle:

Installing Model S

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Installing Model 3

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Installing Model X

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How to mount in a petrol/diesel vehicle


HGV installation

ABAX Triplog: HGV installation

Installation type:Concealed
Estimated installation time:10 minutes
Required tools: Usually a 10mm or 13mm socket set
Red wire:For permanent power
Black wire: For ground (earth)

Do not mount the unit under metal as it may interfere with GPS signal strength.

When installing an ABAX Triplog unit on an HGV, the simplest method is to connect the unit directly to the battery of the vehicle. The unit can be connected to either 12V or 24V. A socket set or spanner can be used to connect to the pre-existing connections on the battery.

The mounting position will vary depending on battery location, but it is important to remember GPS and GSM signals are impaired by metal. Therefore the unit should not be installed in a position where the metallic body of the vehicle can interfere with signal strength.

If the battery is under the trailer, we recommend that the unit is mounted on the side of the battery rather than on top – therefore facing outwards, rather than up towards the floor of the trailer.

If the battery is located along the center line of the HGV, for the best possible signal, we recommend the unit is mounted outside the battery compartment. However, it is okay to conceal the unit inside the battery box if it is plastic.