It seems like a commonly asked query, when comparing the Garmin TT15 vs the TT15 Mini – what should you be aware of?
What are the main differences and similarities between the two?
Which collar might be better for different dogs and the preferences of different owners?
Let’s dig in deeper and find those things out!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
Garmin TT15 vs TT15 Mini Collar Comparison: Differences & Similarities
If you prefer, you can go straight to viewing the TT15 collars here:
- Garmin TT 15 Dog Tracker Collar (on Chewy)
- Garmin TT15 Dog Collar (on Amazon) (for regular to large sized dogs)
- Garmin TT 15 Mini Dog Tracker Collar (on Chewy)
- Garmin TT15 Mini Collar (on Amazon) (for small dogs)
The reviews for the compatible handhelds can be read here:
- Garmin Alpha 100 Handheld Review (you can have up to 20 collars connected to this handheld)
Garmin TT15 vs TT15: Which One Might Be Better?
It really depends on the size of collar device and strap you want, and the range and battery life.
You might get the TT15 if:
You have a regular to larger sized dog
You want a longer range from collar receiver to handheld device
You want a slightly longer battery life/charge
You want a slightly thicker collar
You might get the TT15 Mini if:
You have a small sized dog, and you want a more compact device
You’re OK with a shorter range from collar receiver to handheld device
You’re OK with a slightly shorter battery life/charge
You’re OK with a slightly thinner collar
Garmin TT15 vs TT15: Differences
The main differences are:
The unit dimensions of the TT15 are bigger at 3.5″ x 1.75” x 1.85″, compared to the TT15 Mini unit dimensions of 3.1″ x 1.8” x 1.4”
The TT15 weighs slightly more at 10.0 oz (284.0 g) total weight (with collar), compared to the TT15 at 7.5 oz (212 g) total weight (with collar)
The battery life of the TT15 is about 20-40 hours, whilst the battery life of the TT15 Mini is about 16-30 hours
The range of the TT15 is about 9 miles, while the TT15 Mini range is about 4 miles
The TT15 takes a 1 inch collar strap whilst the TT15 mini takes a 3/4 inch collar strap
Garmin TT15 vs TT15: Similarities
Both have rechargeable lithium ion batteries
Both have a USB interface
Both have a water rating of 1 ATM (up to 10 meters water resistant)
Both fit a minimum of a 9.5” (24 cm) in circumference neck size
Both have a high-sensitivity GPS/GLONASS receiver
Both have a GPS antenna
Both have stimulation, vibration and tone training options
Both have in built beacon lights
Both have rescue mode – allows you to conserve the life of the battery when it hits 25%
Both have MURS Frequency mode
Both are only compatible with the Astro® 430, Astro 320 and the Alpha® 100. Both can be configured for operation with either handheld but cannot be tracked simultaneously by both the Astro 430 and 320
Both have replaceable collar straps
Garmin TT15 vs TT15 Mini: Reviews
These are some of the features of the TT15 and TT15 Mini.
For a full breakdown of the similarities and differences between the TT15 and the TT15 Mini, see the buyer’s guide below this review.
The Garmin TT15 is a collar receiver device and collar strap that attaches around your dog’s neck, and connects remotely to some of the Garmin handheld models which control the function of the collar device or provide tracking for it
The TT15 is a 2 in 1 tracking and training collar (compared to the T5 for example which is a tracking only collar)
It has a top-mounted, high-sensitivity GPS/GLONASS receiver
It is compatible with the Alpha 100, Astro 320 and Astro 430 handheld models
It uses 18 different levels of static stimulation
There is the option for either continuous or momentary (nick) stimulation
The TT15 collar receiver allows you to make quick changes (low, medium or high) within a predetermined stimulation level (1-6), whereas linear stimulation allows progressively more stimulation from levels 1 to 18.
Because you have low through to high power output options, it’s suitable for soft through to harder temperament dogs
With the Alpha 100, there are also audible tone and vibration training options
The Astro 320 and 430 models allow tracking ONLY (and not the above training options)
The TT15 is water resistant to 10 meters
There’s the ability to remotely operate the LED beacon lights, built in to the dog device, to help locate your dog in low-light conditions
The major drawback for some people will be the cost. But, apart from that, it really is a high functioning and high performing collar
Garmin TT15: Buyer’s Guide
What Is The Garmin TT15 Designed For?
The TT15 is compatible with 3 Garmin handhelds.
Using With The Alpha 100
You can use both tracking and training (training modes include static, vibration and tone).
Using With The Astro 320
Using With The Astro 430
Who Might The Garmin TT15 Be For?
People who want to use the Alpha 100, Astro 320 and Astro 430 model handhelds
Particularly hunters, competition/sporting dogs and trainers
People who want to track and train their dog/s
Who Might The Garmin TT15 NOT Be For?
People who want to use a handheld other than the 3 listed above
Less serious owners who want a more basic and less expensive tracking or training collar system
What Do You Get In The Garmin TT15 Kit?
TT 15 dog device with rechargeable lithium-ion battery, or you get the TT15 Mini device with the Mini Kit
1-inch thick collar strap
Vehicle power cable
Contact point set with wrench
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