Whether you're hunting or training—or both—find the best tools for managing your dogs in this Garmin Alpha 100 vs 200i comparison. In 2014, Garmin partnered with Tri-Tronics® to bring the first Alpha GPS track and train system for sporting dogs. Then in 2020, after asking their customer base of outdoor enthusiasts how they could make this dog tracking and training system even better, Garmin released the Alpha 200i with inReach capability and pretty much enhanced everything! In order to help you decide if the Alpha 100 multi-dog tracker and trainer is enough for you, or if you should pay more for the more advanced yet easier-to-use Alpha 200i, we created this comparison. And we're also breaking down the difference between the TT 15 and T 5 Garmin dog collars that are used along with the Alpha handhelds to track and train your dogs.
Track up to 20 dogs or hunting buddies from up to 9 miles (TT 15) or 4 miles (TT 15 mini) away
Get 18 training levels of continuous and momentary stimulation (when paired with the TT15 Garmin dog collars).
Choose from an audible tone or a vibration to train your dogs according to what is best for their temperament.
The Alpha 100 dog tracking and training system comes preloaded with TOPO U.S. 100K maps.
Measure each dog’s speed, distance, and the direction being traveled.
The Garmin Alpha 100 dog GPS tracker and trainer provides up to 20 hours of battery life.
Track and train as many as 20 dogs up to nine miles away with the Garmin Alpha 100 handheld. With this multi-dog tracking and training system you get:
The Alpha 100 handheld is powered by a replaceable lithium-ion rechargeable battery that’s capable of up to 20 hours of battery life, and it’s waterproof to IPX-7 standards.
The Alpha 200i hunting dog system is designed to help make tracking and training simple, accessible and fast.
Monitor up to 20 dogs from up to 9 miles (depending on dog collar) with a 2.5-second update rate.
Keep inactive dogs in your Garmin Alpha 200i system for easier setup and management.
inReach technology helps you keep loved ones updated when cellphones can’t (active satellite subscription required).
Navigate every hunt with the best in Garmin mapping and sensors.
Your Alpha 200i user-replaceable battery lasts up to 20 hours; up to 15 hours with inReach technology enabled.
Track and train as many as 20 dogs up to nine miles away with the Garmin Alpha 200i GPS handheld. AND get enhanced mapping, easier operation, and more safety in the field with inReach satellite communication (requires subscription). With this advanced multi-dog tracking and training system you get:
The Alpha 200i comes bundled with a TT 15 or T 5 dog device. If you have compatible TT 15 or T 5 series collars , you can purchase the Alpha 200i handheld separately. The Alpha 200i handheld is water-rated to IPX7
The main difference between the TT 15 (red collar) and the T 5 (blue collar), is that the TT 15 can be used for tracking and training, and the T 5 is only for tracking.
Both devices are top-mounted, high-sensitivity GPS/GLONASS receivers and come in regular (up to 9 miles away) and mini models (up to 4 miles away). The TT 15 and T 5 Garmin dog collars are compatible with both the Alpha 100 and the Alpha 200i handhelds. You can bundle the Alpha 100 with the TT 15 or the TT 15 mini collars. You can bundle the Alpha 200i handheld with the TT 15, TT 15 mini, T 5, and T 5 mini. Find all of these on the PlayBetter dog tracking and training page!
Uses LED beacon lights activated from its compatible handheld device. The lights work in low-light conditions and at night, and are visible up to 100 yards away.
This tracking-only dog device with collar is tough enough to run wherever your dog runs, up to 9 miles away (4 miles for the T 5 Mini).
Uses 18 levels of continuous and momentary stimulation, plus audible tone and vibration activated from Alpha® 100. Compatible with Astro® 430 and 320 for tracking only.
This tracking and training dog device with collar is tough enough to run wherever your dog runs, up to 9 miles away (4 miles with TT 15 Mini). The stimulation features let you train each dog separately—traditional stimulation 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. You can remotely operate the LED beacon lights, built in to the dog device, to help locate your dog in low-light conditions.
The Garmin Alpha 100 Multi-Dog Tracker and Trainer has everything you want: track dogs and hunting buddies (up to 20 combined), customize your display and training, use tone or vibration, measure your dogs' stats, get Garmin topo maps, and up to 20 hours of battery life!
The Garmin Alpha 200i Multi-Dog Tracker and Trainer has everything you want ENHANCED with an enhanced price tag, of course. Get a larger display, easier operation, setup, and display, keep inactive dogs in the system, and get all the communication and safety benefits of inReach capability (subscription required).
TT 5 Garmin Dog Collars are the devices you want to pair with your Gamin Alpha handheld GPS if you are only tracking your pack.
TT 15 Garmin Dog Collars are the devices you want to pair with your Gamin Alpha handheld GPS if you plan to track and train your pack.