MEGATech Video Reviews: PAPAGO! GoSafe TPMS 500 BT Tire Pressure Monitor System Michael Kwan July 16, 2014 MEGATech Reviews, MEGATech Videos Whether or not they actually do it, most car owners recognize they should keep up with regular maintenance. You should be doing regular oil changes and so forth. From a safety standpoint, one of the most overlooked aspects of the car is the tire pressure. When tires are only a couple PSI over- or under-inflated, they can be a safety hazard and they can have a tremendously detrimental effect on your fuel consumption. You could bend over and check your tire pressure periodically or you could turn to technology with a system like the PAPAGO! GoSafe TPMS 500 BT. The tire pressure monitoring system was announced earlier this year and it is now available through a number of retail channels. Once you get setup, it’ll be easier than ever to keep tabs on your tire pressure without having to whip out a little handheld gauge. The Smarter Way to Monitor Your Tire Pressure In many ways, you could say that the GoSafe TPMS 500 BT mirrors the functionality that you’d find with the OEM tire pressure monitoring systems in higher end vehicles. The way that it works is that you replace the standard valve stems on each of your tires with specialized sensors. These screw in simply and take a little coin-shaped battery (included). In turn, these sensors communicate with the receiver that you plug into the 12V outlet in your car. The receiver then connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and you get real-time tire pressure information via the accompanying PAPAGO! TPMS app. Any time that you want to check the tire pressure, you simply start the app, connect to the Bluetooth receiver, and you’re ready to go. It’ll also display the current temperature of your tires, as overheating can lead to blown tires too. Within the app, you can also set upper and lower limits for both temperature and tire pressure. If any tire should exceed these thresholds, you’ll get an instant notification on your phone. The GoSafe TPMS 500 BT Video Review The best way to understand the GoSafe TPMS 500 BT from PAPAGO! is through the video review that we’ve embedded above. The installation and setup process literally took only a couple of minutes and then it only took about a minute more before all the real-time readings starting coming in. I do find the sensors themselves to be a little unsightly. They are decidedly larger than basic valve stems, though I’m not sure what could be done to streamline their design. Similarly, the accompanying app for the GoSafe TPMS 500 BT (shown here on Android; also available for iOS) looks like it could use a little work. The functionality is certainly there, clearly displaying the current tire pressure and temperature. You can select different units too if you’d prefer something other than psi and Celsius. The sliders for setting limits are functional too, though they lack precision and don’t move smoothly. From an aesthetic standpoint, the app isn’t as attractive as it could be either. We experienced a similar concern with the GoLife Extreme action camera too. MEGATechie Confident Driver or MEGATechie Feeling the Pressure? PAPAGO! is a company that got its start with GPS navigation and has since evolved to focus on automotive safety. We see this with the additional safety features found on the PAPAGO! P3 dashcam, for instance, and the GoSafe TPMS 500 BT tire pressure monitoring system extends that philosophy even further. It’s a really straightforward system that’s easy to use and understand. I do have some concerns about battery life consumption when using the smartphone app and the pressure-sensing valve stems could be streamlined, as can the mobile app itself. At around $220 to $250, the PAPAGO! GoSafe TPMS 500 BT isn’t exactly cheap, but it could save your life and improve your fuel economy. Share This With The World!