The MasterELD electronic logging device is an affordable solution, loaded with an array of compliance and fleet management features. To begin with, the device offers one of the most powerful ELD tool suites available today.
Additionally, MasterELD is compliant with CFR 49 Section 395.20 and related sections of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Over the years, this ELD has been proven to be ideal for both small and large fleets.
Throughout this guide, you will learn the unique capabilities of the device as well as how to install and use it.
Table of Contents
- 1 MasterELD Review: Features and Capabilities
- 1.1 Installing the MasterELD Device
- 1.2 How to Use MasterELD
- 1.3 Providing an Officer with Your Logs
- 1.4 Is the MasterELD Malfunctioning?
- 2 Our Final Verdict
MasterELD Review: Features and Capabilities
As mentioned earlier in this guide, this product offers a powerful suite of both compliance and fleet Management tools. So, what exactly are the features of the MasterELD electronic logging device?
- FMCSA ELD Mandate Compliant
- GPS tracking
- Allows you to easily Audit driver logs
- Driver Scorecard
- Location Sharing
- Customer Updates
- Vehicle diagnostics
Installing the MasterELD Device
One of the things current users of this ELD device love is the fact that it is relatively easy to install and use. As a matter of fact, you will not need to hire a professional to install the device for you. Now that you have opted for Master ELD logging device, here is how you should install in in your commercial motor vehicle (CVM):
Switch the Engine Off
So not attempt to install the MasterELD device in your vehicle while the engine is running. If the engine is running, you first need to turn it off before starting. In this regard, you need to turn the ignition key all the way to the Off position.
Locate the Diagnostic Port
Like most of the leading ELDs in the market today, MasterELD should be installed in the diagnostic port. As such, you first need to identify where the port is positioned in your vehicle. Different vehicle models have the diagnostic port in different places. There are the common locations of the diagnostic port in CMVs today:
- Below the steering wheel
- Beneath the left dashboard side
- Under the driver’s seat
- Next to the Driver’s left side kick panel
Attach the MasterELD device
Open the diagnostic port and plug the MasterELD device into the port. Now twist the base of the device until it locks into position. Once the device is properly attached, it will automatically start syncing with the ECM as well as with the MasterELD app on your phone.
Install the MasterELD Application
The portable MasterELD unit does not feature a display. As such, you need to install the MasterELD app on your phone and sync it with the device. To do this, you need to download the app from Google Play store.
On Google Play Store, search for MasterELD and click on the app from the search results. Click on the green ‘Install' icon to download the application to your phone. This will download and automatically install the MasterELD app on your phone.
Login to the App
Once the installation is completed, you need to live into the app using your username and password. In case you do not have a username, you should get one from your fleet manager. Once you have logged into the app, you need to choose the vehicle you would like to connect from the drop-down menu.
If the vehicle you are interested in does not appear in the app, you should contact your fleet manager. Selecting the vehicle will automatically connect the app to the MasterELD device on that vehicle. The status of this connection will be displayed on top of the main app screen.
How to Use MasterELD
As a commercial vehicle driver, you need an electronic logging device that is easy to use and allows you to keep your eyes on the road. The MasterELD device has you covered, in this regard. As you will come to learn, the ELD is relatively easy to use.
With the ELD properly installed, your duty status will be automatically changed to driving when the speed of the CMV exceeds 5 mph. Thereafter, the unit will continue to record your driving time automatically.
Changing Duty Status
With the MasterELD device, changes to duty status should be carried out from the main screen. At a speed of 0mph, the vehicle will be considered to be idle. Whenever the vehicle is in, the ELD allows you to easily change the duty status from the main screen.
In such a case, you can change the status to Off Duty, On Duty or Sleeping. Changing the status will automatically prompt you to fill in location details. When prompted, you need to fill in the location and remarks fields. As for the remarks, you may fill in any relevant comment, such as 'coffee break'.
Should you decide to leave the location field empty, the device will automatically set it for you
The Master ELD allows you to edit the existing e-log or insert a missing status. If you would like to insert a missing status to an e-log, you should tap on the plus sign icon. If you would like to edit the current e-log, you should just tap the pencil sign icon.
You should then select the status you would like to change to and thereafter the time frame. As for the time, you may use either the pop-up window or drag the border dots to set it. In addition to these functionalities, you will also have an easy time carrying out such tasks as:
- Viewing your profile
- Signing your e-logs
- Conducting DVIR inspections.
Providing an Officer with Your Logs
For the purpose of inspection, you will be required to provide the inspecting officer with your driving logs. In order to furnish the officer with your driving information, you need to change to the Inspection mode on your MasterELD app.
To do this, you may swipe from the left to the right side of your device screen or tap menu on the upper left side of the screen. From the menu, you should then select Inspection Module. To begin the inspection process, you should just tap 'Begin Inspection’ and give the officer your phone.
Alternatively, you may send the logs via email by selecting the 'Send Logs' option. By so doing, the application will automatically generated the required report for the inspecting officer.
Is the MasterELD Malfunctioning?
Though rare, these units may fail to work as expected. The good thing about MasterELD logging devices is that you can tell when the device is malfunctioning. The light on the front end of the device is specifically designed to help the driver know the status of the ELD at any given time.
In this regard, these are the light colors you should watch out for;
- Blue Solid – this shows that the ELD adapter is receiving ECM data and that the App is connected.
- No Light – if the light does not come on at all, the ELD device is not connected to the diagnostic port.
- Green Blinking – Shows that the app is connected, but the adapter is not reading ECM data. This often because the ignition key is in the off position
- Blue Blinking – the App is not connected to the adapter
- Magenta Flashes on Solid Blue – the app is connected and the adapter is receiving ECM data, the magenta flashes come on every time data is recorded.
Our Final Verdict
The MasterELD electronic logging device delivers exceptional accuracy and reliability when it comes to logging HoS. The product is also designed for enhanced ease of use and convenience for commercial vehicle drivers and fleet managers.
The powerful suite of tools, affordability and intuitive design of this product make it one of the best ELD devices today.