Review in Progress: Garmin inReach SE+, Explorer+, and Mini (Satellite Communication)

A line of consumer-friendly options that use the Iridium network behind the scenes are the Garmin InReach satellite communicators.

These rugged handheld devices cost $399.99 for the inReach SE+, $449.99 for the inReach Explorer+, or $349.99 for the inReach Mini.

The tiny Garmin inReach Mini is just 4" tall and 2" wide, and can easily be clipped to a backpack, deck railing, or left on a dash.

The SE+ and Explorer+ provide continuous remote tracking and support for 160-character, two-way text messages that work essentially anywhere on the planet – with plans ranging between $12 and $99/mo, with contract and month-to-month options.

The Explorer+ adds the features of on device maps and sensors for compass & altimeter.

The Mini weighs just 3.5 oz and measures 4″ x 2″ x 1″ - making it about half the weight and size of the SE+ and Explorer+. While the Mini retains the essential inReach function of two-way satellite messaging, some secondary features are sacrificed, like navigation and battery life.

If you are headed out on a remote expedition, Garmin inReach devices may be a great bit of technology to have with you.

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Testing Status: We have purchased an inReach Explorer+ to test during some off-grid remote cruising. Here is our unboxing video, and why we personally selected this device to try out:

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Purchasing Options

Amazon - inReach SE+  | Amazon - inReach Explorer+ | Amazon - inReach Mini

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If you are headed out on a remote expedition, this might be a great bit of technology to have with you.

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