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 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.
- Main Function: Basic Satellite Communicator
- Satellite Network: Iridium
- inReach SE+: Smartphone
- inReach Explorer+: Smartphone
- inReach Mini: Smartphone, Watch
- inReach SE+: 100 hrs. (10 min. tracking intervals)
- inReach Explorer+: 100 hrs. (10 min. interval tracking)
- inReach Mini: 50 hrs. (10 min. tracking intervals)
- inReach SE+: 7.5 ounces
- inReach Explorer+: 7.5 ounces
- inReach Mini: 3.5 ounces
- inReach SE+: 6.5 x 2.7 x 1.5 inches
- inReach Explorer+: 6.5 x 2.7 x 1.5 inches
- inReach Mini: 3.9 x 2 x 1 inches
- inReach SE+: IPX7
- inReach Explorer+: IPX7
- inReach Mini: IPX7
- inReach SE+: Within 5 Meters
- inReach Explorer+: 5 Meters
- inReach Mini: 3 meters
- inReach SE+: $399
- inReach Explorer+: $449.99
- inReach Mini: $349.99
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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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