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Garmin In-reach mini as PLB?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by azstinger11, Nov 16, 2019.

  1. Jiminy

    Jiminy Barracuda

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    SOS instructions and battery info for anyone interested
    inReach Mini - inReach_mini_OM Owner's Manual
    1. Lift the protective cap from the SOS button.
    2. Hold the SOS button.
    3. Wait for the SOS countdown.
      The device sends a default message to the emergency response service with details about your location.
    4. Reply to the confirmation message from the emergency response service.
      Your reply lets the emergency response service know that you are capable of interacting with them during the rescue.
    For the first 10 minutes of your rescue, an updated location is sent to the emergency response service every minute. To conserve battery power after the first 10 minutes, an updated location is sent every 10 minutes when moving, and every 30 minutes when stationary.

    Battery Information
    The actual battery life depends on your device settings, such as the tracking and message checking intervals.

    Battery Life

    Mode
    Up to 30 hr.

    10-minute tracking send interval and 1-second log interval
    Up to 50 hr.
    Default mode with 10-minute tracking send interval and 5-minute log interval
    Up to 20 days
    Extended tracking mode with 30-minute tracking send interval
    Up to 1 yr.
    Turned off
     
  2. rjack321

    rjack321 Captain

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    1) You will be stuck paying (re)activation fees for your account. I think those are currently running $24 usd.

    2) The time to send a txt is potentially much longer than you'd like. I've had them take 30+mins with my InReach occasionally. You will have to hold it overhead all that time until the signal is sent

    3) There is no homing signal. Your coordinates will need to be relayed from Garmin to SAR. If you are actively drifting those numbers will be out of date by the time all that chatter takes place (especially in a 3rd world country who may or may not even have direct communications with Garmin)

    You are better off with a PLB that floats and has a homing signal.
     
  3. pauldw

    pauldw Solo Diver

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    An example of a PLB with no satellite phone connectivity for messaging, just a one button call for help directly to COSPAS-SARSAT, which requires an initial free registration when you buy it, but then no monthly fee ever, and the batteries supposedly last seven or so years: https://www.rei.com/product/156622/...d=46631_c17cda749&CA_6C15C=120217890006539617

    And, there's a cost comparison chart midway through this web page that indicates what sort of money the satellite messengers actually run you: https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/topics/camping-and-hiking/best-personal-locator-beacon
     
  4. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    I liked the Garmin at DEMA... I think I'm sold on it.
     
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  5. Jiminy

    Jiminy Barracuda

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  6. Dan

    Dan Orca

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    inReach Mini is not a PLB. It’s satellite communicator via the Iridium satellite network, hence, monthly subscription. Its battery life depends on how frequent you use the messaging system.

    A PLB is designed for emergency where the alert will be transmitted directly to SAR satellites, hence no subscription. Its battery life is guaranteed to last at least for 24 hours of 5 watts transmission of 406 MHz (specific frequency to SAR satellites).
     
  7. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    So, it identifies where you're at and allows a rescue. How is this not an emergency beacon?
     
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  8. Diver below 83

    Diver below 83 Regular of the Pub

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    Total price with the case is $600?
     
  9. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    I see them for about $275 on sale and the case will be on top of that, but not more than $100. It will probably be half that.
     
  10. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    He didn't say it was not an emergency beacon, he said it was not a PLB. A PLB has a specific meaning; it is not a generic term for everything that might be a call for help.
     
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