Ocean Signal rescueME
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Price $349.99 at Backcountry
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$449.99 at MooseJaw
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$249.95 at REI
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$141.78 at Amazon
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Pros Small, two-way textingEasy and affordable two-way messaging, great smartphone app, feature loaded, proven global networkTwo-way messaging, on-device keyboardCompact and lightweight ergonomic design, rental optionReasonable initial purchase price, no paid subscription, uses proven global network, compact
Cons Complicated to compare costs, texting on device is very slowExpensive initial purchase, largest and heaviest messengerBulky, no smartphone interfaceNo two-way communication, no smartphone interface, Globalstar is arguably less effective than Iridium or COSPAS/SARSATNo non-emergency messaging
Bottom Line Emergency and routine text communications from the backcountry, in a tiny package.Fully featured and arguably more reliable even than commonly available satellite phones.A two-way texting device with a built-in keyboard reminiscent of old Blackberry phones with slightly limited geographic coverage.The lowest up-front cost satellite messenger with a handy rental option.Compact, affordable “help me” button in your pocket.
Rating Categories inReach Mini inReach Explorer+ SPOT X SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger rescueME PLB1
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Specs inReach Mini inReach Explorer+ SPOT X SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger rescueME PLB1
2-way messaging Yes Yes Yes No No
Weight w/ batts oz 3.5 oz 7.5 oz 6.8 oz 4.0 oz 4.0 oz
Battery Life (hours) Up to 50 100 (lithium polymer battery) 240 150 (lithium batteries) 24
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