Ocean Signal rescueME
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Pros Reliability and long track record of COSPAS/SARSAT, no annual fees, simple operationReliable network and dispatch service, solid constructionReasonable initial purchase price, no paid subscription, uses proven global network, compactCompact and lightweight ergonomic design, rental optionLight, compact, inexpensive, flexible service plan
Cons Larger and heavier than closest competitorNo functionality without your smartphone, large and heavy deviceNo non-emergency messagingNo two-way communication, no smartphone interface, Globalstar is arguably less effective than Iridium or COSPAS/SARSATLimited coverage, use requires fiddly aiming of the device
Bottom Line A great, emergency-only messaging deviceOffers now-standard wilderness communication options, with a slick app and a robust but big and heavy piece of hardwareA small, satellite-linked emergency communicator. For life-threatening emergencies, this is exactly what you need and nothing moreA good value for year-round tracking if you don't need 2-way messagingIf your wilderness adventures are confined to the United States and your communication needs are simple and few, the SatPaq is an affordable choice with just a few quirks in usage
Rating Categories ACR ResQLink View Bivystick rescueME PLB1 SPOT Gen3 Satellite... Higher Ground SatPaq
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Specs ACR ResQLink View Bivystick rescueME PLB1 SPOT Gen3... Higher Ground SatPaq
2-way Messaging? No Yes No No Yes
2-way Messaging Available via Cellular/Wifi? No Yes No No Yes
Custom Messaging Viewable and Composable on Device? No No No No No
Passive Tracking (turn on and forget about it - viewers at home can watch your progress on the web) No Yes No Yes No
Weight w/ Batteries (ounces) 5.3 7.3 4 4 4.4
Battery Life (hours) 28 Up to 500 24 150 (lithium batteries) Rechargable lithium ion will last 4-5 months in storage, 150-200 messages when using
Waterproof Rating 16.40 ft (5m) @ 1 hr IPX6 Up to 15 meters Rated to 95-100% humidity None
Pairs with Smartphone? No Yes No No Yes
Satellite Network COSPAS/SARSAT Iridium COSPAS/SARSAT Globalstar Geostationary
Dimensions (inches) 4.4 x 2.0 x 1.4 1.6 x 5.6 x 1.13 3 x 2 x 1.3 3.4 x 2.6 x 1 4.2 x 2.7 x 0.6
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