Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1
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Garmin inReach Mini
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Bivystick Blue
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ZOLEO Satellite Communicator
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Somewear Global Hotspot
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Pros Reasonable initial purchase price, no paid subscription, uses proven global network, compactSmall, two-way textingCompact, great network, on-device basic controlsExcellent network, seamless communication, some on-device functionalitySmall, affordable subscription options, proven satellite and dispatch networks, simple
Cons No non-emergency messagingComplicated to compare costs, texting on device is very slowNo on-device message viewing or composition, USB-C chargingNo on-device message viewing or composition, no tracking, heavier than close competitorsOnly supports SOS on the device itself
Bottom Line A small, satellite-linked emergency communicator that is exactly what you need and nothing moreText correspondence to and from the wilderness, wrapped up in a diminutive formA compact, full service satellite messenger that has all you need, and is close to all you would wantThis is a smooth, comprehensive two-way communicator that relies on a proven satellite network and brings innovations that raise the barA small, basic device that employs established network, dispatch, and hardware systems through affordable subscription plans
Rating Categories Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1 Garmin inReach Mini Bivystick Blue ZOLEO Satellite Communicator Somewear Global Hotspot
SOS Emergency Messaging (30%)
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7
Non Emergency Messaging (25%)
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Signal Coverage (20%)
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Ease Of Use (15%)
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Portability (10%)
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Specs Ocean Signal... Garmin inReach Mini Bivystick Blue ZOLEO Satellite... Somewear Global...
2-way Messaging? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
2-way Messaging Available via Cellular/Wifi? No No No Yes Yes
Custom Messaging Viewable and Composable on Device? No Yes No No No
Passive Tracking (turn on and forget about it - viewers at home can watch your progress on the web) No Yes Yes No Yes
Weight w/ Batteries (ounces) 4 3.5 3.6 5.3 4.1
Battery Life (hours) 24 Up to 50 Up to 120 200+ when checking messages every 12 minutes Up to 1000 messages
Waterproof Rating Up to 15 meters IPX7 (splashes & weather proof, nonsubmersible) IP67 IP68 (water resistant) IPX7
Pairs with Smartphone? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Satellite Network COSPAS/SARSAT Iridium Iridium Iridium Iridium
Dimensions (inches) 3 x 2 x 1.3 3.9 x 2 x 1 1.9 x .9 x 4.5 3.5 x 2.6 x 1 3 x 3.6 x .8
Cubic Inches (LxWxH) 6.8 7.8 7.7 9.1 8.6
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