Ratings Overview - Personal Locator Beacon

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Garmin inReach Mini
This is our most highly rated satellite messenger. It does everything any other device can do, in a much, much smaller package. In our decades of using and testing satellite communications, this is...  read more >
$350

Editors' Choice Award
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SOS Emergency Messaging - 9 of 10
9
Non-Emergency Messaging - 8 of 10
8
Signal Coverage - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Use - 7 of 10
7
Portability - 8 of 10
8
Garmin inReach Explorer+
The highest performer in our test fleet, the inReach Explorer+ is the best device for nearly-comprehensive communications when cell service is out of reach. Its only weakness is in portability...  read more >
$450

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SOS Emergency Messaging - 9 of 10
9
Non-Emergency Messaging - 9 of 10
9
Signal Coverage - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Portability - 2 of 10
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SPOT X
We've been watching, reviewing and using products in this category for decades now. Improvements are slow and incremental, and we eagerly anticipated the recent launch of the SPOT X. Finally, a...  read more >
$250

Top Pick Award
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SOS Emergency Messaging - 9 of 10
9
Non-Emergency Messaging - 9 of 10
9
Signal Coverage - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Portability - 3 of 10
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SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger
The word "SPOT", as it pertains to wilderness travel, has become synonymous with emergency communications. This satellite messenger is handy, compact, and proven in its value and limitations. It is...  read more >
$150

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SOS Emergency Messaging - 9 of 10
9
Non-Emergency Messaging - 5 of 10
5
Signal Coverage - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Use - 9 of 10
9
Portability - 8 of 10
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Ocean Signal rescueME
Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1
When you venture beyond cell signal, communications get more difficult, and the consequences of something bad happening increase. Equipping yourself with some sort of emergency backcountry...  read more >
$260

Best Buy Award
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SOS Emergency Messaging - 10 of 10
10
Non-Emergency Messaging - 0 of 10
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Signal Coverage - 10 of 10
10
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Portability - 8 of 10
8
ACR ResQLink Plus 406
ACR ResQlink 406 Personal Locator Beacon
The ACR ResQLink+ is a compact, full-function personal locator beacon from a long-standing company. Like all the devices that use the COSPAS/SARSAT (Buying Advice | our Buying Advice article has a...  read more >
$325

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SOS Emergency Messaging - 10 of 10
10
Non-Emergency Messaging - 1 of 10
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Signal Coverage - 10 of 10
10
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Portability - 4 of 10
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GoTenna Mesh
GoTenna Mesh
The GoTenna Mesh device and network technology are unlike anything else in our review. Basically, two or more users, each with GoTenna devices synced to their respective smartphones, can communicate...  read more >
$180

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SOS Emergency Messaging - 3 of 10
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Non-Emergency Messaging - 9 of 10
9
Signal Coverage - 2 of 10
2
Ease of Use - 5 of 10
5
Portability - 9 of 10
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Total 7 products tested