Ratings Overview - Personal Locator Beacon

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 Garmin inReach Explorer+
The most prominent in our fleet, the inReach Explorer+ is the best device when cell phone range is out of reach. Not only is it less expensive than a satellite phone, but we like it more. When...  read more >
$450

Editors' Choice Award
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86
Sending Messages - 9 of 10
9
Reception - 8 of 10
8
Ease of use - 10 of 10
10
indicator clarity - 8 of 10
8
SOS - 7 of 10
7
Tracking - 10 of 10
10
A satellite communication device that can pair with some DeLorme handheld GPS devices.

 DeLorme InReach SE
The InReach SE offers a solid value because it Garmin InReach Explorer+ | delivers most of the features of the new Garmin InReach Explorer+ for less. That said, it might not be available for long as...  read more >
$300

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84
Sending Messages - 9 of 10
9
Reception - 8 of 10
8
Ease of use - 9 of 10
9
indicator clarity - 8 of 10
8
SOS - 7 of 10
7
Tracking - 10 of 10
10
ACR ResQlink 406 personal locator beacon

 ACR ResQlink 406 Personal Locator Beacon
The SOS function of the ResQlink is probably the most effective of any device we tested. It transmits your SOS message at 5 watts of power, compared to 0.4 watts for the Spot Gen3 Satellite...  read more >
$325

Top Pick Award
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60
Sending Messages - 0 of 10
0
Reception - 10 of 10
10
Ease of use - 10 of 10
10
indicator clarity - 10 of 10
10
SOS - 10 of 10
10
Tracking - 0 of 10
0

 SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger
The SPOT the best selling and least expensive of the devices we tested. However, in many cases, the annual plan is no longer always that much cheaper than the Garmin plan. We go into detail below...  read more >
$150

Best Buy Award
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59
Sending Messages - 5 of 10
5
Reception - 5 of 10
5
Ease of use - 7 of 10
7
indicator clarity - 6 of 10
6
SOS - 5 of 10
5
Tracking - 9 of 10
9
find my friends

 Apple iPhone Find My Friends
Overall, this app does not work as well as the other devices in our Personal Locator Beacon review. It is intended to help keep track of family and friends in urban environments with great cell...  read more >
$0

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15
Sending Messages - 2 of 10
2
Reception - 1 of 10
1
Ease of use - 2 of 10
2
indicator clarity - 0 of 10
0
SOS - 1 of 10
1
Tracking - 3 of 10
3
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