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 Post subject: Spot vs. ???
PostPosted: April 9th, 2017, 10:03 am 
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Just in time for spring, my Spot device has died.

So, I can get another and likely will.

But before I do, are there any alternatives out there that you feel are better?

Thank you for your advice.

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 Post subject: Re: Spot vs. ???
PostPosted: April 9th, 2017, 11:17 am 
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Yes, the Delorme InReach. There are a few discussions here about the InReach. Mine is a model that's the basic version and a few years old, but it does what it needs to do (communicates with the outside world and receives accurate weather forecasts which can be a good thing on big water) and it does it well. Newer versions have GPS functionality. Of course they always had a GPS receiver built in, but now they have the display and mapping capability that allows them to replace the GPSr as a stand-alone unit.
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 Post subject: Re: Spot vs. ???
PostPosted: April 9th, 2017, 11:23 am 
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Ditto, InReach for messaging. I don't like it in GPS capacity, so for mapping I kept Delorme PN60 that came with my SPOT.


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 Post subject: Re: Spot vs. ???
PostPosted: April 9th, 2017, 12:24 pm 
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FYI - The acquisition cost of an InReach is higher than a SPOT but the ongoing subscription costs are about the same (if you had full tracking on the SPOT). Of course an InReach does much more than a SPOT.

I let my SPOT subscription end this year, no longer use my Sat phone and have made the switch to InReach.

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 Post subject: Re: Spot vs. ???
PostPosted: April 9th, 2017, 12:32 pm 
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There are two different models of the Inreach out there and each model has two versions!

There is the first generation Delorme Inreach SE (messaging only for $359. ) and the Explorer (messaging + gps screen for $469. ). The MEC website has both of these listed as available.

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5033-920/inReach-SE

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5039-067/inReach-Explorer

After Garmin purchased Delorme, they spiffed up each model with some additional features. They now have a + sign at the end of their names! So - the Inreach SE+ and the Inreach Explorer+

http://www.inreachcanada.com/inreach-se ... municator/

http://www.inreachcanada.com/inreach-ex ... avigation/

The prices have also taken a bit of a jump with the SE+ going for $499. and the Explorer+ for $599.

This chart provides a good comparison -

http://www.roadpost.ca/compare_inreach_devices.aspx

WWGOD - I am still using my Spot Connect but If and when I trade it in for something else, I would probably go for the cheaper Inreach SE (if it is still available then!). Since I already have a Garmin Oregon 450 to do the gps tracking and all that, the Explorer or Explorer + are overkill.

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 Post subject: Re: Spot vs. ???
PostPosted: May 1st, 2017, 7:05 pm 
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Thank you all very much for your comments/advice. I am sorry for having not got back sooner.

After advice from spot, I installed new lithium batteries in my spot and it now works again.

It is certainly worrisome that it would not work with brand new batteries that are not lithium so, when my spot really dies, I will get an inreach.

Thanks again for the advice.

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 Post subject: Re: Spot vs. ???
PostPosted: May 1st, 2017, 10:53 pm 
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By design a SPOT will not work with alkaline or Nimh batteries because their effective usage time is too short for an emergency device, this is especially true for Gen 2 or Gen 3 models which consume more battery power than the original SPOT. Even if unused except as an SOS device only lithium batteries will reliably hold a charge for 8 - 10 years. No point in an emergency device with no power when you need it

My SPOT Gen 1 (I no longer use) would get at least 100 8 hour days in full tracking mode with 2 AA Lithium, I only changed batteries twice in 8 years (3000+ hours).

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 Post subject: Re: Spot vs. ???
PostPosted: May 2nd, 2017, 5:57 am 
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I believe the instruction sheet that comes with SPOT says that it requires and you must use lithium batteries


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