For those of you wanting peace of mind when you’re hiking, boating, out of reach of a cell tower or otherwise in the back of beyond – Garmin has announced the inReach Mini, a new addition to its family of satellite communicators.
Of course, when trekking through the wilderness you need something that’s small and that has the same level of endurance as you. Measuring just under 4 tall by 2 wide and weighing 3.5 oz, inReach Mini is an easy fit for exterior pack pockets or accessory loops.
Battery life shouldn’t be a problem either with various modes to match your endurance challenge:
- Up to 50 hours at 10-minute tracking with 2-minute logging (default)
- Up to 30 hours at 10-minute tracking with 1-second logging
- Up to 20 days at the 30-minute interval power save mode
- Up to 1 year when powered off
Other features include:
- Small, rugged, lightweight satellite communicator enables two-way text messaging via 100% global Iridium satellite network (satellite subscription required)
- Trigger an interactive SOS to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center (satellite subscription required)
- Access downloadable maps, U.S. NOAA charts, color aerial imagery and more by using the free Garmin Earthmate app and compatible devices
- Optional inReach weather forecast service provides detailed updates directly to your inReach Mini or paired device; basic and premium weather packages available
- Send and receive inReach messages through compatible Garmin devices, including connected wearables and handhelds
- Tough, durable, impact resistant (MIL-STD-810F) and water-rated to IPX7
To access the Iridium network and communicate with your inReach Mini, an active satellite subscription is required. Depending on your usage level, you can opt for an annual contract package or flexible month-to-month airtime plan.
Monthly plans start from £12.99/$11.95/14.99
For even more capability and convenience, the free Earthmate app syncs your inReach handheld via Bluetooth wireless technology with your compatible Apple or Android device so you can access unlimited maps, aerial imagery, and U.S. NOAA charts. Plus, Earthmate allows you to conveniently use all of the inReach features on your paired mobile device. For easier messaging, you can also access your phones contact list from the Earthmate app to connect with fewer keystrokes.
The inReach Mini will be available in the 2nd quarter 2018 for £299.99/$349.99/349.99