I do a lot of activities in areas that do not have mobile signals for my iPhone 11 Pro; hence, when I’m out in these areas, I carry and rely upon two significant tools: Motorola APX 8000HXE and Garmin inReach EXPLORER+.
I’ve already written a BLOG on my Motorola APX 8000HXE; hence, this BLOG is gonna be about my Garmin inReach EXPLORER+, which I purchased about three or four years ago via Amazon.
The Garmin inReach EXPLORER+ is one of the best purchases I made for my outdoor activities. It is a two-way communications device that uses the iridium satellites communications structure for me to communicate my travel status to people I select in my contact list. In addition, my Garmin inReach EXPLORER+ provides me with direct SOS communications to a Search-And-Rescue (SAR) agency to get me to safety in the event that I need help. Garmin inReach EXPLORER+ also provides land, sea, and air transportation at the time of my SOS call. This service is available to Garmin inReach EXPLORER+ users for a reasonable monthly fee; and, it is not contract-based — in other words, you can activate the monthly fee the day before your trip; and, once you get home from your trip, you can de-activate the monthly fee.
I was thinking about purchasing an iridium satellite phone; but, I found the Garmin inReach EXPLORER+ suited my needs much better than the iridium satellite phone.
The difference between the iridium satellite phone and the Garmin inReach EXPLORER+ is the Garmin inReach EXPLORER+ doesn’t have voice communications; the Garmin inReach EXPLORER+ only provides email and SMS text communications, which is perfectly fine for me — both devices use iridium satellites — that’s a key feature for world-wide coverage, including both ends of the poles.
Garmin inReach EXPLORER+ provides something that the satellite phones don’t offer, and that is the Garmin inReach EXPLORER+ SOS button and feature. When pushed, the SOS feature immediately connects you to a Search-And-Rescue (SAR) agency to get you to safety. Your GPS coordinates are automatically submitted to the SAR agency; and, IF the SAR agency needs to communicate with you, they will do so via SMS text or email.
The other great thing about Garmin inReach EXPLORER+ is that it provides communications everywhere in the world AND at both poles: North and South. Some satellite phones do not provide coverage everywhere in the world — some lack coverage at both ends of the poles.
This past weekend, 25-September-2020, I was with Boss and others working on CARLA System 06 and 20. Like most of CARLA’s sites, they are located at remote mountain tops — System 06 is just under 7000 feet AGL; and, because of the remote locations, mobile phones, like my iPhone 11 Pro, is nothing more than a camera and a digital notepad.
Whenever I go to remote places for vacation or working on CARLA, I always carry my Garmin inReach EXPLORER+, and I share my tracking with people on my contact list in the event I need urgent help. If I need emergency-help, I can either text and email my contacts; or, I can push my SOS button for emergency assistance with the SAR agency.
Garmin inReach EXPLORER+ has an excellent battery life — for ~16 hours of tracking, 10-minute location updates to my contacts, and about five text messages to my contacts, I only used 38% of my battery power — I still had an amazing 62% of battery power to carry me over to the next day without having to charge my Garmin inReach EXPLORER+.
The location tracking is really a nice feature of my Garmin inReach EXPLORER+; and, I use it all the time whenever I travel. My contacts can track my movement and exact location coordinates if I ever need urgent help.
If you’re looking for satellite two-way communications device, check out the Garmin inReach EXPLORER+ — it’s feature-rich, reliable, durable, and efficient.
/s/ Alfonso Faustino