5.0 / 5.02 ReviewsDurability5.0 / 5Reliability5.0 / 5Performance5.0 / 5Ease Of Use5.0 / 5Value5.0 / 5Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Pros: The I'm OK message that can be sent to family when on a long flight, ease of use. Knowing that help will be on the way when activated. Cons: None that I can think of. I hope that I nevwer have to actually use this product but I know that if I do, it won't let me down.March 7, 2011Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Pros: Slightly smaller than the picture would suggest. Seems pretty durable like it could be tossed around a few times and still work. Simple operation and display shows you what's going on. Unlike Spot Messenger, you can call for help without any subscription fees. Also uses a more reliable system than Spot. Cons: The 406link messaging service is kind of a clever hack- it just listens for the 'self test' messages from the PLB and acts when it hears them. Might be good for telling people you're still alive if you're going hiking in the wilderness. But because it uses the 'self test' function of the PLB every time you use it it wears down the PLB battery a bit, and after a certain number of self tests you need to mail the PLB back for a battery replacement. I've never had to use my PLB other than testing it. Hopefully I never will. But a PLB is always a better choice than Spot Messenger for calling for help- the high-power 406MHz transmitter is a lot more reliable than Spot's 1600MHz low-power transmitter and no subscription is required to get emergency help. If you go down in the sticks, you'll be glad you had this.November 25, 2010
- Question and Answer
Browse 2 questions Browse 2 questions and 3 answersIn case of requiring battery replacement, do you sell the spare battery, or does it require that it be only changed by you?BEST ANSWER: According to my Aqualink View, the battery needs to be replaced 6 years from manufacture date
or 5 years from service activation. If you use your PLB, tell ACR and they will send you a new one.
Regarding batter replacement, here is the owner's manual statement:
"The battery should be replaced if the beacon has been activated
for any use other than the Self-test. Always refer battery replacements
and other beacon service to a factory authorized Battery Replacement
Center. Battery replacement includes servicing the beacon by
replacing all o-rings, testing the water seal and the electrical properties.
NOTE: There are no user serviceable items inside the beacon.
DO NOT OPEN THE BEACON. Opening the beacon will void the warranty.
For the nearest location of a Battery Replacement Center, visit ACR online (acrartex)
Click on “Battery Replacement Center”.
This beacon contains two (2) lithium metal battery packs that are less than 2
grams each. They are not classified as Hazmat for transportation. Prior to
shipping beacon for service, alert your carrier about the batteries contained in
this equipment to make sure they properly label your package. Contact
ACR’s Technical Service department for proper shipping instructionsWhat is the battery life when activated?BEST ANSWER: Manufacturer states that operational battery life exceeds 24 hours.
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