ACR AquaLink 406 GPS Personal Locator Beacon

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ACR AquaLink 406 GPS Personal Locator Beacon -
Smaller and lighter than previous ACR models, the buoyant AquaLink™ Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) broadcasts a unique registered distress signal that not only tells rescuers where you are, but who you are, and then lets them “home in” on your location with its built-in, super bright LED strobe light to increases visibility.
Get found fast with outstanding accuracy.

The AquaLink™ broadcasts a unique registered distress signal that sends your identification and location to rescue units. And, with its built-in GPS, the AquaLink PLB fixes your position to within 100 meters. A powerful 406 MHz signal relays your distress call to orbiting satelites to help rescuers receive and pinpoint your location even faster!

Shine a spotlight on your location.

Though it’s incredibly accurate, and 100 meters is a pretty impressive zeroing in of your location, rescuers still need to spot you—espcially if it’s dark or your location is socked in with dense fog. That’s where the AquaLink PLB helps guide rescue crews straight to you. Its homing signal and integrated continuous flash LED strobe light mark your exact location.

Self-test feature confirms PLB ready status.

Unique to the AquaLink is its full function self-testing ability, so you’ll have peace of mind knowing your PLB will work the moment you need it most.

NOTE: Currently only for sale in the U.S.


  • Small, lightweight, and easy to carry in a pack, pocket, or on the included lanyard


  • GPS acquisition test mode allows you to test GPS functionality up to 12 times over the life of the battery
  • On-board GPS accurately notifies rescuers of your position and is accurate to within 100 meters
  • Device floats so it's ideal for adventures over water
  • The 121.5 MHz signal relays your location to localized ground Search and Rescue operations
  • No subscription or activation fees required, but an optional subscription service is available through that allows you to send periodic 'I'm OK' messages to family
  • Its 406 MHz signal relays information to the worldwide SAR satellite network
  • Bright LED strobe light is automatically activated when rescue signal sent
  • Full-function test mode lets you know it is working properly without draining the battery (Fall 2014)
When a series of unfortunate circumstances leaves you lost, stranded, injured, or otherwise in need of wilderness rescue, having a friend like the ACR AquaLink 406 Personal Locator Beacon is more than just a nicety; it could actually save your life. Built waterproof and with a 406 MHz signal, this beacon also floats so that you can feel confident when heading offshore. Once activated, the AquaLink connects to a worldwide network of SAR satellites and relays your precise location for a faster rescue and added peace of mind.
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ACR AquaLink 406 GPS Personal Locator Beacon Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

This Beacon put our minds to ease

I bought this for my husband on his Feb/2011 birthday. I picked this one because it had the best features and the price was good too. I researched every product out there and chose this one instead of the digital Aqualink one because it also has a strobe light and a GPS that will bring the coast guard directly to you. The digital one did not have these important features. Watch the video on u-tube; there is a guy who demonstrates taking it from his belt clip and opening it with one hand; He made it look so easy and you get a good view of it's size. We look forward to putting this to use over the next several years. Now we don't have to worry so much. Fishing trips offshore are 40 minutes out; we end up watching the sunset on the way back quite often; once you clean the boat, clean the fish and get on the road back home it's late. How often does your husband remember to call home as soon as he and his buddies dock, especially with so much to do on their minds.
Hunter's wife at on 03/03/2011

Great product and peace of mind

Well, I cannot give this a five star review because I haven't actually used it (and no, don't want to add the words 'YET' because I hope to never have to use it!).

It is well designed, easy to use, easy to deploy, the self check indicates it works and it is light weight.

The peace of mind it provides while out 20+ miles cannot be duplicated. If you go out further than you can swim, and most of us do, then you have to have one of these onboard AND ON THE DASHBOARD at all times. This does you zero good if you capsize and it is stowed in a compartment!
dinokath at on 09/09/2012

Essential safety gear & some insurance

I have been boating / fishing for a long time since a teenager and thankfully have not needed this kind of device nor did one exist. Now, I am going further out on a larger boat with my children. While there are never guarantee's, this device gives me some comfort that help would be on it's way to our location. I know commercial fisherman and they don't go without an EPIRB. One minute in the water would seem to be an eternity and at that point I wouldn't be sweating about the money for sure. This one seems pretty affordable with the GPS.
Jon A at on 08/08/2012

Great Safety Product

This safety beacon if needed is easy to use, can be deployed quickly, and will give a unique ID that is registered to the owner by the internet. Its price is about one third of the cost of the beacon that I replaced and it added GPS technology to provide exact location for search and rescue. Indoor or outdoor mounting is easy and/or it can be carried on your person.
George at on 03/03/2012

Great Product

Great piece of mind at a reasonable price. Small enough to wear on you when fishing offshore or out solo and more reliable than other devices. Ability to test the transmission of the unit is very reassuring. Also received a first aid kit and strobe by mail in rebate. Great company.
SI Whaler at on 09/09/2012

It works

You've heard the story before, only this time , I experienced it. Beautiful morning, out for a short cruise, and suddenly weather came up. That's no time for an engine to fail, so it did. Maybe things would have turned out ok, but it sure felt good pushing that button.
REA II at on 09/09/2012

Life Insurance

My AquaLink is always attached to my PFD when we head offshore. It makes me feel better and it provides that extra bit of insurance to my wife. She knows that if anything happens at sea, I'll be able to activate my AquaLink.
Crewsails at on 09/09/2012

Best Chance for Survival!

We reviewed several PLBs and decided the AquaLink 406 GPS was the best for functionality and longest battery life. We cruise in the Caribbean and will take it on road trips throughout the US.
Sunseeker at on 01/01/2011

I highly Recommend this product

So far this product has been great. Luckily we have not needed to use it yet. The test function works great to let you know your product is still functioning.
Bluewater Fisher at on 09/09/2012

Great Value and Piece of Mind

The ACR slogan says it all. This is my BEST last Chance. I fell absolutely safe having my epirb with me when i go off shore. Thanks West Marine.
Leisure Pools Ohio at on 06/06/2011

Neutral Reviews:

Appears to be a decent product for the $

Will use for long distance cruising
John B. at on 09/09/2012