Delorme inReach SE Satellite Communicator

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DeLorme inReach SE Satellite Communicator makes any adventure better and safer. With inReach SE, you can send and receive text messages at the ends of the earth and everywhere in between with the handy color screen and virtual keyboard. Designed for maximum durability in harsh environments, it's waterproof, dustproof and impact-resistant. When you're off the grid and out of cell-phone range, you can quickly and easily share your journey with family and friends, let them ping and message you and receive a delivery confirmation that your message was sent. This is all thanks to the Iridium satellite network with 100% global coverage. And in the event of an emergency, you can trigger an SOS, receive delivery confirmation and then have a two-way text conversation with the search-and-rescue monitoring center until help arrives. The inReach SE can be used in conjunction with DeLorme's Earthmate app on your mobile device. Transform your smartphone or tablet into a global satellite communication and navigation tool with the free Earthmate app. Subscription with an annual contract are required for InReach satellite communication and tracking.

Fabric:

  • Impact-resistant (meets Mil STD 810F) materials holds up to the bangs, scraps, and vibrations of outdoor travel

Weather and Wind:

  • Waterproof and dustproof (IP67 1 meter for 30 minutes) casing for durability and long-term use

Webbing:

  • Can be used in conjunction with DeLorme's Earthmate app on a mobile device and its Explore web portal

Features:

  • Intuitive LED indicator for satellite availability
  • Audible message notifications for convenience
  • Unique technology allows for social media updates
  • Also compatible with Android 2.2 and later
  • inReach SE (Screen Edition) satellite communicator enables you to send and receive free-form, 160-character text messages outside of cell phone range to and from cell phones, email contacts, and other inReach users
  • Tracking capability enables you to share and view GPS coordinates
  • Long-lasting internal rechargeable lithium battery features 100 hours of battery life in 10-minute tracking mode with a clear view to the sky
  • Uses Iridium 9603 short-burst data technology and the Iridium network, the world's largest satellite constellation that provides complete global coverage and two-way communication
  • Color screen and virtual keyboard with predictive text for standalone two-way messaging
  • GPS accuracy to +/-5 meters for excellent accuracy
  • Use as a standalone device or in conjunction with iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and iPhone 3GS, iPad (3rd and 4th generation), iPad 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation)
  • SE allows you to trigger an SOS and interact back and forth with GEOS (Delorme's 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center) in case of an emergency
  • Through Earthmate, you have unlimited access to free downloadable topographic maps and NOAA charts
BassPro.com
The next-generation DeLorme inReach SE Satellite Communicator sends and receives text messages anywhere in the world! This device allows you to be tracked, reached and rescued worldwide. And with access to unlimited, downloadable topographic maps, you can pair inReach SE with your smart phone or tablet and always know exactly where you are.
With inReach SE you can trigger an SOS and communicate back and forth 24/7 with a search and rescue center. Send and receive 160-character text messages with GPS coordinates to cell numbers or email addresses worldwide and even post updates to social media—all from one device. Adjustable tracking intervals from 10 minutes to 4 hours allow you to track your trip and share your location, including GPS coordinates, elevation, and speed. Pair the inReach SE with your mobile device to access downloadable topographic maps and NOAA charts. Made in USA .
Manufacturer model #: AG-009871-201.

WestMarine.com
The inReach™ SE (Screen Edition) satellite communicator puts amazing functionality in the palm of your hand without having to pair the device with a smartphone or external GPS. inReach SE is an essential tool for boaters, hikers, campers, hunters, travelers, recreational aviators, trail riders, cross-country skiers and all outdoor enthusiasts. It includes a color LCD screen and virtual keyboard with predictive text for standalone two-way messaging. Send and receive free-form, 160-character text messages outside of cell phone range, and receive audible message notifications. Turn on tracking to share and view GPS coordinates. Post to social media. In an emergency, you can trigger an SOS and interact back and forth by two-way text messaging with the GEOS 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center. You will be able to communicate the nature of your emergency to them and answer their questions to ensure that the most appropriate help is dispatched. Requires subscription (9.95, 24.95 or 49.95/month).

Backcountry.com (Spring 2014)

Whether you find yourself a hundred miles out deep sea fishing, hiking deep into the Alaskan interior, or surrounded by a vast South American jungle, you're always in touch when you have the inReach SE Satellite Communicator. Even if you are out of range of cell towers, this handheld satellite communicator enables you to send and receive text messages, track your whereabouts, and send out an SOS in case of an emergency thanks to its Iridium network that provides complete global coverage and two-way communication.

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Operating Temperature:-20°C to +60°C (-4°F to +140°F)
Storage Temperature:-40°C to +85°C (-40°F to +185°F)
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Delorme inReach SE Satellite Communicator Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

The inReach is a great tool for someone looking for the comfort and safety features of a satellite phone or PLB, but not needing the ability to talk on the phone.
As far as texting goes, I have always been able to send out texts with no problem, even to international phone numbers. However, I have experienced problems receiving texts, most notably from international numbers. I would recommend communicating via email as I found this to be the easiest to receive replies, and easy for recipients to forward.
I do appreciate the map and tracking features which were fun for others at home to watch progress and location. I would NOT try using this as a form of GPS as it does take a while to access satellites in some cases, maps in my opinion are not as reliable and detailed enough, and the inReach does not have all the features necessary for use as a GPS.
The Earthmate app works great and makes sending messages much easier. However, it does require you have your phone on you which is just another piece of equipment to carry and charge. I was able to charge the inReach with a goal zero Nomad 7 just fine.
As far as coverage I am yet to find a place in North and South America I was not able to send a message. I was able to send messages from inside a tent just fine as well. The SOS function instructions are easy to follow and stay locked so no accidental SOS messages can be sent from inside a pocket or pack.
Set up with DeLorme is easy. I will mention I found the service plans to be a little limiting, there are only 1 year or 4 months plans. I would appreciate a shorter plan period for single trips. Also, please be aware that after the end of your contract you need to cancel your subscription or you will continue to be charged on a monthly basis.
All in all a great device, construction is bomb proof, and all the features you want are there. I would definitely recommend the inReach for someone who wants to stay in touch for an affordable price.

William Haas at Backcountry.com on 11/15/2013

Now I understand why The Backpacker Magazine voted inReach as "Editors Choice". They weren't kidding! My new SE device is really cool. I wanted a 2 way texting device for when I go remote, and its really easy to do the 160 character messaging right off the keyboard. This device delivers! I bought a Brunton solar charger to recharge the battery for longer trips out in the Uintahs and so far it works pretty good.
I wont use the unit year round, so I decided to go with the 4 month seasonal plan so I don't have to pay for service in the spring and summer when I will use it less. Pretty affordable at $39/month. I decided to sell my satphone [since it never worked well anyway] and so far, its been the right move.
So far coverage has been impeccable. I was a little worried if it would work of not under the heavy tree canopy by Crater Lake, and I got 100% of my tracks through. It was fun to use it paired with my iPhone and use the Free DeLorme Topo maps that you can download to the app. I haven't had to use the SOS, but its really handy in case I use it. The rep at Backcountry was great too. She answered all my questions.

Jay Hilbert at Backcountry.com on 10/26/2013

Great for safety and social networking

We were given the inReach unit to use this while we film our TV show offshore in fishing kayaks and it works like a charm. Never had any issues. We are able to update our Twitter and Facebook from my iPhone, quickly and easily. Also gives me a live GPS and map on my phone even when I have no service. The fans like being able to find where we are on the map and our wives love that we can keep in touch when in remote places.

We have used it in both hot (Puerto Rico/Baja) and frigid (North West Territories), again with no issues. Just make sure your phone is also waterproofed somehow!

The battery life is great same as advertised.

It takes a bit to set up, but the website is pretty straight forward, and they have really improved the website over the years. Just take the time to learn how to use it before you take it on the road to somewhere with no internet access.
The Kayak Fishing Show at WestMarine.com on 12/12/2013

Really great product!

In 2012 I rolled the saddle on my horse in Bear Basin Wilderness in Wyoming. I was very lucky and was not seriously injured. After reflecting on stories from my guide and outfitter I concluded that if I had been injured it would have been a very long day until help could be called due to there being no cellular service where we were. So this year I took a Delorme InReach SE with me and it worked flawlessly. I used it to tell my wife that I got my Elk on the first afternoon of the hunt and my outfitter was impressed with my ability to communicate regarding rescheduling my airline flight from our dinning tent in camp where we also had no cell service. In conclusion, I plan to take this unit on all our adventures and hunting trips worldwide from now on.
Great piece of mind!
Elkhunter2158 at Cabelas on 12/09/2013

Works well, but had some trouble...

I purchased for use on an Alaskan hunt above the Arctic circle. For the cost of renting a satellite phone I was able to purchase the InReach. Set-up and activation was easy enough, but activation and first use at home I found that the unit would lock up and would have to be "re-booted" using a command I was able to find in the tech info section of DeLorme's website. When I got to Alaska the right arrow key stopped working so between the two problems it was annoying, but still useful. Upon return home I sent the unit back to DeLorme and they repaired both problems. The unit works fine now and I'm using it while deer hunting in AL and TN.
ALTNAKhunter at Cabelas on 11/17/2013

Great device for offshore fishing!

I carry a ACR PLB when I go offshore and I just got the Inreach SE to compliment that device. This gives me 2 devices should something go wrong and I usually go 25-45 miles out. I just got the basic plan for 9.95 a month which is a small price to pay for some peace of mind that the coast guard will find me and my passengers. It also pairs up with your BoatUS account for non-emergency situations when VHF might not be working because of the distance.
Bummer at WestMarine.com on 06/06/2013

Awesome

We purchase this product to track our race truck and stay in contact with our chase crew during the 550 mile race from Vegas to Reno. Product registration was straight forward and customer service has been outstanding. The tracker and text message feature worked flawlessly during our 20 hour race. We plan to purchase more units for our entire team.
offroadracer at Cabelas on 11/09/2013

Peace of mind for those that stay behind

The spouses and relatives of the crew were all estatic to be able to track our progress in real time. They felt more as though they were with us as they could zoom right in and see the surroundings we were in at that moment.
UncleDom at WestMarine.com on 10/10/2013

Works great.

Great product to locate a lost hunter, communicate with other hunters in mountains, keep in touch with your family while in backcountry, and even keep in your car for emergency. Everything worked as advertised. Great customer service and easy to start service.
ElkBackpackHunter at Cabelas on 12/22/2013

Negative Reviews:

Not For Marine Tracking Use

If you want to share your position with friends while boating, this is not the product. The comm function is clunky, but seems to work but forget tracking.

I have the impression that the hardware works well, but the Delorme web site for sharing tracks and position is often completely down and many of its (very limited) other features are almost always busted.

Support is very slow / non-existent. Web responses can take many days and I have never been able to get support on the phone.

Anyone with an interest in tracking a boat on a longer voyage will be disappointed. The features of the site have just not been thought through in addition to the lack of robustness. The programmer doesn't seem to have been very skill and the marketing guy (if there was one) that defined the fucntionality was not a boater.

I'd investigate alternatives before making the mistake of buying one of these.
privateer60 at WestMarine.com on 09/09/2013

difficult & expensive

Software updates, can't Sync, hard to create contacts, etc $$$$
Windy Sails at WestMarine.com on 06/06/2013