ACR ResQLink Personal Locator Beacon

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ACR ResQLink Personal Locator Beacon -

The floating ACR Electronics ResQLink+ 406 GPS personal locator beacon relays your position to a global network of Search and Rescue satellites when you are in trouble.

This Personal Locator Beacon should only be used in situations of grave and imminent danger, and only as a last resort when all means of self-rescue have been exhausted.

COSPAS-SARSAT is an international satellite system that provides distress alert and location data to assist Search and Rescue operations. It detects and locates the signals of beacons operating on 406 Megahertz (MHz). The position of the distress and other related information is forwarded to the appropriate Search and Rescue point of contact through the COSPAS-SARSAT mission control center network. The goal of the system is to support all organizations in the world with responsibility for SAR operations, whether at sea, in the air or on land. The COSPAS-SARSAT system provides distress alert and location data to rescue coordination centers for 406 MHz beacons activated anywhere in the world.
This personal locator beacon has been preprogrammed with the US country code. If your country of residence is outside the Unites States, you will need to have the beacon reprogrammed by a local dealer or service center, which may involve additional cost.

Please Note: This item contains a lithium battery and cannot be shipped to APO, FPO, U.S. Territories, international destinations or Hawaii, and are only available for in-store pickup in Alaska.

Made in USA.

Weather and Wind:

  • Waterproof at 16 ft. for up to an hour and 33 ft. for up to 10 min.


  • The ACR Electronics ResQLink+ 406 personal locator beacon is carried easily in a pack or pocket—and it floats!
  • Small, lightweight, and easy to carry in a pack, pocket, or on the included lanyard


  • The 121.5 MHz signal relays your location to localized ground Search and Rescue operations
  • GPS acquisition test mode allows you to test GPS functionality up to 12 times over the life of the battery
  • Fully functional self-test of the circuitry, battery power and 406 MHz transmission gives you peace of mind knowing your beacon will work when you need it
  • Once activated, the ACR Electronics ResQLink+ 406 GPS personal locator beacon will continue to transmit for up to 30 hrs. in typical conditions
  • 66-channel GPS fixes your location to within 100m; a satellite signal alerts Search and Rescue personnel and a local homing signal guides rescuers to your exact location
  • Bright LED strobe light is automatically activated when rescue signal sent
  • No subscription or activation fees required, but the device is compatible with the optional subscription service, so you can send periodic 'I'm OK' messages to family
  • Its 406 MHz signal relays information to the worldwide SAR satellite network
  • ResQLink+ 406 broadcasts a unique registered distress signal that tells rescuers where and who you are
  • Powerful 406 MHz satellite signal and 121.5 MHz local homing signal help reduce search times and maximize your chances of survival in an emergency
  • In addition to the local homing signal, a super bright LED strobe light helps rescuers find you quickly
  • Full-function test mode lets you know it is working properly without draining the battery
  • On-board GPS accurately notifies rescuers of your position and is accurate to within 100 meters (Fall 2014)
Once upon a time, suffering a broken femur during a solo backcountry trek meant that you were a goner, but thanks to the ACR ResQlink 406 Personal Locator Beacon, that no longer has to be the case. This high-powered emergency locator and GPS integrates three levels of signal technology so that you can always send out a distress signal to SAR teams regardless of your location on the planet.
Smaller than a cell phone, yet packed with power, the ResQLink™ offers three levels of integrated signal technology—GPS positioning, a powerful 406 MHz signal and 121.5 MHz homing capability—all in one of the smallest 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacons available.
Relay your position quickly and accurately.

In emergency situations, it relays your position quickly and accurately to a worldwide network of Search and Rescue satellites, while the built-in strobe light increases your visibility. Includes GPS and self-test features that can be combined with ACR’s optional site functions.

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Batteries:Lithium (5 year replacement life)
Certification:FCC; COSPAS-SARSAT, Canada, RTTE
Dimensions:4.5 x 1.9 x 1.6 inches
GPS/Satellite detectable:Onboard GPS/Yes
Location accuracy:100 meters
Material:Polycarbonate blend
Note:device does not float; for a similar device that floats, check out the ACR AquaLink PLB
Water-resistant depth:16 feet
Weight:5.4 ounces
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ACR ResQLink Personal Locator Beacon Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

First let me start by saying that I do work at ACR, but I am also an avid outdoorsman and I am absolutely loving the new ResQLink PLB. Previous PLB's that I have used were always a little too big to simply carry in my pocket and my fear was getting separated from my backpack should I actually need to use it. I finally got my new ResQLink last weekend and I tossed it in my jean pocket and headed out for an afternoon hike around the ranch. It fits perfect, about the size of a 2005 flip cell phone or powerbar. If anyone else has one let me know what you think or if you have any questions I can answer for you. I am a pretty conservative hike, but the peace of mind I have knowing should anything go wrong is well worth the price.

Mikele D'Arcangelo at on 08/26/2011

Staying Alive

I have hiked and biked in many places that do not get cell service. I also crawled out two miles after breaking my ankle in six places, it was not fun. I am worried about getting charged for being rescued, but a choice between a big bill and death, I will work it out.

This will still not take the place of a well setup pack with med kit, but it sure makes my wife feel allot safer.

We also carry it often in the car when we have our five month old because getting 911 to answer is often a joke in Sacramento and in case of an accident or med emergency it will be handy to have.
Asa Foley at REI on 09/09/2012

Insurance policy

The registration with NOAA was easy. Quick confirmation back from them. That said of course I have not had to use it. The unit test was very easy. I enjoy remote hikes and camping on my own out of cell range. However the real reason was I take my grandchildren on long road trips. I don't get too remote with them but far enough where they could be in a tough spot if something happened to me. So both my 13 and 9 year old got lessons in activating it. They understand the proper circumstances and I feel better knowing they can get help if ever it should be required
Flyfree at REI on 09/09/2013

Just got my Resqlink from and wow is it small and light. So much lighter and smaller than both my SPOT (1st version) and especially my ACR AQUAFIX (2006 model). Bought the Resqlink because it was cheaper than replacing the 6 year old battery in the Aquafix. Now I will carry the PLB with me on all adventures. Used to leave the Aquafix at home because it was too big and heavy to lug around. It is even smaller than my Spot which wouldn't be as effective in a real emergency anways. And no subscription fees also. Win win win.

sco3656860 at on 07/05/2012

It's hard to give a review on a PLB without actually having used it. But from the perspective of design, this thing is great. It's small and simple; great to carry and simple to use--very important. Instructions on how to use the PLB is also printed onto the beacon in case you're panicking.
I would recommend you buying this just for the peace of mind of yourself and your family back home.

BzBrian at on 10/23/2012

WEAR it for added safety

I purchased the flotation case and wear the PLB on my belt at all times on the water. My larger EPIRB is in my ditch bag, but if I ever went overboard suddenly, I now have the added protection of always having this PLB with me. It is smaller and lighter than most cell phones. There is really no excuse to be without one.
Master Captain at on 12/12/2012

Real "Peace of Mind" in a small package!

This Personal Locator Beacon is the real deal that uses the same system as all of the big boys. I was not looking for a communication toy but a serious peace of equipment that we could really rely on in times of trouble. The self test feature provide real peace of mind.
KPK at on 10/10/2012

Hope to never use it!

I have yet to use this PLB, and I hope never to have to use it. It is compact and appears east to engage. The only concern is that the instructions indicates that upon test the lights will following a certain pattern, it does not. The instructions could be clearer.
synergy at on 09/09/2011

ACR products are the best

I keep it in the pocket of my automatic inflatable pfd. Wear it whenever underway on my 17' Boston Whaler. As a professional merchant mariner I depend on ACR products every day epirbs, water lights, firefly lights, spotlights, etc. Rugged reliable well designed throughout the product line.
Capt Coop at on 01/01/2013

Great Product

I purchased this unit and a floating case as a backup to my ACR EPIRB and to use in the dinghy. It is very comforting to have on board in case things happen faster than I can make a radio call or if out of VHF range.
Captain Chris at on 09/09/2012

Negative Reviews:

Poor battery replacement support

I have purchased an ACR plb and need to replace the battery. I live in rural CO and have tried to contact customer support but with no luck. Also, I have researched battery replacement for these units and it appears to be quite expensive. If anyone has had a better experience, please advise. I would not buy this product again.
Mike8489 at REI on 11/11/2013

Neutral Reviews:


Entry model, but piece of mind when out on the water.
Javi at on 09/09/2012