- Product Dimensions: 5 x 4.7 x 1.5 inches ; 6.2 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- ASIN: B006JXY0CQ
- Item model number: PLB-375
- Batteries 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
- Average Customer Review: 216 customer reviews Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
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ACR ResQlink+ PLB - Programmed for US Registration
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- All Personal Locator Beacons sold by US are pre-programmed with the US country code. Whilst they will function anywhere around the world, the first authority to be contacted in an emergency situation would be the US Coastguard Agency, with whom the PLB would be registered. Please contact us before making your purchase if you wish to have your ACR ResQLink+ PLB shipped with configuration for use in a country other than US.
- Registering your Personal Locator Beacon is required by law in most countries. Registering is very important because should your beacon ever be activated, it is how Search and Rescue Teams will know who you are, and contacts provided may be able to supply information about your specific travel plans. In the absence of this information, it may take longer for a search-and-rescue operation to begin.
- This PLB should only be used in situations of grave and imminent danger to life. False alerts endanger lives and cause expensive disruption to Search & Rescue services. Deliberate misuse of the device could result in a penalty.
- Unlike most satellite enabled notification devices, the ACR ResQLink+ PLB requires no monthly or annual subscription, making it one of the most cost effective GPS enabled emergency beacons available for long term use.
- Please contact us before making your purchase if you wish to have your ACR ResQLink+ PLB shipped with configuration for use in a country other than US.
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From the manufacturer
Search & Rescue relies on you for position information.
Poor Satellite Reception.
Costly Subscription Fees.
Poor Battery Life.
GPS Satellite Recievers
GPS Receivers tell you your location, but do not transmit to Search & Rescue.
Low Power Level.
Poor Satellite Reception.
Limited Range, Low Power.
Uses a 3rd party emergency coordination center.
The ACR ResQLink+ 375 PLB is a full-powered, GPS-enabled rescue beacon designed for sailors, anglers, pilots and general recreational users. Weighing just 4.6 oz and topping just 3.9 inches the lightweight ResQLink+ distress beacon is smaller than a mobile phone and is the only inherently buoyant PLB on the market. With three levels of integrated signal technology - GPS positioning, a powerful 406 MHz signal, and 121.5 MHz homing capability - the ResQLink+ PLB quickly and accurately relays your position to a worldwide network of search and rescue satellites. A built-in strobe light provides visibility during night rescues.
Registering your Personal Locator Beacon is required by law in most countries. Registering is very important because should your beacon ever be activated, it is how Search and Rescue Teams will know who you are, and contacts provided may be able to supply information about your specific travel plans. In the absence of this information, it may take longer for a search-and-rescue operation to begin.
This Personal Locator Beacon is pre-programmed for registration with the US country code. Whilst it will function anywhere around the world, the initial point of contact during an emergency situation would be the US Search and Rescue authorities with whom the PLB would be registered. Please purchase our alternative listing for ‘ACR ResqLink+ Programmed for Rest of World’. We include at no charge a reprogramming service on this alternative listing to ensure the device can be registered in the country of your choice.
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1) This is a one use item. Once you use it, you have to send it back to the manufacturer to replace the battery (its not user replaceable). I'm not saying you have to throw it away (disposable), just that the battery will run for 24 hours or until turned off and you shouldn't stake your life on half a battery. I am not an electrical engineer but maybe a half spent battery would affect the PLB's ability to transmit the signals and such.
2) You must register it with NOAA. There are warning all over this thing about how illegal it is to activate this device in a non emergency situation. From what I can remember warnings are 1)on the outside of the box, 2) there is an insert inside the box, 3) and its even taped to the device itself. This is an all or nothing device. You activate it, and people are coming, period. There are no take backs (SAR is coming, choppers, mountain rescue, coast guard, etc.). I'm assuming they would be pissed if you just twisted your ankle or had your 2 year old nephew activate it at a birthday party (I think they stick you with the response bill in form of a fine). I registered the PLB with NOAA (required) and received my authorization sticker within 4 days (you have to put it on the device) like an car registration tag.
3) Here is something I did not know, and no one has seemed to mention. If you use this device in an actual emergency (life threatening or immanent danger) the company will replace the device for FREE. Yes for FREE. Enough said with that. That makes this a great deal.
In conclusion, I am a solo hiker and camper and go into the wilderness for long periods at a time. If I have insurance on my cars, my house, my health, against disability, and in case of my death, shouldn't I have some sort of insurance regarding staying alive? It was an easy choice.
Hope this review helped.
1- Flip up the antenna; and 2- turn the unit on.
That's it. The unit doesn't come with a manual because it doesn't need one. The battery replacement date is on the back, and the test instructions are just as easy as the activation instructions.
SECOND - Since there are a few reviews that complain that they can't test the unit, I'll dispel that now - when you press the "T" button, the unit sends a signal up and out to the COSPAS/SARSAT constellation, which then bounces the signal to ACR's local user terminal (LUT). The LUT then sends a signal back to your unit. The test will result in the green LED lighting up. That is the ONLY confirmation you will get. Short and sweet.
IF you live in North/South America, you can use 406link.com so further test your beacon. Personally, I think it's a waste of money if you plan on using your beacon internationally, since at the moment 406link.com ONLY WORKS IN NORTH OR SOUTH AMERICA.
THIRD - One note, once the battery life is ended, the unit should sent it to an authorized location for replacement, ACR will not sell you a battery (hey, this is a piece of lifesaving equipment, do you really want to take the chance?).
LAST - REGISTER YOUR BEACON!!!!!! It is a simple and easy process. You want a contact number so the one of the worldwide LUTs know who to call when your beacon goes off? REGISTER YOUR BEACON. Want them to know who you are when your beacon goes off? REGISTER YOUR BEACON! Do you have a medical condition that the rescuers should know about (e.g. diabetes, heart condition, etc)? REGISTER YOUR BEACON!!!
The registration instructions are on the ACR website and it is FREE.
LAST LAST THING - There is NO OTHER FEE associated with the beacon. You buy it, you register it, then you're done. Extra fees and subscriptions are for things like 406link.com. Let me say it again ... THERE IS NO FEE TO REGISTER THE BEACON, THIS IS A ONE TIME COST (ok, except for the every 5-6 year battery replacement).
I considered satellite messengers, however did not want to pay for a subscription. Plus the PLBs send a more powerful signal, and thus will work in more places under worse conditions. I also considered the PLBs with a built in messenger service, however I decided I would rather a dedicated PLB so that the battery is not used for non-emergency communications. If I'm in a place where I need message capability as well I will probably add a satellite messenger to my bag and just carry both devices.
Registration with NOAA was very easy.
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