SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger unit
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- Faster GPS acquisition for quicker 911 response
- Sends check in message, capable of tracking, sends help assistance message
- More satellite detection than any competitive product on the market
- Operates under the harshest environments, temperature, altitude
- New smaller size, lighter weight
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This item SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger unit, Orange/Black
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|Battery Average Life||168 hours||100 hours||—||25 hours||25 hours||18 hours|
|Display Size||0 in||1.8 in||2.6||2.2 in||2.2 in||2.2|
|Item Dimensions||—||1.02 x 2.44 x 5.78 in||4.2 x 1.4 x 6.3 in||4 x 1.3 x 2.1 in||4 x 2.1 x 1.3 in||2.44 x 5.8 x 5.7 in|
|Item Weight||0.7 lb||7.02 ounces||0.58 lb||5 ounces||4.96 ounces||0.9 lb|
SPOT messenger is a primary link for emergency life saving rescue services around the world, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. SPOT offers the user additional features, 911 rescue assistance, check in or help sent alert message to friends and loved ones, location address via google map website address, plus optional features of googles tracking feature, and road side assistance.
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It works well right out of the box, but the user interface is a bit odd, although fully functional once you figure out what it's doing and why it's doing it!
The monitoring service is a bit pricey but there are "free" alternatives out there when you start researching the matter.
I've used it for several trips now, including one on the boat that spent most of the time about 50 miles off shore and it tracked us flawlessly for the week or so we were out there. I've had no problems with the actual perfomance of the unit and other than the start up costs, it's been well worth it.
The online set up was a little intimidating, but that was just because it was new to me. Just fill in each screen and edit the information later, if you make a mistake. Everything can be edited (except maybe your user name).
I have not tried to contact SPOT, so I cannot say anything about customer service. However, if they are short on staff to answer calls, that is our fault. We have voted in so many taxes which punish employers for hiring people, how can we complain when they do not?
One last thing. The SPOT is great for maintaining a sense of solitude, independence and being "out there". You just press two buttons to let people know you are ok. No need to bring the cell phone collar and leash! You are free!
I ordered my SPOT about a week before my motorcycle trip to the Big Bend, TX area. I wanted something that would notify friends and family of my location and have a means to ask for help should I have a breakdown or something worse out of cell phone range.
The setup and registration worked without any issue. I subscribed to the extra optional service that lets me lead a bread crumb trail on the SPOT web site so people can see where I am at any given moment.
All in all, the device worked. I had it mounted to the top of my tail bag on my motorcycle and it was on in "Track Me" mode for about 8 hours a day over 3 days total. I used the check-in feature every time I stopped for gas (about every 2 hours) and the device logged my location about every ten minutes since I had the "Track Me" feature enabled.
Line of sight to the open sky (or maybe a better way to say this is a completely unobstructed view of the sky) seems to be required. When I'd "check-in" at a gas station I'd notice the message was queued (you can tell by the blinking sequence) while I was under the pavilion roofs that most gas stations have over their pumps--even though these pavilions are very high.
No big complaints. Some quibbles--you press and hold the buttons (Check-In, etc.) until it blinks--that way you know the button push has been acknowledged. Hard to see this when your finger is actually on the button.
Other issue is that this device has now been superseded by a newer version which I can upgrade to for $99.
Net is that device worked on my trip and I'll continue to use this. Will post future experiences.