Garmin inReach SE+ and Explorer+
Today, Garmin announced the new inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+. After purchasing DeLorme nearly a year ago, Garmin has finally announced the release of the updated inReach SE and inReach Explorer, and has added a +.
This line of products is great for anyone who finds themselves away from civilization, or at least without a cell signal. If ever you get lost or need help, the inReach will have your back.
Aside from a sleek new design, the two new products don’t seem to have changed much. They both still have the standard array of features such as a 24/7 monitored SOS system, messaging, basic navigation and location / tracking data. Both options will still be compatible with MapShare which allows you to send waypoints a tracking data to a website so that others can follow along with your adventure. The slightly more expensive Explorer+ will have pre-loaded topo maps, a digital compass, altimeter and accelerometer as well.
Pair It With Your Smartphone
The Earthmate smartphone app will still be compatible with the new versions of the inReach as well, regardless of which model you choose. The Earthmate app gives you the ability to plan your trips a little more easily as well as making messaging easier by using your smartphone’s contacts and screen. Simply pair your smartphone to the inReach via Bluetooth and now you will have access to unlimited maps, aerial imagery and U.S. NOAA charts. Plus, Earthmate allows you to easily use all of the inReach features on your smartphone.
Battery usage is claimed to be up to 100 hours in tracking mode, and up to 30 days in power-save mode and up to 3 years in standby mode. I have to imagine that this is under perfect circumstances, ie good weather, clear view of the sky, etc. The problem is that we all know how often that happens. While Garmin is claiming up to 100 hours of use in tracking mode, I’m sure actually using the device will yield different results. For most backpackers and hikers and back-country explorers I imagine that this will still provide plenty of use, especially if paired with an external battery pack. Both units do feature an internal, rechargeable lithium battery and recharge via the standard micro USB power cable.
Should You Buy One?
In a word, yes!