€ 251 (£182)
This is a floating handheld AIS SART that is primarily intended for full automatic activation when installed in a lifejacket, but can still be used manually if necessary. It has a similar stick design to Mcmurdo’s S10, except that the easyone has a water-triggered autoactivation mechanism that uses small dissolving pellets similar to those found in automatic lifejackettriggering mechanisms to release the antenna, and two water-sensing terminals to activate the AIS transmitter. The device has a long yellow line attached with two plastic seals. To reveal the ‘on’ button for manual activation, you pull off the transparent cover using just the top part of the line, which has a small loop in it. We mistakenly thought you just pulled the long line, which broke the line and clip after much heaving! After more thorough investigation, we discovered the small panel actually pulls off quite easily, but it’s not that obvious how it works – which we feel any emergency device should be. Separating the flap line and lanyard would remove any ambiguity, but as the manufacturer says, it’s really for use in a lifejacket, where this wouldn’t be a problem.
Pulling the cover off releases the antenna (discarding the water-soluble pellet in the process) and reveals the ‘on’ button, which has to be pressed to activate it in manual mode.
We like the lightness and simplicity, its ability to transmit for at least 36 hours and its seven-year battery shelf life. We also like the fact that it floats and can be activated automatically without relying on the inflating bladder of a lifejacket to trigger it. It’s also the least expensive of our test group.
Contact Pinpoint electronics. Tel: 01392 823843. Web: www.pinpointelectronics.com
Manual activation could be clearer but auto trigger, low price and light weight make it our pick