The one-way stan­dard for emer­gency per­sonal lo­ca­tor bea­cons, it com­mu­ni­cates with high-or­bit satel­lites, trans­mit­ting the dis­tress sig­nal. Gen­eral res­cue lo­cale is de­ter­mined math­e­mat­i­cally by the satel­lites and re­ported di­rectly to res­cue op­er­a­tors. Once they’re in the vicin­ity, the PLB is tracked by its lo­ca­tor bea­con.

SELF-TEST: Re­ceive an email and/or SMS text mes­sage con­firm­ing re­ceipt of your bea­con self-test us­ing the op­tional sub­scrip­tion ser­vice at

RES­CUE NET­WORKS: Cospas-Sarsat, FCC, Canada, R&TTE, Aus­tralia, New Zealand

COV­ER­AGE: World­wide

COOL BE­CAUSE: The self­test func­tion lets you know the PLB is hooked up and run­ning. A res­cue strobe aids night lo­ca­tion dur­ing res­cue. Also, it con­nects di­rectly to in­ter­na­tional Cospas-Sarsat res­cue au­thor­i­ties.

PROS: It gave the fastest

“OK” trans­mit time in our test and of­fers free re­place­ment if it saves your ba­con. The com­mu­ni­ca­tions sub­scrip­tion at also gives low-bat­tery no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

CONS: It’s able to send only one pre­pro­grammed mes­sage. BESTS: Com­mu­ni­cates with the old­est, most pres­ti­gious emer­gency res­cue re­sponse teams from around the en­tire world

GPS: 66 chan­nels

BUOY­ANT: Yes WA­TER­PROOF: 16.4 feet/ floats

WEIGHT: 5.4 ounces

BAT­TERY TYPE: Non­haz­mat lithium

BAT­TERY LIFE: 30 hours


COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS: Cospas-Sarsat

AC­TI­VA­TION PROCESS: Regis­ter at bea­con­reg­is­tra­ Sub­scribe to com­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices at

AC­TI­VA­TION COST/ YEAR: Cospas-Sarsat, free;, from $40 an­nu­ally for con­fir­ma­tion emails, SMS and low-bat­tery no­tice

TIME FOR SATEL­LITE CON­NEC­TION: One minute PRICE: $250; acrar­

The ACR ResQLink+ floats.

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