As a full time deer stalker lone working is probably one of the biggest risks within my job, and something i take very seriously.
I own the inreach se not the se+ but the se has been discontinued. These units are second to none for anyone who is a regular lone worker.
They run on the iridium satellite network Powered by a uniquely sophisticated global constellation of 66 cross-linked Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites.
your first question is probably why is that important?
if your like me and regularly working through a canopy of trees, trees do knock down satellite signal however with a lower earth satellite you have better signal allowing your inreach to penetrate through trees.
The iridium network boasts 100% pole to pole coverage unlike a lot of the other gps trackers out there which can have blank spots at different times of the day dependent on where the satellites are placed
So what does it do!
- Rugged handheld satellite communicators enable two-way text messaging via 100% global Iridium satellite network
- Trigger an SOS message to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring centre
- You are able to track and share your location with family and friends at any time during your journey
- Pair with compatible mobile devices using the Earthmate app which can be downloaded from your app store for access to downloadable maps.
I would like to add here that there is a subscription, some may say it’s quite expensive, however i suppose that depends how much you value your life! if you are needing to press the sos button on this device you are in a serious situation and i would want the most reliable and proven piece of equipment money could buy right by my side at this time!
If this interests you, you can read more here! Inreach SE+
Also i thought i should really talk about some of the accessories that are available for the Inreach SE+
You will need a case! And make sure it’s a bright one the case i would recommend is the tusita case. This is a silicone case and being bright red it is easily seen when… Not if but When you drop it. the case is made of silicone It is incredibly flexable and elastic and you still get a full feel grip if the case is wet. All the buttons are still easily reachable while this case is on so there is no need to remove the case to easily access the units buttons. If you would like to looks at this case in more detail please click Here
Gomadic Innovative Vent Cradle Vehicle Mount designed for the Garmin inReach
I would recommend this in car holder before a few of the others and the reason is simple, you need a holder that is very close to the window of the car. I am actually not sure if the sattelite signal can go through a window or not.. however i use a suction mount on my window and i maintain signal on my inreach at all times. However i have also tried the holder that plugs directly into the cigarette lighter socket in my car, the issue was that it is very low down between the seats in the car and I was findint that not always but sometimes the Inreach unit would loose signal which if you are out working and you have someone watching you from a lone working standpoint you will get calls of panic because your inreach is not updating. this is the main reason i would advise that you get a holder that will work from the get go as the wrong one will cause you a headache if you travel within your lone working. check out this holder Here
Although this is not an item that i would ever need to use as I return home most nights and can charge the unit from the comfort of my own home, I am very aware that a lot of people that use the Inreach are regular off gridders and you have no access to any electricity supply for an extended duration of your time away.
It is for this reason that i decided to include a Battery pack that is capable of recharging your Inreach on the go.
The battery on my inreach already lasts roughly 3 days so my average guess is this would buy you an extra three days of usage at least, however there are other battery packs that will give you more charges however you are then also looking at carrying more weight so my guess is you need to look at the length of your trip and decide for yourself what battery pack would be best for your inreach and you dependent on the type of exploration your undertaking! Check it out here