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post #1 of 3 Old 06-03-2018, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Just picked up an InReach ( no Garmin product )

Have not activated yet ...waiting until I either take a last minute trip in Canada ( leaving for Aus end of month ) or just before I get to Australia



I notice it's 15 cents per bread crumb. ....what interval would you recommend....can that be changed on the InReach or only by accessing the website??

Does it need a mount on the bike to see the sky or will it work in a pocket

How long does a charge last?

Any other tips?


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I believe it will work in a pocket - ideally you want it on you and not the bike in case you are thrown off.

I've been considering one of these as well. I ride solo all the time and it would be a nice thing to have 'just in case'. The monthly plans would be affordable for the 2-3 long trips I take each year.

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post #3 of 3 Old 06-06-2018, 12:26 PM
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Have not activated yet ...waiting until I either take a last minute trip in Canada ( leaving for Aus end of month ) or just before I get to Australia



I notice it's 15 cents per bread crumb. ....what interval would you recommend....can that be changed on the InReach or only by accessing the website??

Does it need a mount on the bike to see the sky or will it work in a pocket

How long does a charge last?

Any other tips?
I have had one for a few years now. Depending on the plan, you can change the interval on the unit (in Settings). It may be cheaper to subscribe to a plan rather than pay by the "crumb". It really depends on what you are going to use it for. eg. tracking exactly where you are/go or simply as an emergency device.

It works if you carry it in your pocket but it will work better if you ensure it has a clear view of the sky. ie. it may delay a couple of "pings" if it is blocked by your body, until it again gets a clear view. I carry mine in my tank bag but having it on your person does have merit.

How long a charge lasts depends on how the unit is used. The more it does the shorter the duration. eg.The shorter the interval between pings, the shorter the battery life. I have mine set at 10 min. intervals and the charge will last about 35 hours or 4-5 8hr days. My daughter used it on a 10 hike across Baffin Island, sending only 3-4 txts per day (no pings) and it easily lasted the whole trip on one charge.

Txting with it is a bit of a chore but if you pair it with your smartphone, using the Earthmate app, you can use your phone to create/read/send txts. You can also create several preset txt messages which is useful (eg. "have arrived OK".)

You can activate/deactivate your monthly subscription easily or have an annual plan depending your needs.

If you can somehow activate it with a US account, plans are about 25% less expensive than doing it in Canada.

Delorme as taken over by Garmin and as a result, here in Canada there are 2 ways to activate and have a subscription.

Roadpost Canada is the old Delorme system and it is still available as far as I know.
https://www.roadpost.ca/garmin-inreach-se-plus.html

and Garmin itself
https://explore.garmin.com/en-CA/inreach/

You might look around. Sometimes there is a "new activation" incentive. Roadpost had a $75 one at the end of last year. Don't know if there is anything out there at the moment though.

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