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DELORME inReach SE Satellite Communicator

Model # 14643639Mfg # AG-009871-201

$299.99

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The inReach™ SE (Screen Edition) satellite communicator puts amazing functionality in the palm of your hand without having to pair the device with a smartphone or external GPS. inReach SE is an essential tool for boaters—inland, offshore, trawling, pleasure, sailing, kayaking and more. It includes a color LCD screen and virtual keyboard with predictive text for standalone two-way messaging.

Send and receive free-form, 160-character text messages outside of cell phone range, and receive audio and visual message confirmation, so you know your message was received. Turn on tracking to share and view GPS coordinates. Post to social media. In an emergency, trigger an SOS and interact back and forth by two-way text messaging with the GEOS 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center. You will be able to communicate the nature of your emergency to them and answer their questions to ensure that the most appropriate help is dispatched. Requires activation and satellite subscription. Choose between the annual plans starting at $11.95, or the contract-free monthly Freedom Plans starting at $14.95.

  • Messaging: Interactive SOS, text, email, social network updates
  • Coverage: Global (Iridium satellite network)
  • Subscription Plans: Wide variety of flexible and no-contract plans available starting at $11.95/mo
  • Dimensions: 2 7/16"W x 5 7/8"H x 1 1/16"D
  • Battery Type: Internal lithium polymer
  • Battery Life: 100 hours (sending one track point every 10 min.)
  • Weight: 6.7oz.
  • Waterproof Rating: IP67
  • Warranty: One year
  • Made in the USA

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DelormeinReach SE Satellite Communicator
 
4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Waterproof (7)
  • Durable (4)
  • Reliable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small boats (9)
    • Large boats (8)
    • Outdoors (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional (5), Advanced (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    GREAT Upgrade for Marine/Vessel Tracking

    I should have got this unit sooner.

    I buy most all my boating gear from West Marine, and as a "techie geek" already have on my boat most all...Read complete review

    I should have got this unit sooner.

    I buy most all my boating gear from West Marine, and as a "techie geek" already have on my boat most all electronics a boater coulde want [Navionics, Simrad, Iridium 9555 satphone, Inmarsat phone, Raymarine, EBIRB, SPOT2] and now, gratefully inReach SE.

    Saw the ad about inReach SE and went to my local store to take a closer look.

    Bottom line from my use so far:

    - I was told I can migrate to the no-contract Freedom plans when they are available in April. Will be nice to activate/suspend my inReach service any time I want during the year with no penalty

    - I bought the 2 minute tracking option for my inReach for real-time position reporting.

    - Service is easy, intuitive, relable.

    - Gives my wife peace of mind

    - MapShare was easy and quick to set up

    - I also enabled the "Locate" feature on my MapShare page, so she can "ping" my current GPS location to know my whereabouts in case I don't have tracking enabled.

    - Though my SPOT was cheaper, my track points on inReach give more granular data than what I used to get on my old SPOT 2 [only did 10-minute interval GPS location and date/time].

    - The tracking points show in addition to GPS location, my speed, course, and elevation (for when I use the device on land with my Boy Scouts team I support).

    - I can also verify that my tracks go through when I pair my inReach up to my iPad by using the "Earthmate" App. On the App, my track points get overlaid on the NOAA charts that come with the App.

    I am a current subscriber to OCENS "Spot Cast" [not to be confused with the SPOT Messenger, which is not capable of getting this service] Weather Service on my Iridium 9555 satellite phone.

    Called OCENS direclty and got the weather program set up on my inReach SE in about 10 min. Price was reasonable at $60/year.

    I configured "Pre-Set Message 1" to query the OCENS server in Seattle, and I get sent back to my inReach a forecast as an SMS that includes: precipitation during 6 hr period, surface pressure [mb], % cloud cover, air temperature, true wind direction, wind speed in knots.

    I have to "pay" to DeLorme as a text when I get the inbound weather report, but its more economical than doing it on my Iridium 9555.

    The Weather forecast is based only on my current GPS location. Would be nice if I could request a forecast for a future location so I know what to expect when I arrive there. I've often gone down to Prince William Sound only to find out the weather there is much different from port in Whittier.

    - The 2 way texting is handy. I no longer have to wonder/guess if my "OK" message got through. The inReach gives me an "x" icon to confirm my message got out. That's a big upgrade and safety feature over my SPOT2.

    Room for improvement: I get free incoming text messages to my Iridium 9555 sat phone, and I have to pay for incoming texts to my inReach. That's kind of a drag, but if I want to bite the bullet so to say, I can opt for the "unlimited 2-way texting plan" on my inReach when I need it.

    Wish List: I guess I can't have it all - the NOAA nautical charts are for North America. I hope that they make NOAA charts for other parts of the world. I love this add on feature.

    Overall, this new unit is incredible, and a "common-sense" device for any boater.

    I feel like this SE is way ahead of its time.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not For Marine Tracking Use

    If you want to share your position with friends while boating, this is not the product. The comm function is clunky, but seems to work but forget tracking.

    I have the...Read complete review

    If you want to share your position with friends while boating, this is not the product. The comm function is clunky, but seems to work but forget tracking.

    I have the impression that the hardware works well, but the Delorme web site for sharing tracks and position is often completely down and many of its (very limited) other features are almost always busted.

    Support is very slow / non-existent. Web responses can take many days and I have never been able to get support on the phone.

    Anyone with an interest in tracking a boat on a longer voyage will be disappointed. The features of the site have just not been thought through in addition to the lack of robustness. The programmer doesn't seem to have been very skill and the marketing guy (if there was one) that defined the fucntionality was not a boater.

    I'd investigate alternatives before making the mistake of buying one of these.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BEST THING GOING IN COMMUNICATIONS

    By marlenethebrave

    from Whittier, AK

    About Me Professional

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Built In Keyboard
    • Robust Signal
    • Vessel Tracking
    • Waterproof

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Large Boats
    • Private Plane
    • Small Boats

    Comments about inReach SE Satellite Communicator:

    I read about the SE recently in the Anchorage Daily News on how a couple were rescued using the device in the National Park System, so I decided to head up to West Marine on Dimond in Anchorage for a closer look. I'm glad I did....

    The tracking is awesome, both in my SuperCub and in my boat. Since my SE broadcasts not only my position reports, but also my speed, altitude, and course, my friends can go right to MapShare and see my entire status. ITs also fun to login after my trips to see where I've been.

    I'm sure the "ping/locate" function will be handy someday if I ever have forget to turn on tracking and my family needs to find me [for better or worse!].

    The NOAA charts in the iPhone App ARE AWESOME - especially for me dropping reference points on my favorite halibut fishing holes out in the sound.

    I really, really like the no-contract "Freedom Plans". Why should I have to pay for service 4 months out of the year when I don't need it. Now I don't have to.

    I have about every piece of communications known to humankind, UHF, VHF, HAM, Iridium, Inmarsat C, Globalstar [awful experience unfortunatley], SPOT which I'm now ditching for good, Iridium, and now SE. The SE is a keeper.

    I need something that works, and it does. I give it a 10. Comparatively in terms of reliability my Inmarsat is a 7, and the others, well I don't even use them anymore...

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Device great. No-contract plans better

    By Jerri Rock

    from New Orleans, LA

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

    • 2-way Texting
    • Not Tied To 12 Mo Contrac
    • Signal Works About Anywhe

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Large Boats
      • Outdoor
      • Small Boats

      Comments about inReach SE Satellite Communicator:

      For me who boats 4 months out of the year, my 12 month contract on my messenger unit that I had to get was a waste of my money. Now, I just pay for my SE when I use it under the freedom plans. Why did it ake so longer for the operators to understand that we werwe being gouged simple becuase they thought they could?

      Clearly DeLorme has got this figured out. On my Freedom pls, I'm OK with the annual fee of $25. On top of that, I just pay $15/month for service so my total annual bill is still less than 200.

      You just can't beat it.

      My 2- way messaging works great, the delivery confirmation is handy and best of all it gets the job done. Way to go in tailoring the plans to my own needs, rather than making that decision for me.

      The SE is the way to go, hands down.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WAY more that I bargained for. Thnk you.

      By Ocean ExplorerBlake

      from Virginia Beach VA

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Advanced Interactive Sos
      • Easy 2-way Text Email
      • New No-contract Plans
      • No Gaps Fringe Anywhere
      • Robust Signal Anywhere
      • Simple Free-form Texting
      • Waterproof

      Cons

      • Need To Get Floaty Caase

      Best Uses

      • 2-way Textemail
      • Enhancement To My Epirb
      • Large Boats
      • Outdoor
      • Small Boats
      • Vessell Tracking

      Comments about inReach SE Satellite Communicator:

      My wife and I have a Bayliner in Virginia Beach whrere it is kept year around. For years I have had on board an EPIRB,a 1600 GlobalStar sat phone [though it does give me narrowband data for email, I still don't get on it 2 way SMS] but my phone is handy when I need to make voice calls.

      Lately, especailly in the Carribean, I still expect, and tolerate the gaps and dropped calls [though this phone is less pricey than an Iridium phone.] I hope they work out the bugs to work out on intermitent service. I hope they also do away with the international roaming toll chrges on my phone when I go down to Mexico. Currently, my calls on the 1600 from Mexico [Cancun] are roughly $1.50/min on top of the monthly charges.

      I was looking for any upgrade to these devices and have more reliable communications for my trips out to the Bahamas and north of the Eastern Seaboard, and my SE so far has met and exceeded all my expectations.

      Granted, my SE doesn't allow me to make satellite phone calls, but at $299 for what I paid for it, my SE does a whole lot more than I anticipated. I'm really happy with the deivce so far.

      One of the things I didn't really care for on my sat phone [which I will probably deactivate once my 12 month contract up] is that I am tied down to a 12 month contract, and that does not meet my irregular usage patterns. While we get out on the water about 8 months of the year, there are really only about 4 months of the year when I really need it. I found it a bit punitive to be required to pay for service even when I don't need it.

      So, I chose the Expedition Plan on inReach SE, and its a pretty good deal for the money [all the services are unlimited, with no overages]. I paid up my $25 annual program fee upon activation [1 time/year payment], and now I can manage my plan and suspend my account during those months when I need it. That's make using the device very economical.

      For $65/month all my 2way text/email [160 character] is free with no overages. I find that a very reasonable price to pay considering all I get. Plus, my inReach GPS tracking [with speed and course broadcast live on the web]is free as well/.

      {nder this new no-contract billing arrangment, I saveabout ~ $270 year. When I suspend my inReach service, I still have my EPIRB as a back up if I need it.}

      So far, I have used the SE paired with my iPad, since while the built in QWERTY keyboard is nice, entering text is rather manual when you use the mouse on the SE deice. My big touch screen keyboard on the ipad is the way to go for the free-form, 2 way texting.

      My next trip w/ the family will be in 2 weeks, I got a powered RAM mount to give it power off the boat for extended periods of use.

      I have not yet tried out the SOS [and hope I dont] but it should come in handy since the West Marine sales associate said the 2 way texting to the IERCC in SOSis free. At the very least, if my EPIRB doesn't get the job done, its good to have a back up.

      I'm going to download the Free NOAA Nautical charts with my DeLorme software app, so I'll hava to report back on how that goes. The built-in GPS and mapping capability on the deivce in paired mode to my iPad is a nice bonus feature.

      I think that DeLorme has really got something going here with this new device, and the cheap, no contract plans. I think any boater should have one on board, if not just as a back up the the EPIRB, but the 2 way texting, remote pinging [if I get lost at sea and my wife needs to pull up my real time GPS location on a map]

      For $299, I've gotten way more than my money's worth, and this unit is worth every penny. I haven't missed a transmission the device, since the SE gives you a "deliery confirmation" once the text/email gets out.

      This device is awesome, reliable, fun, and just common sense for any boater. I'd easily spend the $299 again for the unit; I think its worth 10x wht I paid for it.

      Service and delivery comments:

      West Marine sales associate in electronics was courteous, & gave great side by side analysis vis a vie other emergency/ communications device. Had to special order device in Virginia Beach, ad showed up in just 2 days.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simply incredible

      By Radzikowsky

      from North Miami, FL

      About Me Professional

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Better Sos Function
      • No Contract Plans
      • Redundancy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Large Boats
        • Outdoor
        • Small Boats

        Comments about inReach SE Satellite Communicator:

        DeLorme has got this thing figured out!

        First, the no contract plan was the best idea to come along in a long time. I got the Expedition plan for unlimited 2-way text/email, so I don't ever have to worry about overages.

        I plan on using the inReach for about 4 months in the winter boating season, so its nice that I wont have to pay for service any more when I dont need to use it.

        Tracking feature is a nice upgrade from my previous SPOT2 unit, which I have since deactivated. When I got the SPOT couple of years ago it was a really nice invention, but now its being left in the dust.

        I think there are a couple of improvements that inReach can make, but when I started really using my unit, I understood how much thought and development was put in this thing. My inReach is clearly 2014 technology. While my SPOT back in '09 was nice (it was pretty groundbreaking, and I was a big spokesman for them), the SPOT with its "canned text messages" only technology really has fallen behind the times. I tried the SPOT Connect for a very limited time as a "beta tester", only before I learned that it could sendi only 40 character messages. Synching the Connect and Bluetoothing was far from perfect as well.

        I'm not going to ditch my EPIRB, but I like the free 2-way texting in SOS mode on the inReach. I have a lot of peace of mind knowing that emergency responders got my distress, and especially that they can come prepared, knowing why I've called for help. Good thinking there too, DeLorme.

        Screen is a bit small, but I guess you can't have everything.

        So, its not total perfection, but its the closest thing I've had to it in marine electronics in a long, long time. Any boater going out in the ocean would be remiss not to have this tool.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GREAT Upgrade for Marine/Vessel Tracking

        By Gerry Holder

        from Anchorage, AK

        About Me Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Broadcasts Speed Course
        • Free Noaa Charts To Ipad
        • No Contract Service Plans
        • Tracking 2 Min Intervals
        • Waterproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Large Boats
          • Outdoor
          • Small Boats

          Comments about inReach SE Satellite Communicator:

          I should have got this unit sooner.

          I buy most all my boating gear from West Marine, and as a "techie geek" already have on my boat most all electronics a boater coulde want [Navionics, Simrad, Iridium 9555 satphone, Inmarsat phone, Raymarine, EBIRB, SPOT2] and now, gratefully inReach SE.

          Saw the ad about inReach SE and went to my local store to take a closer look.

          Bottom line from my use so far:

          - I was told I can migrate to the no-contract Freedom plans when they are available in April. Will be nice to activate/suspend my inReach service any time I want during the year with no penalty

          - I bought the 2 minute tracking option for my inReach for real-time position reporting.

          - Service is easy, intuitive, relable.

          - Gives my wife peace of mind

          - MapShare was easy and quick to set up

          - I also enabled the "Locate" feature on my MapShare page, so she can "ping" my current GPS location to know my whereabouts in case I don't have tracking enabled.

          - Though my SPOT was cheaper, my track points on inReach give more granular data than what I used to get on my old SPOT 2 [only did 10-minute interval GPS location and date/time].

          - The tracking points show in addition to GPS location, my speed, course, and elevation (for when I use the device on land with my Boy Scouts team I support).

          - I can also verify that my tracks go through when I pair my inReach up to my iPad by using the "Earthmate" App. On the App, my track points get overlaid on the NOAA charts that come with the App.

          I am a current subscriber to OCENS "Spot Cast" [not to be confused with the SPOT Messenger, which is not capable of getting this service] Weather Service on my Iridium 9555 satellite phone.

          Called OCENS direclty and got the weather program set up on my inReach SE in about 10 min. Price was reasonable at $60/year.

          I configured "Pre-Set Message 1" to query the OCENS server in Seattle, and I get sent back to my inReach a forecast as an SMS that includes: precipitation during 6 hr period, surface pressure [mb], % cloud cover, air temperature, true wind direction, wind speed in knots.

          I have to "pay" to DeLorme as a text when I get the inbound weather report, but its more economical than doing it on my Iridium 9555.

          The Weather forecast is based only on my current GPS location. Would be nice if I could request a forecast for a future location so I know what to expect when I arrive there. I've often gone down to Prince William Sound only to find out the weather there is much different from port in Whittier.

          - The 2 way texting is handy. I no longer have to wonder/guess if my "OK" message got through. The inReach gives me an "x" icon to confirm my message got out. That's a big upgrade and safety feature over my SPOT2.

          Room for improvement: I get free incoming text messages to my Iridium 9555 sat phone, and I have to pay for incoming texts to my inReach. That's kind of a drag, but if I want to bite the bullet so to say, I can opt for the "unlimited 2-way texting plan" on my inReach when I need it.

          Wish List: I guess I can't have it all - the NOAA nautical charts are for North America. I hope that they make NOAA charts for other parts of the world. I love this add on feature.

          Overall, this new unit is incredible, and a "common-sense" device for any boater.

          I feel like this SE is way ahead of its time.

          Service and delivery comments:

          West Marine Sales Rep in Anchorage was courteous. Helped explain difference/upgrade to InReach from SPOT, and PLB's

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great safety & communication tool

          By Rick Lindsey

          from Wyoming

          About Me Advanced

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Strong Signal
          • Waterproof

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large Boats
            • Outdoor
            • Small Boats

            Comments about inReach SE Satellite Communicator:

            My EPIRB is good for a life-threatening emergency, but it's not suitable for requesting non-urgent help from friends and family or for signalling you're okay if you're delayed due to foul weather. I've been down the road with 2 different satellite phones but the ongoing maintenancee was very expensive, and not always reliable, especially under canopy. Moreover, with my last sat phone I could not send text messages, so if I wanted to check in, I would pay about $1.40/min. from Mexico just to say hi.

            I've been waiting for years for a 2-way, simple, yet ruggedized satellite-based device that can do it all, and that's easy to use. My Inreach SE is a blessing. With its simple built-in keyboard, I can do 2-way texting to both cell phones and email addresses, and it automatically sends your GPS location with every message.

            While I intend to use the SOS as a back-up to my EPIRB, it will probably be much more functional. The West Marine sales rep [who was really knowledgable about the unit] confirmed to me that I've got 2 way texting in SOS mode, so being able to communicate live with the first responders means I don't have to worry about they thinking its a false alarm, or forgetting to bring insulin [I'm diabetic].

            Texts sent to emails automatically display a map showing your current location. The SE can be programmed to send pre-canned messages, or you can type new ones using the toggle.

            I bought the powered RAM mount from DeLorme directly, so I always keep my battery powered and ready to go when I need it.

            The signal is robust and reliable. I've rarely had problems getting messages in or out, even under dense canopy, and the messages get through as quick as if you were sending and receiving them on a cell phone or home computer.

            The SE is rugged, waterproof and easy to use.
            If you are looking for peace of mind when you're out at sea, or need to check in with the office, this is the device for you. At roughly $300, its a bargain.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great for safety and social networking

            By The Kayak Fishing Show

            from San Diego, CA

            About Me Professional

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • easy to use
            • Reliable
            • Waterproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Kayak Fishing
              • Outdoor
              • Small Boats

              Comments about inReach SE Satellite Communicator:

              We were given the inReach unit to use this while we film our TV show offshore in fishing kayaks and it works like a charm. Never had any issues. We are able to update our Twitter and Facebook from my iPhone, quickly and easily. Also gives me a live GPS and map on my phone even when I have no service. The fans like being able to find where we are on the map and our wives love that we can keep in touch when in remote places.

              We have used it in both hot (Puerto Rico/Baja) and frigid (North West Territories), again with no issues. Just make sure your phone is also waterproofed somehow!

              The battery life is great same as advertised.

              It takes a bit to set up, but the website is pretty straight forward, and they have really improved the website over the years. Just take the time to learn how to use it before you take it on the road to somewhere with no internet access.

              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Peace of mind for those that stay behind

              By UncleDom

              from New Jersey

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Install
              • Reliable
              • Waterproof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Large Boats
                • Outdoor
                • Small Boats

                Comments about inReach SE Satellite Communicator:

                The spouses and relatives of the crew were all estatic to be able to track our progress in real time. They felt more as though they were with us as they could zoom right in and see the surroundings we were in at that moment.

                Service and delivery comments:

                The unit was orderd on the website and sent straight to my door. It arrived in time for testing before the trip.

                (14 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Not For Marine Tracking Use

                By privateer60

                from Aptos, CA

                About Me Advanced

                Pros

                • Messaging Works

                Cons

                • Missing Marine Features
                • Share Web Site Unreliable

                Best Uses

                • Don't Buy It

                Comments about inReach SE Satellite Communicator:

                If you want to share your position with friends while boating, this is not the product. The comm function is clunky, but seems to work but forget tracking.

                I have the impression that the hardware works well, but the Delorme web site for sharing tracks and position is often completely down and many of its (very limited) other features are almost always busted.

                Support is very slow / non-existent. Web responses can take many days and I have never been able to get support on the phone.

                Anyone with an interest in tracking a boat on a longer voyage will be disappointed. The features of the site have just not been thought through in addition to the lack of robustness. The programmer doesn't seem to have been very skill and the marketing guy (if there was one) that defined the fucntionality was not a boater.

                I'd investigate alternatives before making the mistake of buying one of these.

                (4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                difficult & expensive

                By Windy Sails

                from Orange county

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • World Wide

                Cons

                • Expensive

                Best Uses

                • Marine

                Comments about inReach SE Satellite Communicator:

                Software updates, can't Sync, hard to create contacts, etc $$$$

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