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Model # 14628093 | Mfg # SPOTGEN3 ORANGE

Product Description

When your adventures take you beyond cell service, SPOT lets you stay connected to family, friends and emergency responders. Using the power of satellite technology, SPOT Gen3 lets family and friends know you’re OK or sends emergency responders an SOS with your GPS location, all at the push of a button.

  • Check In: Send a pre-programmed text message with GPS coordinates or an email with a link to Google Maps™ to your contacts with your location. With a push of a button, a message is sent via email or SMS to up to 10 pre-determined contacts and your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. Your stored waypoints can be easily integrated into a SPOT Shared Page or SPOT Adventure account.
  • SOS: In an emergency, transmit an SOS with your location to GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center. They provide your GPS coordinates and information to local response teams—contacting 9-1-1 responders in North America, for example.
  • Help/SPOT Assist: Alert your personal contacts that you need help in non-life-threatening situations. Or, use SPOT Assist for professional services on land. (Additional service required).
  • Tracking: Allow friends and family to follow your progress online in near real-time and save waypoints so you can review your entire route at a later date.
  • New Tracking Options: Unlimited Tracking Set it and forget it. Pre-set your SPOT Gen3 to send tracks at the speed of your adventures. Change your tracks to send every 5, 10, 30, or 60 minutes. SPOT Gen3 will send tracks at your chosen rate for as long as your device is turned on and moving (no need to re-set after 24 hours). Tracking doesn’t stop until you do.
  • Extreme Tracking: All the features of Unlimited Tracking, but with added ability to vary your track rate down to every 2 1/2 minutes. Don’t miss a step with increased track rates! Now you can choose the rate of tracking that suits your adventure (2 1/2, 5, 10, 30, or 60 minutes).
  • Compact and lightweight: Weighing only 4.0oz. (with batteries), it packs easily for traveling.
  • Contoured shape: The new design allows you to easily attach your SPOT to your bag, boat or vehicle, allowing SPOT to go wherever you do.
  • Coverage: SPOT works around the world, including virtually all of North America, Europe, Australia and portions of South America, Northern Africa and Asia, as well as hundreds of thousands of square miles offshore of these areas. It is important that you check SPOT’s coverage for your destination before traveling.

Service agreement required. SPOT’s Basic Service Plan costs $149.99 per year, which includes Basic Tracking. Add Unlimited Tracking for $49.99. Extreme Tracking is $149.99.

Specifications:

  • GPS: Internal high-sensitivity GPS receiver
  • Battery Type: Four AAA Energizer® Ultimate Lithium 8x L92 Batteries (included) or four AAA Energizer® NiMH reusable batteries (NH12) or line power with a 5V USB connection. (SPOT Gen3 is not waterproof when line powered.)
  • Battery Life: Powered Off: 24 Months; SOS: 6 to 13 days; Tracking: ~ 3.5 to 156 days
  • Dimensions: 3 7/16"H x 2 9/16"W x 1"D
  • Weight: 4.0oz.
  • Waterproof Rating: IPX7
  • Warranty: One year for defects in workmanship

Specs

Gen3 Satellite Messenger

Battery Life Up to 50 Days
Battery Type Lithium-Ion
Dimensions 3 7/16" Height x 2 9/16" Width x 1" Depth
Features Waterproof

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger
 
4.3

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (7)
  • Reliable (6)
  • Easy to install (5)
  • Waterproof (5)
  • Accurate (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoors (8)
  • Small boats (5)
  • Large boats (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (6), Casual/ recreational (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Saved my Life

Embarked on a 7 day motorcycle dualsport ride by myself and on day 2 I fell and broke my leg. I was 30 miles from civilization, my only salvation was my SPOT. Within...Read complete review

Embarked on a 7 day motorcycle dualsport ride by myself and on day 2 I fell and broke my leg. I was 30 miles from civilization, my only salvation was my SPOT. Within 2 hours of activating my SPOT I was being loaded into a helicopter for my trip to the hospital. I'll never ride without my SPOT!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

nice try, but comes up impotent

I've been a SPOT customer since 2008, when they came out with SPOT1, and what surprises me the most is there has been no product development whatsoever in 7 years.
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I've been a SPOT customer since 2008, when they came out with SPOT1, and what surprises me the most is there has been no product development whatsoever in 7 years.

y SPOT3 is essentially a smaller, lighter, but just as ineffective spot1. I returned the unit a week after I bought it, having been led to believe its got neat new features. The bottom line, I'm still doing after all these years canned messaging, 1 way SOS, and the tracking service gets a little old. With several new 2-way communicators on the market, its time for me to upgrade.

What is really a drag is that my OK messages get through about 60% of the time, not 99% as the coverage map says. The folks at SPOT are stretching the truth.

Reviewed by 16 customers

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5.0

Good service and great product.

By Art

from Ormond Beach Fl

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy To Adjust
  • Lightweight
  • Quality Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger:

      This product is very good and the product support exceeded my expectations. The employees at West Marine were very helpful.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great Device

      By Josh

      from Clearwater, FL

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Easy To Adjust
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Hiking

        Comments about SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger:

        Great item. No Cons

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        5.0

        I am very happy with this purchase!

        By Melell

        from La Porte, tx

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Easy To Adjust
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger:

            Anyone who spends much time on the water should invest in this product!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            5.0

            superb

            By Fester the ingester

            from off the coast of California

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Essential safety gear
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Essential marine safety gear.

              Comments about SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger:

              I keep one on my boat and one in my pocket. Great tracking and great piece of mind in an emergency.
              This survey asks a lot about guns. The SPOT tracker has nothing to do with fire arms

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Potential life-saver

              By Jcanracer

              from Miami, FL

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Reliable
              • Waterproof

              Cons

              • SPOT Website issues

              Best Uses

              • Outdoor
              • Small Boats

              Comments about SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger:

              I like the SPOT and the service; this was an upgrade for me. So far the Gen 3 SPOT seems to have better (quicker) satellite acquisition and messages seem to be sent much faster than the Gen 2 SPOT. I'm only giving 4 stars instead of 5 because I had technical difficulties on SPOT's website and could NOT migrate my account from the old SPOT to the new one, necessitating a new subscription. I will contact them to clear it up, it is NOT West Marine's fault.

              Service and delivery comments:

              West Marine delivery to store was quicker than advertised. I'm happy with that.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Off-the-grid protection

              By Z-finman

              from San Clemente, CA

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Rebate
              • Reliable
              • Use is intuitive
              • Waterproof

              Cons

              • Billing process

              Best Uses

              • Hiking and camping
              • Large Boats
              • Outdoor
              • Small Boats
              • Traveling abroad

              Comments about SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger:

              Necessary safety device for adventuring off the grid, where VHF and cellphone coverage doesn't exist. Mandatory for anyone going it alone or to remote locations! Peace of mind for your loved ones.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              noce

              By ted

              from usa

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Large Boats
                  • Outdoor
                  • Small Boats

                  Comments about SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger:

                  Big improvement over the original spot tracker

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  There was a run on PLBs and were all sold out but West got one shipped in quickly

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  SPOT GEN 3

                  By C&R Cycles

                  from Tucson, AZ

                  About Me Beginner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Install
                  • Reliable
                  • Waterproof

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Outdoor

                    Comments about SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger:

                    My wife worries when I go dirt bike riding by myself so we bought the SPOT GEN 3. Now she can track me wherever I go (if I turn it on LOL). My buddies use it and it is a great tool and keeps the family calm.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    A great riding companion

                    By BillP

                    from Arizona

                    About Me Advanced

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Install
                    • Reliable
                    • Waterproof

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoor

                      Comments about SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger:

                      I carry my SPOT on long bicycle trips in remote areas and on frequent shorter rides. On a normal day, it allows my wife or friends to watch my progress. I've had occasion to use the SOS button when I encountered an injured cyclist far from a town or cell coverage. The SPOT call center contacted the correct 911 center who dispatched a sheriff and medical almost instantly. They also contacted my wife and kept her current with what was going on. Now, I won't go out without it.

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      I like the unit but do find the annual tracking and other service levels start to get pretty pricey. Don't know how that compares to other, similar, services.

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Saved my Life

                      By VintageHusky

                      from Winchester, CA

                      About Me Advanced

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Install
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Remote Motorcycle Riding

                        Comments about SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger:

                        Embarked on a 7 day motorcycle dualsport ride by myself and on day 2 I fell and broke my leg. I was 30 miles from civilization, my only salvation was my SPOT. Within 2 hours of activating my SPOT I was being loaded into a helicopter for my trip to the hospital. I'll never ride without my SPOT!

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