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Model # 14628093 | Mfg # SPOTGEN3 ORANGE

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

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
 
4.4

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate (9)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Easy to adjust (8)
  • Durable (7)
  • Well built / quality (7)

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 (11)

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!

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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.

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5.0

Protection on the seas

By Spot yourself when you need it

from Portland, OR

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy To Adjust
  • Lightweight
  • Quality Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sailing off shore

    Comments about SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger:

    Great product! It's a must have for open seas

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    A great comfort while cruising

    By Commodore

    from Tarpon Springs, FL

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy To Adjust
    • Lightweight
    • Long battery life
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Long distance sailboat cruising

      Comments about SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger:

      Relatives and friends always knew where we were during 500 mile sailboat trip

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Works great

      By Stew

      from Holland Mi

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Easy To Adjust
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger:

          Used it on a Lake Michigan boat trip and worked flawlessly. 5 hour nonstop run and every 5 minute location was marked.

          Also will use it more often in private flying and I've done multiple trips already. I'm a flight instructor so I fly most days. One nice feature is syncing the Spot with the FAA on flight plans and they are linked in just in case of any "delayed flight" they will now right where the plane is. Just press the track button and go.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Easy setup and activation & verification

          By FlightSix

          from Mostly Clemson, SC -> Globally

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Both Web based interface and iOS app just work
          • Easy To Adjust
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • One way position reporting outside of cell range

            Comments about SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger:

            To provide position reports and simple one way status messages to others for my solo journeys that range from recreational hiking and biking in remote areas or areas that have no cell phone coverage. It doubles for work related travel globally which occasionally includes areas of large scale natural disasters with no or unreliable communications infrastructure. Which is the reason why I haven't bothered with a small handheld sat phone, I have yet to see one of them work in a widespread disaster area.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Awesome peace of mind

            By Ally

            from Houston, TX

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Easy To Adjust
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Boating

              Comments about SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger:

              I bought when my husband and I bought an off shore fishing boat because my Uncle recommended it. I love the peace of mind it gives me knowing my family knows where we are and when my husband goes without me I know he's safe and where he is. We encountered a storm last weekend 25 miles out and I felt so much better knowing if worse came to worse in those 9 foot seas we had a much better chance of being rescued thanks to the spot. The app is convenient and easy to use as well as setting up messaging profiles online. My only issue with the device itself is the hatch that closes over the mini USB always comes open and is now a little corroded. It still works but I'm worried it'll eventually be it's downfall. Otherwise it's a must have. Getting one for my dad who goes hiking alone all the time.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              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

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