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You Use It...We Replace It

You Use It...We Replace It

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ACR has just annouced the creation of SurvivorClub.com, a complete program where they will replace any 406 MHz PLB (regardless of age) with a brand new beaon. Learn more at ww.survivorclub.com

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Mikele, noticed you work for ACR. I'm very interested in the "I'm ok" feature on this PLB, as I recently was out hiking in bitter cold (-5 deg F) and couldn't get a text message out to my wife to let her know I was ok because the cold kept killing the battery on my mobile phone before the message could be sent out. As I frequently hike alone, this would help her know I'm not dead when I can't send out a message. That being said, what's the cost to replace the battery? I'm very familiar with the EPIRB's ACR manufactures (I used to work at sea on commercial oil tankers) and it was EXPENSIVE to replace them on the EPIRB as I recall.

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Sam,
Thanks for your interest in 406Link.com. This service (which is completely optional as our beacons do not require a subscription fee) utilizes the self test feature in our beacons to allow you to test your beacon through the same satellite system and receive SMS text messages and emails once our antennas receive your signal (typically this take less than 1-2 minutes to receive after doing a self test). You can have these messages sent to up to 5 contacts. Our beacons have the capability of doing 2 types of self tests. A regular self test just checks that the beacon is working properly and sends out a test burst with no GPS location, you can perform up to 420 of these self tests in the 5 year life of the battery. The second self test is a GPS self test which will simply include your GPS coordinate in a google map hyperlink in the messages, these use more battery life, thus our beacons are programmed to only allow a certain number (between 12 to 60 depending upon the model) over the 5 year life of the battery. If you were to use up all of the self testing battery capability in the beacon, our beacons will turn off the self testing feature once the battery only has 24 hours of battery life remaining (at -4 degrees F) to ensure if you need to push the emergency button that you have ample battery power to get rescue. Battery replacement prices range from $100-$200.
Hope this was helpful.