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inReach Mini 2

4.164948453608248 out of 5 stars
485 Reviews


Size Chart


Why We Like The Garmin inReach Mini 2

The inReach Mini 2 gives us the same compact communication means as its predecessor but now with loads more battery life and features. Rather than lasting hours, it lasts days, letting us use it for much more than just check-ins on our multi-day missions. With the new ability to sync with Garmin Explorer, we can plan our course on the computer screen and save it to this palm-sized device. As we venture well beyond cell coverage, the new electronic compass gives us an accurate heading as we stand still, while the addition of Galileo gives us a quicker and more precise satellite lock, even with some tree cover. If we get turned around, the addition of TracBack routing helps us find our way.


  • Compact satellite communicator for making contact when off-grid
  • Impact-resistant, submersible housing for your rugged pursuits
  • Rechargeable battery lasts 14 days in 10-minute tracking mode
  • Two-way messaging and location sharing give loved ones peace of mind
  • Interactive SOS connects to a 24/7 staffed emergency response center
  • Increased memory holds 1000 waypoints, 100 courses, and 200 trips
  • Detailed weather updates and unlimited cloud storage for trip planning
  • Please see size chart for complete list of technical features
  • Item #GRMF038
Housing Material
Digital Compass
yes (accurate heading when not moving), GPS compass (while moving)
Technical Features
see size chart
Operating System
Bluetooth, ANT+, USB-C interface, [compatability] Garmin Explore app, Garmin Explore website, Garmin Pilot app
Battery Type
rechargeable internal lithium-ion
Battery Life
[10-minute tracking with standard activity] (full sky view) 14 days, (moderate tree cover) 4 days, [10-minute tracking with high detail activity] (full sky view) 5 days, (moderate tree cover) 2 days, [30-minute tracking with standard activity] (fully sky view) 30 days, (moderate tree cover) 10 days, [powered off] 1 year
Low Battery Indicator
2.04 x 3.9 x 1.03in
Claimed Weight
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
backcountry riding, backcountry skiing, backcountry splitboarding, backcountry showshoeing, backpacking, canyoneering, cross-country, mountaineering, paddling, fishing, nordic touring, ultra running, travel
IPX7 (1m for 30min)
Face Size
[dimensions] 0.9 x 0.9in, [resolution] 176 x 176px

Overall Rating

4 based on 485 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 37 reviews
2 Stars - 25 reviews
3 Stars - 51 reviews
4 Stars - 80 reviews
5 Stars - 292 reviews

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1 out of 5 stars

July 6, 2024

Not customizable anymore.

I am appalled. Apparently these newer devices are not as customizable as the old ones. Shouldn’t things get better not worse? For years on all our past devices we have specific quick checkin phrases. Garmin apparently took it upon themselves to choose three checkin phrases that everyone is supposed to use. What the heck? I now hate my new device and am so disappointed. There are other things I dislike but that’s the main one.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

3 out of 5 stars

June 21, 2024

Seems Nice. Very Complicated. Confusing Use-Cases

I bought this primarily for emergency situations. I already use the Gaia GPS app with a premium membership subscription. I can download a map for my area (with a large variety of map layers) and use it when offline to find my way. I just needed something for emergencies or for sharing location while offline. This product and the two apps that work with it have a lot of functionality that only work when online. Or they provide little value but use precious battery power or satellite time. i.e. creating waypoints and routes, syncing with the device, following those routes, etc. Seems Garmin is providing more functionality to justify its cost to the purchaser but is just muddying the water and making the whole user experience more confusing. I'll give it more learning time out in the wild but it seems the most valuable features to me are SOS messaging and maybe Mapshare. BTW, the Mapshare site should be more intuitive and not require that I 'train' those I'm sharing it with.

Brad in AZ

Originally reviewed on Garmin

3 out of 5 stars

June 19, 2024

Works well but complicated

I bought this a month ago and used it a few times. The unit works well but trying to figure out how to best use it and what plan to get is complicated. This unit has activities, tracks, check in messages, standard messages, routes..... There is significant opportunity to simplify. I bought this for safety when I am off the grid. For that purpose, it does a good job. I would definitely rework the plans and software to improve the user experience.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

June 19, 2024

Peace of mind

Let’s my family know I’m safe while offshore and out of range


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

June 18, 2024

InReach mini2

Partway through a 2000 mile bike journey. Have been in several areas without cell service but my family and friends can track/stalk me easily making sure I’m safe. My routes automatically loaded just in case my cell service and my garmin 1030 fail. Haven’t sent many messages yet, but tested the functionality. There is a slight delay with messages so you need to tell your family not to expect instant replies.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

June 18, 2024

Small, light weight, powerful!

I bought this a few weeks ago and am still learning the operating ins and outs! Due to some medical issues, along with remote motorcycle riding, it appealed to me in that I can keep in contact with my family when out and about in areas without cell phone coverage.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

1 out of 5 stars

June 18, 2024

Can’t cancel subscription

I bought this a few weeks ago and would like to return it but now I am stuck paying the whole year subscription fee if I cancel it…not happy at all


Originally reviewed on Garmin

4 out of 5 stars

June 18, 2024

Used in Grand Canyon…Havasupai reservation

90% happy… bought for safety. Sometimes at the base of the Grand Canyon, I would send a message, but it wouldn’t go out for a long time. That concerned me. It is still a great device and current mini 2 price very reasonable.

Mini 2

Originally reviewed on Garmin

3 out of 5 stars

June 17, 2024

Nice upgrade, difficult to use in a pro account

I like the upgrades from the original Mini but the menus, workflow, and use is very different. I manage a pool of devices, giving them to different users for a few days or several months as needed. The Mini 2 works so differently from the Mini it has caused confusion and frustration for my users. Get it together Garmin. This is a device people rely on for remote communication and SAFETY! If you are going to change the name of a feature from Preset to Check-in messages, do it for everything, not just one model.

AK Pro User

Originally reviewed on Garmin

2 out of 5 stars

June 16, 2024

GPS messenger that can't display GPS status

I bought this because my wife didn't like the weight of my Garmin Explorer+ and wouldn't take it hiking (I use it for paragliding). Unfortunately, the 2nd time we tried to use the Mini 2 to send a preset message, it couldn't acquire GPS and sent the message without a location. On the Garmin Explorer you can tell whether it has a good GPS signal, but on the Mini 2 you can't. You can't even get your coordinates with the apps, which appear to be generally less useful than the older Earthmate app. It appears to send messages just fine, but will probably return mine because it can't double as a GPS.


Originally reviewed on Garmin