A good satellite communicator can save your life if you are injured or stranded in the middle of nowhere, and have no cell phone service. For more information on these devices and which one is best for you, read Satellite Communicators: The GPS Messaging Devices That Can Save Your Life.
ACR ResQLink 400 – Buoyant GPS Personal Locator Beacon (Model: PLB-400)
Garmin Inreach Explorer+
Garmin inReach SE+
Garmin inReach Mini GPS Satellite Communicator
Garmin inReach Mini GPS Satellite Communicator (Orange) with 2 Wearable Silicon Protective Cases (Black & Khaki)
SPOT 3 Satellite GPS Messenger
I do NOT recommend a Spot communicator as a reliable “safe your life in an emergency” device. The article linked at the top of this page explains why. So why is a Spot communicator listed here? Because having a $150 device that works 60% of the time is better than no device at all. Some people buy a Spot communicator for the fun of having a device that they can use to send messages via satellite to their family and friends when they don’t have a cell phone signal.
Page created November 20, 2017. Updated November 19, 2020.