Garmin’s inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ handheld satellite communicators can send and receive text messages with any mobile phone number, email address or another inReach device, for when you’re outside of mobile/radio range. These devices have an interactive SOS, are impact resistant and have an IPX7 water rating. Their high-sensitivity GPS provides basic navigation, location and tracking data. The inReach Explorer+ also has preloaded DeLorme topographic maps, a digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer. Both units are compatible with the web-based MapShare portal, which lets you send your trip data to friends and family and exchange messages with them. Every inReach device has free access to a cloud-powered portal. They can also sync with the free Earthmate smartphone app, which lets you access unlimited maps, aerial imagery and other data. Optional weather updates are available. The battery lasts from 100 hours to 30 days, depending on the setting. To access the Iridium network and communicate with an inReach SE+ or inReach Explorer+, an active satellite subscription is required. You can opt for a month-to-month plan, which allows you to pay for service only when you need it.
Price: from SRP AU$599, subscription plans from AU$20 per month