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Garmin announces first devices with Satellite Communication Technology: Introducing the inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+

Garmin announces first devices with Satellite Communication Technology: Introducing the inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+

Thu 5th January 2017

Last year Garmin bought a business called DeLorme who produce a product called inReach.

This week Garmin released the first products to incorporate the technology from this purchase by announcing the new inReach SE®+ and inReach Explorer®+, the first Garmin devices with inReach satellite communication technology.

The new inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ have Pole to Pole global Iridium® satellite coverage for two-way messaging and SOS alerting anywhere in the world. Both models include a built-in GPS for location tracking and basic navigation, and the inReach Explorer+ adds preloaded TOPO maps1, compass and barometric altimeter. Both these products will be available in the next few months.

From backcountry treks to adventure trips, these new inReach devices provide communication, location sharing, navigation and critical SOS functions for anyone who loves getting away from it all, no matter if it’s on land, water or in the sky, while providing safety on the go and peace of mind for family and friends back home. “Satellite communication is something our customers have been asking for, and we’re pleased to introduce the first Garmin inReach devices,” said Martin Resch, Senior Product Manager Outdoor EMEA. “Beneficial for both customers in the field and family at home, the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ provide peace of mind, in addition to great functionality for people who want to explore anywhere and communicate everywhere.”


Using the worldwide coverage of the Iridium satellite network, the inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ can send and receive text messages with any cell phone number, email address or another inReach device, so users can be outside of cellular range without compromising their loved ones’ peace of mind. Both devices have an interactive SOS, which triggers an emergency response from GEOS®, the 24/7 global search and rescue monitoring centre. After the SOS is received, inReach users are then able to communicate back and forth with experienced GEOS specialists about the nature of the emergency, and receive confirmation when help is on the way. Users can also set up emergency contacts on their devices that will also be notified in the event of an SOS. The bright, transflective display, optimised for outdoor use, as well as the simple user interface and fully protected SOS emergency button, makes communication in emergency situations clear and intuitive.

High-sensitivity GPS

Both the inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ have a built-in high-sensitivity GPS that provides basic navigation, location and tracking data, so users can follow routes, drop waypoints and find their way back using an electronic bread crumb trail. The inReach Explorer+ adds preloaded topographic maps for Europe, built-in barometric altimeter and electronic compass. With the web based MapShare function, the inReach device can send the user’s trip data, such as tracks and waypoint updates at preselected intervals, so friends and family can follow user’s whereabouts, request a location update and exchange messages.

Free Earthmate® App

With a compatible smartphone2, the inReach SE+ and Exporer+ can sync with the free Earthmate app for even more compatibility and convenience. With the Earthmate app, users can access unlimited maps and aerial imagery. Users can also get optional weather updates and premium weather packages directly to the handheld. Additionally, every inReach device comes with free access to the cloud-powered Explore portal so users can plan trips and waypoints, sync and manage their device, store all their tracking data and more.

Other Features

On a single charge, the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ can get up to 100 hours of battery life in tracking mode and up to 30 days in power saving mode. Rugged and designed in with Garmin outdoor quality to withstand the elements, these devices are impact resistant and have an IPX7 water rating3. To access the Iridium network and communicate with an inReach SE+ or Explorer+, an active satellite subscription is required. Depending on usage level, users can opt for an annual contract package or a flexible month-to-month airtime plan, which allows them to pay for service only when they need it. Annual plans range from £12.99 to £84.99 per month (plus activation fee), and month-to-month plans range from £16.99 to £104.99 per month.


The inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ will be available in the first quarter of 2017. The inReach SE+ will have a suggested retail price of £399.99 and the inReach Explorer+ will have a suggested retail price of £449.99.

Posted By: MiniEggs | Fri 6th January 2017

Can these be used with OS GB 1:25k mapping like the 64s ?

Posted By: Andy - GPS Training | Fri 6th January 2017

Thank you for your enquiry the new inReach Emergency communication devices cannot be used with Garmin OS Mapping, the inReach Explorer+ version will come with some Topographic mapping, once we have our hands on a unit and have seen this mapping we will post some more information, Regards Andy GPST

Posted By: MiniEggs | Thu 12th January 2017

Thanks. Thats a bit of a shame. Look forward to the review I ser there is a fenix 5 on the wayDo you think they will ever do a watch with OS naps ?

Posted By: Andy - GPS Training | Fri 13th January 2017

Thank you for your enquiry regarding a Garmin Fenix watch with OS Mapping, there will be a Fenix5x launched soon that will have pre-loaded on it Garmins European Topo Active Mapping and also have the ability to download GB OS Mapping to it using Garmins Birdseye Vouchers, as soon as this watch is available we will add it to our Website, I hope this helps, Regards Andy

Posted By: Andrew Kennard | Fri 13th January 2017

I like the sound of that :) Will you be getting a demo unit I could perhaps try on one of your course days ? No rush. Thanks

Posted By: Andy - GPS Training | Fri 13th January 2017

Hi Andrew, we normally do not get demo units of the watches as not a product that we tend to cover on our physical courses, once we have our hands on one I can let you know our feedback and thoughts, our online training resource that we give you for free with a GPS unit would helps with the BaseCamp map planning side of things for the watch, could you let me have your email address so that I can let you have some feedback once we get our hands on a watch, Regards Andy

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