Hiking PLBs

Updated: May 18

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Best PLBs in Australia – Emergency Beacons for Outdoor Adventuring

Given the enormous size of our great brown land and the vast distances between population centres, there are times the outdoor enthusiast or weekend camper will head out into new areas to find solace or to simply just get away for a few days, often beyond mobile phone range.

An essential piece of equipment often overlooked are Personal Locator Beacons or PLBs. PLBs are devices that will allow you, via satellite, to transmit your location to the search and rescue authorities in the case of an emergency.

To ensure you and your family are safe while adventuring outdoors, we will show you the best PLBs on the market in Australia so you can make the best decision when purchasing this potentially lifesaving device.

 

Spot Gen4 Satellite GPS Messenger

Ocean Signal RescueMe PLB1

ACR ResQLink 400 PLB

ZOLEO

Global Satellite Communicator


best value
Spot Gen4 Satellite GPS Messenger
Ocean Signal RescueMe PLB1
ACR ResQLink 400 PLB
ZOLEO Global Satellite Communicator

$15.35 per month

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$32-80 per month

68 x 24 x 88 mm

51 x 33 x 77 mm

52 x 38 x 12 mm

66 x 91 x 27 mm

Rugged Plastic

Rugged Plastic

High impact UV resistant Plastic

Rugged Plastic

Impact, dust and water-resistant @ 2m depth for 30 mins

Submersible to 15 Metres for 1 Hour

5m for 1 hour, 10m for 10 min

Dust & Water Resistant - Up to a depth of 1.5 m for up to 30 minutes

4 x AAA Lithium included

Lithium Manganese Dioxide

Non-hazmat Lithium batteries

Rechargeable internal Lithium-Ion

0.142 kg with batteries

0.116 kg

0.148 kg

0.150 kg

With 100% view of sky - SOS: 13 days | Tracking @ 60 minute intervals 24hrs/day: 52 Days

24+ hours

24+ hours

200+ hours

1 year

7 years

5 years

2 years

Best PLBs Australia

Spot Gen4 Satellite GPS Messenger

Spot Gen4 Satellite GPS Messenger

Best Value

Pros
  • Simple to use
  • Inexpensive compared to other PLBs
  • Proven in the field
  • Can send an SOS with one button push
  • Custom pre-programmable tracking and messages
  • Help function for non-life-threatening situations
Cons
  • Limited functionality
  • View of the sky/coverage is limited compared to others