Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), has announced their inReach Mini, a smaller and more compact satellite communicator with available two-way messaging and a 24/7 SOS function when combined with an inReach subscription to access the Iridium® satellite network.
Measuring under 4 inches tall by 2 inches wide, and weighing 3.5 ounces, the inReach Mini can easily be carried in a backpack, boat, plane, or glovebox. No more worrying about spotty coverage or being within range of a cell tower — the inReach Mini works anywhere when using the Iridium satellite network.
For the ultra-light experience, the inReach Mini encompasses it all, from messaging to tracking to declaring an SOS. It can be used on its own or paired with a compatible device. The Earthmate® app easily pairs with the inReach Mini via Bluetooth to a compatible smartphone1 for access to unlimited maps, aerial imagery, and U.S. NOAA charts. The Earthmate app also allows all of the inReach features to be accessed through the paired mobile device, so a user can reach anyone in their contact list. The app will seamlessly allow the user to access their compatible device’s contact list for quick access without manual entry.
The inReach Mini also works with Garmin’s fÄ“nix smartwatch line to send and receive messages from their watch with the device securely fastened to their pack, kit, or vehicle. The user can remotely program the device to send and receive messages with compatible Garmin handhelds, wearables or other mobile devices. For example, a trail runner can be off the beaten path and be using their watch to not only track their stats but remotely control their inReach Mini to send and receive messages. See all compatible devices here.
Pilots will also have the same ability to send and receive messages conveniently through their Garmin Pilot™ app right from the cockpit. Garmin Pilot leverages the inReach Mini’s GPS positioning to drive a georeferenced aircraft position symbol on a tablet’s moving map display. The device has the ability to provide tracking for those wanting to follow the flight, using the web-based MapShare™ page created for each inReach account.
Like all inReach devices, a user can hit the SOS button in case of emergency that sends a distress signal to GEOS®, a 24/7 International Emergency Response Coordination Center. GEOS will track the device which triggered the SOS, notify the proper contacts, and send the necessary emergency responders to the exact location. GEOS will deliver a confirmation that help is on the way and also continually update the user on the status of the response team. GEOS will also reach out to the user’s emergency contact and alert them of the situation.
Every inReach device also gives users access to a cloud-based website to not only plan future trips with specific waypoints and routes, but to create preset messages and quick texts. In the website, users can sync and manage their device settings, update firmware, link social media accounts and store unlimited location tracking data. To receive weather forecasts, the optional service provides detailed weather updates directly to the inReach Mini. Users who choose either the basic or premium package offered for land or marine forecasts will know the conditions for a current location, a waypoint, or future destination.
To access the Iridium network and communicate with an inReach Mini device, an active satellite subscription is required. Depending on the frequency of use, a variety of airtime plans that range from flexible month-to-month options to an annual contract package are available for individuals or professionals.
Small but mighty, the inReach Mini is impact resistant (MIL-STD-810F) and water-rated to IPX72, so it’s built tough to withstand extreme conditions. The inReach Mini includes an internal, rechargeable lithium battery for up to 50 hours of use at the default 10-minute tracking mode and up to 20 days at the 30-minute interval extended tracking mode3. To learn more, visit www.garmin.com/inreach.
The inReach Mini is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, trail running, mountain biking, golfing, diving or using satellite communication, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, visit www.garmin.com/outdoors.
Dan Bartel, Garmin's VP of global consumer sales, said the company's introduction of the inReach Mini continues the growth of the company's family of satellite communicators. Space or weight will now never have to be sacrificed in a pack; the unit is small enough to stow nearly anywhere out of sight but will still give users peace of mind. The inReach Mini is an invaluable companion no matter where or how far off-the-grid life takes you, from trail running to traveling internationally to search and rescue efforts.
1When paired with compatible smartphone. See Garmin.com/ble for more details.
2See Garmin.com/waterrating for more details.
3Depending on settings.