Personal tracking devices like Garmin’s inReach Mini provide peace of mind not only to the person carrying it, but also to those who depend upon the inReach user. Weighing in at 4.23 ounces, the impact- and water-resistant device makes a perfect addition to any flight bag.
Whether on the grid or off, the inReach Mini connects to the rest of the world through the Iridium satellite network to provide position tracking, interactive SOS services with emergency responders and two-way text messaging, even when outside areas of regular cellphone coverage. The device links to a wide variety of compatible products, such as Garmin’s Pilot app and the aviation-specific D2 Charlie watch, as well as maps, aerial imagery and NOAA charts and some weather services.
The inReach Mini rechargeable lithium battery lasts about two days with the default 10-minute tracking mode and up to 20 days when the extended 30-minute tracking is selected. The inReach Mini is priced at $349.99, while a subscription plan to the required Iridium satellite service starts at around $15 per month.