inReach Explorer

The world's only truly global satellite communicator with built-in navigation, waypoints and routing.


Navigate, create waypoints, and log your trip. Send and receive messages. Trigger an interactive SOS. Plan, track and share your journey. Do it all on one rugged handheld device with 100% global coverage from Iridium.

h Create or view a route, drop waypoints, see your tracks, and navigate with the on-screen map view.

u View route details such as distance and bearing to destination. Equipped with a digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer.

r Send and receive 160-character text messages with GPS coordinates to cell numbers or email addresses worldwide and post updates to social media.*

i Adjustable tracking intervals from 30 seconds to 4 hours allow you to track your trip and share your location, including GPS coordinates, elevation and speed.

k Trigger an SOS, receive a delivery confirmation, and communicate with our 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center.

How it Works

Iridium Satellite Network

A network of 66 active low earth orbit satellites is sufficient to cover the entire Earth’s surface at every moment. On average, the next satellite will break the horizon every 9 minutes. The connection time needed to transmit or receive messages is just a few seconds.

Messaging Service

DeLorme’s server will route messages to any email or cell phone in the world. It also enables messaging between two inReach devices. Email and cell phone text messages include a link the recipient may use to respond.

Accurate, reliable navigation

The Explorer includes navigation functions not available on the SE. Built-in digital compass, along with barometric altimeter and accelerometer sensors, provide heading and bearing info, accurate elevation readings, speed, and moving average.

Personal and Team Tracking

All inReach messages include detailed GPS data. DeLorme’s web portal and smartphone app provide free map services to continuously monitor all inReach users’ locations. The inReach Explorer allows the user to monitor fellow team members directly on the device, without connecting to a smartphone.

How inReach Compares

Feature inReach SE inReach Explorer SPOT EPIRBs/PLBs
Coverage Global Global Most Land Nearly Global
Two-Way Text Messaging w w x x
Two-Way Global SOS w w x x
Message Delivery Confirmation w w x x
Message Size 160 160 41 n/a
GPS Tracking & Sharing w w w x
Location Pinging w w x x
Access to Downloadable Topographic Maps w w x x
Pairs with Mobile Devices w w w x
Route Planning & Sharing x w x x
Navigation x w x x
Waypoint Creation & Sharing x w x x
Key Trip Statistics x w x x
Detailed Track Logging x w x x
Digital Compass, Barometric Altimeter & Accelerometer x w x x

Product Features

  • Includes digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer
  • Includes an odometer and displays useful trip statistics while in the field, such as trip time, max speed, moving
    average, trip distance
  • 100 hours of battery life in 10-minute tracking mode with a clear view to the sky
  • Color screen and virtual keyboard with predictive text for standalone two-way messaging
  • Email, SOS and tracking functions work anywhere in the world; SMS availability may vary by country.
  • 100% global coverage via the Iridium satellite network, which is the world’s furthest-reaching satellite
    communications network.
  • Maintains a satellite signal lock even in difficult GPS environments and embeds precise location coordinates
    in sent messages.
  • Pairs via Bluetooth with Apple iOS, Android, or Kindle devices (smartphones and tablets)

Product Specifications

  • GPS accuracy to +/- 5 meters
  • Waterproof/dustproof (IP67; standard submersion to 1 meter for 30 minutes)
  • Impact-resistant (Mil-STD-810G for shock)
  • Internal lithium polymer battery (2,450 mAh capacity at 3.7 V)
  • SOS messages are received by GEOS, a worldwide emergency response coordination center with 24/7/365
  • Weight: 6.7 ounces

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h  Tracking and Navigation tools allow field teams to locate each other, direct members to key locations, follow pre-determined routes, and to coordinate search and rescue events.

j Data Collection tools include a “Quick Collect” button, basic forms and connection to your own web service.

r Send and receive 160-character text messages with GPS coordinates to cell numbers and email addresses worldwide.

k  Connect your own Android application to the Iridium global satellite network.

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