Spot Gen3 is a satellite tracking and messaging service that allows you to keep in contact with friends, family to let them track your adventure on Google Maps. Plus, if necessary, at the touch of the SOS button SPOT 3 will alert the emergency services. The Spot Gen3 will work when out of range of the mobile phone network is built to be rugged and lightweight and features loops making it easy to carry. All these features make it perfect for outdoor adventures.
The Spot Gen3 is also Waterproof to IPX7 standards. The battery life on this new Spot Gen3 is also twice that as compared with the previous Spot2 satellite tracker.
Subscription charges apply. Depending on the payment plan you choose, SPOT 3 will send your position every 2.5 minutes. See below for payment options.
SPOT Gen3 - £113.61
The Spot Gen3 works with the GPS satellite network so that you can keep in contact with friends, family and, if necessary, emergency services where mobile phone networks fail to operate. Not only can you send tracking information to friends, family and emergency services but you can also send messages to them too. You can sent custom messages to friends and family or just let them know you are okay. Plus you can also send SOS messages to the emergency services. You can even select how your messages are received either by email, text message, etc.
Send GPS location and messages
The buttons on the Spot Gen3 are large to make for easy use. Two of the buttons on the Spot Gen3 are used for sending your GPS location to friends and family; there is a custom button that sends a pre-programmed message and your GPS location and then there is a check in button that let’s people know you are okay and your GPS position. Additionally a free app also enables you to connect your mobile phone to the Spot Gen3 to send messages along your journey. On a single charge with the lithium batteries you can send 1,250 check in and custom messages.
There is a track button that enables contacts to send and save your location to track your progress on Google Maps.
With the correct payment plan the Spot Gen3 can alter the custom tracking rate between 2.5, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes (read more about payment plans below). Furthermore the tracking feature can also be set to detect motion so that a signal is only sent when you are moving, conserving battery power.
In the event of an emergency you can press the SOS emergency alert button. When pressed it sends an SOS and your GPS location to GEOS whom then organises a search and rescue.
Temperature and altitude limitations
The Spot Gen3 can be used in many different environments and can operate from a temperature of -30C to 60C (-22F to 140F) and can operate in altitudes from -100m to +6,500m (-328ft to +21,320ft).
SPOT Gen3 Features
‣Keep in contact with friends and family via GPS
‣Works when out of range of mobile phone network
‣Rugged and lightweight
‣Waterproof to IPX7 standards
‣Twice the battery life of the Spot2
‣Send GPS messages to friends and family
‣Send custom messages to friends and family
‣Send okay messages to friends and family
‣Connect to a mobile phone to send messages
‣Send 1,250 check in and custom messages on one single charge
‣Friends and family can track your progress on Google Maps
‣Motion detection for sending GPS location to conserve battery power
‣SOS button for contacting GEOS emergency services
‣Works in temperatures between -30C and 60C (-22F and 140F)
‣Works at heights from -100m to +6,500m (-328ft to +21,320ft)
‣Sends GPS tracking position every 2.5 minutes (with correct payment plan)
‣Emergency button costs 11 euros per year to operate
‣2 Years manufacturers guarantee
SPOT Gen3 Coverage
SPOT 3 works around the world, including virtually all of the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia, portions of South America, Northern Africa, and North-Eastern Asia and hundreds or thousands of miles offshore of these areas. In Russia, the GPS accuracy of your SPOT 3 is limited (degraded) in accordance with Russian regulations restricting the accuracy of GPS performance for devices utilised in Russia.
SPOT Gen3 Subscriptions
To get the Spot Gen3 working you must buy the basic service and tracking. This is priced at 138 euros per year and includes unlimited custom, check in, tracking, help and SOS messages. Your position will be transmitted every 10 minutes for 24 hours.
You may like to get the enhanced tracking services which allow you to send your GPS coordinates every 5, 10, 30 and 60 minutes. Plus this service will last longer than 24 hours. This service is priced at 39 euros for a year.
Alternatively, for 99 euros per year you can get all the features above but also track your position every 2.5 minutes.
To use the emergency button you will need to pay 11 euros per year and you will get cover for up to $100K.
What's in the box? (when purchased from ActiveGPS.co.uk)
‣Quick Reference Guide
SPOT Gen3 Technical Specification
‣Battery: 4 AAA NiMH battery
‣Dimensions: Width - 65mm, Height - 87mm, Depth - 25mm
‣Operating Temperature: -30C to 60C (-22F to 140F)
‣Operating Altitude: -100m to +6,500m (-328ft to + 21,320ft)
‣Humidity Rate: MIL-STD-810F, Method 507.3, 95% to 100% cond.
‣Vibration Rated: Per SAE J1455
‣Waterproof Rated: IPX7 (1m for up to 30 minutes)
‣SPOT Gen3 manual
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Page updated: 21st November 2016