@CaseyLea Thanks for reaching out!

@OldGuyot is spot on in his response: the main difference between the two devices is that the Garmin InReach Explorer 2 Way Satellite Communicator is a stand alone GPS unit, with a basemap included and the ability to upload your own maps to it. The Garmin InReach Mini 2-way Satellite Communicator requires a connection to your phone for maps data. Both units will allow you to connect with your phone to send and receive messages.

Hopefully this helps, let us know if you have any more questions. Thanks!

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