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  • No more relying on beeps or looking for LEDs—the screen displays latitude/longitude, operating instructions, usage tips, transmission bursts and remaining battery power
  • Display also makes self-testing your beacon simple and easy to understand by visually walking you through the self-test step by step
  • Non-emergency messaging (subscription required) allows you to send an "I'm OK" message along with your GPS coordinates to preselected email addresses
  • Unique registered distress signal tells rescuers where and who you are
  • 66-channel GPS fixes your location within 100m; satellite signal alerts Search and Rescue and a 121.5 MHz local homing signal guides rescuers to your exact location
  • Super bright LED strobe light helps rescuers find you quickly
  • Light and small beacon is carried easily in a pack or pocket
  • Easily self-test the circuitry, battery power and 406 MHz transmission for peace of mind, knowing your beacon will work when you need it
  • GPS acquisition test mode allows you to test the GPS functionality up to 60 times over the life of the battery
  • Once activated, the beacon transmits for up to 35 hrs. in typical conditions
  • Buoyant, floating design is waterproof down to 16 ft. for up to an hour and 33 ft. for up to 10 min.
  • The ACR Electronics AquaLink View Personal Locator Beacon includes a removable attachment clip

Made in USA.

This Personal Locator Beacon should only be used in situations of grave and imminent danger, and only as a last resort when all means of self-rescue have been exhausted.

COSPAS-SARSAT is an international satellite system that provides distress alert and location data to assist Search and Rescue operations. It detects and locates the signals of beacons operating on 406 Megahertz (MHz). The position of the distress and other related information is forwarded to the appropriate Search and Rescue point of contact through the COSPAS-SARSAT mission control center network. The goal of the system is to support all organizations in the world with responsibility for SAR operations, whether at sea, in the air or on land. The COSPAS-SARSAT system provides distress alert and location data to rescue coordination centers for 406 MHz beacons activated anywhere in the world.

This personal locator beacon has been pre-programmed with the US country code. If your country of residence is outside the United States, you will need to have the beacon reprogrammed by a local dealer or service center, which may involve additional cost.

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Best Use Watersports
GPS/Satellite Detectable Yes
Activation Manual
Location Accuracy 100 meters
Water-Resistant Depth 5 meters
Waterproof Yes
Batteries Lithium (5 year replacement life)
Material(s) Polycarbonate blend
Dimensions 5.8 x 2.3 x 1.5 inches
Weight 9.1 ounces
Certification Approved by FCC; COSPAS-SARSAT
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When all else fails People say these are expensive. What is your life worth? In motorcycling we say "if you have a $10 head, wear a $10 helmet". If you read reviews of other devices like "SPOT" you will find many unhappy purchasers. There is no substitute for a device like this, except maybe a satellite phone. I have NOT used this in an emergency, however I have the subscription service that allows you to send a generic email letting friends know you are o.k. and it has worked very well. If you do a lot of remote travel alone like I do, you need this device (or the less expensive "no email" version) for the time you may really need it.
Date published: 2013-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learned the hard way... After a nightmare of a day, falling and seriously injuring myself only to find that our cell phones were useless, had to hobble 4 miles in the dark. We got lucky, sometimes it doesn't work that way. This is a piece of equipment that most people don't think of getting till its too late. Don't fool around with the weak "Spot", the rescue pilots I know quickly convinced me that ACR was the way to go. There is no subscriptions for rescue, but one is available to send an "I'm OK" message to emails and phones with a link to show them on google maps where you are.
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great item,, and it works for sure This is a great item and it works for sure. I know this because one of my inspectors while inspecting it hit the signal button and in a very short time the police where looking for it, after homeland security called the police looking for the beacon / who was in distress. This is no toy.....
Date published: 2014-01-14
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REI says this includes "Non-emergency messaging (subscription required)..." Check the user manual. This product does NOT appear to offer 2-way messaging. ACR has a SARLink model that does but no one seems to sell it yet.

Asked by: Mtn Goat 76
At this time – March 2015 – we cannot estimate when REI might offer the SARLink that includes two-way communication.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-14

Is the battery in this unit replaceable, and if so, what is the cost?

Asked by: paddlemonkey
The battery on the Aqualink View 406 should be replaced every five years. The batteries must be replaced by an authorized ACR PLB service center. ACR's website can provide a list of authorized repair centers. The average cost of replacing the battery and changing the o-rings is estimated at $150. This can vary depending on the service center and model of the PLB.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-02

Does the messaging function draw from the same battery as the EPIRB function? I am hoping that the "5-year" battery is not being depleted as you use the subscription messaging. Also, does the messaging capability really work?

Asked by: PathFlounder
All functions on this unit draw from the same lithium battery source. The battery is designed to last for 5 years whereupon it must be replaced or after use in an emergency situation. If the messaging function is being used frequently and you are concerned about not having enough power for emergency situations, you can run the self test function which will determine if connectivity is working and if battery life is adequate.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-02

Since the device is registered to me, can I loan it to family or friends? Or am I the only one authorized to use it?

Asked by: 718
You can loan the PLB to friends and family, but they must re-register the PLB. Go to the ACR Electronic web site for information. If you register online, all registration forms will be entered in the 406 MHz beacon registration database within 48 hours of receipt.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-27

Can this product be used in mountainous areas? Since it has the highest rated reviews I'm interested in using it for my long distance trail runs.

Asked by: Katlinbr
The Aqualink View 406 Personal Locator Beacon would a be a great choice for mountainous areas.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-02

Is it possible to use the beacon to look up your location without activating the emergency locator function?

Asked by: debsc
You are unable to view/track your location using this PLB. The latitude and longitude coordinates will only be displayed on the device when the beacon has been activated and a rescue is needed.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-27

What is the difference between this unit and the ResQlink+406?

Asked by: 0nelove
The primary difference is that the Aqualink View 406 Personal Locator Beacon has a display screen. The screen displays latitude/longitude, operating instructions, usage tips, transmission bursts and remaining battery power.​ Whereas the ResQlink+406 relies on beeps and LED lights to confirm operations.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-27

What is the life expectancy of the product itself (not the battery)?

Asked by: carlphudson
The manufacturer recommends changing the battery every 5 years but does not offer a 'lifetime' guideline for the product. The caveat is that the electronics are designed for a current regulation but when the regulation and frequency standards change then the unit may not be compatible with the new standards.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-02
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