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  • ResQLink+ 406 relays your position to a global network of Search and Rescue satellites when you're in trouble
  • 406 MHz satellite signal and 121.5 MHz local homing signal help reduce search times and maximize your chances of survival
  • 66-channel GPS fixes your location to within 100m; a satellite signal alerts Search and Rescue personnel while the local homing signal guides rescuers to your exact location
  • Unique registered distress signal tells rescuers where and who you are
  • Super bright LED strobe light helps rescuers get a visual fix and find you quickly
  • Buoyant, compact design is carried easily in a pack or pocket and is waterproof down to 16 ft. for up to an hour and 33 ft. for up to 10 min.
  • Fully functional self-test of the circuitry, battery power and 406 MHz transmission gives you 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 12 times over the life of the battery
  • Once activated, the ACR Electronics ResQLink+ GPS personal locator beacon will continue to transmit for up to 30 hrs. in typical conditions

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 preprogrammed 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.

View all ACR Electronics Personal Locator Beacons

REI membership


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 4.5 x 1.9 x 1.6 inches
Weight 5.4 ounces
Certification FCC; COSPAS-SARSAT, Canada, RTTE
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insurance policy The registration with NOAA was easy. Quick confirmation back from them. That said of course I have not had to use it. The unit test was very easy. I enjoy remote hikes and camping on my own out of cell range. However the real reason was I take my grandchildren on long road trips. I don't get too remote with them but far enough where they could be in a tough spot if something happened to me. So both my 13 and 9 year old got lessons in activating it. They understand the proper circumstances and I feel better knowing they can get help if ever it should be required
Date published: 2013-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cheap insurance, peace of mind I did a lot of research before buying, ACR was the only one I would choose. First of all it's completely water proof, it even floats! 5 year lithium battery. It has a test button To check for satellite reception. It's designed to work when you need it most. Free registration with NOAA. No annual fees. This PLB let's me go into remote areas without my family having to worry. ACR even has a survivor web site for real users who where rescued to tell their story. This is no toy.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One less thing to worry about. I bought this from REI about 3 years ago because I do camping in very remote locations. I camp and hike a lot in Death Valley and am always 20-40 miles from a paved road. (Google: Four missing Germans in Death Valley) I always have lots of water, extra gas, and a Black Jack tire repair kit for my Jeep. Anyway I was in Death Valley last week going along Warm Springs road to the Geologist Cabin with my trusty GSD, when I noticed a blue truck that went off the side of the road approximately 150' down on a steep incline. I stopped and there was a young couple that were trying to dig their truck out, but I knew there was no way that was going to happen. They were there for two days, thank God it was cool out because they had poor survival skills, they didn't even see me coming or notice me until I yelled down the hill. I took them out and back to Shoshone so they could call for help. On my drive back I took my ACR, PLB off my roll bar and put it into my Columbia hiking vest pocket so I would have it on me. I am older, in good shape but still older. I was thinking if I went off the road in my little Jeep and was injured what would I do, If I didn't survive what would happen to my dog. Well now when the tires hit the dirt my ACR, PLB is on my person, I also added the Greatland Rescue Laser Flare ( To signal SAR when they arrive ). After doing much research I think the ACR is the best brand PLB that anyone could and should buy. My life is worth $300.00 even though my wife doesn't think so, LOL. Its just one less thing to worry about!
Date published: 2015-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best PLB Out there I recently was given this PLB for Christmas and recently I went to and urban direction finding course, where I got to direction find this PLB and the GPS coordinates led my team right to where the beacon was. If you ever do buy one of these please register the beacon with NOAA to help searcher find you faster. But if I were to ever be in an emergency situation in a wilderness area I will know that searchers will know exactly where I am and where to send help.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes, it works I hike alone most of the time, and bought my first PLB this summer. I talked with friends who travel, and who hike. With friends who've been involved in or are at the fringes of SAR, I read reviews, and I researched specs. I decided that my first priority was power. I wanted to maximize the chance that when I pushed the panic button, the message would get through to SAR. All other features were secondary for me. It took a bit of digging, but I was able to establish that the ACR has more transmission power than other PLB's. I used it for the first time a week ago. I was hiking and on my way back to the car when I realized I'd lost my phone and so couldn't notify my friends by the agreed-up time that I was safe. I was able to stop them from calling SAR by using the GPS Test feature to send an "I'm OK" message to them. It worked flawlessly. The instructions for how to use it are very clear, and printed right on the device. When I got home and checked my email, all of the people in my notification list has sent an email wanting to know what had happened.
Date published: 2016-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Peace of mind So, I have one, I have carried it in my pack on solo trips. I've never activated it. I hope I never will. From all my research into PLBs I chose this one based on the expected performance if and when the button is pushed. Having never used it, here is what I do know. It is relatively light. I can put in in a pack pocket that is convenient should I fall with my pack on. I can put it in my pocket or in a fanny pack when I leave my pack behind. It is very easy to deploy the antenna and push the button that activates the device. The activate button is covered and it would be a billion in one chance it gets activated by accident. In 5 years when the battery is due for replacement, I can get it replaced and know my unit will be ready for 5 more years. And most important of all...For loved ones at home, they know I have a device that has been used by many flawlessly in their hour of need so should I need it, it has a very high likelihood of working. Peace of mind for those left behind.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Staying Alive I have hiked and biked in many places that do not get cell service. I also crawled out two miles after breaking my ankle in six places, it was not fun. I am worried about getting charged for being rescued, but a choice between a big bill and death, I will work it out. This will still not take the place of a well setup pack with med kit, but it sure makes my wife feel allot safer. We also carry it often in the car when we have our five month old because getting 911 to answer is often a joke in Sacramento and in case of an accident or med emergency it will be handy to have.
Date published: 2012-09-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor battery replacement support I have purchased an ACR plb and need to replace the battery. I live in rural CO and have tried to contact customer support but with no luck. Also, I have researched battery replacement for these units and it appears to be quite expensive. If anyone has had a better experience, please advise. I would not buy this product again.
Date published: 2013-11-25
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What is the difference between this product and the other one (also made by ACR and sold at REI) that seems to have the same name, but the weight is about 1oz different and the cost about $9 different ?

Asked by: kaibaber
These two PLB's are NOT  the same. The ResQLink Plus floats, the ResQLink does not. The ResQLink Plus is slightly larger and heavier - compare the specs side by side. The ResQLink Plus also has slots so that it can be attached to a personal flotation device with velcro. The regular ResQLink does not have this feature. 
Answered by: Humzee
Date published: 2017-05-29

How much does it cost to actually have this activated and working? I'm assuming there is some sort of monthly or yearly fee, like a cell phone, where you have to buy the device but also pay for the actual service.

Asked by: Courtney
​There is no cost or any sort of subscription service required for activating or using this PLB. You will have to register it with NOAA (for free) prior to taking into the field. The battery is good for 5 years. After 5 years the device must sent into an ACR authorized repair center for service and battery replacement. This will come at a cost.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-09

Can this product be used more than once or is it a one time use only product? In the unfortunate situation where you get yourself into another rescue predictament after your first.

Asked by: Unfortunate One
According to the instruction manual, if you use the device to summon rescue, you must have the battery replaced by a service center, i.e. it's basically one-use-only device. Attempting to use it again without having the battery replaced violates the terms of the service agreement between the vendor and the SARSAT organization wherein the vendor guarantees that the battery will last a certain number of hours after activation and should be done only in case of a dire emergency. In short -- if you have to activate it, send it in for a new battery. If that's not possible you can continue to carry it, but its effectiveness is not guaranteed in that case.
Answered by: Badtux
Date published: 2017-06-07

Is the usable battery life measured from the date of manufacture, and if so how long do these devices sit in the warehouse before they get shipped? (e.g. was a unit shipped today manufactured 1 month ago, 6 months ago, a year ago, etc.)

Asked by: afrenziedfish
The usable battery life is measured from the manufacturing date. Once the device is constructed it is shipped out in a timely manner. We do not have a specific timeframe of how long this takes or how long the device sits in our warehouse due to the fluctuations in supply and demand.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-07

Is battery warranted for 5 years (as in replaced at no cost to customer)? How much is replacement when required?

Asked by: Brian K
The cost of the replacement battery is at the expense of the customer. The battery must replaced by an authorized ACR battery service center. You can find the closest ACR service center by going to ACR's website and clicking on "Where to Buy." Most service centers charge around $150 for the ResQLink+. This includes full testing and diagnostics along with the replacement of seals and o-rings. If you do not live near an authorized service center, you can send the PLB back to ACR and have the battery replaced.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-04

Please confirm that the battery(s) are not rechargeable and will cost me about $150 to replace in five years (or less.) That $$$ will go a long way towards paying for a DeLorme subscription which will include 2-way communication. Thanks!

Asked by: daverave
The battery for the ResQLink+ GPS Personal Locator Beacon has a shelf life of 5 years. The estimated cost for battery replacement is $150 depending on the repair center. This has been confirmed by both ACR and licensed repair centers.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-07

I would be using this while paddleboarding in harbors and along coastlines and rivers. Would it alert the local harbormaster? Or the coast guard? thanks

Asked by: monabarbera
If this beacon is activated and a rescue is needed, the signal is first directly to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). From there NOAA relays the appropriate information to the agency that is best suited to perform the rescue.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-23

Are either of these ACR ResQ usable as GPS receivers ?  It says they broadcast GPS with a distress call, but can they display your coordinates to YOU (on the unit, in the field) ?

Asked by: kaibaber
This unit will not display your coordinates.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-03
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