Historic Range: $229.93-$325.00
Reviewers Paid: $269.00-$289.00
Lightweight, small, and has the reliability of ACR behind it (I trust ACR locators).
The ACR ResQLink+ is a replacement for my old heavy ACR TerraFix 406 PLB. The ResQLink+ is 1/4 the size of the old PLB and about 1/6 the weight of the older model.
I had to use my old old PLB when I tore my right quad tendon while hiking White Oak Canyon in Shenandoah NP. Help did not arrive until I reached the parking lot. I got help from some ice climbers and a father and daughter out for the day.
At that time, the PLB was already old, the battery was in need of replacement, and I was in the mountains. But, even being old, it still worked. My original PLB cost me $600. This one cost me $269 from REI. This model has a test button also (up to 12 tests per life of the battery). That is reassuring.
The antenna is almost as long at the older model. The body has a loop on the top and bottom of the unit. I can easily thread my belt thru and wear the PLB on my waist. I can also connect to a strap on my pack. This unit also floats. So no more worries about taking in the glades or out kayaking. This unit has a strobe which helps to be seen.
The replacement battery for my old PLB was expensive and I was told that the replacement would cost around $150 (but the waterproof and guarantee of signal would be worth it). Or I just buy a newer version when the time comes to replace. I hope I do not need to use. Being light and small makes the decision to carry or not easier.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $269
I rate this PLB a full 5.0 as it has the strongest signal and over a 4-6 year period is less expensive then either the Spot 3 or the DeLorme.
- Strong 5.0 watt signal
- Strobe light
- No drills
- Signal goes straight to Search and Rescue, not a call center
- Over a 4-6 year period the ReqQLink is lower cost then their competitors
- No pre-programed messages
- No texting
Ease of Use:
- The ResQLink cannot be easier to use. One button to test. One button to call for help.
- Two button operation, easy to use
- Signal goes directly to Search and Rescue, rather then a call center
- Built-in strobe light
Construction and Durability:
- Well, I just purchased it, but it seems very well made
- Took it into the Grand Canyon (the Big Ditch) with me for four days. How did it work? I did not need it so...
- I carry it with me when backpacking and hiking.
If you are looking for a good device with no frills and that goes directly to Search and Rescue rather then a call center, then this is the one for you.
A friend in his 70's likes the Spot so he can send a message to his wife saying he is OK and that is great for him.
NOTE: Signal Strength
- Spot Gen3: .4 Watts
- DeLorme: 1.6 Watts
- ACR ResQLink: 5.0 Watts. This is about a 13 times stronger signal than the Spot Gen3.
Mine is the ResQLink+ which is the same as the ResQLink but enclosed in a flotation case. The ResQLink sells for about $280.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $289