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Features of the Ortovox 3+ (Recco Inside) Smart-Antenna-Technology Secondary Avalanche Switchover: 120 sec Recco Reflector Inside No. of Antenna: 3 Maximum Range: 40 m Search Strip Width: 40 m Illuminated real-time display, distance and direction indicator, intuitive circular illustration for refined location Multiple Victim Indicator: 3 victims and with indication of 4+ Flagging Function: 3 and more Transmission capacity approx 250 h Environmentally Friendly Power Consumption Optimation: 1 AA Alkaline battery 1,5 V LR06 Microprocessor control Self-test Permanent monitoring of the transmitter Signal analysis Intuitive search acoustics Display backlight Display of multiple victims Comfortable bag and hand loop Upgradeable
Whether you're taking your first avalanche course or traveling into the backcountry after hours of practice, rely on the Ortovox 3 Plus Beacon. The 3 Plus answers your first three questions: which direction, how many people, and how far to them' This user-friendly, all-digital triple-antenna search tool allows for quick recoveries by switching between transmitting antennas to maximize signal strength even when you tumble in a slide and change directions. In search mode, a simple circular real-time display tells you what direction to search and how far to the victim while a clear, circular pinpoint search shows you how close you are before you start moving away from the signal. Easy Mark technology shows the number of victims and lets you pin the signals once found (with a large button below the front display) so you can quickly move onto the next signal. After 120 seconds of no movement, the beacon switches from search to transmit in case you get buried in a follow-up slide. Should you be buried, the 3 Plus features Smart Antenna Technology which analyzes the position of the antennas and automatically switches to the best transmitting antenna, which boots range 43% more than other devices on the market (with the exception of Ortovix' S1+), no matter what search device your companion is using. Ortovox gave the 3 Plus rubberized housing to protect it against moisture and impact while a small bag with elastic strap attaches the 3 Plus securely to your body. A backlight display allows for nighttime rescues while its updatable microprocessor keeps the 3 Plus at the forefront of avalanche beacon technology. The 3 Plus also has clear and optimized search acoustics for reliability and a Recco reflector that helps professional rescuers find victims buried in the snow.
| You get better found: The 3+ is a three-antenna device with a special extra function to first enhance your own safety. The intelligent position recognition system analyses the position of the antennas and automatically switches to the optimal transmitting antenna. There is no longer any such thing as the 'worst position'. You find faster: The circular display lets you focus on the essentials. The distance to and the relative position of a victim. Always align the device to the arrow. The solid arrow and the central distance value keep you going in the right direction. You find more exactly: The patented circular display shows you at a glance whether you are getting closer to the signal or moving away from it. With the precise distance value you can very effectively determine the distance to the buried victim and limit the area to be probed. You find more victims: The 3+ allows you to maintain an overview even with multiple burials. The number of victims is shown in the display. As. Available Color(s): Green Apple, Black Phantom. Receive function: digital. No. Of antennas: 3. Maximum range: up to 40 m. Search strip width: up to 40 m. Reliable signal analysis and pinning function: 3 and more. Transmission capacity: approx. 250h. Dimensions: 73 x 122 x 27 (mm). Weight (incl. battery and bag): approx. 210g. Automatic switchover in case of a secondary avalanche: 120 sec. Optimized power consumption: 1 Alkaline AA 1,5 V LR06. Precise self-test: transmitter, receiver, battery status and sensor test. Features: Online registration with additional information. Patented Smart-Antenna-Technology. Automatic location of the strongest transmission signal. Intuitive circular display of the refined location. Distance and direction display. Display backlight. Intuitive display of multiple victims. Intuitive search acoustics. Microprocessor control. High-quality rubber sleeve. Intuitive design. Comfortable bag with elastic strap for device. Hand loop. Electronic monitor
- Tahoe Mountain Sports
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