Rent Personal Locator Beacon (SPOT - PLB)

  • Rent Personal Locator Beacon (SPOT - PLB)

Rent Personal Locator Beacon (SPOT - PLB)


Start and End Dates must be business days. Call for rentals longer than 21 days.


I left home decades ago, but that doesn't mean my dear mama doesn't still worry about me when I go out on backpacking trips. Maybe in your case it's your spouse, or the employees at work that want to make sure you make it back in one piece to sign payroll checks. For their peace of mind, the SPOT Personal Satellite Messenger is just the thing. Also, many race event coordinators are now mandating SPOT usage for their events, and we work with participants and organizers for competitive events across the country every year - biking, canoeing, adventure racing, kayaks, sailing, rallies, and hang gliding as examples.

SPOT uses the GPS satellite network to acquire your current latitude and longitude coordinates, and then sends its location with a link to Google Maps that can be viewed by your designated friends and family. SPOT also lets you send pre-programmed messages via a commercial satellite network to any email or text message recipient you setup before you leave. SPOT can identify and relay your location and programmed messages from nearly anywhere in the world (see a coverage map here).

SPOT is much more flexible than single-function PLB units, and works even when cell phone coverage is long-lost. From the trail or other adventure:

You can send a simple periodic "Check in/OK" message to a list of SMS and email contacts at any time of your choosing.

You can have it automatically send "Track progress" position updates every ten minutes (or at shorter or longer intervals, with Spot 3) that can be viewed on a map through any Web browser.

You can send a "Help" message for less-than-life-threatening situations to a second list of SMS and email contacts, perhaps requesting them to come to you or send less urgent assistance.

You can send a "Custom" message of whatever nature to keep friends and family at home abreast of your situation or just notify them there's been a change of plans.

And if your life is threatened, there's a "911" feature that will call a Emergency Response Center. The GEOS International Emergency Response Center alerts the appropriate agencies worldwide - for example contacting 9-1-1 responders in North America and 1-1-2 responders in Europe. Once a distress message is activated on SPOT, emergency responders are notified which may include local police, highway patrol, the Coast Guard, our country's embassy or consulate, or other emergency response or search and rescue teams - as well as notifying your emergency contact person(s) about the receipt of a distress signal.

The basic rescue service and optional tracking services are already registered with each unit so those services are included with your rental. These services would cost you at least $150 directly from SPOT if you buy one, so consider that in your decision to rent-or-buy. There are no other fees or anything else you need to buy when you rent from us, except for some lithium AAA batteries. Once rented, we give you the info you need to do the online setup to establish your messages, contact list and the page for auto tracking monitoring - it only takes a few minutes.

The SPOT is a great idea and nifty little device that we've rented for many years, but there are a couple of important considerations before you go out with it:

Since it works off of satellite signals, reception and transmission can be affected by terrain, heavy overhead foliage, and the then-location of satellites. Fall in a mine or cave, for example, and SPOT probably won't be much help. It will keep trying however. SPOT will not protect you from risky or stupid choices. To keep folks at home happy, you should send multiple OK messages a day AS THE PRACTICAL REALITY IS THAT WHILE NEARLY ALL MESSAGES WILL GO THRU EVERY TIME, "NEARLY" MEANS "NOT LIKELY 100%". SPOT is no substitute for careful planning, common sense, and a good map and compass.

It runs off of AAA lithium batteries - that we don't supply - we want you to buy your own to make sure you have the best you want to buy. For most trips, one set is enough - it's relatively easy on battery juice.

If you push the 911 button just to see what happens (not so smart), or to be legitimately rescued (very wise), you are responsible for all related costs of that effort. There are various type of travel and evacuation insurances available if you want more protection against unexpected costs. For more information, see the manufacturer's web site.

Rental package includes the unit, operating instruction sheet or a link to an online version, instructions for contact setups and location monitoring. There are no service subscriptions or other additional fees you have to pay to fully utilize its features.

Be sure to call us to ask any questions about this great peace-of-mind asset for your loved ones. Between April and October, supply is always tight, so be sure to order as early as possible to ensure availability. 

Minimum rental is 3 days

3 Days: $69
Days 4-21: $3 per day
For longer-term rentals, call for quote

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