Spot Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger

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SPOT GEN3 (Spot 3) is a compact portable messenger that sends your GPS location and select pre set messages to commercial satellites. Using subscription data services these messages are then distributed and routed to your approved network which can include emergency services.

Spot units are widely used by adventurers to maintain simplex ( one way) communication with family and friends. Or as trackers, delivering electronic "breadcrumbs" which display your location and progress on web based maps.

When you have reached the limits of your mobile phone coverage or battery life Spot's communications functions really come into their own allowing you to "stay in sight" of those who care and can assist you.

However Spot units are not a replacement for personal locator beacons such as ACR's Res Q Link  or Ocean Signal's Rescue Me  which are themselves not messenger units but use dedicated emergency satellite networks to alert the emergency authorities in times of life/death emergency.

Rather PLB"s are typically single use emergency alerts for use only in remote and critical emergencies that require the intervention of government sponsored search and rescue. Whereas Spot as a messenger unit offers a greater range of functions.

You can send a help required alert for emergencies that require assistance, you can send and also cancel an SOS alert, and you can send pre-set messages at will.

Depending on your subscription package your Spot can track your movements every couple of minutes and report them on a map to which you authorize access. In hiking, sports, ballooning, kakaying, gliding, and many other solo and group activities there are plenty of uses for the versatile Spot Messenger.

Other Handy Information

Pricing: You can learn more about the current pricing for Spot here.

Activation: Once you have purchased and received your Spot unit from us, activate the unit and sign up for your selected plan here.

Comparison Products:   Take a look at the Delorme InReach - a similar product, with the advantage of using the Iridium Sat Phone network and a display screen so you can use the device without it being paired with your phone.



The SPOT GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger keeps you connected and in touch during your far-flung adventures. Using satellite technology, SPOT maintains communication almost anywhere on the globe.

SPOT GEN3 gives you a critical, life-saving line of communication when you travel beyond the boundaries of mobile coverage.  SPOT GEN3 lets family and friends know you're OK, or if the worst should happen, sends emergency responders your GPS location - all with the puch of a button.  Add this rugged, pocket-sized device to your essential gear and stay connected wherever you roam.






  • Check in with your professional and social networks, send custom text messages and let others track your real-time location via Google Maps
  • In an emergency, transmit an SOS with your exact location to GEOS Emergency Response Coordination Center to activate a rescue
  • Optional unlimited tracking lets you choose a capture rate that suits your needs: 5-, 10-, 30- or 60-min. increments; optional extreme tracking enables a 2.5-min. capture rate
  • With optional unlimited or extreme tracking, Motion Activated Tracking knows when you’re moving and when you stop; it stops sending tracking info until you start moving again
  • Weighing only 4 oz. with batteries, the compact SPOT Gen3 packs easily for traveling fast and light
  • Contoured shape with dual attachment points makes it easy to fasten the SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger to your pack, bag, boat or vehicle
  • Power options include single-use AAA lithium batteries (included), rechargeable batteries (sold separately), or line-in power via the unit's USB port
  • Comes with 4 AAA lithium batteries, USB cord, carrying strap and carabiner clip


Dimensions: 8.72 x 6.5 x 2.54 cm
Weight:  114g with lithium batteries
Operating temp:  -30c to 60c
Operating latitude:  -100m to +6500m
Humidity rated: MIL-STD-81 0F, Method 507.3, 95% to 100% cond.
Vibration rated:  Per SAE J1455
Waterproof rate:  IPX7 (1m for up to 30 minutes)

Battery type:  

  • 4 AAA Energizer Ultimate Lithium 8x batteries
  • 4 AAA Energizer NiMH rechargeable batteries (NH12)
  • Line Power with a 5v USB connection
Longer battery life:  
  • More than 2x the battery life of the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger.  
  • Send 1250 Check in and Custom messages on a single set of lithium batteries
Contoured shape:
  • Loops provide an easy way to carry SPOT GEN3
  • Rugged and lightweight
  • Large, easy to press buttons make using SPOT GEN3 a breeze 

What's in the box:

  • Batteries
  • User Guide
  • Strap
  • Carabiner
  • USB Cable

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