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Garmin inReach Explorer+

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Handheld Satellite Communicator with GPS Navigation

  • Enables two-way text messaging via the Iridium satellite network
  • Interactive access to 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center via built-in SOS feature
  • Track and share your location with your support team, friends, and family
  • Use the free Earthmate app to pair with compatible mobile devices for access to downloadable maps, U.S. NOAA charts, aerial imagery, and much more
  • Preloaded with DeLorme TOPO maps including onscreen GPS routing and a built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter, and accelerometer


Specs & Features

Satellite Communicator with Maps and Sensors

Garmin inReach Explorer+

You may venture off the grid, but you can still stay in touch — as long as you’re carrying a Garmin inReach Explorer+. This handheld satellite communicator is designed for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to roam farther and experience more — without sacrificing peace of mind for their loved ones.  The Garmin inReach Explorer+ provides communication, location sharing, navigation, and critical SOS functions for anyone who loves getting away from it all, whether on land, air, or sea.

Worldwide Coverage

The worldwide coverage provided by the Iridium satellite network allows these portable devices to go anywhere and maintain two-way text messaging with any cell phone number or email address, all while using GPS to track and share your expedition’s progress. You can make posts to social media.  You can also communicate inReach-to-inReach in the field.  If you find yourself in a risky situation, you can trigger an SOS to the 24/7 monitoring center, text back and forth about the state of the emergency and your condition, and receive a confirmation when help is on the way.

Tracking & Sharing Your Location

Enable the tracking feature on your Garmin inReach Explorer+ communicator to let loved ones follow your progress on their computer or mobile device, via the web-based MapShare portal.  The inReach will send your waypoints at preselected intervals of time so that followers can track your whereabouts in real time.  You can invite your team back home to use MapShare to ping your Garmin inReach unit and see your GPS location.  They can also track your movements and exchange messages with you during your trip. Even better, you can actually embed your MapShare page on a blog, website or social media.

Pairing Your Mobile Device

The free Earthmate app provides even more capability and convenience by syncing your Garmin inReach handheld via Bluetooth with your compatible Apple or Android device.  This allows you to access unlimited maps, aerial imagery, and U.S. NOAA charts.  Earthmate also allows you to easily access all of the Garmin inReach features through your paired mobile device.   For simpler texting, you can access your phone’s contact list through the Earthmate app to reach friends with fewer keystrokes.

Weather Forecast Service

InReach offers an optional weather forecast service to provide you with detailed updates directly to your Garmin inReach device, compatible smartphone, or tablet paired with the Earthmate app.  You will always know what conditions to expect on your journey.  Both basic and premium weather package subscriptions are offered.  You can always request weather forecasts for your current location or any other waypoint or destination on your itinerary.

GEOS SOS Service

GEOS is the world leader in emergency response solutions and monitoring. They’ve supported rescues in more than 140 countries, saving many lives in the process.  Even better, they are on-call 24/7/365 to respond to your SOS, track your device, and notify the proper authorities and emergency responders near your location.  While help is on the way, GEOS will continue to communicate with you via text, providing important updates and critical information until your situation is resolved.

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Which inReach Is Best for You?

Both the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ offer identical messaging capabilities. But on the GPS navigation side, their differences become clear.  The inReach SE+ uses GPS to provide basic grid navigation and allow you to drop waypoints, mark key locations, track your progress, and follow a breadcrumb trail back to base.  The inReach Explorer+, however, goes far beyond that, providing you with full-fledged GPS on-map guidance using preloaded TOPO mapping and waypoint routings viewable directly on the device.  Additionally, the built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter, and accelerometer included with Explorer+ help you get and maintain accurate bearings during your journey.

Affordable Airtime Plans

You will need an active subscription on the Iridium network to use your inReach device.  Depending on your usage level, you can opt for an annual contract package or flexible month-to-month airtime plan.




Unlimited Unlimited




40 Unlimited




Unlimited Unlimited



10 minutes +

10 minutes + 10 minutes +

2 minutes +


$0.10 ea.

Unlimited Unlimited



$0.10 ea.

Unlimited Unlimited



1 text message ea.

1 text message ea. Unlimited



$1.00 ea.

$1.00 ea. $1.00 ea.

$1.00 ea.


$1.00 ea.

$1.00 ea. $1.00 ea.

$1.00 ea.


Monthly Charges

Monthly Charges Monthly Charges

Monthly Charges



$24.95/mo. $49.95/mo.




$34.95/mo. $64.95/mo.



Overage Charges

Overage Charges Overage Charges

Overage Charges


$0.50 $0.50 N/A



Rugged Equipment for a Rugged Environment

The tough, durable, impact resistant, and IPX7 water-rated inReach Explorer+ handheld is designed to keep you moving towards your goal — no matter what craziness crosses your path.  An internal, rechargeable lithium battery comes standard on the unit so you can count on long battery life in every mode of operation (up to 100 hours at 10-minute tracking mode; up to 75 hours at 10-minute tracking with 1-second logging; up to 30 days at the 30-minute interval power save mode; and up to 3 years when powered off).  Recharge via the standard micro-USB power cable or optional in-vehicle 12-V charger.

In The Box

  • inReach Explorer+
  • Preloaded with TOPO
  • USB cable
  • Carabiner clip
  • Documentation


Physical dimensions 2.7″ x 6.5″ x 1.5″ (6.8 x 16.4 x 3.8 cm) with keypad and SOS door bump
Display size 1.4″W x 1.9″H (3.5 x 4.7 cm); 2.31″ diag (5.9 cm)
Display resolution 200 x 265 pixels
Display type transflective color TFT
Weight 7.5 oz (213.0 g)
Battery Rechargeable internal lithium ion
Battery life Up to 100 hours at 10-minute tracking mode (default)

Up to 75 hours at 10-minute tracking with 1-second logging

Up to 30 days at the 30-minute interval power save mode

Up to 3 years when powered off

Water rating IPX7
Memory/History None
High-sensitivity receiver  
Interface USB

Downloads for Garmin InReach

Instructions for Garmin InReach (PDF)

Owners Manual for Garmin InReach (PDF)

Saftey and Product Information for Garmin InReach (PDF)

Videos for Garmin InReach


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