Garmin inReach Mini

Overview for Glider Pilots
The inReach Mini uses the same satellite network and data plans as the inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+. It is much smaller and slightly lower cost, but has a much smaller screen, no QWERTY keyboard, and no "breadcrumb trail" on the display. It can be used with the free Earthmate® app  - which syncs your inReach handheld via Bluetooth® with your compatible Apple® or Android™ device. It doesn't have the built-in topographic maps of the inReach Explorer+ and it is much more difficult to send messages using the much smaller user-interface. But it should be equally good for allowing your friends and family to follow your soaring adventures as they unfold.

My 2 Cents
I sometimes fly my sailplane in extremely remote regions in the Western USA. I therefore opted for the inReach Explorer+ because it offers built-in color topographical maps and a digital compass. I thought that could be worth the extra $100 in an emergency.

Note: The inReach Mini can send only preset messages when not connected to a smartphone.  The inReach Mini does not have a pop-up keyboard for entering live messages.  A smartphone can be used to send any message, but a smartphone may not be accessible in an emergency.  The inReach SE+ and Explorer+ and GPSMap 66i all have pop-up keyboards that can be used to send any message whether or not your smartphone is accessible.  That could be very useful in an emergency.  If there is a chance that you may need to bail out of your aircraft without your smartphone, you may want to consider the inReach SE+, inReach Explorer+, or GPSMap 66i with inReach.

Note: This inReach Explorer+ is only $100 more expensive than the inReach Mini and includes the following features - not found in the inReach Mini:

  • Full-fledged GPS on-map guidance with preloaded TOPO mapping and waypoint routings viewable directly on the unit
  • Built-in digital compass,
  • Built-in barometric altimeter
  • Built-in accelerometer 
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • Breadcrumb trail


Two Color Options

The inReach Mini is available in either organge or black/gray color. They are functionally identical. Other inReach products (SE+ and Explorer+) have different colors and different features.

Overview

Fit global connectivity in your palm with our smallest, lightest satellite communicator yet. Weighing a mere 4.23 oz, inReach Mini provides global messaging and interactive SOS plus basic GPS and compass page navigation. It can pair with a smartphone, tablet or compatible Garmin outdoor device to access topographic maps, aerial imagery, U.S. NOAA charts and other advanced features.

inReach Mini lets you send and receive text messages, track and share your journey and, if necessary, trigger an SOS alert to contact the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team. With inReach connectivity, your family and friends will know they can stay in touch globally.

Fit Global Connectivity Into Your Palm

  • Small, rugged, lightweight satellite communicator enables two-way text messaging via 100% global Iridium® satellite network (satellite subscription required)
  • Trigger an interactive SOS to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center (satellite subscription required)
  • Access downloadable maps, U.S. NOAA charts, color aerial imagery and more by using the free Garmin Earthmate® app and compatible devices
  • Optional inReach weather forecast service provides detailed updates directly to your inReach Mini or paired device; basic and premium weather packages available
  • Send and receive inReach messages through compatible Garmin devices, including connected wearables and handhelds
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium battery provides up to 50 hours of battery life in 10-minute tracking mode

inReach Mini is your go-to connection for maintaining off-the-grid contact. It’s our palm-sized satellite communicator for adventures where size and weight matter. inReach Mini lets you send and receive text messages, track and share your journey and, if necessary, trigger an SOS alert to contact the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team. With inReach connectivity, your family and friends will know they can stay in touch globally.

Travel Lighter, Communicate Smarter

Measuring just under 4” tall by 2” wide and weighing a mere 4.23 oz, inReach Mini is fit for exterior pack pockets or accessory loops. It connects for messaging via the 100% global Iridium satellite network. You don’t have to worry about being within range of a cell tower or encountering spotty coverage. Your inReach Mini works anywhere.

Who will answer your SOS? GEOS will.

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. And they’re standing by 24/7 to respond to your SOS, track your device and notify the proper contacts and emergency responders in your area. Once you’ve triggered a distress signal, you can expect a delivery confirmation that help is on the way and be continually updated on the status of your response team.

Multiple Ways to Connect

Wireless unit-to-unit connectivity lets you remotely control inReach Mini to send and receive messages using compatible Garmin handhelds, wearables or other mobile devices. GPS-based location tracking lets you share your whereabouts with those at home or out in the field. You can also post your adventures on social media. For basic navigation, there’s an electronic compass that shows bearing and distance along a route or to a waypoint.

Pair with Your Mobile Device

For even more capability and convenience, the free Earthmate app syncs your inReach handheld via Bluetooth® wireless technology with your compatible Apple® or Android™ device so you can access unlimited maps, aerial imagery and U.S. NOAA charts. Plus, Earthmate allows you to conveniently use all of the inReach features on your paired mobile device. For easier messaging, you can also access your phone’s contact list from the Earthmate app to connect with fewer keystrokes.

Pair with Garmin Pilot™

In the aviation world, inReach Mini becomes a valuable air communications link. When paired via Bluetooth to a compatible tablet or smartphone running the Garmin Pilot app, your inReach Mini makes it easy to send and receive text messages while in the cockpit — even from areas without cellular reception. The app pulls in your smart device’s contact lists, so access is simple and seamless. And since your inReach Mini is also a handheld GPS, Garmin Pilot can leverage its rock-solid position source to drive a georeferenced aircraft position symbol on your tablet’s moving map display. Also, for your followers on the ground, inReach Mini can provide tracking of your flight, using the web-based MapShare™ page created for your inReach account. You can also link via Facebook® or Twitter®.

Additional Aviation Services

Your inReach Mini is also a supported device for the Lockheed Martin Flight Services (LMFS) Adverse Condition Alerting Service (ACAS), Surveillance-Enhanced Search and Rescue (SE-SAR) and Enhanced Special Reporting Services (eSRS). If you register for ACAS information, alerts provided via LMFS prompt you to call for an abbreviated briefing to address any specific adverse condition situation that might affect your flight-planned routing. Likewise, automatic monitoring provided by the SE-SAR service enables the system to identify potential flight emergency situations and/or signals to promptly initiate search and rescue procedures for your aircraft.

Get Weather on the Go

The optional inReach weather forecast service provides detailed updates directly to your inReach Mini or compatible device paired with the Earthmate app, so you’ll know what conditions to expect en route. Basic and premium weather packages are offered. And you can request weather forecasts for your current location or any other waypoint or destination on your itinerary.

Rugged, Robust inReach

Tough, durable, impact resistant (MIL-STD-810F) and water-rated to IPX7, inReach Mini is built to keep you up and running. It includes an internal, rechargeable lithium battery for up to 50 hours’ use at the default 10-minute tracking mode and up to 20days in power saving mode. Recharge via the microUSB power cable or optional in-vehicle 12-V charger.

Includes Unlimited Cloud Storage and Trip Planning

Every inReach device comes with free access to the cloud-powered Garmin Explore website to plan your trips with routes and waypoints, create preset messages and quick texts, sync and manage your device settings, update your firmware, link your social media accounts, store all your location tracking data and much more.

Affordable, Flexible Satellite Airtime Plans

To access the Iridium network and communicate with your inReach Mini, inReach SE+ or Explorer+ device, an active satellite subscription is required. Depending on your usage level, you can opt for an annual contract package or flexible month-to-month airtime plan. 

Specifications:

General
Physical dimensions2.04” x 3.90” x 1.03” (5.17 x 9.90 x 2.61 cm)
Weight
3.5 oz (100.0 g)
Water rating
IPX7
Battery typeRechargeable internal lithium ion
Display type
sunlight-readable, monochrome, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) 
Display size0.9" x 0.9" (23 x 23 mm)
Display Resolution
128 x 128 pixels
Battery lifeUp to 50 hours at 10-minute tracking with 2-minute logging (default); 
up to 30 hours at 10-minute tracking with 1-second logging;
up to 
20 days at the 30-minute interval power save mode;
and up to 1 year 
when powered off
Memory/history
none
High-sensitivity receiver           
Yes
InterfaceUSB

Maps & Memory
Preloaded mapsNo
Ability to add maps
Yes
Waypoints/favorites/locations  
500 
Routes20
Display type
sunlight-readable,                                                                                

Sensors
Barometric altimeter                  No                                                                                                        
CompassNo      

Outdoor Recreation Features
Camera                                       No                                                                                                         


Additional:

  • Wireless compatible: yes (Bluetooth®)
  • Trigger an interactive SOS with 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center: yes
  • Send and receive text messages to SMS and email: yes
  • Send and receive messages with other inReach users, exchange locations: yes
  • Track and share location with friends and family on web-based MapShare® portal: yes
  • Request weather forecasts for current location and planned destination: yes
  • Virtual keyboard for custom text messaging: yes
  • Send waypoints to MapShare portal during trip: yes
  • Send route selection to MapShare portal for friends and family to see progress: yes

In the Box

  • inReach Mini
  • USB cable
  • Carabiner clip
  • Spine Mount Adapter - used to connect to mounts below
  • Documentation

Downloads:

Garmin
Physical dimensions 2.04” x 3.90” x 1.03” (5.17 x 9.90 x 2.61 cm)
Weight 3.5 oz (100.0 g)
Water rating IPX7
Battery type Rechargeable internal lithium ion
Display type sunlight-readable, monochrome, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Display size 0.9" x 0.9" (23 x 23 mm)
Display resolution 128 x 128 pixels
Battery life Up to 50 hours at 10-minute tracking with 2-minute logging (default); up to 30 hours at 10-minute tracking with 1-second logging; up to 20 days at the 30-minute interval power save mode; and up to 1 year when powered off
Memory/history none
High-sensitivity receiver Yes
Interface USB
Maps & Memory
Preloaded maps No
Ability to add maps Yes
Waypoints/favorites/locations 500
Routes 20
Sensors
Barometric altimeter No
Compass No
Outdoor Recreation Features
Camera No
Additional
Additional -Wireless compatible: yes (Bluetooth®) -Trigger an interactive SOS with 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center: yes -Send and receive text messages to SMS and email: yes -Send and receive messages with other inReach users, exchange locations: yes -Track and share location with friends and family on web-based MapShare® portal: yes -Request weather forecasts for current location and planned destination: yes -Virtual keyboard for custom text messaging: yes -Send waypoints to MapShare portal during trip: yes -Send route selection to MapShare portal for friends and family to see progress: yes
In the Box
In the Box -inReach Mini -USB cable -Carabiner clip -Spine Mount Adapter - used to connect to mounts below -Documentation

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Garmin-inReach-Mini

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