Our inspiring overview is coming soon. For now, here is what Garmin has to say:
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.
Measuring just under 4″ tall by 2″ wide and weighing a mere 3.5 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.
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.
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 a compass that shows bearing and distance along a route or to a waypoint.
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.
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.
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 20 days in power saving mode. Recharge via the microUSB power cable or optional in-vehicle 12-V charger.
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.
Our in-depth features analysis are forthcoming. For now, here is how Garmin puts it:
- 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 90 hours of battery life in 10-minute tracking mode
Our clear and concise specs will be ready soon. For now, here is how Garmin puts it:
- Physical dimensions 2.04″ x 3.90″ x 1.03″ (5.17 x 9.90 x 2.61 cm)
- Display size 0.9″ x 0.9″ (23 x 23 mm)
- Display resolution 128 x 128 pixels
- Display type sunlight-readable, monochrome, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
- Weight 3.5 oz (100.0 g)
- Battery Rechargeable internal lithium ion
- Battery life Up to 90 hours at 10-minute tracking (default); up to 35 hours at 10-minute tracking with 1-second logging; up to 24 days at 30-minute tracking power save mode; and up to 1 year when powered off
- Water rating IPX7
- Memory/History None
- Interface USB
- Preloaded maps no
- Waypoints/favorites/locations 500
- Routes 20
- 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