Literally brand new 2014 Ford F150 had the accelerator pedal go out on me 3 times. Its a relay operated device. First time was in middle of nowhere New Mexico. Each time it would start working after it sat for 15 mins, then randomly quite less than 100 miles later. Replaced it 3 times, it failed 15-20 times total.I had a Ford truck that left me stranded one time... No more Fords for me!
I activated it in May and June for offshore fishing. But, I never tested or used it. The last time that I used it was in November of last year.How long had it been since you used it previously? Any chance the unit broke when you cracked the screen?
My Mini has screen options to link every 2 min, 10 min or 1 hour. Is your mini an older version? Or does this option not actually work on the mini?The SOS effectively is just a message and tracking points sent to Geos. Despite anything Garmin says, if messaging is not working, it is unlikely SOS will work.
Again, for SOS, PLB or EPIRB is the answer. For anything using a SATCOM connection, a handshake between device and satallite is needed (SPOT, inReach, Zoleo, Satphone). The PLB/EPIRB is like a flare, you burn it and NORAD sees it go off, no handshake needed.
I use an inReach, but do not expect more from them then they are capable of. The one time I asked Garmin a question, support was unable to answer it, so I do not put much stock in the depth of their knowledge.
On a boat, weight does not matter. At least take a PLB, better yet, install an EPIRB. My wife knows not to get worried until 24 hours after I miss a check in; unless I text and tell her I'm about to do some schetchy shit and put tracking points at every 2 minutes. This does not work with a mini though as it only links up once an hour, which is why I know carry an Explorer+.
On my mini, if I set it to send tracking points every 10 minutes, it logs the points, then sends the 6 points for the past hour all at once. If not watching mapshare at the time, and only looking back at it later, it looks like the points where snt every 10 minutes.My Mini has screen options to link every 2 min, 10 min or 1 hour. Is your mini an older version? Or does this option not actually work on the mini?
Sounds good. Got mine last year for a moose hunt that didnt happen. Just activated it this week. Got an elk hunt in september and offshore fishing trip next weekend. Gives me time to sort it out.On my mini, if I set it to send tracking points every 10 minutes, it logs the points, then sends the 6 points for the past hour all at once. If not watching mapshare at the time, and only looking back at it later, it looks like the points where snt every 5 minutes.
If you send a message, the mini will check for messages 10 minutes later, but after that will not check again for an hour (unless you manually force a check, though a manual message check does not result in tracking points being sent).
Yours could work differently, mine is the mini, not the mini 2. Best thing is to play with it in your yard.
I completely agree on a number of points, especially replacing after a couple of years.Glad for the thread, if for no other reason than letting people know that didn’t that they need to update.
I have an InReach Mini, it’s been perfect since initial setup. I also use it for offshore fishing. That said, I also check my fire extinguishers, replace flares regularly, and update firmware on my inreach as well as my garmin electronics on the boat regularly.
At the price of these communicators now, I think I’d replace at some interval that one is comfortable with, especially folks like me that use it not only backcountry, but offshore. That environment will eventually murder anything, much less electronics. I don’t see myself switching from an inreach mini though