Inreach Mini failed.

Alaskanopolis

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While out on my moose hunt last week I grabbed my Inreach mini and noticed it had a black screen, after just using it a minute or so before. I could never get it to turn back on and I tried all the button resets, along with plugging it in etc. I also noticed that when I plugged it into a charger with multiple plugs, the other pieces of hardware would stop charging, almost like the inreach had a fault and was overloading the supply. Kind of odd and BS. I'm glad I had my sat phone as bakcup. Not that I needed the inreach for anything, but everyone at home is so used to being able to talk to me while I'm in the backcountry that if I all of a sudden stopped communicating because my inreach was my only tool for comms, then they'd probably have started to worry.

I guess now I need to get ahold of Garmin and figure out what to do.
 

westernarcher

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I had my inreach freeze up last year. wouldn't do anything. showed the same screen for 2 days. Finally I took it apart and unplugged the battery and plugged it back in. it turned back on, charged it and its worked fine since.
 

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I have 2 older ones, probably 7 to 10 years old now? Once while in Montana, we’ll away from cell signal or any other means of communicating, my Inreach would not power on, even though I had used it the day before. Nothing seemed to get it to come back on and it was fully charged. It eventually powered on, ironically when I got home from my trip. Never had another issue with it, but I always have a slight hesitation about their reliability. My other inreach , just crapped out last week. It will power on but won’t send a message. Tried to sync it, and even powered on, the computer never recognizes it. Oh well, time to buy another, but my 2 were pre Garmin units, so not sure how much better they are now that they are Garmin.


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While out on my moose hunt last week I grabbed my Inreach mini and noticed it had a black screen, after just using it a minute or so before. I could never get it to turn back on and I tried all the button resets, along with plugging it in etc. I also noticed that when I plugged it into a charger with multiple plugs, the other pieces of hardware would stop charging, almost like the inreach had a fault and was overloading the supply. Kind of odd and BS. I'm glad I had my sat phone as bakcup. Not that I needed the inreach for anything, but everyone at home is so used to being able to talk to me while I'm in the backcountry that if I all of a sudden stopped communicating because my inreach was my only tool for comms, then they'd probably have started to worry.

I guess now I need to get ahold of Garmin and figure out what to do.
I had a brand new one fail--wouldn't connect to the sat network. Bought from S&S archery. They sent another one and now on it's third season working great (as long as I do the syncs to update it).

good luck
 

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I had a brand new one fail--wouldn't connect to the sat network. Bought from S&S archery. They sent another one and now on it's third season working great (as long as I do the syncs to update it).

good luck
Interesting thread. Two is one, one is none.
 
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I went on Garmin’s website and tried their troubleshooting procedures to no avail. I sent their support an email and haven’t heard back yet. We’ll see. I think I’ll just go back to my Explorer+, anyways, since I like having the maps for a backup akd the better battery life.
 

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Had mine fail on a goat hunt last year. Froze on a black screen. On the back there was reset instructions on a sticker. Forgot the sequence of buttons but it did the trick.


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I have gotten in the habit of always sending a test and a preset message before I leave the house, and another test before I leave the truck.

Also, have a comm plan before you leave. If your inreach fails, don't let it ruin your hunt, and don't have your significant other panic and call a search party when you dont check in for the day.

I'm also paranoid with protecting it, and have a tempered glass screen projector on it, a silicone cover plus I keep it in a small padded radio pouch inside a pouch on my pack belt.
 
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Had mine fail on a goat hunt last year. Froze on a black screen. On the back there was reset instructions on a sticker. Forgot the sequence of buttons but it did the trick.


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I’ve tried everything.
 
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I have gotten in the habit of always sending a test and a preset message before I leave the house, and another test before I leave the truck.

Also, have a comm plan before you leave. If your inreach fails, don't let it ruin your hunt, and don't have your significant other panic and call a search party when you dont check in for the day.

I'm also paranoid with protecting it, and have a tempered glass screen projector on it, a silicone cover plus I keep it in a small padded radio pouch inside a pouch on my pack belt.
It died while I was in the middle of my hunt.
 
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