Improved Power Options for Personal Satcomm Device
DeLorme recently announced the release of an upgrade for inReach two-way satellite communicators. Major improvements and enhancements in the new release include extended battery life and recharging options. inReach is a satellite communica-tor offering two-way personal text messag-ing with delivery confirmation, SOS alert-ing and follow-me/find-me tracking and location. According to DeLorme, inReach pairs with most popular smartphones and tablets for two-way global messaging in the 90% of the world’s surface not served by cellular phone networks. inReach users can choose AA-size lithium, alkaline or rechargeable nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries to power the device. With the new upgrade, battery life has been doubled from 60 to 125 hours for standard lithium AA batteries, with 10-minute reporting intervals. When running on alkaline batter-ies, battery life is now extended up to 72 hours. For maximum flexibility and mini-mal environmental impact, the recharge-able NiMH batteries can run up to 75 hours between charges and can be recharged up to 500 times. The firmware can be downloaded at no charge from https://explore.delorme.com.