InReach Explorer


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The inReach now comes with built-in navigation with waypoints and routing. You can navigate, create waypoints, log your trip and find your way back. In addition to sending and receiving text messages, and triggering an interactive SOS, you can now plan, track and share your journey! You can do all of this from one rugged handheld device with satellite coverage from Iridium.

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How it works

inReach Explorer is the satellite communicator from DeLorme that puts amazing functionality in the palm of your hand without having to pair the device:

  • Create or view a route, drop waypoints, see your detailed GPS tracks, and navigate with the on-screen map view.
  • View route details such as distance and bearing to destination. Equipped with a digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer.
  • Plan your route online ahead of time, including waypoints, and share it with family and friends to follow along and watch your progress.
  • Send and receive 160-character text messages with GPS coordinates to cell numbers or email addresses worldwide and post updates to social media.
  • Adjustable tracking intervals from 10 minutes to 4 hours allow you to track your trip and share you location, including GPS coordinates, course elevation and speed.
  • Trigger an SOS, receive a delivery confirmation, and communicate back and forth with GEOS, 24/7 search and rescue monitoring centre.
  • Audible message notifications.
  • Designed for maximum durability in harsh environments (waterproof, dustproof, & impact-resistant).
  • Long-lasting internal rechargeable lithium battery for ultimate convenience and portability. Up to 100 hours of battery life in 10 minute tracking mode with a clear view to the sky.
  • Built on award- winning inReach technology.


Pairing capabilities

Like our inReach SE, inReach Explorer can be used with DeLorme's Earthmate app on a mobile device and connected through our Explore web portal. When paired with your mobile device, the capabilities of the inReach product range is enhanced. Previously downloaded map data is only accessible during paired mode. Pairing inReach allows you to use your mobile device to send messages from the Earthmate app.

inreach explorer pairs with iphone and ipad


Earthmate App

Transform your smartphone or tablet into a global satellite communication and navigation tool with our free Earthmate app. Experience worry-free navigation and journey tracking with unlimited access to downloadable topographic maps on your bluetooth paired mobile device. Automatically sync your mobile device's address book for easy texting. WayPoints and Routes functionality will be added in 2015.


inreach explorer web portalExplore Web Portal

Prepare and share your journey with family and friends with our Explore web portal:

• Create multiple routes and waypoints before your journey for key locations and milestones.

• Share your planned route, actual tracks, waypoints, location and trip details with MapShare, including tracking and GPS information.

• Invite others to "ping" your inReach to see your location, activate tracking & exchange messages.

• Load pre-set messages to your inReach.

• Link to your social media accounts.

• View all your previous trips and messages.


Technical Specifications


- Messages and track points sent via the world's furthest-reaching satellite network

- Uses Iridium 9603 short-burst technology



- Made for iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS, iPad (3rd and 4th generation),

iPad 2, iPad, iPad mini and iPod touch (3rd, 4th and 5th generation).

- Compatible with Android 2.2 and later



- Dimensions, 149mm high including antenna, 62mm wide, 26mm depth

- Weight with internal lithium polymer batter, 189 grams

- Waterproof and dustproof (IP67 1 metre for 30 minutes)

- Impact resistant (meets Mil STD 810F)



- Operating temperature: -20c to 60c

- Storage temperature: -40c to 85c


No Minimum Terms Suspend Service When It's Not Needed
Switch Plans Anytime Connect Multiple Devices

Whatever your needs we have a plan to suit you. From our inReach™ Safety Plan for those who just want to know they can get in touch in an Emergency, to our inReach™ Adventurer Plan for those who want to track, text, email and share their adventures.

Our inReach plans have no minimum term, you can suspend your service whenever it's not needed and you can switch plans at anytime. Need more than 1 inReach device? You can connect up to 5 inReach devices to your inReach account.

For the latest plans please refer to the inReach subscription website

Product FAQs ///

Does inReach™ use the same satellites for its GPS and communication capabilities?

No, the inReach™ GPS and Communications systems use different sets of satellites. The GPS component, which attaches your position coordinates to any messages you send and also enables remote tracking, relies on the Global Positioning System, inReach™ uses the Iridium satellite system to send messages.

How does inReach™ differ from other satellite communicators?

inReach™ is the first two-way satellite messaging device with delivery confirmation, interactive SOS, and complete pole-to-pole coverage available at a consumer-affordable price. There are consumer devices that offer only one-way communication and very expensive satellite systems that are capable of two-way communication.

Is inReach™ waterproof and dustproof?

The inReach™ meets the International Protection Rating of IP67, also referred to as Ingress Protection. The first number represents the level of solid particle protection; inReach’s value of 6 means that it is dust tight (“No ingress of dust; complete protection against contact”). The second number represents the level of liquid ingress protection; inReach’s value of 7 means that it will withstand immersion up to 1 meter for 30 minutes (“Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time”).

How long will the batteries last?

The inReach™ has been tested to last up to 125 hours on two lithium AA batteries, based on transmitting one tracking point every 10 minutes. Actual results will vary based on individual usage. The inReach™ also supports the use of alkaline and nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries. Using these batteries with the same 10-minute tracking interval delivers up to 72 hours with NiMH and up to 32 hours with alkaline.

How does inReach™ work with social media?

You can post messages to Twitter and update your status on Facebook using your inReach™ device paired with your smartphone from anywhere.

How do I get help?

In case of emergency, GEOS IERCC will liaise with the appropriate New Zealand search and rescue authorities or the appropriate local authorities if you are somewhere else in the world, as well as coordinate with any additional resources that may be required for your rescue. In a nonemergency situation, you can text your inReach™ help contacts and they can arrange appropriate assistance. Your GPS coordinates will be embedded in the message you send, so help will be able to find you.

Is there any place where inReach™ won’t work?

Because of Iridium’s whole earth coverage, any limiting factors would be solely due to terrain or other conditions that prevent line of sight to the Iridium satellites. For example, if you’re in a deep slot canyon or an unusually narrow mountain pass, you may not have the direct line of sight to a satellite that’s needed. The inReach™ has been tested successfully under heavy forest cover, even triple canopy, but it is possible that in some locations the canopy may be dense enough to block line of sight. In these or other instances where line of sight is unavailable, you will know your message has not reached the satellite because you will not receive a message confirmation and the signal LED will flash red. In these situations, you should move to a more favourable location and try again.

What is Iridium?

Iridium is the world’s only satellite network with pole-to-pole global coverage and two-way communication capabilities that other satellite systems can’t match.


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InReach Explorer

InReach Explorer

The inReach now comes with built-in navigation with waypoints and routing. You can navigate, create waypoints, log your trip and find your way back. In addition to sending and receiving text messages, and triggering an interactive SOS, you can now plan, track and share your journey! You can do all of this from one rugged handheld device with satellite coverage from Iridium.

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