Garmin inReach Mini 2 as an incremental advancement of the inReach line. It’s the smoothest inReach experience. At the heart of the Mini 2 update is a new processor. This new processor is better at managing power and is quicker, making the user experience snappy.

 

The satellite connectivity requires a subscription with monthly and annual options available for three levels of usage.

Features:

  • Stay in touch globally with 2-way communication, tracking and interactive SOS capabilities (active satellite subscription required)
  •  In case of an emergency in the backcountry, trigger an interactive SOS to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center (active satellite subscription required)
  •  Pairs with Garmin devices, such as wearables and handhelds, so you can use them to send and receive messages or trigger an SOS
  •  TracBack® routing navigates you back to your starting point the same way you came—right on your device
  •  You can also share your location with loved ones back home by using your MapShare™ page or with your coordinates embedded in your messages
  •  Use the Garmin Explore™ app on a compatible smartphone to plan trips, access topographical maps, create waypoints and courses you can sync to your device and more
  •  Cell service is not required to navigate on your phone using the paired app; maps are downloaded to your device for access anywhere, anytime
  •  Digital compass delivers accurate heading information, even when you’re not moving
  •  Stay on adventures longer with up to 14 days battery life in full sky view, or up to 4 days in moderate tree cover for standard activity recording and 10-minute tracking mode
  •  Battery life for 10-minute tracking and high-detail activity recording is 5 days in full sky view, or up to 2 days in moderate tree cover
  •  30-minute tracking interval with standard activity recording extends battery life to 30 days in full sky view, or up to 10 days in moderate tree cover
  •  Rugged, impact resistant and water-rated to IPX7—easily withstands rain, snow, splashes and incidental exposure to water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 min.
  •  Includes USB-C charging cable, carabiner and owner’s manual
  •  Spine mount adaptor is not included

Two-way messaging is supported right from the inReach Mini 2, but there is no keyboard or voice-to-text option on the device itself. Thus, outgoing messages are limited to preset messages that you set up in advance of your adventure. Full text messaging is supported through a connected smartphone.

The Garmin inReach Mini 2 connects to your smartphone through the Garmin Explore app, so you can text using the smartphone keyboard with the inReach Mini 2 as your satellite connection. The Garmin Explore app is also used to download maps, plan your trips, and connect to compatible Garmin watches, in-vehicle navigators, aviation systems, and more. It acts in a similar fashion to the Garmin Connect app that is used to connect your watches and other Garmin gear. The inReach Mini 2 does not connect to the Garmin Connect app.

In order for family, friends, and even social media followers to track your progress on a trip, you can set up a MapShare website. Email, Facebook, and Twitter accounts can be connected to share your MapShare site with people. I have mine set up to share with all of my immediate family and then adjust it for friends that may be around when I am headed out for an off-the-grid adventure.

How to Send a Message to an inReach Device

There are four ways to send a message to an inReach device. Click the links below for instructions for each method.

  1. Replying to an inReach SMS Message
  2. Replying to an inReach E-mail Message
  3. Sending a Message through the inReach MapShare
  4. Using inReach to inReach Communication

Replying to an inReach SMS Message

  1. View the received SMS message.
     

    Note: If using a device connected to the internet visit the link included in the SMS message to view the inReach location on a map.

  2. Type in the text for your reply and send the message.
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  3. The next time the inReach device connects to the Iridium satellite network the device will receive the reply.

Replying to an inReach E-mail Message

  1. Visit the link in the e-mail message received from the inReach device to view the inReach location and full text of the e-mail message.
  2. Type a reply to the inReach message in the Your reply: box.
  3. Click Send message. The message will now be delivered to the inReach.
  4. The next time the inReach device connects to the Iridium satellite network the device will receive the reply.

Sending a Message through the inReach MapShare

IMPORTANT

In order to send a message to an inReach through a MapShare page, the owner of the inReach account must have enabled MapShare for the inReach device and set the options of the MapShare so visitors are able to message the device.

  1. Visit the MapShare page for the inReach device to be messaged.
  2. Select the inReach device to be messaged.
  3. Click Message.
  4. In the Send Message window enter your e-mail address or phone number and message.
  5. Click Send.
  6. The next time the inReach device connects to the Iridium satellite network the device will receive the reply

 

HOME IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK

This compact satellite communicator1 helps you keep home with you when you’re off the grid — adding peace of mind to every adventure, without adding weight to your pack.

Global satellite coverage keeps you connected when mobile phones can’t.

In an emergency, send an interactive SOS message to our coordination centre.

You can still connect to the ones who matter, even without mobile phone coverage.

With TracBack® routing, find your way back if you happen to get lost.

Expand the capabilities of your inReach device by using the Garmin Explore™ app.

Stay on adventures longer with up to 14 days of battery life in 10-minute tracking mode.

Stay in touch using inReach technology.

TWO-WAY MESSAGING

Exchange text messages with loved ones back home, post to social media, or communicate inReach to inReach in the field.

INTERACTIVE SOS ALERTS

In case of emergency, trigger an interactive SOS message to the Garmin IERCC, a 24/7 staffed emergency response coordination centre.

LOCATION SHARING

Share your location with loved ones back home at any time using your MapShare™ page or with your coordinates embedded in your messages.

GLOBAL SATELLITE NETWORK

Instead of relying on mobile phone coverage, your messages, SOS alerts and location tracking are transferred via the global Iridium® satellite network.

FLEXIBLE SATELLITE AIRTIME PLANS

To access the Iridium network and communicate with your inReach Mini 2, an active satellite subscription is required. You can opt for an annual package or a flexible month-to-month plan.

COMPACT, RUGGED DESIGN

Don’t let the 4? x 2? size and 100g weight fool you. inReach Mini 2 is tough, durable, impact resistant (MIL-STD-810) and water-rated to IPX7.

Your adventure-ready companion.

TRACBACK ROUTING

The TracBack routing feature navigates you back to your starting point the same way you came, should you get lost — right on your device.

DIGITAL COMPASS

Get accurate heading information — even when you’re not moving.

BATTERY LIFE

The internal, rechargeable lithium battery gives you up to 14 days use at the default 10-minute tracking mode and up to 30 days in power saving mode.

INREACH WEATHER FORECAST SERVICE

Get detailed weather updates on inReach Mini 2 or a paired compatible device. You can even request forecasts for your current location or other waypoints or destinations on your itinerary.

UNLIMITED CLOUD STORAGE AND TRIP PLANNING

Get free access to the cloud-powered Garmin Explore website on your computer to plan your trips, create preset messages and quick texts, sync and manage your device settings, and much more.

Connect to more capabilities.

GARMIN EXPLORE APP

Sync with the Garmin Explore website or the mobile app on your compatible smartphone for navigation, waypoints, courses, activities and collections. Also get access to trip planning and topographical mapping.

OTHER GARMIN DEVICES

Remotely control inReach Mini 2 to send and receive messages, start and stop tracking, and trigger an interactive SOS using compatible Garmin handhelds, wearables or other mobile devices.

GARMIN PILOT™ APP

Pair with the Garmin Pilot app to easily send and receive text messages from the cockpit — even without mobile reception. The app can use the inReach Mini 2 device’s GPS position and location sharing abilities for your flight.

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