Why We Chose The Garmin InReach Mini 2 Satellite Communicator: Tiny, dependable, long battery life
The original Garmin InReach Mini was a miniature satellite communicator that packed a mighty punch. And, just like the original pocket-sized InReach, the all-new InReach Mini 2 is packing an impressive feature set into a tiny form, giving you the ability to communicate with friends and family so you can let them know that you’re safe and well in the wilderness.
The InReach Mini 2 works as an all-in-one satellite communicator, personal locator beacon and satellite navigation tracker that Garmin has, somehow, housed into a miniature package that comes out smaller than a chocolate bar, while only weighing in at 100 grams as well.
First of all, and perhaps most important to a satellite communicator, is the ability for the InReach Mini 2 to talk to multiple satellites. Essential stuff when you’re miles out in a deep valley, and looking to seek out a signal to relay a message. This satellite fluency comes from the model’s ability to speak to three of the largest satellite networks – GALILEO, QZSS and BeiDou – giving you extensive coverage and a better chance of finding a GPS signal.
GPS strength is then boosted by making use of an electric compass to aid faster satellite acquisition and more coverage in challenging environments, compared to just relying on GPS alone.
This satellite network gives the device the ability to send two-way text messages, provide consistent GPS waypoint tracking and download weather updates. In life threatening situations, the InReach Mini 2 also has the ability to trigger an interactive SOS message.