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Thread: Garmin mini vs explorer

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    Garmin mini vs explorer

    I know there’s a thread like this every 3 months, but I have a quick story for those trying to decide.

    A friend of mine was heading out solo for 7 days last week. He got to his parking spot which had no cell service and his phone wouldn’t connect to the mini. He needed to update either the app or his phone, not sure. He headed out anyways and took a tumble roughly 15km in the backcountry and did something to his knee. He did limp out, but if something more serious happened he would’ve been screwed. Even the best case scenario he wasn’t checking in with his wife or whoever.

    I know a few people have had connection issues with the bigger units, but this is just one more thing to go wrong and he has to own his part for not checking his gear before heading out. This issue and the 50 hour battery life would keep me away from the mini.
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    Re: Garmin mini vs explorer

    Good thing I bought a Mini a few months back!

    But seriously, I will use this as an opportunity to make sure things are all updated before heading out! Correct me if I’m wrong, but are there not set messages on the Mini that you can send without your phone connected?
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    Re: Garmin mini vs explorer

    Yeah I always start playing around with my inReach a few days before I head out.
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    Re: Garmin mini vs explorer

    Quote Originally Posted by Redthies View Post
    Good thing I bought a Mini a few months back!

    But seriously, I will use this as an opportunity to make sure things are all updated before heading out! Correct me if I’m wrong, but are there not set messages on the Mini that you can send without your phone connected?
    I’m not sure about the preset messages as I don’t own one, but I thought it had the sos button on it. I spoke with him briefly on the side of the road when I was headed in and he was headed out. I invited him to stick around for dinner and a bs, but he had to find some service to let his loved ones know he was ok.
    She died for you Dennis!

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    Re: Garmin mini vs explorer

    You can type and send messages on it as well. Have to scroll through to select each character but, its doable. Plus preset messages, SOS feature as well, Yes. Mine has been outstanding.
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    Re: Garmin mini vs explorer

    I like the explorer. I'm not very good at figuring out electronics, but find it easy to use. Map feature isn't great in my opinion, but it's better than no map.
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    Re: Garmin mini vs explorer

    Its good practice to do an update and sync every 3 month. And do a quick check before you head out and have a computer and cell service.

    Sucks to find out there is an issue when you need it.

    I have the old InReach Explorer.

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    Re: Garmin mini vs explorer

    I have the garmin mini ,it sounds like your friend never did his homework !!
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    Re: Garmin mini vs explorer

    I think we need a sticky for all the GPS InReach related stuff . Well I do LOL !
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    Re: Garmin mini vs explorer

    Be careful not to overcharge your mini. Had the battery bricked on mine while on a solo trip by Dease lake

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