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SPOT Gen3

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Release Date
8/3/2020
Firmware Version
1.11
Firmware Updater Version
2.5.6
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SPOT Gen3 Support

General

SPOT Gen3 is no longer in production, however, it is still supported on the Globalstar Satellite Network.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Battery performance

To obtain reliable performance use only AAA Energizer Ultimate Lithium 8x batteries (L92). For optimal performance, please try to utilize SPOT Gen3 in locations with a clear view of the sky with the logo side up. Extreme heat/cold and trying to send messages indoors or under extreme canopies can drain on battery life. If the On/Off indicator light blinks red this is a warning your battery is about to die. Always carry extra batteries with you. Test your SPOT device before each trip by sending a Check In message. Proper battery selection is critical for best performance.  State 100% Clear View of the Sky 50% Clear View of the Sky Powered Off 24 Months 24 Months SOS Approximately 13 Days Approximately 6 days   Tracking Based on 24 Hours a Day Intervals 100% Clear View of the Sky 50% Clear View of the Sky 60 Minutes ~ 52 days ~ 26 days 30 Minutes ~ 26 days ~ 13 days 10 Minutes ~ 17 days ~ 8.5 days 5 Minutes ~ 9 days ~ 4.5 days 2.5 Minutes ~ 7 days ~ 3.5 days   Tracking Based on 8 Hours a Day Intervals 100% Clear View of the Sky 50% Clear View of the Sky 60 Minutes ~ 156 days ~ 78 days 30 Minutes ~ 78 days ~ 36 days 10 Minutes ~ 45 days ~ 22.5 days 5 Minutes ~ 24 days ~ 12 days 2.5 Minutes ~ 20 days ~ 10 days...

Can I use other batteries in an emergency with my SPOT Gen3?

SPOT recommends that you use either Energizer™ Ultimate 8x AAA Lithium or Energizer™ NiMH Rechargeable Batteries to achieve reliable performance.   Other AAA batteries will work with SPOT but are not recommended for optimal performance.  Using non-recommended battery types may degrade the performance of your SPOT’s message transmission. Always carry extra batteries with you....

Can I use the SPOT Gen3 inside of my vehicle?

Yes. For normal usage place your unit horizontal on the dash, logo side up, slightly tilted towards the glass to ensure the signal is going through the glass, and not blocked by the roof. Experiment by sending Test Messages to ensure your placement is allowing the signal to transmit clearly through the glass. If in doubt, take the unit outside to a location with a clear view of the sky, where you can do so safely.   SPOT S.O.V. is currently available only in the United States and Canada. Please note:  Messaging reliability may be reduced while attempting to transmit messages from within a vehicle....

Can the unit be plugged in to an external power source?

Yes. SPOT Gen3 can be line powered through a 5v USB connection.   Using USB line power will NOT charge batteries inside the unit and SPOT Gen3 is not waterproof when connected to line power....

How accurate is the SPOT Gen3 when reporting a user's position?

The SPOT Gen3 has a location accuracy of approximately 20 ft. (5 m)....
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