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Thread: Battery replacement PLB...you cannot be serious man

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    Richard Proenneke
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    Thanks Redtail.
    I'm a bit confused about the "usage time" my GME says "in excess of 24 hours"
    Which is zpresumably less than the 2 days on that review.
    I will ask KTI

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    Also have a KTI and agree with the earlier statements, small and compact, uses the modern signal for accuracy and is Aussie made

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    Richard Proenneke
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    Got a very swift reply from KTI this morning (always a good sign)
    think I will be getting one of these in October

    "Thank you for your enquiry regarding our Safety Alert Personal Locator Beacon (PLB).

    As you suggest, actual transmit time will depend upon many factors including temperature during activation, temperature over the storage life of the product, self-test usage history and many other factors including the definition of "transmitting".
    The bottom line is, with every worst-case factor combined, the Safety Alert PLB will transmit fully compliant signals for a minimum period of 24 hours.

    More important factors you may wish to consider in selecting a PLB include battery life in storage, warranty, and if you may ever use the product near water - GPS update interval and ability to swivel the antenna without deactivating the beacon."

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    My GME plb went flat last year and they quoted replacement price for the 'Service' As far as i understand they replace the unit completely.

    I ended up buying a KTI and i am very happy with it. Hopefully the batteries will go flat on this one without being used too
    We didn't raise our voice, we didn't make a fuss. It's funny there was no one left to notice when they came for us

    I lied about being the outdoor type....

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    Richard Proenneke
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    I have a spot but thanks for all the info guys.. I think I'll upgrade to the KTI one day soon..

    I've learnt a lot from this thread..
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    Our beacon expired last year, I've been meaning to get a new one. The newer beacons are about half the size of the older mcmurdo.
    I did wonder, if they have a 7 year battery on some models, it'd be good to get one new in stock, that hadn't been sitting on the shelf for a year or two already.

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    The KTI has a 10 year battery life!

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    Thrud, I have always envisaged replacing my PLB when the battery reached it's expiration date. Just safer to have a new updated unit in an emergency. It is a small price to pay for piece of mind.

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