ACR GlobalFix V4 Cat 2 EPIRB Review
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The Nitty Gritty
- Priced in the $500-$700 range.
- 10 year battery life.
- The powerful 406 mhz distress signal.
- Manual activation or activated if removed from bracket and underwater.
- Built in LED strobe.
ACR GlobalFix V4 Cat 2 EPIRB
ACR GlobalFix V4 marine distress EPIRB is equipped with multiple built-in redundancies to maximize your boat’s safety. When activated, the internal GPS will fix your location and broadcast your location via 406 MHz distress signal to worldwide search and rescue forces.
This full-featured Cat 2 EPIRB includes a lithium power cell that has a 10 year battery storage life. Unlike traditional EPIRBs, the battery must be replaced every ten years, even after activation. The user-replaceable battery pack reduces battery replacement time and overall cost of ownership. Lastly, the ACR GlobalFix V4 is designed for manual deployment by removing a guard and pushing the red distress signal button.
The ACR GlobalFix(tm) V4 EPIRB is equipped with a lithium power cell. The highly visible LED strobe helps search and rescue teams pinpoint the exact location of your vehicle. The ACR GlobalFix V4 has also been tested in treacherous and remote locations to ensure that it is reliable and works properly in any situation.
The ACR GlobalFix V4 is a powerful and reliable marine distress beacon with multiple built-in redundancies. Its internal GPS pins down your position without a GPS and sends a 406 MHz homing beacon signal. In addition, its LED strobe light will provide the location of your position when the mariners arrive to your vessel.
- Drastically increase your probability of survival at sea with the multiple built-in redundancies of the GlobalFIX marine distress EPIRB. Upon activation, the GlobalFIX V4’s robust internal GPS accurately fixes your exact location and broadcasts them via a powerful 406 MHz distress signal to Search and Rescue forces worldwide.
- This EPIRB is pre-programmed for registration with the US country code and must be registered to a vessel with a US MMSI number. Whilst it will function anywhere around the world, the initial point of contact during an emergency situation would be the US Search and Rescue authorities with whom the PLB would be registered. Please note this EPIRB is not suitable for registration or use in Australia and New Zealand
- If you require registration outside of the US, please purchase our alternative listing for ‘Programmed for Rest of World’. We include at no charge a reprogramming service on this alternative listing to ensure the device can be registered in the country of your choice. Please be aware that the EPIRB must be registered in the same country as the MMSI registered to the vessel.
- Registering your EPIRB is mandatory in most countries. Registering is very important because should your beacon ever be activated, it is how Search and Rescue Teams will know who you are, and contacts provided may be able to supply information about your specific travel plans. In the absence of this information, it may take longer for a search-and-rescue operation to begin.
- This EPIRB should only be used in situations of grave and imminent danger to life. False alerts endanger lives and cause expensive disruption to Search and Rescue services. Deliberate misuse of the device could result in a penalty.
Rick is the head writer at MaydayMarine.com Rick creates product review and ranking content in the maritime industry. His focus is mainly on safety offshore at MayDayMarine.com