Compared to previous SPOT devices, this one comes with longer battery life - “approximately twice as long as previous SPOT devices,“ said the company, with new power options including 4 AAA Energizer Ultimate Lithium 8x batteries (L92), 4 AAA Energizer NiMH rechargeable batteries (NH12), or Line Power with a 5v USB connection. the battery duration typically depends on the obstruction to GPS signal (dense foliage, for example) and the frequency of tracking. This device typically can operate on a single charge from a few days to more than a week.
The basic $149 annual plan automatically transmits your GPS location every 10 minutes for up to 24 hours. You can track as long as you like, but after 24 hours, you will need to re-set your tracking.
With Extreme Tracking, on top of the features of Unlimited Tracking, the user can send its tracks at a rate down to every 2 1/2 minutes, it costs an additional $149.98 per year.
SPOT Gen3 will be available in August at retailers U.S.wide such as MEC, Cabela's, London Drugs, West Marine and Bass Pro Shops as well as independent dealers across Canada.