inReach SE Powered Ram Mount

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by dstock, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. krussell

    krussell Long timer

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    The waterproof requirement is a deal breaker for me, I live in Oregon. Plus I'm sure I'd get the usb connection full of dirt etc. If you are a fair weather rider, what your suggesting might work.

    The battery life is great as you point out, so that's likely sufficient for most. I wanted something that 'just worked', regardless of weather, how long I was on the bike etc. On my day ride or less bikes I don't hardwire it, I rely on the battery. I should carry a USB charger too, in case I'm stuck somewhere for a LONG time or forget to charge etc.

    Not that I've found, but if someone does find one I'd love to hear about it.
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  2. crunchiespg

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    Aren't you concerned that you could defeat the entire point of having a sat locator? If you come off the bike the sat com could fly off into the ditch, or you could be hurt unable to reach the bike. Either way it makes the device useless.

    Wouldn't it be better to carry it on your person? At least then if you go down it's within reach.
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  3. krussell

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    I considered this for quite a while, and then resolved it by deciding to carry a PLB on my person, in addition to the InReach.

    This is in my jacket pocket: http://www.acrartex.com/products/catalog/personal-locator-beacons/resqlink-plb/

    However, I think the InReach on the bars is very likely to remain intact for most 'events.' The worst case scenario is I'm ejected, and can't get to the bike. When I don't show up, my family calls for help with my last known location intact. I bleed to death while waiting.

    I sit and wonder about all the scenarios where I can't get to the bike and the inreach. If I'm ejected with the inreach on my person is the inreach destroyed? Do I have enough function to get a message out? I'm not convinced it's that much better on my person than on the bike.

    If I have any function left, I've got two options, inreach on the bike, PLB on my person. If there's a chance to get out, I will. If I don't have enough function, the inreach track will lead them to me, hopefully fast enough.

    Bottom line, ride with a buddy, or assume the risk. I ride a lot alone, and I'm comfortable knowing that some day things might not go well and I'll meet my destiny while riding. I'm OK with that. I figure I'm much safer alone in the woods then buried in traffic.
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    Well my thinking is it's very easy and VERY likely that you will finish up out of arms reach of your bike. Having been to my fair share of crashes in my career almost all that were injured would struggle to get to their bike. Broken limbs being the most common injury. Do you want to drag yourself 10 meters with a broken ankle?
    But in contrast, if conscious I can't think of a single crash victim that couldn't reach to their pocket to get their beacon. The exception obviously being those with concussion who are away with the fairies.

    Plus in a pocket the beacon is protected, and such as on my klim jacket in the chest pocket, located in an area that doesn't typically hit the ground too hard. I've never seen a bike crash victim land directly on their chest.

    So on the balance it just seems you are adding an almost certain chance that the thing will be out of reach at the time you need it most because by virtue of the fact you have crashed almost certainly means you aren't on the bike any more.
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  5. krussell

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    I've got the PLB in my pocket for the cases where I can't get to the bike.

    If I only carried one device, it would be the PLB.

    If you said I could only have the inreach, I'd leave it on the bike as I'd rather it had a fantastic sky view and a solid track leading to the event, than hope that the event occurs with a clear view of the sky.

    Here's hoping that none of us need to use any device.
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    Yeh the two in combination definitely seems the best choice.
    Are you running the unlimited tracking plan on the inreach?

    I'm thinking of an acr resqlink+ to compliment our spot 2. But the delorme does appeal apart from the monthly cost for the tracking.
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    I have the unlimited tracking. I ran the SPOT III and the inReach on opposite ends of the bars for a few months, and kept the Delorme. Yes, it's more expensive. It's also considerably more functional, and get's the message through the first time about 30% more often here in my Oregon forest riding.

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  8. crunchiespg

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    I've had good results with my spot. 3 years of use and only a couple of failed messages. But I am aware of its potential limitations vs the delorme.

    Biggest issue with my use of the device is we will use it lots some weeks and then not at all for a few weeks. But will use it on and off all year round. So couldn't really do the park for months option either.
    Plus it does seem anything other than unlimited is foolish as the live tracking is valuable as you describe as it shows your last location.
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  9. jcoker

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    I did the same thing but get intermittent charging. The charging indicator cycles off and on. It is providing some charging as the % remaining charge doesn't go down as fast without the powered cradle connection. When I connect a usb cable direct to the InReach SE, the charge indicator stays on steady. Any thoughts on what may be causing the cyclical charging? I tried another 12 v - 5 v converter with the same results . Thanks
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    Are pin 2 & 3 connected?
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    I will have to check. I didn't modify the base mount. Just cut the 12v cig plug off and wired the 5v input side from 12-5 v converter. Thanks for the follow up. Delorme tech support told me they could not support modifying it.
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  12. krussell

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    Another option would be to reconnect the 12v plug and see if that works. If it does, then you know it's not your inreach, but the UBS converter.
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  13. ztrab

    ztrab Been here awhile

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    I think I posted my issue here? Short answer, the hot pin wasn't glued properly from the factory, I took the back plate off, pushed the contact further out to match the others and applied epoxy. It is starting to get intermittent sftet6 months, it pretty much a shitty design in my opinion
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  14. jcoker

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    2-3 are connected. I put a meter on 1-4 and am getting 5v steady. Upon further inspection it appears the device is somewhat loose when in the cradle. I also noticed pin 1 is barely protruding from the base unit when compared to the other 3 pins. I can move the InReach in the cradle and I see the charge indicator go off and on. Do you know if the base unit pins are serviceable or replaceable? I don't want to replace the whole unit if I can help it.
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  15. jcoker

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    Did you leave the belt clip on when mounted in the base unit? Looks like it was designed to be left on.
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  16. ztrab

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    Remove the pin assembly from the cradle, there is one screw on the back. The attached pictures shows how the pin pushed inward in the plastic carrier. I re-positioned it and put epoxy when it should have been from the factory. The contacts are still marginal in my opinion - poor design.
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  17. AlH

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    I have one of those pwered RAM mounts for my Inreach Explorer- I've noticed over time the pins seem to be chewing into the gold plated pads on the back of the InReach.
    At some point something will fail in that arrangement I fear.
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    To compound the issue, when it goes intermittent and you have it set up to stay on and illuminated, you can't see it draining the battery when the cradle power quits while you are riding. I now have it set up to power down quickly or just unplug the cradle - I put an SAE plug on the harness so I can take the cradle on and off easily. I like sending presets while I am traveling. I documented the issue with Delorme Technical Service, but they didn't really care, kind of ironic since they gave me the unit to do an evaluation. Great unit, not so great power cradle.
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  19. shearboy2004

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    Been through two cradles and Inreaches ! The pins do indeed bore holes into the Inreach contact plates rendering them unable to connect ! I want to update to the Explorer but am hesitant to do so unless this issue is fixed .

    They should have stayed with the method they had on the PN60 , have never had a charging problem with them .With the PN the pins are the same but the power cord attaches separately to the cradle so doesn't get all the friction and vibration that the cradle causes .
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  20. LostAussie

    LostAussie Growing Old, Not Up!

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    Love the InReach, hate the mount. First one lasted less than a week on my DR350 riding the Colorado BDR. Second one I coated the pins with dielectric grease and it lasted about three weeks on my DR650 riding the TCAT.

    Opposite is true of the Garmin Montana, love the mount, would probably get banned if I expressed how truly I hate the Montana!
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