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SPOT Functional Specifications

SPOT features four key functions that enable users to send messages to friends, family or emergency responders, based upon varying levels of need:

Alert 9-1-1 Dispatch emergency responders to your exact location

SPOT sends one message every 5 minutes until power is depleted or 911 is cancelled.

Ask for Help Request help from friends and family in your exact location

SPOT sends one message every 5 minutes for one hour or until Help is cancelled

Check In Let contacts know where you are and that youre okay

SPOT sends three identical messages to the SPOT service for redundancy. The first of those three messages is delivered.

Track Progress Send and save your location and allow contacts to track your progress using Google Maps

SPOT sends one message every 10 minutes for 24 hours or until SPOT is powered off.

Small and Light

Size: 4.38 X 2.75 X 1.5 (111 mm x 69 mm x 44 mm)
Approximate Weight: 7.37 ounces (209 grams)


SPOT works around the world, including virtually all of North America, Europe and Australia, portions of South America, Northern Africa and Northeastern Asia, and hundreds or thousands of miles offshore of these areas. See coverage on for maps and current coverage.

Battery Life

Includes 2 AA 1.5V lithium batteries; under normal usage a full battery charge should meet or exceed the following

Power on, unused: Approx. 1 year

SPOTcasting tracking mode: Approx. 14 days

9-1-1 mode: Up to 7 consecutive days

SPOTcheck OK/√: 1900 messages

Operating Conditions

SPOT works around the world virtually anywhere

Operating Temperatures: -40F to +185F (-40C to +85C)

Operating Altitude: -300 ft to +21,000 ft (-91 m to +6,492 m)

Weight: 7.37 ounces (209 grams)

Dimensions: 4.38 x 2.75 x 1.75 inches (approx. 111 mm x 69 mm x 44 mm)

Floats in water

Waterproof to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes

Humidity Rated:

MIL-STD-810E Method 507.3, 95% to 100% condensing

Salt Fog Rated

Per MIL_STD 810E Method 509.3, 5% NaCl, 95% distilled water


Per SAE J1455

Random, 20 Hz to 2000 Hz, 0.04g2/Hz, one hour per axis


Dropped twice on all six sides from one meter onto hard surface.


ROHS and WEEE compliant.

Certified to FCC and CE emissions, immunity and safety regulations.

Meets FCC part 25 regulations, Canada type approval, CISPR Publication 22 (1985 1st Edition), RTTE Directive (1999/EC), IEC 60950 safety standard, and European EMC Directive 89/336/EEC.

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