ACR Aqualink View Review

In this ACR Aqualink View review, I will walk you through this personal locator beacon and why it may be the right emergency beacon for you.

What the ACR Aqualink View Offers

  • SOS Distress CallACR Aqualink View Review
  • Global Satellite Coverage
  • Fast & Accurate Positioning
  • Buoyant
  • Digital Display
  • Strobe Light & Homing Cability
  • Self Test & GPS Acquisition Test
  • Long Battery Life
  • No Subscription Fee

Let’s drill down into each of these services and see why this is such an incredible emergency locator beacon.

SOS Distress Call

Things don’t always go right on your adventure and if you have an emergency, you’ll be glad you have the ACR Aqualink View with you. The Aqualink was designed and built to withstand the toughest conditions and to make sure that Search and Rescue teams can pinpoint your location and get you back to safety.

ACR Aqualink View in Lightning Storm

Global Satellite Coverage

The Aqualink View has access to three levels of integrated signal technology from GPS positioning, 406 MHz signal and 121.5 MHz homing capability. This technology relays your position to a global network of satellites and when help does arrive in your area, your homing capability and strobe light will help the SAR teams find you more quickly.

Global Satellite Network

Fast & Accurate Positioning

The ACR Aqualink View accurately relays your position to the satellite network. It’s accuracy is to within 100 meters or 330 feet. This accuracy helps pinpoint your position and reduce the amount of time it takes the search and rescue teams to reach you.

Buoyant

The Aqualink View is buoyant and waterproof, making your life easier if you drop it in water. It is waterproof to 16.4 feet for 1 hour and to 33 feet for 10 minutes.

ACR AquaLink 350B PLB
  • This PLB should only be used in situations of grave and imminent danger to life. False alerts endanger lives and cause expensive disruption to Search & Rescue services. Deliberate misuse of the device could result in a penalty.
  • Registering your Personal Locator Beacon is required by law in most countries All Personal Locator Beacons sold are pre-programmed with the US country code.
  • Whilst they will function anywhere around the world, the initial point of contact during an emergency would be US Search & Rescue authorities with whom the PLB would be registered.
  • Unlike most satellite enabled notification devices, the ACR AquaLink PLB requires no monthly subscription, making it one of the most cost effective GPS enabled emergency beacons available for long term use.
  • 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.

Digital DisplayAqualink View Information

The Digital display provides you with live status and GPS coordinates which makes this new Aqualink View much more convenient. Take a look at this image to the right and see more detail in all that the Aqualink View offers.

Strobe Light & Homing Capability

When you’re injured and waiting for help you will be comforted knowing you have a strobe light you can activate and have the homing technology working for you to guide the search and rescue teams right to your location.

Self Test & GPS Acquisition Test

The digital display makes testing your Aqualink View simple and easy to understand. It walks you through the step by step process to self-test your beacon. Gone are the days when you had to listen for beeps and look for blinking LED lights. The ACR Aqualink View also has a GPS acquisition test mode that allows you to test the GPS function up to 60 times over the life of the battery.

Long Battery Life

BatteriesThe Aqualink View battery must be replaced every 6 years or after the emergency beacon is used. After the battery is activated, it will last for 24 hours at -4 degrees Fahrenheit. The battery life is extended due to the battery not being used until the unit is activated in an emergency.

No Subscription Fee

The initial purchase price is a little high but when you consider that it does not have a subscription fee, then it actually becomes cheaper than probably every emergency satellite messenger. Take this into account and look at how much money you will spend over the next 5 or 10 years when you have to pay subscription fees every month or year.

My Final Thoughts

Some people want or need the additional features that an emergency satellite messenger gives you but if you only want the SOS distress call function then this is the perfect emergency locator beacon.

Please Email Me with your questions or thoughts on the ACR Aqualink View Review or Leave a Comment Below.

You can also explore more Satellite Messengers models HERE or Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) HERE.

ACR AquaLink 350B PLB
  • This PLB should only be used in situations of grave and imminent danger to life. False alerts endanger lives and cause expensive disruption to Search & Rescue services. Deliberate misuse of the device could result in a penalty.
  • Registering your Personal Locator Beacon is required by law in most countries All Personal Locator Beacons sold are pre-programmed with the US country code.
  • Whilst they will function anywhere around the world, the initial point of contact during an emergency would be US Search & Rescue authorities with whom the PLB would be registered.
  • Unlike most satellite enabled notification devices, the ACR AquaLink PLB requires no monthly subscription, making it one of the most cost effective GPS enabled emergency beacons available for long term use.
  • 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.

If you would like to see ALL the Satellite Messengers in another review, see my Emergency Radio Reviews.

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ACR Aqualink View

1.7

World Wide Coverage

5.0/5

2-Way Messaging

0.0/5

Navigation

0.0/5

Tracking & Sharing

0.0/5

Initial Cost & Subscription Plan

3.6/5

Pros

  • SOS Distress Call
  • Long Battery Life
  • Global Satellite Network
  • No Subscription Fee
  • Reliable Network

Cons

  • No Messaging
  • No Navigation

4 thoughts on “ACR Aqualink View Review”

  1. Wow excellent review on ACR Aqualink. A device like this could be invaluable if disaster or an emergency strikes. I think people who are hiking long distances or in extreme conditions could really benefit the most from this product,. though it wouldn’t hurt to take it on a shorter hike either. I really like that this product has global range, that it’s waterproof and that it has a strobe light. This is a sound investment for anyone who likes the great outdoors, and I will definitely be sharing your post with some outdoors-men and women that I know, well done!

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    • Thank you for the great comments. I bought an emergency satellite messenger this summer and I don’t go hiking without it now, unless I’m on a trail/path here in Denver where I know I can get help easily.

      I use to go hiking all the time without an emergency beacon and there were a few scary times on the side of a mountain and also with two rattlesnakes and one water moccasin. Any one of those could have put someone in our group in a life-threatening emergency.

      These devices are cheap when you look at the benefit they provide.

      Rick

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  2. Wow, another great product review from you here. I am honestly very impressed with this product that you have put up here. Unlike many other satellite products, it has a very good battery but unfortunately, it doesn’t have a messaging feature even when it has digital view. I’d have preferred that one feature and it would have been a complete go to for me. Keep up the good work here.

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    • That’s one thing we all need to do is to look at what each of these offer and then decide what we need or want based on the things that are important to us.

      I really like the ACR ResQlink View and the ACR Aqualink View but, like you, I prefer one of the emergency satellite messengers that will allow me to send and receive messages when I’m on the trail.

      I might change my mind though if my wife starts texting me to often when I’m trying to relax in the mountains.

      Rick

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