Garmin Explorer+ vs GPSMAP 66i

It’s time to compare the Garmin Explorer+ vs GPSMAP 66i. Is there a clear winner and is there more to the story you may need to know?

Garmin GPSMAP 67i

Garmin GPSMAP 66i

What they Have in Common

  • Garmin Explorer+ vs GPSMAP 66iMade by Garmin
  • Both are inReach Satellite Communicators
  • Similar Size and Weight
  • SOS Call Button
  • 2-Way Messaging
  • Topo Maps
  • TracBack
  • Built-in ABC Sensors
  • Weather Forecasts
  • Navigation

Garmin GPSMAP 67i

How are they Different?

  • Explorer+ Battery is Far Superior to the GPSMAP 66i
  • The GPSMAP 66i is a Newer Model
  • The 66i has more Functions and Expansive Menu

Garmin Explorer+ vs GPSMAP 66i

Is There More to Know About These?

The Garmin Explorer+ is being discontinued. It is still supported by Garmin but is not sold any longer on the Garmin site.

There is no clear information on how long Garmin will continue supporting the Explorer+ but it is absolutely being phased out.

A Garmin technical support representative told me that Garmin recommends the GPSMAP 66i for anyone who wants something similar to the Garmin Explorer+

Check out this YouTube video below for more information

Garmin GPSMAP 66i, GPS Handheld and Satellite Communicator, Featuring TopoActive mapping and inReach Technology, Multi
  • Large 3 inch Sunlight-readable color display for easy viewing
  • Trigger an interactive SOS to the geos 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center, two-way messaging via the 100% Global Iridium satellite network (satellite subscription required)
  • Preloaded Garmin TOPO mapping with direct-to-device Birdseye satellite imagery downloads (no annual subscription), includes multiple global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) support and navigation sensors
  • Cellular connectivity lets you access active weather forecasts and geocaching live
  • Compatible with the Garmin explore website and app to help you manage waypoints, routes, activities and collections, use tracks and review trip data from the field
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium battery provides up to 35 hours of battery life in 10-minute tracking mode and 1-minute tracking mode (display off), 200 hours in Expedition mode with 30-minute tracking

This product was presentation was made with AAWP plugin.

Garmin 010-01735-10 inReach Explorer+, Handheld Satellite Communicator with Topo Maps and GPS Navigation
  • 100 percent global Iridium satellite coverage enables two way text messaging from anywhere (satellite subscription required)
  • Trigger an interactive SOS to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center
  • Track and share your location with family and friends. Water rating : IPX7. Battery : Rechargeable internal lithium ion
  • Pair with mobile devices using the free earthmate app for access to downloadable maps, U.S. NOAA charts, color aerial imagery and more
  • In reach explorerplus device adds preloaded Delorme topo maps with onscreen GPS routing plus built in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer

This product was presentation was made with AAWP plugin.

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