How well does the Garmin inReach Mini 2 battery life with MapShare work? Well, that’s what I set out to test on my last fishing trip. I wanted to make sure my family knew where I was on the trip through southwest Colorado, but I wasn’t sure how long the battery would last when my Mini 2 was set on Active Track and sending my location every hour.
Spoiler alert: The inReach Mini 2 battery life was far battery then I expected.
Garmin inReach Mini 2 Setup
The first thing I did was set my tracking send interval to 2 hours so I would give a good amount of tracks but not drag down the battery more then necessary.
Next, I turned on Auto Track when I woke up and set off on my fishing trip to southwest Colorado. You always want Auto Track on when using MapShare as no one will get any tracking information if you forget to turn on tracking. Turning on Auto Track will help if you forget to start tracking.
I also made sure everyone in my family had access to the Garmin MapShare page. You can send individuals and email or you can share to FaceBook or Twitter.
I kept monitoring the battery level during my fishing trip, expecting the battery level to drop quickly as I was constantly sending tracking information to the MapShare page. I finally stopped the test after six days as the results were obvious.
Results of the Battery Life Test
I was impressed to find out that after using the Garmin inReach Mini 2 for six day, except for sleeping at night, that I still had about 60% of my battery life remaining. At that rate, I could get at least 1.5 weeks of use with my inReach Mini 2 when using MapShare. See the specifications below for how long the battery will last in different configurations.
I was extremely impressed with how much battery life I had remaining after testing the Mini 2 for six days. Check out the short YouTube video of the field test below.
- Compact, lightweight satellite communicator enables two-way messaging and interactive SOS globally (Active satellite subscription required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices.)
- Navigate back to where you started by using TracBack routing
- Share your location with loved ones back home at any time (active satellite subscription required) by using your MapShare page or with your coordinates embedded in your messages
- Get accurate heading information using the digital compass — even when you’re not moving
- Sync with the Garmin Explore app and website on your compatible smartphone for trip planning and topographical mapping, and create waypoints, courses, activities and collections you can sync to your device
- Pair with Garmin devices, such as wearables and handhelds, and use them to send and receive messages and trigger an SOS (active satellite subscription required)
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