How Will You Communicate When the Power Goes Out?

Have you ever wondered how will you communicate when the power goes out? Well, let me give you a few ideas.

ACR Bivy Stick

Garmin GPSMAP 66i

Garmin GPSMAP 67i

Garmin inReach Mini 2Garmin inReach Messenger

Garmin Montana 700i

SPOT X Bluetooth

ZOLEO

 

When the Lights Go Out

No matter what the reason, maybe it’s a local power outage or a massive regional or national power outage, do you have an alternative source of communication when your cell phone dies?

One idea is to have Satellite Communicators or Satellite Messengers on hand that will work as long as you have a clear view of the sky. Here are a list of devices you should consider.

Note: You can click on each one for more information.

Try to Stay with One Brand

The reason I bring this up right away is that the ACR Bivy Stick, Somewear Global Hotspot, SPOT X, and ZOLEO, all have dedicated phone numbers assigned to them which makes it easy for each of these brands to initiate messages.

The issue is when one of these devices tries to initiate a message to a Garmin inReach satellite messenger. These non-Garmin devices will not be able to initiate a message to a Garmin device. I have talked to Garmin about changing this but we’ll have to wait and see on this one.

At this time, if you have other brands besides Garmin, you would have to wait for the Garmin user to initiate the message and then after that, you can communicate for the remainder of the day, but starting on the next day, the Garmin user would have to re-initiate a message again so you could continue communicating that day, and this would continue on until Garmin makes changes to their satellite communicators.

If you all of your family and friends have Garmin inReach satellite messengers, then anyone can initiate messages, but again, only if you all have a Garmin.

My Personal Recommendations

First, I would say, if you already have a particular satellite messenger, such as an ACR Bivy Stick, then I would recommend that your family and friends also stick with that brand, or at least stick with the brands that have dedicated phone numbers. Here is a list below of those devices:

Now, for the satellite communicator(s) I recommend having if the power goes out or if you don’t have cell service. Personally, I like the Garmin devices the best but I would recommend you go with an all-in-one device, and not have to rely on have to sync with Bluetooth and your Smartphone.

Garmin GPSMAP 67i

First, What I Don’t Recommend

Note: I don’t recommend these as you must be synced with your smartphone in order to send messages.

What I Do Recommend

Note: I recommend these as you don’t have to be synced with your smartphone to send messages.

My Top Recommendations

These have reached the top of my list as they are all-in-one satellite messengers that can message easily on the device, plus they have on-screen topo maps and in some cases, satellite images.

How to Keep Your Device Charged

In a long term power or cellular outage, you will need to keep your satellite communicators charged. I would recommend at the least, a small portable charger, but preferably, you have that plus a large battery or marine battery that you can recharge. You can click on the items below to learn more about each one.

Final Thoughts

Find something that works best for you and your family and friends and make sure you know how to use them well. If you don’t have something already, then I recommend you find an all-in-one satellite communicator that you can message and navigate with and not have to be synced to your smartphone.

If you have any questions or need additional advice, please leave a message in the comments below.

Check out this YouTube video for more information.

ACR Bivy Stick Satellite Communicator - Global Two-Way SMS Text Messaging, GPS Tracking, Maps & Navigation, Emergency SOS, Weather Reports, & Location Sharing - Android & iOS Compatible App
  • 🌐 GLOBAL SATELLITE COMMUNICATOR & SATELLITE PHONE ALTERNATIVE: 100% global Iridium satellite coverage for two-way SMS text messaging, GPS tracking, maps & navigation, emergency SOS, weather reports, and location sharing. Compatible with iOS & Android apps. Subscription required. Monthly: (Basic $19.99 | Plus $34.99 | Unlimited $59.99). Annual: (Basic $14.99 | Plus $29.99 | Unlimited $54.99). One time 3-month commitment per device, then month-to-month. Plans available globally.
  • 📡 TRI-NETWORK COVERAGE & APP-TO-APP MESSAGING: Benefit from least-cost routing with priority given to Wi-Fi, followed by cellular, and then satellite. Effortlessly connect with others using app-to-app messaging, your dedicated phone number, or email. Choose ACR Bivy Stick, the leading alternative to satellite phones for unrestricted two-way communication, and the freedom to initiate and receive messages confidently.
  • 👥 GROUP Messaging & Tracking: Keep your crew connected with GroupTrack, featuring group messaging and location sharing for up to 12 people. Monitor your team off-grid using the Bivy Stick and app or in-network via a web browser. Ideal for search & rescue, guiding services, remote workers, outfitters, adventure racing, overlanding groups, and more.
  • 💬 CHECK-IN WITH EASE & GPS LOCATION SHARING: Effortlessly send unlimited & customizable check-in messages that include your GPS location with this advanced outdoor communication device. Use the dedicated check-in button on the device or through the app to keep your loved ones updated on your whereabouts. A shareable webpage displays a map with your GPS coordinates and a check-in breadcrumb trail, allowing others to follow your journey.
  • 🗺️ OFFLINE MAPS & NAVIGATION: Download detailed maps from around the world to ensure you're never lost, even without cellular service. Easily navigate and track your location off the grid using device-based GPS with this satellite messenger. The Bivy app offers over 50,000 adventures to explore, with 20 different adventure types available. Monitor your pace, mileage, altitude, and more on your journey.

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Garmin inReach® Messenger Handheld Satellite Communicator, Global Two-Way Messaging
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  • Send two-way messages globally; easily text back and forth directly with friends via the Garmin Messenger app, even when you’re out of cellular coverage. (Active satellite subscription required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices.)
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  • Check in with contacts directly by using preset messages that do not count toward your allotted text messages (Active satellite subscription required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices)
  • Share your GPS location (Active satellite subscription required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices)
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ZOLEO Satellite Communicator – Two-Way Global SMS Text Messenger & Email, Emergency SOS Alerting, Check-in & GPS Location – Android iOS Smartphone Accessory
  • 🌎ZOLEO GLOBAL TWO-WAY SATELLITE COMMUNICATOR: Rugged, GPS location-aware and Iridium satellite based, the ZOLEO device links with the free ZOLEO app on your smartphone to keep you connected when outside cell coverage. Monthly subscription required: $20, $35 or $50 (25, 250 or unlimited satellite messages) with unlimited check-in, SOS, cell and Wi-Fi messages included. After the initial 3-month commitment, suspend for just $4/mo. Plans available in USA, Canada, Australia, EU but work globally.
  • ✉️GLOBAL MESSAGING AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE: ZOLEO extends your messaging coverage to everywhere on earth transmitting over the lowest cost network available (satellite, cellular or Wi-Fi). ZOLEO offers a familiar text messaging experience to and from any SMS text number, email address or another ZOLEO app user. By taking advantage of cellular or Wi-Fi when available and the Iridium network (a truly global satellite network) when it isn’t, ZOLEO offers seamless coverage wherever you go!
  • 📲DEDICATED SMS PHONE NUMBER & EMAIL ADDRESS: Your assigned ZOLEO SMS number and email address allows your contacts to initiate messaging with you, as opposed to them waiting to receive a message from you to which they can reply.
  • 🆘EMERGENCY ALERTING & MEDICAL ASSIST: If something goes wrong, declaring an SOS ensures your SOS alert and GPS coordinates are sent to the expert 24/7 emergency monitoring service. Your ZOLEO service also includes Medical Assist, a convenient 24/7 chat service for non-emergency medical advice, help locating medical services or replacing medical supplies.
  • ✅CHECK-IN & LOCATION SHARING: Check in to let others know you’re OK (using built-in device button or the ZOLEO app) and share your GPS location via messages, check-ins, automated Location Share+ updates or through a secure Share Map URL. Location Share+ (add-on at $6/mo) allows for automatic location sharing at a selected interval and includes a breadcrumb trail viewable on a map.

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