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Best Personal Locator Beacons

Updated December 2018
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    Personal locator beacons are a must for anyone who spends time on the water. Emergencies can crop up quickly, and with these beacons you can easily signal for help. First, know what range your beacon supports. Some are worldwide, some US-based only, and others are more short range, for man-overboard situations. How long will the battery last? The beacon should be easy to activate, and a test mode is helpful. The beacon should float, and have some easy way to attach it to your life vest. Other features that are nice to have here are a built-in strobe/flashing light for night use, in addition to the ability for it to work with a smartphone.

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