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SPOT GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger
Connect when you’re off the grid with SPOT Gen3

Discontinued. Replaced by the SPOT Gen 4 >>

PLEASE NOTE: As of August 1st, 2018 this product will no longer be able to post to Facebook due to several platform changes that affect posting Check-In and Custom Messages to Facebook profiles.

SPOT is designed for the outdoor enthusiast: campers, hikers, bikers, snowmobilers, boaters, hunters, fishermen and anyone who plays or works in the outdoors beyond cellular coverage.

When your adventures take you beyond cell service, SPOT Gen3 gives you a critical, life-saving line of communication. The latest generation of award-winning SPOT devices, SPOT Gen3 lets family and friends know you’re okay or send emergency responders your GPS location, all at the push of a button. Add this rugged, pocket-sized device to your essential gear and stay connected wherever you roam.

Enhanced Services ONLY Available with SPOT Gen3:

SPOT Gen3's customized tracking features takes your SPOT experience to the next level. Only with SPOT Gen3, is tracking motion-activated regardless of the level of tracking you choose (Basic, Unlimited or Extreme). A vibration sensor tells your SPOT to send track updates when you are moving and to stop when you do. (This is a great new battery-saving feature! And, you don't have to remember to re-set your tracking after 24 hours.) 

New Tracking Options:

Unlimited Tracking Set it and forget it. Pre-set your SPOT Gen3 to send tracks at the speed of your adventures. Change your tracks to send every 5, 10, 30, or 60 minutes. SPOT Gen3 will send tracks at your chosen rate for as long as your device is turned on and moving (no need to re-set after 24 hours). Tracking doesn't stop until you do. 

Extreme Tracking Get all of the great features of Unlimited Tracking, but with the added ability to vary your track rate down to every 2 ½ minutes. Don't miss a step with increased track rates!

Enhanced Features ONLY available with SPOT Gen3:

Longer Battery Life SPOT Gen3 has approximately twice the battery life of the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger! Send 1,250 Check In and Custom Messages on a Single set of Lithium batteries

Battery Options Now there are more options for how you power your SPOT:

  • 4 AAA Energizer® Ultimate Lithium 8x Batteries (L92)
  • 4 AAA Energizer® NiMH reusable batteries (NH12)
  • Line power with a 5v USB connection. (SPOT Gen3 is not waterproof when line powered.)
Basic Features included with your SPOT Gen3:

1) S.O.S/911: With the push of a button, GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center provides your GPS coordinates and information to local response teams - for example contacting 9-1-1 responders in North America and 1-1-2 responders in Europe
The S.O.S. button is for emergencies only.
How it works: Once activated, SPOT will acquire its exact coordinates from the GPS network, and send that location along with a distress message to the GEOS International Emergency Response Center every five minutes until cancelled or until the batteries are depleted. The Emergency Response Center notifies the appropriate emergency responders based on your GPS location and personal information – which may include local police, highway patrol, the Coast Guard, our country’s embassy or consulate, or other emergency search and rescue teams – as well as notifying your emergency contacts about the receipt of a distress signal.
Even if SPOT cannot acquire its location from the GPS network it will still attempt to send a distress signal – without exact location – to GEOS, which will still notify your contacts of the signal and continue to monitor the network for further messages.

2) Check In: Let family and friends know you're ok when you're out of cell phone range. Send a pre-programmed text message with GPS coordinates or an email with a link to Google Maps™ to your contacts with your location. With a push of a button, a message is sent via email or SMS to up to 10  pre-determined contacts and your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. Your stored waypoints can be easily integrated into a SPOT Shared Page or SPOT Adventure account.
How it works: Once you have activated your SPOT Messenger and set up your account, you can change your contacts and customize your message at any time. When you push the Check-in button, you send one pre-programmed message to your contacts. Your contacts will receive an SMS text message including coordinates, or an email with a link to Google Maps™ showing your location..

3) HELP/SPOT S.O.V. (Save Our Vehicle): SPOT has partnered with Nation Safe Drivers (NSD) to provide a vehicle assistance program like no other. NSD is one of the largest suppliers of towing and roadside assistance, offering service on even the most obscure and hard to travel roads imaginable. It doesn't matter if the roads are paved , dirt or gravel, NSD partners will be there to save your vehicle.
Unlike OnStar, SPOT sends your messages and GPS locations over communications satellites so you can be located quickly, even when you're outside of cell coverage. Unlike in-car GPS devices, SPOT sends your message and GPS location to others in near real-time and with the push of a single button - no Bluetooth technology or complicated programming required. And as an extra bonus, SPOT is a portable device and can be used even if you stray away from the vehicle.
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT NOTICE: Once the HELP button is enabled for SPOT S.O.V. user, you will not be able to use the HELP button function to contact your friends and family. The HELP button will only work for SPOT S.O.V.

SPOT S.O.V (Save Our Vehicle)

4) Custom Message. Stay in touch while off the grid by sending your custom message. Set up a message before leaving to send to contacts with your GPS location. Use this feature as a secondary OK message or transfer your personal help alert to this message function if you are using a SPOT Assist service on your Help button. The Custom Message functions exactly like your Check In message You can also have access to your waypoints in your SPOT account so you can review your route at a later date. Or link your SPOT account to SPOT Adventures and save a map of your adventures using your SPOT waypoints, and enhance the story with photos and a blog.
How it works: Once you have activated your SPOT Messenger and set up your account, you can change your contacts and customize your message at any time. When you push the Check In button, you send one pre-programmed message to your contacts. Your contacts will receive an SMS text message including coordinates, or an email with a link to Google Maps™ showing your location.

5) Tracking: Allow friends and family to follow your progress online in near real-time and save waypoints so you can review your entire route at a later date.
How it works: Once you activate the tracking mode, SPOT acquires and sends your GPS coordinates to your SPOT account and, if you choose, Shared Pages. Creating a SPOT Shared Page allows you to share your GPS route with your friends and family easily in near real-time on the web through a personal link. You can make your Shared Page private or public. Your choice! Just share that URL with your friends and family and they can easily track your adventures. Upload your tracks to SPOT Adventures, a social portal, where you can set up a profile and blog with others sharing their SPOT Adventures.

SPOT Gen3 Specifications:

3.43" (8.72 cm)
2.56" (6.5 cm)
1" (2.54 cm)
4.0 oz (114g) with Lithium batteries
Operating Temp:
-30C to 60C (-22F to 140F)
Operating Altitude:
-100m to +6,500m (-328ft to +21,320ft)
Humidity Rated:
MIL-STD-810F, Method 507.3, 95% to 100% cond.
Vibration Rated:
Per SAE J1455
Battery Type:
4 AAA Energizer™ Lithium Ultimate 8X 
Or 4 AAA Energizer™ NiMH Rechargeable


SPOT works around the world, including virtually all of the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia, portions of South America, Northern Africa, and North-Eastern Asia and hundreds or thousands of miles offshore of these areas. In Russia, the GPS accuracy of your SPOT is limited (degraded) in accordance with Russian regulations restricting the accuracy of GPS performance for devices utilized in Russia. Coverage details.

Multiple service options are available; click here to learn more about plans and coverage.

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Spot gen 3 satellite messenger

In the Box:
• SPOT Gen 3 satellite messenger
• 4 AAA lithium Energizer batteries

• USB Cable

• Quick Reference Guide


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Multiple service options are available; click here to learn more about plans and coverage.


Important Tips:
SPOT needs a clear view of the sky to obtain a GPS signal and provide the most accurate location information. It is not reliable indoors, in a cave, or in very dense woods.

Orienting SPOT so that the SPOT logo is facing up toward the sky will improve performance as the antenna is located under the logo.

Keep your SPOT at least 12 inches away from other GPS devices.

SPOT Gen 3 side view


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