Some top-rated GPS locators include the Spot Gen3, PocketFinder Personal and Amber Alert GPS devices. These systems feature tracking beacons that can help adventurers in the wild alert emergency personnel or help parents track children when the need arises.
The Spot Gen3 uses satellite communications that allow it to send signals and text messages or email communications without the use of standard cellular networks. This enables it to work outside of cellular tower ranges, making it a useful choice for adventurers who regularly travel off the beaten trail. The system uses AA batteries instead of rechargeables, requiring travelers to keep a spare set handy, but allowing it to continue working when campers are far from electrical charging stations.
The PocketFinder Personal GPS locator is small and simple, but its long-lasting battery and powerful tracking beacon help it garner excellent reviews and ratings. The simple interface lets users set how often it syncs with GPS systems, and a speed-limit setting lets parents know if the bearer of the device travels faster than speed limits in an area. This makes the system handy for monitoring teenage drivers or children traveling with others.
Voice-to-voice communication and a useful panic button make the Amber Alert GPS locator a versatile tool for tracking the locations and activities of children. Parents can set up safe zones and receive notifications if children leave those areas, and the Amber Alert GPS also alerts parents if the bearer’s movement exceeds speed limits. Its compact size allows it to fit neatly almost anywhere.