SPOT Gen 3 GPS Messenger (SPOTV3)

SPOT Part Number: SPOTV3

(4.7 out of 5, 81 reviews)
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This price is only for the Spot device, not subscription plans.

Once purchased, you'll need to register and activate your device via the Official Spot Website.
A yearly subscription is required to use the features.
None of the services will work without a valid subscription (including the SOS feature).
Click for Larger Image The latest generation of award-winning SPOT devices, the SPOT Gen3 gives you a critical, life-saving line of communication using 100% satellite technology. When your adventures take you beyond cell service, SPOT Gen3 lets family and friends know you're ok or sends 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 customised tracking features take 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!

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.
With a clear view of the sky and a single set of 4 Lithium 8x batteries, the following battery life can be expected (assuming ~9hrs of constant movement per day):
2.5min Interval: 20 days
5.0min Interval: 25 days
10min Interval: 45 days
30min Interval: 50 days
Extreme Tracking: Get all of the great features of Unlimited Tracking, but with the added ability to vary your track rate down to every two and a half minutes. Don't miss a step with increased track rates!

Click for larger image Compact and light weight; Weighing only 114g (with batteries), it packs easily for traveling.
The Spot Gen3 has a long battery life, and you can choose from Lithium or rechargeable batteries; or line-power the unit through its USB port.
There are new tracking options: now you can choose the rate of tracking that suits your adventure (2 ½, 5, 10, 30, or 60 minutes).
Motion activated tracking: now your SPOT knows when you're moving and when you stop to make camp. When SPOT Gen3 senses you've stopped for an extended period of time it will stop sending track messages until you start moving again.

Please note that the continuous tracking will automatically disable after 24 hours in the basic plan, until the track button is pressed again. If you require continuous tracking when the device will be unattended, then you will need to upgrade to the extreme or unlimited tracking plans.

Spot Track Progress

Track Progress

Send and save your location and allow contacts to track your progress using Google Maps™. This feature allows friends and family to follow your progress in real time using your password, or to save waypoints so you can review your entire route at a later date. By selecting the desired "Track" messages in your account log and clicking "Show On Map", your entire route can be displayed through Google Maps™.
Check In with Friends

Check In/OK

Let contacts know where you are and that you're okay - worldwide.
This feature allows you to let your SPOTteam - the friends and family you have chosen as your contacts - know that all is well, notify them of your location, or save waypoints so you can review your route at a later date.

When you press the OK button, SPOT acquires your location from the GPS network and routes it through the SPOT satellite network. Your contacts receive either an SMS text message on their mobile phone with your message and coordinates, or an email with your message and a link to Google Maps™ showing your location.
This message can be customised.
Ask For Help

Help/SPOT Assist

Request help from friends and family at your exact location.
In the event of a non-life threatening emergency, you can use this function to notify your SPOTteam - the friends and family you have chosen as your contacts - that you need assistance.

Once activated, SPOT acquires your location from the GPS network and routes it along with the HELP message through the SPOT satellite network every five minutes for one hour or until cancelled. Your contacts will receive an SMS text message including coordinates, or an email with a link to Google Maps™ showing your location.
Emergency Alert

SOS (worldwide)

Dispatch emergency responders to your exact location - worldwide.
Use this function In the event of a life threatening or other critical emergency to notify emergency services of your location and that you need assistance. The GEOS International Emergency Response Center alerts the appropriate agencies worldwide.

Once activated, SPOT will acquire its exact coordinates from the GPS network, and send that location along with a distress message to a GEOS International Emergency Response Center every five minutes until cancelled. The Emergency Response Center notifies the appropriate emergency responders based on your location and personal information - which may include local police, highway patrol, the Coast Guard, our country's embassy or consulate, or other emergency response or search and rescue teams - as well as notifying your emergency contact person(s) about the receipt of a distress signal.

SPOT Series Comparison

  SPOT V2 SPOT Connect SPOT Gen 3
SPOT V2 (discontinued)
SPOT Connect
SPOT Connect
SPOT Gen 3
SPOT Gen 3
SOS - Notifies the emergency response center of your GPS location. Yes Yes Yes
Help - Ask family & friends for help or request SPOT Assist (additional service fee for SPOT Assist). Yes Yes Yes
Check In/Ok - Let contacts know where you are and that you're OK. Yes Yes Yes
Custom Message - Send a custom message to family & friends. Yes Yes Yes
Basic Tracking - Allow friends & family to follow your progress online in near real-time, & save waypoints so that you can review your entire route at a later date. Upgrade Available Upgrade Available Yes
Motion Activated Tracking - A vibration sensor tells your SPOT to send Tracks only when you're moving. Not Available Not Available Yes
Enhanced Tracking - Upgrades available to Unlimited or Extreme Tracking. Choose your rate of tracking (2.5, 5, 10, 30 or 60 mins). Not Available Not Available Upgrade Available
Type & Send - Type & send custom 41 character SOS, Help and Check-In/Ok messages. Not Available Free Trial of 5 messages
(Additional service required thereafter)
Not Available
Connect to Social Media - Share your GPS location and message on Facebook or Twitter. Yes Yes Yes
SPOT Adventures - A social networking platform, designed for the SPOT Nation, to share tracks, photos, and stories from your adventures. Yes Yes Yes
Yearly Subscription $115 USD $115 USD $165 USD
Dimensions (W x H x D): 6.5 cm x 8.72 cm x 2.54 cm
Weight: 114g
Operating Temperature: -30°C to 60°C
Operating Altitude: -100m to +6,500m
Waterproof: IPX7 - Up to a depth of 1 m for up to 30 minutes (SPOT is not waterproof when being line powered)
Batteries: 4 x AAA

*Under normal usage a full battery charge should meet or exceed these amounts
Specifications are provided as a guide only, and are subject to change without notice.
Package Includes:

  • SPOT Gen3 Device
  • Strap
  • USB Cable
  • Quick Reference Guide
  • Carabiner
  • Batteries

Compatible Accessories

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Average Customer Rating:  
  (4.7 out of 5 based on 81 reviews)

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Andrew, Melbourne
22 June 2017

Tough and reliable tracking and messaging device which I had to use to coordinate my own rescue from remote location

Four days into 10,000km solo motorcycle trip my situation turned into a serious recovery problem which needed to be overcome. My travels were tracked every day and the "OK" message was sent once camp set, reassured family my day had safely been completed. I mounted the Spot to my bike or person and was reassured to see those blinking lights taking my moving position every 10 minutes. The accident happened very quickly and violently. Thrown from the bike I immediately thought of my family through the pain and confusion. I was quickly found by a passing motorist but he had no communication available to him. The custom Spot message button was hit, which immediately informed my family and friends via Facebook that I had serious mechanical and medical situation that need their help. My wife was able to discern my exact location and nearest town for medical help. I carried a Satellite phone which allowed me to contact my wife and plan my extraction. Fortunately another two vehicles stopped who volunteered to take me and my motorcycle to the town where Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) operated from. The Spot tracker which was still active enabled my wife to follow the vehicles and calculate exactly when I would arrive so medical help could be ready on standby. On arrival I cancelled the Custom message and tracking, signaling to my wife I had reached emergency care. I was flown to a hospital that night by RFDS. If I had not been picked up I would have pressed the 'SOS' button and I am confident help would have come. The Spot is a great reliable, tough and very simple to use device which will provide help when needed and reassurance and information to your family and friends.

Pros: It simply works with long battery life and rugged build quality
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Norm, Melbourne, Victoria
16 June 2017

Great family and friends love tracking us.

Perfect device for family and friends to keep track of where we are, especially when the only other communication is a sat phone.Very easy to set up and use and very comforting to know people are aware of our location regardless of how remote we are. A nifty little device that just sits on my dashboard pumping out our location every 10 minutes.

Pros: Very easy to use.
Cons: At this stage I can find nothing wrong with it.
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Clay, Sale Vic
16 June 2017

Very happy with the Spot Gen 3

Have had the spot Gen 3 for a few weeks now. Have used it several times. Very easy to use and functions well with no issues. It's easy to set up. The feature allowing you to send others a link and password so that they can log onto a shared page to follow your travels is a nice feature. Having the function to have different profiles in your account settings to allow different people to be notified depending upon which profile is selected is also a great feature. It's a lots smaller more compact than I thought it would be and very light weight. The only downside is the annual subscription which is a bit high.

Pros: Compact and light weight. Easy to use and useful for others to keep track of where you are.
Cons: Annual subscription fees are on the high side.
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Jason, Hervey Bay, QLD
5 May 2017

Peace of mind when safety is your responsibility.

Great piece of equipment. I'm trail riding with my son almost every weekend in areas with no cell reception so this unit fullfils a few of my requirements. While always having the ability to initiate a rescue as per an epirb, I can also send an email/text if we are going to return late, or if the Ute breaks down a message to my mate to come get us. The combination of messaging and rescue capabilities for a similar price of personal rescue beacons is what made my decision on this purchase. I would recommend this to any adventurer and while I have had a little interference over our intercom system I still feel it is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

Pros: Easy set up, easy subscription to services.
Cons: Signal from unit may be heard over motorcycle intercom.
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30 April 2017


I was able to share in the excitement of the journey& adventure from home base. The tracking prints through out the day leave a great record followed by a check in at the end of the day. It is a well thought out device that gives those at home base comfort knowing help is only a button away if needed.

Pros: Reliable, accurate, peace of mind for those at home base
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Bradley, Tecoma, Vic 3160
28 April 2017

Great device for the outdoor adventures

A great piece of kit for anyone going on an outdoor adventure where normal phone reception will be limited if it works at all. This device can send a pre determined text to loved ones a the press of a button or if it all turns pear shaped press another button and have all the emergency services descend on your location. I use this for general camping/4wding, hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking etc. Fingers crossed I haven't needed to press the SOS button but my family have piece on mind knowing I carry one.

Pros: Compact, Multi function robust easy to use
Cons: Additional subtraction costs
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Sydney Coast Walks, Sydney
19 April 2017

Great product. Speedy and hassle free delivery.

If you are a bushwalker, or other outdoor enthusiast, and you aren't using a SPOT Gen 3, you should be. They're a GPS tracker, PLB and an SMS sender all in one bomb-proof hand-held device. Johnny Appleseed delivered it to our door within a couple of days. Too easy.

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Leonie, Sydney NSW
6 April 2017

Peace of mind

Great little device, bought for trail running in remote areas. Took a little while to work out how to use it - not so much the actual device but how to share the tracking page online. Works well so far although need to find a way to strap it across my shoulders on my running pack to get adequate signal.

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William, Melbourne, Victoria
15 March 2017

Great device and simple to operate

Spot Gen3 offers excellent functionality for keeping in contact at all times, in a practical way while exploring or moving in remote locations on land and water. Lightweight, small, weather proof, robust, well thought out, simple operation, long battery life, with replaceable AAA batteries, provides total confidence in ability for keeping contact over extended periods from remote and off the grid locations.

Pros: Very useful functionality yet easy operation
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Nigel, Adelaide SA
3 February 2017

Versatile, compact

The Spot is a great piece of safety gear. More versatile than a PLB with the tracking function so folks back home can enjoy your adventure with you. Small and light enough to fit in your pocket and not notice it there.

Pros: Small, more versatile than a PLB
Cons: Yearly subscription is a bit on the $$$ side but you get what you pay for
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