SPOT Gen 3 GPS Messenger (SPOTV3)

SPOT Part Number: SPOTV3

(4.5 out of 5, 75 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 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 75 reviews)

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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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Bernie, Sunshine Coast
6 January 2017

Must have for adventures

Great for the piece of mind for both the user and friends and family back at home. We're using it for motorcycle trips, hiking adventures, road trips and even just day trips. With the ability to setup multiple profiles it's easy to switch between different contacts. The unit has no ability to confirm that a message has sent successfully. From what I understand it sends the message 3 times so if you have a clear view to the sky you shouldn't have an issue. Keep that logo pointing up. Subscription costs are almost as much as the unit itself and tends to increase yearly. But still one of the cheapest options for what is a great service

Pros: Tracking
Cons: Subscription costs. No confirmation messages has successfully sent
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Richard, Gold Coast
22 December 2016

Great device

With both tracking AND emergency/SOS features it is a must have tool when traveling in remote areas. Easy management via a web interface and some simple one way messages can be sent to email addresses. Looks like it is not draining batteries either,

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Roger, Vic
28 October 2016

Top marks for a great device

This little gem is just prefect. For piece of mind to those that stay home while you are off on a tour. And for the person that is away on tour to know that help is only a button press away regardless of you t location

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Robin, Griffith NSW
9 September 2016

Easier to use than the previous version and battery life also seems to be better

This is the 3rd one of this model we have purchased and they seem to be much simpler and easier to use, the battery life seems better with the AAA's and the connectivity to satellite network seems improved over that previous version.

Pros: Easy, seems to have good connectivity
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Nick, Melbourne
11 August 2016

Great product, our staff use these every day.

We have been using spot devices for about 5 years now for our small forestry business, we have 7 in total and use them in the field every day. Not only are they good for safety but great for accountability as well.

Pros: Small, easy to carry, good battery life, waterproof.
Cons: Lithium batteries are expensive, can take some time to send a message
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Robert, Noosa, QLD
28 July 2016

Great device, works exactly as it should

This is my second Spot device, I love them. I'm a boat hire operator, I attach them to my boats if I'm concerned about the weather or the hirer (e.g kids). I know exactly where they are at all times, tracking them on my phone. They use GPS satellites not mobile phone towers, so they work everywhere. Battery life is great, it automatically stops sending its position if the unit stops moving, helping conserve battery life. Units are very well made, rugged. Worth the money. The annual service fee is high, about the same cost annually as the initial purchase and there's no discounts for multiple units, but at about $4 per week per unit its worth it for me. I've suggested to Spot that they need to develop a means to secure units in place, to deter theft, similar in concept to laptop locks. I only use the tracking feature but there's a few other communications options if needed but I prefer the unit sitting out of the way in the boat with no need for the hirer to touch anything. There's no beeping, just little lights. I've just started sending a copy of the tracks to customers at the end of their hire in the form of a photo of the tracking screen, to show them where they went. Response has been positive. JA is also a great supplier, good price, prompt delivery.

Pros: Works EVERYWHERE, excellent battery life, small very well made unit
Cons: I'd like a proper means to secure the device in place to deter theft
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