DeLorme recently announced the release of an upgrade for inReach two-way satellite communicators. Major improvements and enhancements in the new release include extended battery life and recharging options. inReach is a satellite communicator offering two-way personal text messaging with delivery confirmation, SOS alerting and follow-me/find-me tracking and location. According to DeLorme, inReach pairs with most popular smartphones and tablets for two-way global messaging in the 90% of the world’s surface not served by cellular phone networks. inReach users can choose AA-size lithium, alkaline or rechargeable nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries to power the device. With the new upgrade, battery life has been doubled from 60 to 125 hours for standard lithium AA batteries, with 10-minute reporting intervals. When running on alkaline batteries, battery life is now extended up to 72 hours. For maximum flexibility and minimal environmental impact, the rechargeable NiMH batteries can run up to 75 hours between charges and can be recharged up to 500 times. The firmware can be downloaded at no charge from

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