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December 19, 2008

ACR Electronics GlobalFix iPRO

The unit boasts a minimum 48-hour transmission battery life.
100-1208SFgear iPRO

ACR Electronics' next-generation 406 MHz EPIRB constitutes the first ever to offer a digital display screen and dual GPS capabilities. When activated, the screen displays latitude/longitude coordinates, informs the user that the beacon is working and how much battery power remains. During a self-test, the display provides information regarding the results of each test (pass/fail), status reports on the 406 MHz signal, GPS acquisition and advice on appropriate routine actions like "Send for service." Should the screen become disabled, the EPIRB still functions. ACR lists MSRP as $1,540 for a Category I (auto deployment) and $1,300 for a Cat II (manual deployment). Street prices will likely be less, though. The unit boasts a minimum 48-hour transmission battery life. From ACR Electronics, 800-432-0227; www.acrelectronics.com.