PLB options

Discussion in 'Avionics and Upgrades' started by Pilawt, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. Pilawt

    Pilawt Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    I have an old McMurdo Fast Find PLB that needs a battery replacement. Looks like the battery replacement is about 2/3 the cost of a whole new unit.

    Are there better choices on the market now, or is the Fast Find still worthwhile to keep it going?
     
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    There's a previous thread on PLBs somewhere. For reference, most commercial helicopter ops in the GOM use ACR products.
     
  4. Pilawt

    Pilawt Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    Thanks for the replies.

    :)
     
  5. kgruber

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    Crazy...............but I've just been tossing the 5.....now 6-year-old PLBs away.
     
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    Definitely the ACR.
     
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    Yeah, if you don't want a satellite tracker with an annual $ub$cription, text messaging, digital sommelier and voice massage, get the ACR!
     
  8. Unit74

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    I have 2 ACR floating PLBs. No need the the fancy LCD display. Flip open, wait for the big orange helo to show up.
     
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    I think its a crock that the batteries aren't serviceable in most of these.
     
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    Technically, they are. It's just that the manufacturers made them uneconomically viable to do so.
     
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    Some enterprising person does make one for ACR now.

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    My last battery swap in my ACR was $80 and included a test report. I think that's a fine price for not having to do it myself.
     
  14. Unit74

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    Willing to bet your life on that battery pack?
     
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    Agree but not getting replaceable batteries back on cell phones either. LOL.

    Not after what quality issues I’ve seen out of Chinese batteries. Not only no, but hell no. I don’t even care if they say they’re buying a big brand name and packaging them, plenty of counterfeits out there.
     
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    I'd prefer a tray and I supply my own set of Energizer Ultimates.
     
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    Especially if I had a bunch of extra headset batteries at the crash site that would fit the PLB....