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SPOT Gen4

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Release Date
8/3/2020
Firmware Version
1.11
Firmware Updater Version
2.5.6
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What are the SPOT Gen4's power options?

The SPOT Gen 4 offers two different power options: AAA Energizer® Ultimate Lithium 8x batteries (L92) NiMH rechargeable batteries Please note that the SPOT Gen 4 will NOT charge rechargeable NiMH batteries. The LED power light will blink red when the batteries are low.  Please be aware of the environment as cold conditions and extreme heat can have a negative impact on battery life.  We recommend carrying an extra set of batteries with you on your adventures. For the consistent performance and reliability of your device, we do NOT recommend using alkaline batteries with your SPOT device.  Using a USB cable for line powering your device may subject it to possible water or dust damage. Common Questions and Issues My device keeps turning off by itself The SPOT Gen 4 has been designed to effectively manage your battery power.  If your device is not actively sending a message or in tracking mode, the SPOT Gen4 will turn off after 1 hour to preserve battery life. My batteries are dying very quickly What type of batteries are you using?  Alkaline batteries do not perform as Lithium or NiMH batteries and will drain faster. Are you using a low tracking interval?  Low tracking intervals cause the device to communicate more often with our satellites and will consume your batteries faster. What type of battery life can I expect from my SPOT Gen 4? The life of your Lithium or NiMH batteries are generally based on the number of messages that are sent from your device.  If you would like to see a general estimate of battery life based on messages sent, please click here. ...

What are the SPOT Gen4's low battery indicators?

Low Battery State: There are two indicators for a low battery state. The power LED will blink red when batteries are low. On the SPOT Mapping platform, in the SPOT Gen4’s Status information, it will indicate if the batteries are low. Please note that extreme weather conditions may have an impact on battery life and performance.  We recommend bringing spare batteries with you on your adventures. Common Issues My device keeps turning off by itself The SPOT Gen 4 has been designed to effectively manage your battery power.  If your device is not actively sending a message or in tracking mode, the SPOT Gen4 will turn off after 1 hour to preserve battery life. My batteries are dying very quickly What type of batteries are you using?  Alkaline batteries do not perform as Lithium or NiMH batteries and will drain faster. The SPOT Gen4’s battery state indicators are also based on the exclusive use of Energizer Ultimate Lithium or NiMH batteries; using alkaline batteries will yield inconsistent behavior with regards to indicating low battery. Are you using a low tracking interval?  Low tracking intervals cause the device to communicate more often with our satellites and will consume your batteries faster. What type of battery life can I expect from my SPOT Gen4? The life of your Li or NiMH batteries are generally based on the number of messages that are sent from your device.  If you would like to see a general estimate, please click here. ...

What is the general estimate of battery life for Gen4?

To obtain reliable performance use only AAA Energizer Ultimate Lithium 8x batteries (L91). For optimal performance, please try and utilize SPOT in locations with a clear view of the sky with the logo side up. Extreme heat/cold and trying to send messages indoors or under extreme canopies can drain battery life. If the On/Off indicator light blinks red this is a warning your battery is about to die. Always carry extra batteries with you. Test your SPOT device before each trip by sending a Check-in/OK message. Proper battery selection is critical for the best performance. For more information, please refer to the chart linked HERE. ...

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