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Old 03 September 2015, 07:54   #1
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My McMurdo Fastfind 210 is due a battery replacement which is going to cost the thick end of 90. McMurdo are offering a service exchange for a new 220 for 197. There's nothing physically wrong with my current PLB apart from it needs a new battery according to the sticker on the back.

Question. What's currently "hot" on the market, is there anything out there with a user replaceable battery, or a longer shelf life than 5 years?

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My McMurdo Fastfind 210 is due a battery replacement which is going to cost the thick end of 90. McMurdo are offering a service exchange for a new 220 for 197. There's nothing physically wrong with my current PLB apart from it needs a new battery according to the sticker on the back.

Question. What's currently "hot" on the market, is there anything out there with a user replaceable battery, or a longer shelf life than 5 years?

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I was in your position a few months ago: PLB Battery Replacement - worth it?

In your case, McMurdo are taking the pisk! McMurdo FastFind 220 GPS PLB - 406 MHz Personal Location Beacon - Marine Super Store

That 220 has a 6 year life - IIRC there was another brand PLB with 7 years?

Sell the 210 and buy the 220 from above link?

Personally, I spent the 85 and ran with the new battery - next time I'll be going new.
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Give Scott SPR on here a buzz I got a good deal from him. I don't see the sense in paying 50-60% of new unit on battery.


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Hi im in same position, noticed battery is about to expire, will probably buy a new unit to be on safe side.
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Willk, I more or less told Mcmurdo as such when I rang them.

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Just out of marketing curiosity - would anyone buy a new McMurdo 220 that cost 180, and had a 6 year non-replaceable battery - i.e. you dispose of the PLB after 6 years?

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I suspect that a number of us are in the same boat now following the infamous RIBnet bulk buying episode !

McMurdo PLB Fastfind 210 with GPS - BULK BUY OFFER

Well Done Knot Yet !

Perhaps one of the Trade Members might like to latch onto this , make a few bob for himself and benefit any RIBnet folk wanting to take advantage ?

I for one would be interested...............
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Just out of marketing curiosity - would anyone buy a new McMurdo 220 that cost 180, and had a 6 year non-replaceable battery - i.e. you dispose of the PLB after 6 years?




Possibly, assuming you could buy it "fresh as". 30 quid a year is neither here nor there in the big scheme. It's more or less the situation we're in at the moment & still works out cheaper than Flares.


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Hi PD.
No easy answer on this IMHO.
The system is about to change - albeit with backwards/forwards compatibility,
and there will be beacons with more enhanced features.
I think prices may fall even more as the amount of time before the new
generation stuff comes online diminishes.
If you need one - I wouldn't wait though.

I chatted with the CEO of Orolia Group (McMurdo/Kannard) last year, and the
impression I got was that they are leading the technology. They are investing
in and developing both the front end and back end of the whole system.
Having said that - personally I like the ACR products from an ergonomic stand point.
Sepcifically the Aquamate View - which gives you as much information displayed
on its LCD screen, as you could expect from the current system, short of any return messaging.
Its a 5 year batt life (6 from manufacture) and a bigger unit,
but I would prefer that - holding something too small in the water with cold hands and I think I would stand more of a chance of dropping it.

The smaller ACR unit also has a good "feel" to it - 5 year battery life (6 from manufacture) and is the one the RNLI chose.

I have the GME unit - again its a little larger than the McMurdo, and kindly replaced for free after Round Ireland.
If your going down to Southampton, try and handle all the current PLB models.
I dont think they are very different in performance.

Hope this helps
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Hi PD.

No easy answer on this IMHO.

The system is about to change - albeit with backwards/forwards compatibility,

and there will be beacons with more enhanced features.

I think prices may fall even more as the amount of time before the new

generation stuff comes online diminishes.

If you need one - I wouldn't wait though.



I chatted with the CEO of Orolia Group (McMurdo/Kannard) last year, and the

impression I got was that they are leading the technology. They are investing

in and developing both the front end and back end of the whole system.

Having said that - personally I like the ACR products from an ergonomic stand point.

Sepcifically the Aquamate View - which gives you as much information displayed

on its LCD screen, as you could expect from the current system, short of any return messaging.

Its a 5 year batt life (6 from manufacture) and a bigger unit,

but I would prefer that - holding something too small in the water with cold hands and I think I would stand more of a chance of dropping it.



The smaller ACR unit also has a good "feel" to it - 5 year battery life (6 from manufacture) and is the one the RNLI chose.



I have the GME unit - again its a little larger than the McMurdo, and kindly replaced for free after Round Ireland.

If your going down to Southampton, try and handle all the current PLB models.

I dont think they are very different in performance.



Hope this helps

Cheers, good info. I hadn't realised the system was being changed.,what are the main changes? Reply message?
I'm going to Soton, & it's on my list of things to look at.


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