goTenna Mesh: goTenna Mesh turns your iPhone or Android into an off-grid communicator. It creates people-powered connectivity absolutely anytime, anywhere without using towers, Wi-Fi and satellites. It lets you send text messages and share GPS locations on offline maps with others. Apart from these you can even chat privately in 1-to-1 or group conversations, or broadcast to any other goTenna Mesh device up to several miles or kilometers away. It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth-LE and uses UHF radio waves to send text messages and GPS location information to other goTennas Mesh devices in the area. Pre-order: $ 149.
inReach SE: The inReach SE is the satellite communicator from Delorme, that lets you send and receive, track and more, off grid. Its waterproof, dustproof, and impactresistant, comes with a color screen, GPS, and lasts for up to 100 hours on a recharge. It also connects to your smartphone or smart device over Bluetooth and gives you more features. Buy Now: $299.95.
Gotoky: Gotoky is an advanced off-grid communication device that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and lets you to call, text, share location, and navigate to others using Gotoky device. It also works as a location beacon up to 20 km and even more when no obstacles without any mobile network coverage. It works over standard radio frequencies and supports iOS and Android. More info.
Spot Gen3: With Spot Gen3 you can take your adventures beyond mobile coverage areas. It provides you a line of communication and lets family and friends know you are okay or send your GPS location, all at the push of a button. This rugged, pocket-sized device gives you various tracing rates to suit your needs. Buy Now: $169.95.
Iridium GO: Iridium GO gives you satellite-based Internet access anywhere; you can connect up to 5 devices within a 100-foot radius. Buy Now: $ 683 ($899 AUD).
goTenna: goTenna is a small, rugged device that connects wirelessly with your iPhone or Android smartphone, enables you to text and share your location with any other goTenna-enabled smartphone even if you don't have network for miles. goTenna uses 151-154 MHz frequencies that make it extremely long-range, but with an extremely low bandwidth network that allows you to send text messages and GPS coordinates only. goTenna works anywhere on the planet, requires no towers, routers or satellites and allows you to communicate with one another. Buy Now: $149.
Thuraya SatSleeve Hotspot: This portable WiFi hotspot makes sure you stay connected from anywhere in the world. You can make calls, use email, send messages, or enjoy your favorite social media apps. You can place the satellite unit outside and facing the satellite and use your smartphone indoors. It's compatible with iOS and Android devices. Buy Now.
Fogo: This smart flashlight features a built-in GPS, digital compass, an accelerometer, 2-way radio, is text enabled, has USB recharger and more. It comes with 1000 Lumens, intelligent lighting, is waterproof and durable. It's easy to find in the night, just move around and it lights automatically. It comes with power saving mode for backpacking and automatically turns on every 15 minutes to log in your location. It also functions as fitness tracker, and works as advanced bike computer with built in light, radio and recharger. It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. It allows you to connect with your friends via off the grid text message, built-in walkie-talkie, and sharing your location and other data. Buy Now: $299.99.
Cerberus: Cerberus from Briartek features Cerberlink, CerberTouch and CerberCenter. You can use Cerberlink by itself or install the CerberTouch app and use it along with your smartphone. The Cerbertouch app on your smartphone connects the Cerberlink via Bluetooth and provides you two-way satellite communication. You can send and receive text messages via satellite. You can tap the SOS button on your smartphone touchscreen to get in touch with CerberCenter. The device uses Iridium network of low orbiting satellites, that allows satellite messaging from anywhere in the world. Buy Now: .
Globalstar Sat-Fi: The Sat-Fi satellite hotspot allows you send and receive calls, email and SMS text messages when you are off the grid. It uses most modern satellite network, designed to use on land or at sea, and connects upto 8 devices. Buy Now: $999.
SATcase: SATcase is a rugged case that transforms your smartphone into a satellite phone. All you need to do is to install the SATcase app and stay in touch with others from anywhere. It gives you voice communication, text, email and more outside of mobile phone coverage. More info.
Beartooth: Beartooth lets you use your smart phone off the grid; it connects with your smart phone using Bluetooth 2.0 and lets you talk, text, and use maps when you have no service. It has line-of-sight range of 5 miles for voice and 10 miles for text, and non-line-of-sight of 2 miles for voice and 4 miles for text. It comes with 3000 mAh to recharge your smartphone, lasts for 4 days on a full recharge, features AES 256-bit encryption and is compatible with iOS and Android devices. Pre-order: $179.
Text Anywhere: Text Anywhere is a portable two-way device that provides satellite-powered hotspot for your smartphone. It connects to your smartphone via Wi-Fi, works via a Web app, works on the Iridium satellite network, and lets you send 160-character text messages or text-only emails. Buy Now: $399.
isavi IsatHub: The Wideye isavi IsatHub portable connects your iPhone, iPad or Android devices directly to the Inmarsat system of global communication satellites and allows you to send and receive sms and emails, surf the web, call any mobile phone or landline anywhere. Buy Now: $1,349.
ResQLink+ PLB: This compact and buoyant Personal Locator Beacon measures just 4.5 inches, weighs 5.4 oz, can be placed in your pocket, and clipped to a backpack or jacket. It comes with GPS technology, a powerful 406 MHz signal, and 121.5 MHz homing capability. Once your press the on button, the internal GPS receiver acquires the GPS data, then the GPS data is sent by 406 MHz transmitter. 406 MHz signal at 5 watt are sent into the space to two different satellite constellations - Leosar constellation, Geosar constellation. Designed for anglers, pilots and backcountry adventurers; it comes with a built-in strobe light that provides visibility during night. Buy Now: $290.37.
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If you are an outdoor adventurist or among those who spend most of the time outdoors then perhaps you should consider having the "Best Off Grid Communication Gadgets".