ResQLink+™ PLB

Buoyant Personal Locator Beacon
Model Number: PLB-375 / Part Number: 2881

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Small and mighty, the ResQLink+™ is a buoyant, GPS-enabled rescue beacon designed for anglers, pilots and back country sportsmen.

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At 5.4 oz and topping just 4.5 inches, the ResQLink+ is both a small and buoyant Personal Locator Beacon. Small enough to be carried in your pocket, clipped to a backpack or stored inside an inflatable life jacket.

With three levels of integrated signal technology - GPS positioning, a powerful 406 MHz signal, and 121.5 MHz homing capability - the ResQLink+™ quickly and accurately relays your position to a worldwide network of search and rescue satellites. A built-in strobe light provides visibility during night rescues.

PLBs have been proven tried and true in some of the world's most remote locations and treacherous conditions. Just ask the 400 or so pilots, boaters and back country explorers who were saved by a PLB during a rigorous test program in Alaska. Based in large part on the test results, the federal government approved use of PLBs in the United States in 2003.

Even in extreme conditions and situations, the ResQLink+™ activates easily. Just deploy the antenna and press the ON button. With its powerful 66-channel GPS, the ResQLink+™ guides rescuers to within 100 meters or less of your position. And, in the continental U.S., search and rescue personnel are typically alerted of your position in as little as five minutes with a GPS-enabled PLB such as the ResQLink+™.

Two built-in tests allow you to routinely verify that the ResQLink+™ is functioning and ready for use - with the push of a button, you can easily test internal electronics and GPS functionality.

  • Buoyant
  • No Subscription Fees
  • Super Bright LED Strobe
  • Onboard 66-Channel GPS
  • Self-Test and GPS Test Features
  • Typical Performance 30 Hours
  • Non-Hazmat Battery
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • If you use it...we'll replace it, Free of Charge.  Simply submit your story on our Survivor Club link, send us back your used beacon so we can have it mounted on our Wall of Fame and we'll send you a brand new beacon of equal or greater value.

Tags: Personal Locator Beacon, PLB, PLBs, 406 MHz, SurvivorClub, Floats, Buoyant, Strobe Light, Distress beacon, No Subscription, Personal EPIRB, GPS Locator

Give me some hope
June 19, 2014 | By The Ancient

I dodged the "Bullit" once and I spend a lot of time outdoors alone. I needed something that could possibly be a life saver and put me a little more at ease being outdoors. I believe the ResQLink+ PLB will do that. I hope I never have to find out!!

just bought it
May 08, 2014 | By Red Bud

I waited for this to come on the market for a few years. After a lot of research I decided to visit REI to see this unit. Its small size and light weight were two big factors why I bought it. Plus I like the idea that PLB is a lot more powerful and faster to obtain help than Spot. I should be able to carry it in my backpack without a problem. My long wait is now over.

Better safe than sorry
January 06, 2014 | By Candle

I recently purchased a kayak and kayaked up and down various waterways by myself and enjoying it. I did not realize that my daughter thought I was a little reckless for my age (72). She bought me this ResQLink for Christmas and I registered it dutifully. I trust I will not ever need it on these inland waterways but You'll never know if an alligator is getting to me. It is now a permanent attachment to my life jacket.

Safe with 151 gram!
September 12, 2013 | By happy seal

First I preferreed the aqualink view,because it gives a confirmation of the emergencycry; because of less weight and quick Availability I bought the ResQLink+. I hope it gives me peace of mind while I am solo sailing! And I hope I never have to use it.

July 08, 2013 | By DOW

After thorough research by both my son and me - youtube, websites, retail stores, friends, etc. - we agreed that while some of the bells and whistles that other products have, i.e., texting, e-mails, course charting, etc., were nice, we wanted the best in class for what was paramount - rescue in case of emergency. We both bought the ResQLink+ (floatation only cost a bit more, so why not?). Registration at NOAA on-line was a breeze, and I can't wait to strap it to my wading outfit when I go back country fly fishing day after tomorrow.

Why I Bought An ACR ResQLink (or... Why I Didn't Buy A SPOT)
June 25, 2013 | By ondafringe

I've had my ACR ResQLink for about a year. No issues, thus far, but haven't had to use it in an emergency. Hopefully, I never will but, if I do, I have not doubt it will do what it's supposed to do. I am a hiker but bought the one that floats. I wrote a fairly detailed article covering the reasons I bought an ACR ResQLink and why I didn't buy a SPOT. For those who haven't made up their minds which way to go, you can read my reasoning on my blog:

Great Price for Aviation
June 11, 2013 | By WingNut

VERY happy with my ACR ResQLink+ Buoyant 406 MHz PLB. It was a great price (puchased on I hope to never use it for real, but I make sure to self-test every month as recommended. Also signed up for and activated the Plus account. This allows me to do self tests and send out messages to myself and emergency contacts telling them the system is working.

It's small, light, bright yellow, and it floats!
February 13, 2013 | By Floater

I really appreciate the design of this unit. Most importantly it is a perfect color for visibility in the water, it floats, and it has only two very simple buttons. Those buttons are cleverly hidden under a hinged cover such that they cannot be missed when you need them, but would be really hard to accidentally activate. I feel fortunate to say that I haven't needed to be rescued yet, but have every confidence that this unit will be of tremendous utility if the occasion should present itself. Thanks for making such an affordable and thoughtfully-designed product!

ResQLink+ is a great value
January 29, 2013 | By Marty from Fort Myers via

It is small but has a lot of great features. Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

ACR ResQLink+ Floating PLB, with Built-In GPS
January 29, 2013 | By George Wey from Tampa, FL via

I would not rely on the other brands of "locator beacons" like the popular "SPOT" with does not use the standardized 406 MHz Signal. Unlike "SPOT", ACR ResQLink+ does not have all the frills, it is to be used in an emergency only so you are not killing your battery sending "text messages". "SPOT" requires a membership/annual fee so if you forget to pay your SOL! ACR ResQLink+ can be used in any country, "SPOT" is USA only. ACR ResQLink+ has 406MHz @ 5 watts, GPS, and 121 MHz Homing, 3 systems to help Search and Rescue (SAR) locate you faster then any other Personal Locator Beacon. After doing my own research, ACR ResQLink+ is the ONLY type of personal locator beacon I would depend my life on for activities in the wilderness! Update: I started diving with my PLB offshore and have been keeping it clipped to me inside an OTTER BOX 9000 with 4 ultra high 5 min Cyalume Chem Sticks and some other emergency items. In case the charter boat leaves me or I cant find them in an emergency.

I would buy this product again
January 29, 2013 | By Mike from Fair Lawn, NJ via

Works Great. Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Staying Alive
January 29, 2013 | By Asa Foley from Sacramento via

I have hiked and biked in many places that do not get cell service. I also crawled out two miles after breaking my ankle in six places, it was not fun. I am worried about getting charged for being rescued, but a choice between a big bill and death, I will work it out. This will still not take the place of a well setup pack with med kit, but it sure makes my wife feel allot safer. We also carry it often in the car when we have our five month old because getting 911 to answer is often a joke in Sacramento and in case of an accident or med emergency it will be handy to have. Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Product Number2881
Model NumberPLB-375
Size1.6 x 1.9 x 4.5” (4.1 x 4.8 x 11.4 cm)
Weight5.4 oz (153 g)
Battery, ClassClass 2 (non-hazmat) lithium batteries
Battery, Replacement IntervalReplacement due six (6) years from date of manufacture or five (5) years after beacon is placed into service, whichever is first, or after emergency use
Battery, Operational LifeExceeds required 24 Hours @ -4°F (-20°C)
Battery, Storage-40°F to + 158°F (-40°C to +70°C)
MaterialEngineered polycarbonate blend
ColorACR-treuse™ (high visibility yellow)
Operation2 steps: deploy antenna, press ON button, giving clear view of sky
Waterproof16.40 ft (5 m) @ 1 hr., 33 ft (10 m) @ 10 min. Factory tested @ 70°F, exceeds RTCM waterproof requirements
ApprovalsCospas-Sarsat, FCC, Canada, R&TTE, Australia, New Zealand
Limited Warranty5 years
Lead FreeYes
406Link.com220 self tests/12 GPS tests
Battery, Typical Performance30 Hours @ -4°F (-20°C)
AccessoriesDouble-sided Attachment Velcro Strap Included
Radiated Power5W (406 MHz), 50 mW +/-3dB (121.5 MHz)

Warranty Length:  5 years

This product is warranted against factory defect in material and workmanship for a period of 5 (five)* years from date of purchase or receipt as a gift. During the warranty period ACR Electronics, Inc. will repair or at its option, replace at no cost to you for labor, materials or return transportation.

For further assistance, please contact our Technical Service Department at :

ACR Electronics, Inc.
5757 Ravenswood Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-6645.

Email:, Fax: +1 (954) 983-5087, Telephone: +1 (954) 981- 3333.

This warranty does not apply if the product has been damaged by accident or misuse, or as a result of service or modification by other than the manufacturer.  The COMPANY MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR ANY OTHER MATTER WITH RESPECT TO THIS PRODUCT, except as otherwise expressly stated in the previous paragraph. The Company shall not be liable for consequential or special damages. In order to place the warranty in effect, choose a form above and complete it entirely. Or you may fill out the registration card accompanying your product (if applicable) which must be returned to ACR Electronics, Inc. within ten days of purchase.

*Five Years for the following products:  EPIRB, PLB ,  S-VDR,  SSAS. 

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