Bivy Stick - Satellite Communicator





Bivy Stick - Satellite Communicator


Bivy Stick – Satellite Communicator


Choose Bivy Stick for a lightweight and feature-packed satellite communicator. Benefit from unrivaled two-way and group messaging, emergency SOS, GPS tracking, and location sharing. Stay connected, even beyond cellular coverage.

Experience all the benefits of 2-way satellite communication at an all-new low price.

Proudly made in the USA!



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Introducing the ACR Bivy Stick, the ultimate device for outdoor communications and safety that transforms your mobile phone into a satellite communicator. Utilizing the Iridium satellite network, you’re guaranteed global coverage even in the most isolated corners of the world.

The Bivy Stick offers a suite of features such as two-way messaging, one-touch GPS location sharing, and weather updates, all delivered via satellite directly to your device. An exclusive feature to the Bivy Stick is GroupTrack™, which allows for group messaging and tracking of up to 12 Bivy Sticks, providing friends and family with the ability to monitor locations and participate in group text chats via the group webpage.

In the event of an emergency, the SOS button quickly sends a distress signal to Global Rescue, offering 24/7 access to emergency services. Whether you’re navigating using downloadable maps, tracking your progress, or staying in touch with loved ones, the Bivy Stick keeps you safe and connected wherever you roam.

Bivy App’s Role

The Bivy app has more than 50,000 adventures ready to be explored. No matter what you like to do in the outdoors, you can find a place to do it with the Bivy app. With twenty different adventure types all at your fingertips, the Bivy App is a versatile tool that can facilitate all your adventure needs. The Bivy App also allows you to keep track of all your adventures. Track your pace, mileage, altitude, and more. Plus get access to detailed offline maps everywhere in the world. Always know where you are, even without cellular service.

As a leader in life-saving products for both professional and recreational use, ACR’s Bivy Stick brings the safety and peace of mind of affordable and reliable satellite communication to everyone.

Features and Benefits:

  • Delivers 2-way text messaging via the Global Iridium® satellite network when cellular or Wi-Fi coverage is unavailable.
  • Each Bivy Stick comes with a dedicated SMS phone number and email address upon activation, ensuring constant reachability.
  • Seamlessly transitions between Wi-Fi, cellular, and satellite networks for optimal connectivity and cost efficiency.
  • GroupTrack™ allows for group messaging and tracking of up to 12 Bivy Sticks, providing friends and family with the ability to monitor locations and participate in group text chats via the group webpage.
  • Share your GPS location through customizable check-in messages. Unlimited check-in messages are included with subscription*.
  • The Location Share webpage offers a full breadcrumb trail of your GPS check-ins, message history with a reply option, and a log of shared tracks.
  • 24/7 emergency response monitoring from Global Rescue™ can be accessed through the app or the device’s SOS button. Communication with emergency services is possible via the smartphone app. SOS alerts can also be cancelled via the device or app.
  • Navigate using downloadable maps and explore thousands of community-uploaded hiking routes, climbs, and waterways with GPS tracking via Bivy Stick or smartphone.
  • With an IPX7 rating, the Bivy Stick is waterproof and can withstand submersion in water up to 1 meter deep for up to 30 minutes.
  • Shockproof and certified with MIL-STD-810 for robust durability.
  • Fully compatible with all GoPro mounts.
  • Comes with a GoPro accessory adapter, carabiner, USB-C charging cable, lanyard, and Quick Start guide.
  • Made in the USA. Includes a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • *Monthly subscription required. Please refer to the manufacturer’s website for details.


Emergency SOS Activated in app or on device button. Provided by GlobalRescue™




Additional information

Weight 0.50 lbs
Dimensions 3.19 × 1.57 × 6.77 in

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Name Bivy Stick
Product Description Two-Way Satellite Communicator
Part Number 4601
Applications Including but not limited to: Backpacking, Hiking, Climbing, Camping, Sailing/Yachting, Skiing, Snowmobiling, Hunting, Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Aviation, Remote Workers, Utility Workers, etc.
Size 4.47” (L) x 1.85” (W) x 0.83” (D)

11.35 cm (L) x 4.7 cm (W) x 2.11 cm (D)

Weight 3.35 oz (100 g)
Rechargeable Battery Lithium Ion Polymer (1400 mAh)
Battery Life Up to 120 hrs with standard operation at default setting
Water Rating IPX7
Interface USB-C
SOS Activation Manual (via Bivy Stick device or via Bivy app)
SOS Emergency Monitoring Global Rescue
Wireless Bluetooth® 4 (Bluetooth® Low Energy – BLE)
Bivy App Available in the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android)
Accessories (included) USB-C Charging Cable, Carabiner, Cord, and ¼-20 Mount Adaptor
Accessories (optional) 48 Piece Mounting Kit, Quick Release Mounting Buckle, Suction Cup Mount, Bivy Clamp, 15W Solar Panel, Bike Handlebar Mount
Warranty 1 year
Manufacture Location Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

We warrant this device to be free from defects in materials or workmanship for one year from the date of purchase. This Limited Warranty does not apply to:

  • Cosmetic damage, such as scratches, nicks, and dents;
  • Consumable parts, such as batteries, unless product damage has occurred due to a defect in materials or workmanship of the product;
  • Damage caused by accident, abuse, misuse, water, flood, fire, or other acts of nature or external causes;
  • Damage caused by service performed by anyone who is not an authorized service provider of Bivy
  • Damage to a product that has been modified or altered except by specific written instruction from Bivy


A: Click Bivy Stick on the menu. Hit the button that says CONNECT VIA BLUETOOTH. Touch the ACTIVATE BIVY STICK button. You will then walk through the steps to set up your device and get it connected to the satellite network. Once your device is connected, it will show the battery power and connectivity on the satellite icon in the upper corner of your screen. You can always check your connection and battery status on the satellite icon on the map screen. Once you are connected, you will have access to all the Bivy Stick features including weather, offline maps, messaging, and SOS.



A: The user can send messages to contacts in their phone, emails, or by typing in the recipient\’s phone number. Follow these steps:

1. Touch MESSAGES on the menu and go to the message screen. If you have an existing text chain you want to continue, just find it and click on it. If you want to create a new message, touch the new message button in the upper right-hand corner.

2. Type in the name of the person you want to message. Bivy app connects to your existing contacts on your phone. Be sure that the number you are sending it to is a cell phone or another Bivy Stick.

3. Type the contents of your message. Messages are limited to 160 characters. Hit send.

4. If you want to share your location in your message, touch the orange button to the left of the text field. This will automatically populate your message field with your GPS coordinates and link to view your location on

5. Once you send your message, you will see the status underneath your message. Once your message has successfully made it to the satellites, there will be a checkmark and time stamp. The satellites do not continually send messages down to your device. If you are out of visibility of the satellites while someone is trying to send you a message, it might take longer for you to receive your message. If you miss a message, the satellites will try to send it later. But if you are waiting on an urgent message you can do a manual mailbox check by pressing the Mail button at the top of the message screen. This will ping the satellite system for any messages in your queue. You can do 6 mailbox checks for one credit if you are waiting on a message.



A:  To share your track with someone when you are using only the Bivy Stick device to track, follow these steps:

1. While you have internet service, connect your phone to your device in the Bivy app.

2. Go to the Home screen and select Share My Location

3. Your location is automatically pasted into the message area. It will have your GPS coordinates and also a URL that can be clicked to watch your progress.



A:  It can be used by multiple phones, but only one phone at a time. Any phone would need the Bivy App. The first phone to connect will create the master account and all billing will go to that account. Just make sure any phone that wants to use it has the app downloaded and sets up their account while in a WIFI network before the trip.



A:  With the Bivy Stick you can send and receive text messages, share your GPS location, Signal SOS, download offline maps, and get weather reports. It communicates directly with satellites. Because the Bivy Stick utilizes small bursts of data, no voice calls are available.



A: Below is a list of the LED Light Status Meaning to help you understand what your Bivy is doing:

Status blinking Yellow – means the message is trying to send to the satellite. When it quits blinking yellow then all messages are sent.
Status blinking Green – a message has been received and needs to make sure that the user is connected to the device via Bluetooth.
Status blinking Blue – currently tracking and sharing location
Status blinking Red – SOS has been activated

Signal solid Green – strong satellite connection
Signal blinking Green – Establishing location and should only last a few seconds if you are out in the open. It will not get a GPS lock if you are inside.
Signal solid Yellow – medium/weak satellite connection
Signal solid Red – weak/none satellite connection

When the device has disconnected from the phone via Bluetooth it will attempt to reconnect for 5 minutes but then it will stop so it doesn\’t drain the battery. Hitting the power button once will make the device broadcast again so that the user can connect to it. Messages will try to send for a few minutes and then it will go to sleep for 10 minutes to save battery and then try again until the message is sent or until the device is turned off. The \”Message Sent\” for check-in messages means it was sent to the device, and not necessarily to the satellite yet.


A:  It is the responsibility of the user to know and follow all applicable laws in the countries they take the Bivy Stick to. Some countries that we know of that prohibit the use of satellite communicators are India, China, Iran, North Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cuba, Russia.



A: 120 hours with mailbox checks every 15 minutes, approximately 100 hours with 24/7 tracking



A: 4-5 Hours via USB-C to USB-A. This time is cut down substantially by utilizing a USB-C to USB-C charge. If you charge from a USB-A transformer, then it will charge at 0.5 Amps. If you have a USB-C Transformer and cable it will charge twice as fast at 1.0 Amps



A:  Global rescue handles all SOS monitoring for Bivy stick users. Once you initiate the SOS button Global Rescue will dispatch the appropriate SAR based on your location. Your monthly subscription includes dispatch for rescue anywhere in the world. You could possibly be responsible for costs incurred from a rescue and you can purchase a Global Rescue membership for additional rescue insurance. To activate the SOS on the device, pull back the red tab and depress the button for 5 seconds. The lights will indicate if an SOS has been activated. 


A:  The intervals and credit costs are: 2 minutes (min) with 1 credit per 12 minutes, 5 min. with 1 credit per 30 min., 10 min. (default) with 1 credit per hour, 30 min. with 1 credit per 3 hours, and 60 min. with 1 credit per 6 hours.






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