Orion Electronic SOS Beacon Locator Kit - Review
The Orion Electronic SOS Beacon Locator Kit is designed to provide a reliable distress signal in emergency situations. It features a flashing light that exceeds the USCG's run-time requirement and maintains a constant light intensity for a longer period of time. The light source is elevated above the waterline to enhance visibility.
This kit offers multiple deployment options, including a floatable self-righting design, handheld operation with molded-in plastic grips, and hanging capability with the provided lanyard. It also includes a low battery indicator function that flashes rapidly for 5 seconds when the batteries need to be replaced.
The beacon is compliant with all U.S. Coast Guard requirements for “Night Visual Distress Signals” as specified in the Code of Federal Regulations: 46 CFR 161.013. Additionally, the orange distress flag included in the kit meets the U.S. Coast Guard requirements for daytime signaling outlined in 33 CFR 175.130.
The beacon emits a bright “SOS” distress signal in Morse Code, making it easily recognizable in emergency situations. It features a waterproof design and an intuitive on/off switch for convenient operation. The kit also includes SOLAS Grade reflective tape at the waterline for increased visibility.
Constructed with high impact and high visibility orange ABS plastic, this beacon offers durability and reliability. Its unibody design with double O-ring closure ensures waterproof protection. The electronics of the beacon are encapsulated in a microprocessor, providing added safety and performance.
The Orion Electronic SOS Beacon Locator Kit has been independently tested and approved by a U.S. Coast Guard Approved Lab. It is packed in a reusable storage container for convenience.
Please note that this kit requires two D-cell batteries, which are not included.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is this beacon suitable for use in all weather conditions?
A: Yes, the Orion Electronic SOS Beacon Locator Kit is designed to be waterproof and can be used in any weather condition.
Q: How long does the battery last?
A: The battery life of the beacon depends on various factors, such as the quality of batteries used and the frequency of use. However, the beacon is designed to exceed the USCG's run-time requirement and maintain a constant light intensity for a longer period of time.
Q: Can I use this beacon for daytime signaling?
A: Yes, the orange distress flag included in the kit meets the U.S. Coast Guard requirements for daytime signaling outlined in 33 CFR 175.130.
Q: Is the beacon easy to operate?
A: Yes, the beacon features an intuitive on/off switch for convenient operation. It is designed to be user-friendly in emergency situations.
Q: Are batteries included in the kit?
A: No, the Orion Electronic SOS Beacon Locator Kit does not include batteries. It requires two D-cell batteries for operation.View Buying Options