EPIRB

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 16:46
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Hi all.
As a sort of follow on question to thread 22076. I have a GME HT310 which is due
to be checked before November.As you say they replace the old unit for about
$170, but if it is going to become obselete by 2009 would I be better investing
that money a HT406. The pocket size one suites my use better, havent seen
the 406 but by photos they look bigger or wait for a smaller to come out. I did test it and as far as I could tell it was still working. I suppose after those two deaths
in NW WA whats $200 to save two lifes. Cheers Brian
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 18:11

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 18:11
I don't know the HT310 unit but if it uses a lithium battery (as the MT310 does) then lithium batteries have a shelf life of 10 years. The standards for EPIRBs (quite reasonably) say the batteries should be changed every 5 years because the device may have been stored under extreme conditions.

If you are happy that your EPIRB has not been stored in temperature extremes then I would not worry too much about that five years point and would hang on for a while until the UHF units fall in price.

Mike Harding

PS. _Please_ don't lecture me on this issue, people - if you don't like my suggestion then just pay to have the unit serviced.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (WA) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 19:14

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 19:14
Hi mike sorry about the typing error, it should have been MT310.
When I rang up the gme dealer in canning vale he did say that they
have a 10yr lifespan.It has been kept in the house exept when we go away of course.As I said it seemed ok when I tested it.
brian
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