I need a new battery! How do I do this?
Most models of EPIRBs require their battery to be replaced by a certified technician — we are a Battery Replacement Center for several brands including McMurdo and ACR.
Please drop off your unit at our shop in Seattle, or if you are not local you can mail us your unit. If you do this please ensure your name and contact info are in the box so we can call you for payment when the unit is ready. Shipping instructions can be found here.
Any questions / Current Pricing? Please contact us!
How often should my EPIRB be tested?
EPIRBs should be self-tested monthly.
Hydrostatic releases expire every 2 years and are user replaceable.
The battery expires after 5-10 years (depending on the manufacturer). There should be a sticker with the battery date on your unit.
How do I test my EPIRB?
To test your EPIRB, hold the "TEST" button until the EPIRB starts flashing. If everything is working correctly it will flash 3 times, completing the test -- remember, it is recommended that you test your EPIRB once per month!
All models are different and have different test buttons/processes, please follow instructions on the unit to verify the proper self-tested method. If your EPIRB does not show clear or favorable results, it could mean your battery is low or something else is wrong. If you have any questions feel free to call us at (206) 782-3302, one of our technicians can walk you through the process.
WHAT KIND OF HYDROSTATIC RELEASE DO I NEED?
Hydrostatic releases are only required for Category I EPIRBs
There are several kinds of hydrostatic releases - most are the same as the brand of your EPIRB. If you have questions, give us a call!
HOW DO I REPLACE MY HYDROSTATIC RELEASE?
Hydrostatic releases are user replaceable - just pop them into the housing case.
How do I know if I need an EPIRB on my vessel?
EPIRBs are required if your vessel travels over 3 miles offshore.
HOW DO I REGISTER MY EPIRB or PLB?
My EPIRB was stolen, what do I do now?
Report the theft to your local police department.
Contact NOAA at (1-888-212-SAVE) and provide them with the police report information so your beacon registration can be updated with the appropriate remarks.
To gain a better understanding of how an EPIRB functions, take a look at the diagram below:
For further details on EPIRBs, give us a call!