|PLB vs EPIRB?
What is the difference?
Personal Locator Beacon
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
||Not required to float. Floating versions only float so it can be retrieved if dropped in water. Needs to be held out of the water or attached high on a PFD for best transmission.
||Floats in an upright position to transmit. Performs best while floating.
||Minimum of 24 hours at temperatures down to -4°F (-20°C). Longer in nominal temps.
||Minimum of 48 hours at temperatures down to -4°F (-20°C). Longer in nominal temps.
||Either manually activated in or out of the bracket OR Automatically activated when out of its bracket and in the water.
||Not required. Some newer versions have flashing LED strobes.
||Required to have strobe light.
||Worn or carried on a person.
||Mounted in a bracket (automatic or manual deployment), or carried in a ditch bag.
||Registered to the person. PLBs are legal to be used on land as well as on water.
||Registered to the vessel.