Use the ACR Bivy Stick Two-Way Satellite Communicator (4601) to turn your Apple iPhone or Android SmartPhone into a true global satellite communication device!
With global satellite coverage via the Iridium satellite network, anywhere you have a view of the sky, you can communicate through the ACR Bivy Stick Two-Way Satellite Communicator (4601) and Bivy App.
While conveniently compact, the ACR Bivy Stick Two-Way Satellite Communicator (4601) still offers a comprehensive feature set including two-way text messaging, SOS, location sharing, one-touch Check-In, and detailed weather reports sent straight to your smartPhone via satellite.
Additionally, offering a feature, not provided with many other satellite communicators, the Bivy Stick provides users with a dedicated Phone number and email. This important feature allows unsolicited incoming messages, meaning that those that are most important to you can reach you at any time, without the need for you to initiate contact.
Comprised of the ACR Bivy Stick Two-Way Satellite Communicator (4601) and Bivy App, the Bivy Platform pairs feature-rich hardware and software to create the perfect blend of safety and convenience. Ideal for adventures and off-grid activities of all shapes and sizes, utilize the Bivy Platform to plan your experience, stay on track for the duration of that experience and remain in contact with everyone that matters throughout, all while knowing that help is always available at the simple push of a button.
Use the ACR Bivy Stick Two-Way Satellite Communicator (4601) to turn your cell Phone into a satellite communication device. With global satellite coverage via the Iridium satellite network, anywhere you have a view of the sky, you can communicate through the Bivy Stick. While conveniently compact, the Bivy Stick still offers a comprehensive feature set including two-way text messaging, SOS, location sharing, one-touch Checkin, and detailed weather reports sent straight to your cell Phone via satellite. Additionally, offering a feature not provided with many other satellite communicators, the Bivy Stick provides users with a dedicated Phone number and email. This important feature allows unsolicited incoming messages, meaning that those that are most important to you can reach you at any time, without the need for you to initiate contact.
The value of the ACR Bivy Stick Two-Way Satellite Communicator (4601) is further enhanced via key accessories such as the large variety of available mounting options. The many available mounts allow users to attach the Bivy Stick to any vehicle, backpack or structure and make it an ideal device for adventurers who find themselves going from one activity to another. The available portable and lightweight solar panel also provides for greater flexibility of use. Featuring intelligent charging technology, the solar panel allows users to efficiently harness solar power and conveniently extend the battery life of the ACR Bivy Stick Two-Way Satellite Communicator (4601) while off grid.
ACR 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 Bivy Stick Two-Way Satellite Communicator (4601) brings the safety and peace of mind of affordable and reliable satellite communication to everyone.
ACR Bivy Stick Two-Way Satellite Communicator (4601) Features:
- No activation fees ever and the most Flexible Iridium Subscription Plans (monthly subscription required)
- Global satellite coverage (Iridium)
- Send and recieve messages via satellite
- Weather forecasts via satellite
- SOS monitoring via satellite (Global Rescue)
- Location tracking and sharing via satellite
- Map display and navigation
- Offline maps
- One-touch Checkin (available directly from device and via the app)
- Thousands of mapped climbing, hiking, biking, paddling, skiing routes
- Send/receive messages and exchange locations with other Bivy Stick users
- Unsolicited incoming messages
- Dedicated Phone number and email
- Personal profile with tracks and stats
- Hundreds of mounts available
- Small and lightweight
- Manual SOS Activation via the Bivy Stick or Bivy App
- No activation or annual fees
- Global satellite coverage (via Iridium Satellite Netwrok)
- Send/receive text messages via satellite communications
- Weather forecasts via satellite communications
- SOS monitoring via Global Rescue
- Location tracking and sharing via satellite communications
- Map display and navigation with Active Tracking
- 50,000+ Offline maps for climbing, hiking, biking, paddling, skiing routes
- One-touch Check-In (available directly from the Bivy Stick)
- Send/receive messages and exchange locations with other Bivy Stick users
- Unsolicited incoming messages
- Dedicated telePhone number and email
ACR Bivy Stick Two-Way Satellite Communicator (4601) Specifications:
- Dimensions – Length 4.47″ (11.35 cm) x Width 1.85″ (4.7 cm) x Depth .83″ (2.11 cm)
- Weight – 3.35 oz. (100 g)
- Battery – Rechargeable Lithium Ion Polymer (1400 mAh)
- Battery Life – 120 hours w/standard charge
- Water Rating – IPX7
- Interface – USB-C
- Wireless – Bluetooth (Low Energy – BLE)
|Product Description||Two-Way Satellite Communicator|
|Applications||Including but not limited to: Backpacking, Hiking, Climbing, Camping, Sailing/Yachting, Skiing, Snow Mobiling, Hunting, Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddle boarding, 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|
|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|
In the ACR Bivy Stick Two-Way Satellite Communicator (4601) Box:
- Bivy Stick
- USB-C Charging Cable
- Cord (16″ – 5 mm paracord)
- 1/4-20 Mount Adaptor
ACR Bivy Stick Two-Way Satellite Communicator (4601) Documents:
“Which one do I need, ACR Bivy or ACR Personal Locator Beacon?”
So you’re familiar with our Personal Locator Beacons, but you’ve seen this new Bivy product and find yourself now asking, “Which one do I need, Bivy or PLB?” Well the simple answer is: “That depends on what kind of adventurer you are.”
ACR Bivy and the award-winning ACR ResQLink 400 and ACR ResQLink 425 are designed for similar purposes, i.e., saving lives outdoors and providing enhanced confidence. However, they’re utilized much differently outdoors. A Personal Locator Beacon is designed to be a tool of last resort; a proven, life-saving emergency rescue and positioning device summoning search and rescue worldwide. Its one job is to continuously share your position with those who are coming to your aid. Bivy also has similar one-button SOS functionality. However, this is a communication and outdoor connectivity device as much as it is an emergency tool. In tandem with the Bivy app, Bivy allows you to send messages, track and share your position, check real-time weather forecasts, and even offers one-touch “check-in” functionality.
Given these differences, ResQLink PLB’s require no subscription, whereas the Bivy allows adventurers to choose a subscription plan to best fit their unique outdoor communication needs. Once an emergency activation is initiated, a PLB leverages its battery capacity for the sole purpose of transmitting your position for a minimum of 24 hours while also firing the visible and infrared strobes. The Bivy in contrast allows those in need of rescue to also exchange messages with rescue personnel for an additional layer of coordination.
So, are you the adventurer who plans ahead in case rescue becomes necessary, but would otherwise prefer not to add outdoor communication to their itinerary? Then a PLB is all you need to stay safe out there. But if leveraging the power of a proven 2-way communication device adds to your remote outdoor experience, then ACR Bivy has the features you prefer.
ACR Bivy Stick Two-Way Satellite Communicator FAQ’s:
Q: HOW TO CONNECT TO A BIVY STICK?
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.
Q: HOW TO SEND A MESSAGE
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 bivy.com.
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.
Q: HOW TO SHARE YOUR TRACKING AND LOCATION
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.
Q: CAN THE BIVY STICK BE USED ON MULTIPLE PhoneS?
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.
Q: WHAT DOES THE BIVY STICK DO?
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.
Q: BIVY STICK LIGHT INFORMATION
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.
Q: ARE THERE COUNTRIES THAT ARE ILLEGAL TO HAVE A BIVY STICK?
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.
Q: WHAT IS THE BATTERY LIFE OF THE BIVY STICK?
A: 120 hours with mailbox checks every 15 minutes, approximately 100 hours with 24/7 tracking
Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CHARGE THE BIVY STICK?
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
Q: HOW DOES THE SOS WORK?
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. https://partner.globalrescue.com/bivy/
Q: WHAT ARE THE TRACKING INTERVALS?
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.
The manufacturer does not allow this product to be returned to Nomadic Supply Company. You must contact the manufacturer directly with any issues.