Servicing & Battery Replacements
Wilco Marine specialize in the servicing and repair of ACR Safety Equipment.
including the re programming and battery replacements of market leading ACR EPIRBs, PLB’s, SART’s and AIS systems. They have trained ACR technicians who can cost effectively and efficiently carry out any work required on your ACR product.
Battery replacement includes servicing the beacon by replacing all o-rings, testing the water seal and the electrical properties
we have had reports of people being charged $700 from other retailers, it should be around $200
Deal with Wilco Marine direct and save yourself money
Phone (09) 308 9165
Mobile 021 452 131
28 Hamer Street
Battery Replacement Interval
The manual recommends Replacement due 6 years from date of manufacture or 5 years after beacon is placed into service, whichever is first, or after emergency use, The battery should be replaced if the beacon has been activated for any use other than the Self-test
Our customers are finding that after doing a self test they get around 8 years battery life
We recommend performing the Self-Test at least two weeks prior to a trip allowing enough time for service should your beacon require it.
Rescue response time
Every rescue is different depending on the location and weather, please read our survivor stories
if your beacon is not NZ codded the response time will be longer
Register your Beacon
Registration of 406 MHz distress beacons is a legal requirement in New Zealand.
Registration is free and can result in a more efficient search and rescue effort. Digital 406 MHz distress beacons transmit a unique code that identifies a particular beacon when it is activated.
A registered 406 MHz distress beacon will allow the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand to access the registration database and find contact details for the owner of the beacon in the event the beacon is activated.