A PLB, as its name suggests is intended to be used on one’s person. A PLB is a more compact version of an EPIRB and is small enough to fit comfortably in your hand. A PLB is smaller due to its differing requirements which include a minimum transmission time of 24 hours, small lanyard, and ability to float but not vertically upright. Other safety features that are found on an EPIRB including strobe lights and reflective tape are optional for a PLB and are part of the reason a PLB does not meet the mandatory carriage requirements of an EPIRB.
When deciding if it is an EPIRB or PLB that you need it is easiest to determine what activity you are undertaking first and then choosing your emergency beacon accordingly. But for a rule of thumb it is easiest to remember that an EPIRB is best suited to marine usage whilst a PLB is better suited for land.
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