Mammut Pulse can be updated through a wireless link. The ability to update your beacon is important, because it allows you to get enhancements
and new features without purchasing a new avalanche transceiver. (Read about updating other transceivers.)
Beginning with version 3.0, the version number is displayed on the screen when you turn on the power. To check the version on earlier
versions, press either button shortly after turning on the unit and then use the left button to scroll through the settings to Maintenance.
It costs $30us to update the Pulse. The update can be done at about a dozen retail locations in the US and
Canada as well as at the Mammut service centers in Vermont and British Columbia. Visit the
Mammut dealer locator and select the "Mammut Pulse Firmware
Update" checkbox to locate a participating retailer. (Here
is a list of dealers that were recently offering the update.)
(Still the current update as of Fall 2012)
The following features were added to the 3.2 firmware update:
- Directional Tones. The Pulse's (and
Element's) audio tones change
based on the direction indicator. Learn more about this feature
- Rescue Send. This feature is targeted at professional users: If you are in
Search mode and you switch
directly to Send, the Pulse will ask you if you prefer "Rescue Send." In this
mode, the Pulse is neither sending or receiving, but it will
revert to send if
it doesn't sense motion after seven minutes. This basically mutes the
beep-beep that would normally occur while searching without transmitting
- Landing Strip or Cross Fire. This changes the
display during the Pulse's fine search between a "landing strip"
(forward and backward only) and a "cross fire." Learn about the "landing
strip" approach here.
- Lithium Batteries. Starting with version 3.2, the Pulse can
use either alkaline or lithium batteries.
Lithium batteries are "considerably lighter" and will increase the
battery life by 30% to 50%. They also eliminate the
possibility of corrosion.
You must choose the appropriate "alkaline" or "lithium"
option in the Pulse's settings before changing the type of battery.
read about the version 3.2 update on Mammut's website.
(Version 3.0 was the most recent update for the 2010/2011 season.)
- The biggest enhancement in version 3.0 is the addition of two user profiles (read more about this
- Basic profile is the "easiest digital search for casual users"
- Advanced profile offers "analog and digital search modes and customized settings"
- Version 3.0 is supposed to provide an increased reception range.
- More effective search functions
- Dynamic pinpointing display
The search arrow now grows/shrinks depending on how close you are to the victim which provides another indication
of the distance to the victim (in addition to the changing tone and distance display).
- Numbering of marked buried subjects
- Acoustic signal from signal search through
- Protection against accidental switching from Search to Send
- There has been a significant reduction in the number of “Please stand still” and "Hold device horizontal"
- Variable size distance numbers. I.e., the size of the integer and decimal portions of the distance numbers
make it easier to differential between numbers such as 23 meters and 2.3 meters.
- Acoustic feedback when Send mode is activated