The Ortovox S1+ is the successor to the Ortovox S1. This page explains the differences between the S1 and
the S1+. Read the Ortovox S1 review to learn about the core features in
both avalanche transceivers.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All Ortovox S1+ beacons have been voluntarily recalled. If you own an S1+, you should
stop using it immediately. Learn more here.
Enhancements to the Ortovox S1+:
- The S1+ includes the "smart
antenna" technology that was first introduced in the
This can improve the ability of other transceivers to locate the S1+. The addition of the smart
antenna resulted in a slightly longer "y-axis" antenna which should, theoretically, allow for a
slightly wider search strip width than the basic S1.
- The number of batteries was reduced from 3 to 2. Ortovox tells me that the removal of
the battery resulted in a longer reception range (due to
- The device has a rubberized coating that makes it easier to hold with gloves.
- The S1+ uses an accelerometer, rather than a compass, to sense subtle changes in direction
- The S1+ does not include a thermometer or navigation compass.
- The S1+ cannot be switched to analog.
- The menus have been redesigned to have fewer icons and be more intuitive. (You can
upgrade your S1 to simplify the menus, but it still won't
be an S1+.)
- The S1+ includes a new "deep burial"
mode. (You can upgrade your S1 to have this feature.)
- Ortovox began installing a RECCO reflector in the S1+ in October
2013. (Read the details.)
The S1+ began shipping in Late-2011.
For more information, read the review of the Ortovox S1.