The Mammut Pulse can be updated through special 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. (Learn how to update 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 to find a dealer in your
area. (Here is a
list of dealers that were recently offering the update in the United States.)
(Still the current
update as of Fall 2016.)
- Expanded first signal display. A new algorithm allows for increased
range (presumably 2-5 meters) during the signal search in certain situations.
- Optimized direction display. Changes to the internal compass
reduce "jumpiness" in the directional and distance indicators and guide the searcher along
a more direct path.
- Intelligent Search. The Pulse's new "Intelligent
Search" mode (one of three optional settings for the final search phase when using the
advanced profile) guides you through
the fine search process.
- Directional Tones. The Pulse's (and
Element's) audio tones now 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 transmit if it doesn't sense motion
after seven minutes. This basically mutes the beep-beep that would normally occur while
searching without transmitting a signal.
- 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.
- The biggest enhancement in version 3.0 is the addition of two user profiles (read
more about this here):
- Basic profile is the "easiest digital search for casual users"
- Advanced profile offers "analog and digital search modes and customized
- 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 coarse search
- 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" messages.
- 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