Always refer battery replacement and any other beacon service to a
factory authorized Service Center. Find a Center near you at
http://www.acrelectronics.com/brc.htm. Battery replacement includes
servicing the beacon by replacing all o-rings, testing the water seal and
the electrical properties and doing a full functional test on the unit.
NOTE: There are no user serviceable items inside the beacon. Do not
open the beacon except to disable (in case of faulty or accidental
activation). Otherwise, always have the beacon serviced.
WARNING: Battery contains lithium
To avoid possible fire, explosion, leakage or burn hazard, do not open,
recharge, disassemble or heat beacon above +70ºC (+158ºF) or
These products contain lithium in the battery. Various beacons may or
may not require special shipping instructions due to the lithium batteries
and changes in shipping regulations. Shipping of hazardous materials
requires special handling and documentation. MSDS sheets, along with
In the case of the RLB-36, the product contains small batteries that are
non-hazardous. However, regulations can change. Be advised that it is
best to verify the shipping requirements at the time you are preparing to
ship the unit.
Shore based maintenance for SOLAS vessels, (SBM) IMO
The Maritime Safety Committee has approved guidelines for shore-based
maintenance of satellite beacons, for the purpose of establishing
standardized procedures and minimum levels of service for the testing
and maintenance of satellite beacons. The first shore based maintenance
on all ACR EPIRBs is due at the date of the first battery replacement.
Visit ACR's website at
perform shore based maintenance.
Annual testing for SOLAS vessels, IMO MSC/Circ. 1040
SOLAS regulation IV/15.9 dictates annual testing of 406 MHz satellite
EPIRBs. Testing should be carried out using suitable test equipment
capable of performing the relevant measurements. All checks of electrical
parameters should be performed in the self-test mode, if possible. These
tests can be performed by certified ACR Battery Replacement Centers
(BRCs). Visit ACR's website at
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