Best Portable ADS-B Receiver Recommendations

Portable ADS-B receivers provide free weather and display some, but not all traffic. Here are solutions I’ve tested, and/or that  Aviation News Talk podcast listeners rated highly in our listener survey.

Garmin GDL 52 Portable SiriusXM/ADS-B Receiver

Features
Dual-band ADS-B receiver
SirusXM weather & Radio
Built-in GPS
Built-in AHRS
Five hour battery


Benefits

Receives Free ADS-B weather when within line-of-sight of an FAA ground station and subscription-based SirusXM weather
Receives hundreds of SirusXM radio channels

Compatibility
Works on iOS or Android running Garmin Pilot App and on Garmin aera 660, 795, and 796 portable GPSs and Garmin G3X touchscreen

Includes
Three month subscription to SiriusXM Pilot Preferred aviation weather package and the SiriusXM All Access audio programming package.

BUY the Garmin GDL 52 Portable SiriusXM/ADS-B Receiver

 

Stratux ADS-B Dual Band Receiver & Weather – #1 Amazon Best Seller


Features

Dual-band ADS-B Receiver for traffic and weather
Built-in WAAS GPS
Built-in AHRS
Battery pack lasts 4+ hours

Benefits
Low cost ADS-B traffic and weather
Small package size; just suction cup it to a window

Compatibility
Works on many iOS or Android apps
Supports ForeFlight, FlyQ EFB, Navigator, AvNav, WingX, Avare EFB, FltPlan Go, DroidEFB, AerovieReports, Avplan EFB, iFly GPS, DroidEFB, OzRunways EFB

Includes
Assembled in case with suction cup mounting
Latest Stratux software (v1.4r3) already loaded on MicroSD card.

BUY the Stratux ADS-B Dual Band Receiver & Weather

 

uAvionix Scout – Affordable Traffic and Weather in a Small size

Features
Dual-band ADS-B Receiver for traffic and weather

Benefits
Low cost
Small package size
Suction cup it to a window

Compatibility
Works on iOS iPhone or iPad running ForeFlight

Notes
Requires external power source: Use 5-volt USB battery pack, or USB adapter to aircraft’s cigarette lighter.
No built-in GPS in Scout, so you’ll need an external GPS, or an iPhone, or an iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular (Wi-Fi only iPad doesn’t have a GPS).

BUY the uAvionix Scout

 

 

 

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