21.05.2020 Автор: nask1980 0

Best walkie talkie for long distance

Walkie talkies may seem to be out of date and even useless – who will need them it the age of mobile phones? But mobile devices

are not as reliable as we think. There are still areas without cell coverage – let’s say, jungles. Modern smartphones run out of

power in no time and you need to recharge them with power banks. Last but not least – you still have to pay for mobile

connection, and if your balance is close to zero, your phone turns into a hi-tech toy, nothing more.

A long range walkie talkie is a ‘must have’ for every hiker, camper, mountaineer and adventurer. It’s the cheapest and the most efficient way to keep in touch with the rest of the group and call for help when necessary.

Motorola Talkabout Radio MH230R

Average price: $40+ for a Twin Pack

Pros

Range up to 23 miles even with obstacles

Clear sound

Several days battery life

User-friendly, controls are intuitive, and manuals are coherent and easy to read

Lightweight

Very attractive price

 

Cons

Fragile case

Battery life is shorter if batteries are not brand new

Summary

One of the best walkie talkies for long distances – cheap, durable and convenient. Best choice for children or tough weather

conditions.

Uniden Submersible

Average price: $90+ for a Twin Pack

Pros

Up to 50 miles range

Completely submersible

NOAA alert and weather channels

Clear sound even at rough terrains

15 GMRS channels, 7 FRS channels

Direct call option

Auto channel change

LED emergency strobe light and SOS signals

Cons

Poor range in suburban areas

A little bigger and heavier than other models

Low volume

50 miles range may be a kind of exaggeration

Summary

As it is obvious from the model’s name, it’s a waterproof walkie talkie. Undoubtedly the best choice for sailing, kayaking,

canoeing etc. The overall quality and a full package of options and features are absolutely worth their price.

BAOFENG BF-888S

Average price: $30 for a Twin Pack, also 6-unit packs are available

Pros

Very modest and affordable price

Very compact model with a solid case

Full battery charging takes 4 hours, long battery life: 9-10 hours of regular use

Emergency flashlight

Cons:

Absence of a keypad

Poor design

Long fixed antenna

Poor range

Summary

An ideal option for beginners who want to start dealing with 2-way radios. This model is not recommended for professional

sailors and hikers, but can me used as means of communication for security staff in shopping malls or builders at the construction

site.

Motorola MT352TPR FRS

Average price: $70+ for a Triple Pack

Pros

Weatherproof, withstands all types of falls and harsh conditions

Walkie talkie range is about 35 miles

22 channels, including a weather channel

Vibrating ringer

Emergency flashlight

Rechargeable batteries with a USB charger

Cons

Belt clip instead of a carry case

Poor performance in dense urban areas

Not so many features as other models have

Summary

Very decent choice for all sorts of adventure seekers: water- and dust resistant, reliable, convenient. This model is especially

famous for its excellent battery performance, and if you have a power bank, you can recharge it even far from civilization,

somewhere in the woods or high in the mountains.

LT-188H VHF

Average Price: $60 for 1 unit

Pros

Does everything it promises to do, all the described features and characteristics are true

Power saving mode

10-mile range

Hands-free walkie talkie headset

Button lock feature

Cons

Poor manuals, extra googling may be needed

Poor flashlight

Non-illuminated display

Summary

One of the most “honest” models with the most accurate range assessment. It is definitely worth its price.

Range

Channels

Battery

Extra features

Motorola

Talkabout

23 miles

22

3 AAA Batteries or

Call tones, Hands-free

Radio MH230R

Rechargeable Battery

mode,

Emergency

Pack

alert, USB-port

Uniden Submersible

50 miles

22

Rechargeable Battery

Waterproof, Includes 2

Pack

headsets, Direct call,

Weather

channels,

Glowing

Keys,

Emergency

Strobe/Flashlight and

many others

BAOFENG BF-888S

2 miles

16

Replacement battery

Emergency

alarm,

Battery saving mode,

High

illumination

flashlight

Motorola MT352TPR

35 miles

22

3 AA Batteries or

Dual channel walkie

FRS

Rechargeable Battery

talkie watch, Hands-

Pack

Free

mode,

LED

flashlight,

Battery

Saver, Vibrating call

alert and much more

LT-188H VHF

12 miles

16

2800mAh(Li-Ion)

Weather

resistant,

Auto battery save,

Time-out timer, PC

programmable, Flash

torch

How to choose the best walkie talkie

Before deciding on a model, think, where you are going to use it as it is extremely important. Two-way radios work differently in

a backyard, heavily wooded areas or buildings. The next step is defining a budget, and last but not least – functionality.

So, we recommend taking the following points under consideration:

Area of possible usage

It is essential not only because the official range is possible only in open air with no obstacles, but also because for camping you’ll

definitely need an illuminated display and a flashlight. For mountaineering you may consider buying walkie talkies with

headphones etc.

Range

Range is one of the key characteristics of every two-way radio. Never believe the official information, just read the reviews or test

the model yourself. Range will vary crucially depending on the landscape and weather conditions.

Channels

You don’t need dozens of them as long as you are not a police officer or a cruise ship captain, but you’ll need at least a few.

NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) channels will keep you informed on weather conditions in your

area.

VOX

A hands-free option, very handy while hiking or climbing.

Power options

Rechargeable batteries are the best, but they serve even better combined with alkaline ones. Get sure that your walkie talkie will

not die in the middle of nowhere leaving you without any means of communication.

Out-of-Range alert

It can save your life someday.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between licensed and license free walkie talkies?

License free models are cheaper, but weaker, with small coverage and less functions. Usually they have all the specs which an

amateur user needs, though.

What does the range depend on?

The range depends on the landscape, weather conditions, power output and an antenna. Every obstacle reduces this parameter

drastically.

What is better: VHF or UHF?

VHF – Very High Frequency – is a wave length between 136–174 MHz. Ideal for communicating in an open air with no

obstacles.

UHF – Ultra High Frequency – 400–512 MHz. Mostly used for communicating in dense areas or buildings.

What is an average battery life?

It depends on a model and usage, but usually it should be no less than 8-12 hours.

Can walkie talkies cover 30 miles area or even more?

Yes, in ideal conditions, somewhere in a plain with no trees and under lucid blue sky. In real life it is hardly achievable.

Conclusion

Walkie talkies (or two-way radios, whatever you call them) are comparatively cheap and can be really handy while hiking, during

guided excursions, at the farms or even at schools.

We’ve mentioned only 5 models, so if you decide to buy one, waste some time on searching more information and comparing different options.