A walkie-talkie is a handheld two-way radio receiver commonly used for communicating over not-so-long distances. The invention of the walkie-talkie is significantly accredited to Hings, Gross and the engineering team at Motorolla. Walkie Talkies were used in tank units and field artillery and then eventually made it to public.
In the present, this device is great awe and amusement for children and adults alike. The following article lists some quality, fair-priced walkie-talkies. So check out this list of 10 best walkie talkies that you can buy right now.
10. Midland LXT630VP3 Walkie Talkie ($46.80)
This is Midland’s 36 channel rechargeable radio with a 30-mile range. It provides hazard alerts with weather scan and has 121 privacy codes for minimal interference. It features five call alerts and three levels of VOX(voice operated switches) for handsfree operation. These radios work flawlessly, and the best part about them is that they are small and compact.
“We charged for 24 hours before first use, used them all day/12 hours, and batteries are still at full power.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
9. Motorola MH230R Walkie Talkie ($45.50)
This is Motorola’s alkaline and rechargeable battery with 22 channels and 121 privacy codes for security purposes. This radio has a range of 23 miles, and the bundle includes two radios, two belt clips, one dual drop-in charger, 1 charging adapter and 2 NiMH rechargeable battery packs. These radios work great on mountains and exhibit excellent quality, range and battery life. Ideal for hiking, camping. Highly recommended.
8. Retevis H-777 Walkie Talkie ($134.99)
Retevis H-777 walkie-talkie features 16 channels and has a frequency range of 400-470MHz. It is a small, compact and easy to carry walkie-talkie and it feels smooth and good. Low voltage reminder will alert you and you also get to use power saving function of this system. These radios sound great even in mountains and are very easy to use with good quality voice.
7. UOKOO Walkie Talkie ($37.99)
This is a smart and stylish 22 channel walkie-talkie for kids. It can talk up to 3.7 miles. You can hear the communication loud and clear. It has an integrated LCD with backlight and battery status indicator. You can speak by a simple push of the button, and double click activates a beep signal. It requires 3 AAA batteries and can work continuously for 3.5 hours. These radios are compact so they can comfortably fit in the hand and can easily be found if lost because of their bright red colour. It also has a flashlight on the top and units are solid with the voice loud and clear.
6. Midland LXT500VP3 Walkie Talkie ($30.97)
This is a 22 channel, 24-mile walkie talkie. You get alerted for the incoming call and has dual power options for saving battery. These radios hold the charge very well and are loud and clear in reception. You might face a little issue with the range and the clip on the back isn’t very strong. The radio is solid.
“I should mention that when the clips broke the radio dropped straight onto concrete and didn’t even have a mark. I have personally dropped mine about 10 or 12 times and they still work. Good radio.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
5. BaoFeng BF-888S Walkie Talkie ($73.39)
This bundle has three pairs of Baofeng BF-888s walkie-talkie models. Each walkie-talkie comes with an earpiece. Each piece features 1500mAh Li-ion battery with low voltage alert. The radio has inbuilt intelligent charger and is operated on a frequency range of 400-470MHz. It is a 16 channel walkie-talkie with power saving features to extend battery life and an emergency alarm system. It has good build quality and is simpler than any license-free walkie-talkie. It can easily be setup to work on license free in USA or euro brands. Everything works great and has a fairly cheap price. You need to program this thing using a special cable with a computer.
4. BaoFeng BF-UV-5RE Walkie Talkie ($28.94)
BaoFeng’s two-way radio has a frequency range of 136-174 / 400-479.995 MHz. It has 2 integrated high-definition LED displays that show instructions in English, German and French. The audio is clear and crisp. The built-in radio FM works well.
“Radio has some of the loudest receive audio in an HT then I have ever heard. Audio output is 1000mW which equals 1 watt. Transmit audio is clear and crisp. Radio for me was easy to program, granted you should do some reading in advance and use appropriate cable drivers and software. I preferred to use “Chirp” software as it is less troublesome than BaoFengs own software.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
3. Motorola MR350R Walkie Talkie ($73.99)
Motorolla MR350R is a 35 mile, 22 channel 2 way radio/walkie talkie. It has inbuilt 20 different call tones and vibration call alerts. Each channel has 121 privacy codes for security features and VOX(voice operated switch) for handsfree communication. These radios are supplied with a comparatively expensive 3.6-volt rechargeable battery, you can use AAA as well. It has a great indoor range and audio is crisp and clear. It also has an integrated flashlight, iVOX, call button, emergency button, weather channels and 2 power settings.
2. BaoFeng BF-888S Walkie Talkie ($25.99)
This is a programmable, handheld, 2 Watt amateur radio with a frequency range of 400-520 MHz. You can program this walkie-talkie using a PC03 FTDI programming cable. It features 2 bands: a broadband(25kHz) and a narrow band (12.5kHz). It has 16 memory channels, battery saving features and alert for low voltage. This walkie-talkie also has an integrated emergency alarm, high aluminium flashlight and transmitter time-out timer.
“These are very good quality. The feel, controls, and cabinets are all substantial.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
1. Midland GXT1000VP4 Walkie Talkie ($58.86)
Midland’s GXT1000VP4 is a 50 channel two way walkie talkie with its range up to 36 miles. It has 142 privacy codes and 9 levels of VOX(voice operated switch) for hands-free operation. These radios work great but be sure to use good batteries else you’ll hear tonnes of noise or no voice from the sender at all. Like others, in a city or enclosed spaces, the range becomes limited. The headsets can be handy whilst you are hunting or fishing.
“These are state-of-the-art, light, with good clips and among the best currently available.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
Which one is your favourite?