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Smartphones may be the primary means of communications for most users, but the functionality offered by something like a 2-way radio is second to none. Commonly known as a walkie-talkie, these devices may have less range than a phone, but do not rely on a tower in order to work. As such, these devices are ideal for emergencies where your cellphone services may get disrupted. Not only that, but walkie-talkies are also usually more durable than smartphones, making them excellent for industries like construction or logging. Here are some of the most notable walkie-talkies available on Amazon. Do notes that these devices were selected based on the features on offer.
The Motorola MR350R offers support for 22 channels, each with 121 privacy codes. On top of that, it also offers updates from NOAA weather channels. Other features include a built-in flashlight as well as IP-51 certification for water and dust resistance. A notable feature of the walkie-talkie is the fact that it sports large buttons, allowing it to be used while wearing heavy-duty gloves. It has a range of about 35 miles, which is approx. 56km.
This 2-way radio from BaoFeng is capable of transmitting at 8W, for a much greater range. However, users can also choose lower transmission power like 1W, and 4/5W, which improve battery life. The device also comes with reasonably large 2000mAh battery which should ensure hours of use.
This walkie-talkie from Midland offers 50 channels with 285 privacy codes. It also packs a whole host of features like an SOS siren and a group call feature. It is also waterproof against light rain as well as occasional splashes of water. This accessory pack includes radios, belt clips, desktop charger, rechargeable battery packs, AC adapter, DC adapter, boom mic headsets.
This walkie-talkie from Cobra offers a 35-mile (approx 56km) range and features a built-in LED flashlight. It also comes with a built-in NOAA radio receiver. Another notable feature of these walkie-talkies is the VibrAlert that notifies you of any incoming transmissions via vibrating feedback. A cool feature of the walkie-talkie is the fact that it can be used with AA alkaline batteries if needed.