Most of us (born beyond the 90s …) will remember the walkie talkies of our childhood: we spent so many hours hanging from the walkie talkie!
It was very funny … But, leaving aside the idlest side of these devices, we can not forget that they have been and are a great ally for police, firemen, workers, taxi drivers … In the era of digital technology, there is still hollow (and quite large) to find alternative, economic and traditional communication standards. In this article, you will find different options if you are looking to buy some walkie-talkies.
Midland G7E Pro
The leading brand thanks to its price, very competitive, and some very good results. On this occasion, we will review the G7E Pro model.
The devices are of very good quality and have a more than acceptable price, given the technical characteristics of this model: they are black and have a very strong structure, thus offering very good resistance to knocks and small falls. They are very easy to use and the voice is heard quite clearly.
About the battery, an important fact to keep in mind is that it incorporates a 1.500mAh rechargeable battery with a long life with a charge of about 4 hours; On the contrary, it does not work with batteries. Its weight is about 180 grams (it is one of the heaviest) and its frequency range is 400-470 MHz, with 16 channels; if you change the channel, it will inform you via audio (a valuable feature, since this is very useful when there is little light or poor visibility). In addition, the communicator incorporates a led and has a blinking mode in case of requesting help: SOS mode.
Another interesting option is that you can purchase a USB programming cable (sold separately) for this model of walkie talkie: this cable will allow you to connect it to the PC and so you can adjust and configure license-free frequencies, such as the PMR. Also, you can use them with a penguin in case you want to have your hands free. Its range is about 2 or 3 km in clear area; This is reduced to 1 or 2 when we encounter obstacles that may hinder communication.
- Quality and resistance
- Price (taking into account that there are 5 communicators)
- Baofeng is a brand dedicated exclusively to it
- We could expect a greater range, it is only 2-3 km
- Can not alternate battery with batteries
- Does not include USB cabling
By way of conclusion, we can say that the offer of the Boafeng is the strongest candidate to be the best, in case we look for quantity, quality and good price.
Motorola TLKR T40 walkie talkie
This model of Motorola, launched in 2012, is yellow and has a high performance: to begin with, a crucial one, and is that it has up to a range of 10 km with a weight of about 140g.
The presentation is perfect, as the briefcase in which everything is perfectly fitted and well stored allows you to transport it avoiding blows; this way you will keep your good condition for a long period of time.
Another characteristic to keep in mind is that they are waterproof: you will not suffer in case the rain catches you at the least opportune moment. The T80 model has more specifications, and one of them is tremendously useful: we can alternate the feeding; in case you run out of your rechargeable battery, you can change it for a second battery (purchased separately and previously charged) or the most interesting, you can use AAA batteries in case of running out of battery (these are always more accessible). What is recommended is that the batteries are rechargeable and of a trusted brand. The T80 also incorporates LED lighting.
The accessories included are of good quality, and everything will depend on the tastes and comfort of each user, such as the clip for fastening the trouser belt and support or tape to place it in other areas, such as the jacket or on the shirt. Not forgetting the penguin that you can use as hands-free, included in the briefcase.
- The possibility of alternating battery and batteries is very useful
- The carrying case is perfect, as well as to carry from one side to another as to save it when we finish using it
- The fact of being waterproof is a big factor in your favor
- The price is a bit high, comparing other models
- The colour is, perhaps, too flashy
- Some users say that it does not reach 10 km range
If you are looking for a walkie talkie with high performance, quality features and its use will be professional, the Motorola T80 is a firm candidate, since it is prepared for the most demanding users.
3. Walkie Talkie Motorola TLKR T41
Following the American brand Motorola, the TLKR T441 model is from 2014, and you can find it in orange or blue. Taking into account its power, this model works with alkaline batteries (for a punctual or emergency use) or rechargeable batteries (in case of being a newspaper or very often); however, the brand itself ensures that its consumption is quite low. One detail is that the low battery indicator will appear on the screen when the time comes.
The scope of the Motorola TLKR T41 is of a 4km radius without obstacles, with a number of 8 channels in the PMR446 band. Its light weight of 74 grams makes it extremely light, and also includes two useful clips for the belt.
It is so simple, easy and basic, that even a young child could use it and enjoy radio communication with another person.
- Simple and easy to use
- Comfortably light weight
- Low battery consumption
- One battery is missing, since it is powered only by batteries
- They are so simple that they are probably too basic
- Few details and accessories
The Motorola TLKR T41 is the ideal walkie talkie model if you are looking for a simple communicator, easy to carry, lightweight and for limited use. If you plan to give it to the little ones in the house, it is a very good option.
The 59T40Pack came to light in 2012 and its base colour is red; At first glance, it is very similar to the T41 model, although the power of the T40 is exclusive with three batteries. Of course, as a fact to keep in mind, when the batteries come to an end, the walkie talkie decreases the range, so that little by little you will notice that they will be exhausted because they will lose power, both to emit and to receive.
Its reach is 4 km, the communication is clear and the volume is quite high. In addition, it has 8 channels to be able to alternate and not interfere with other frequencies around. We can not forget that it includes the practical clip to hang it from the belt and always carry it over, leaving the hands free for other tasks. In addition, and as a novelty with respect to the T41 model, with the T40 you can communicate without needing to bring the walkie to your mouth: this is the VOX function.
Being Motorola, it could not disappoint the material, which is strong and resistant, as well as its design, quite beautiful and with very compact size: its 73 grams of weight make them very comfortable to wear.
- Low price
- Simple to use and resistant material
- Useful VOX function to talk without the need of the walkie to the mouth
- The accessories are of low quality
- A range that perhaps stays too short (4 km)
- Only works with batteries, does not have an alternative power
If you like Motorola products and you are looking for an economical walkie-talkie with the basic functions, this is a very good option for you.
Finally, Retevis walkie talkies, brand dedicated exclusively to the radio communication sector and the walkies. In particular, these communicators seem, at first glance, intended for children’s games; however, they can also be used for other tasks, provided they are not very demanding.
The Retevis walkies, Amazon offer blue, their material is hard and resistant and their weight is 79 grams. Analyzing a little more its technical characteristics, we see that it has 8 channels and has a frequency range that goes between 462 MHz to 467 MHz. It also includes the VOX function (thanks to which it is not necessary to approach the walkie to the mouth to talk) and an emergency button, very useful to communicate an alarm situation to the other communicator.
It has a flashlight mode, tremendously useful in the dark. As for your power, you need 4 AAA batteries for each communicator, and you can see on the screen the indication of the power status and the energy saving function.
The Retevis RT-388 are very well thought out and designed for the little ones in the house since they can be handled quite easily. Inside is a “big-boy” toy, in the market, there are other brands with other models of walkie talkies that do not cover the basic needs and are as complete as the Retevis RT-388.
- Mainly designed for children
- Does its function correctly and has correct characteristics
- Its price is the main advantage with respect to other walkies
- Only works with 4 batteries
- It has little reach
- It is a very basic model if we think about using it in a different way than playing.
The Retevis RT-388 model is perfect if you want to make a complete, fun, resistant and good-looking children’s gift.
As you can see, the offer of walkie talkies is very varied … If you need them for professional use, choose the Boafeng walkie talkies, which have set the bar very high, or the Motorola T80, which although its price is the highest, are the more complete and those that have better benefits. The rest of the models are more than enough if the use you will give is limited; They are even good for playing with children and having a good time with them.