BEST RATINGWALKIE-TALKIES

Rating of the best radios

In our time of universal mobile telephony, it is difficult to imagine problems with communication. I dialed the number and talk, but it turns out it’s not that simple. There are still many “white spots” that are not covered by cellular operators on the territory of our vast country. This is especially true for the forest, steppe expanses, and mountainous areas. In these cases, the good old radio always comes to the rescue. Forestry workers, hunters, anglers, hiking lovers in the mountains and valleys cannot rely on cellular communications. It remains to hope for a walkie-talkie as a proven and reliable means of communication. This type of communication does not lose its relevance.

We have compiled a list of the best walkie-talkies based on expert assessments of specialists and real buyers reviews. Our recommendations will help you make the best choice for your requirements and desires. There are many competitors in the world market for equipment, but we have selected the best manufacturers and recommend that you pay special attention to them:

Budget / Inexpensive

  1. Baofeng
  2. MIDLAND
  3. KENWOOD

Middle price category

  1. ARGUT
  2. VECTOR
  3. Yaesu
  4. Motorola
  5. ALINCO

ARGUT A-43

ARGUT A-43
The main advantages
  • The device case with a high protection class IP 54 is made of impact-resistant ABC / PC polymer. Withstands short-term heating up to 130-145 degrees Celsius. The radio is capable of operating in the temperature range from -30 to +60.
  • 4 W power provides an extended range of up to 8 km, depending on the terrain
  • The ability to change the operating frequencies by reprogramming the device using a PC will help tune the radio to the desired range.
  • There is a function of synchronizing settings for multiple radios without using a computer.
  • Sleep timer after the end of call saves battery power.

VECTOR VT-44 Military

VECTOR VT-44 Military
The main advantages
  • Professional grade LPD radio (non-licensed frequency band) in a protected case with an aluminum carrier rail. Has a small weight of 150 grams
  • Additional LCD backlight makes it easier to work at night
  • The long-range, even in urban conditions up to 10 km, provides reliable, high-quality communication
  • The ability to scan channels with automatic squelch and CTCSS (friend/foe identification) makes it easy to find the desired signal
  • Operating time on one charge from 25 to 40 hours, depending on the intensity of use

COMRADE R6

COMRADE R6
The main advantages
  • Extremely powerful (7W) with a wide range of features in a monolithic shockproof case
  • With the VOX system, you can activate the radio remotely. A special headset allows you to free your hands and turn on voice transmission automatically at the beginning of a call
  • Up to 16 channels can be programmed and stored for quick switching
  • Built-in scrambler protects conversations from tampering or eavesdropping
  • Three multifunctional programmable dual-use buttons make it easy to operate the radio
  • Automatic Selective Scan helps you find the desired signal at the correct frequency

Yaesu FT-60R

Yaesu FT-60R
The main advantages
  • Amateur FM radio station in a shock- and moisture-proof housing. Has an optimal ratio of quality and price, in comparison with the closest competitors
  • Output power can be adjusted in three modes, which allows, if necessary, to reduce power consumption and extend battery life significantly
  • Blocking the control buttons from accidental activation and password-locking the activation of the radio itself will protect against loss of the desired frequency of negotiations and outside interference
  • The ability to program the control buttons for a specific mode of operation “hot keys” makes it easier to access the necessary functions, bypassing the “menu.”

Baofeng UV-5R

Baofeng UV-5R
The main advantages
  • One of the most popular amateur radios from a well-known Chinese manufacturer
  • Separate charging capability. The removable battery can be charged without being installed in the radio case
  • The design allows you to conduct a conversation on two different bands and frequencies, as well as quickly switch between them
  • Built-in FM receiver can receive radio station signals in the range of 65-108 MHz
  • LED torch with adjustable lighting mode (constant light, flashing light) will help in the dark or serve as a beacon for an alarm

Baofeng UV-82

Baofeng UV-82
The main advantages
  • Dual-band intercom with a range of up to 16 km and an informative black-and-white display with additional illumination (three colors to choose from)
  • The main external components are assembled from aluminum alloy, which increases the reliability of the case and improves cooling.
  • Switching between the operating ranges is carried out using the “swing” key.
  • With active radio communication, you do not need to preselect the channel/frequency, just press the upper or lower part of the key to change the operating mode. The same switching options are implemented on the headset of the device.

Baofeng BF-888S

Baofeng BF-888S
The main advantages
  • Inexpensive 16-channel radio with a power of 5 W and a range of 5 km
  • Robust housing with LED indication of operating modes (reception – green, transmission – red). The structure of the device is assembled on a metal chassis. This increases the rigidity of the case and provides adequate cooling of the working elements of the radio.
  • The preset UHF operating frequency range can be easily reflashed using a computer to license-free LPD and PMR, distributing 8 for each band.
  • Separate power adjustment (two modes) for each channel is possible.
  • A built-in flashlight will help in the dark, as well as when you need to send a visual signal for help (SOS)

KENWOOD TK-3406M2

KENWOOD TK-3406M2
The main advantages
  • Dual-band walkie-talkie in a dust and moisture protected case
  • Updated and improved BTL one-watt amplifier and a loud half-watt speaker ensure high-quality conversations even in noisy environments
  • Programmable capabilities of the radio station using special software, through a connection to a computer. Two keys can be configured to activate specific functions with on / off mode
  • Operating range from 1 to 5 km in urban areas, up to 12.5 km in the industrial zone, and up to 15 km outside the city
  • Built-in noise cancellation and speech scrambler for added convenience and security

Yaesu VX-6R

Yaesu VX-6R
The main advantages
  • Lightweight yet durable waterproof aluminum-magnesium alloy housing for increased protection. Endures staying in the water at a depth of 1 meter for half an hour
  • Wide reception range with the ability to connect up to 1000 communication channels
  • Informative monochrome LCD showing the operating mode of the radio station with a backlit screen and control buttons
  • The ability to adjust the signal power from 0.3 to 5 watts reduces power consumption and extends the operating time of the device without recharging
  • Built-in FM receiver
  • A high-capacity battery (1500 mAh) ensures long-term, uninterrupted operation of the radio

Best stand-alone speakers with a subwoofer

3. Microlab MD310BT

Microlab MD310BT photo

Even though this model is experimental, it has gained quite a wide popularity among users. The dimensions of the device are 277x115x76 mm, which is pretty decent for such an autonomous product. The weight is about 1 kg. The design’s body is made based on black plastic with a matte finish, on which there will be no fingerprints or other marks. It also has glossy inserts – the design looks pretty strict. The front panel houses a metal grill, a large LCD, and several control buttons. In addition to information, the display shows the time.

The design provides two rather large speakers. On the back, there is a subwoofer, which is additionally protected from damage by a plastic beam. The battery capacity is 1000mAh. In general, the device has many functions: in addition to standard music playback, there is a rather powerful radio receiver with a memory for 30 stations. If you connect the speaker to a tablet or laptop, you can get a kind of home theater. The front panel has a jack for a wired device connection, a slot for a memory card, and a USB input. The sound is pretty straightforward, even at maximum volume.

Benefits:

  • Quite a compact size for such a powerful device;
  • Good volume;
  • A large number of functions;
  • Strict appearance.

Disadvantages:

  • Low-frequency control is not provided.

2. Sony SRS-X55

Sony SRS-X55 photo

It has pretty decent overall dimensions of 22.1×11.8×5.1 cm with a weight of 1.2 kg, making this model a real record-holder among our review of the best portable speakers. The device’s top panel has a glossy, shiny surface where all the pressing control buttons are located. Unfortunately, it is quite easily soiled as a result of which every speck of dust and a trace of even a slight touch will be visible on it, although such a panel looks quite stylish. On the front side, there is a rigid metal grille, painted in gray. Hidden behind it are two speakers and one designed to transmit low frequencies. All the main connectors and jacks are located on the back of the device. Rubber inserts are provided below.

The wireless interface is a Bluetooth 3.0 channel; there is a USB connector through which you can charge mobile phones and smartphones. The manufacturer claims 10 hours of battery life only from the battery – there is some truth in this, mostly if the volume is set to average. The battery is fully charged within 2.5-3 hours. The column automatically turns off if it has not played music for the last 15 minutes – this is a reasonably convenient feature. The sound quality is relatively high for a stand-alone device.

Benefits:

  • Excellent sound;
  • Attractive appearance;
  • All necessary wireless modules are available;
  • Extended headroom.

Disadvantages:

  • Large dimensions and weight;
  • Marking the top side;
  • There is no radio.

1. Mobidick SuperTooth Disco

Mobidick SuperTooth Disco Photo

This is the most potent device among all the models presented in our ranking of the best portable Bluetooth speakers. The speaker has two speakers of 8W each, and it is also equipped with a 12W subwoofer. Another distinctive quality of the product is the power supply, both from the battery and the mains. The overall dimensions are also quite significant – 31x9x6.5 cm, with a weight of almost 1.2 kg. In standby mode, the device can work up to 1,500 hours on a single battery charge. In intensive use (listening to music at full volume), the battery will last about 3-4 hours; moderate volume allows you to extend the operating period to 9-10 hours.

This model is explicitly designed for high-quality sound – it will not be possible to find a radio receiver, a card reader. The function of charging other mobile devices is not provided. The subwoofer delivers excellent low frequencies, while the other two speakers are perfect for high frequencies. The range of transmitted sounds is in the range from 80 to 18,000 Hz. The rechargeable battery is nickel-magnesium, which provides a quick charge.

Benefits:

  • The set includes a convenient case for storage and transportation;
  • Correctly transmit any sounds;
  • Fast charging;
  • Decent battery life.

Disadvantages:

  • Heavy and oversized.
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