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Last updated by Craig McInally 7 days ago
Two-Way Radios are an incredibly popular piece of tech with both casual users and professionals alike. This is mainly down to just how versatile these portable pieces of kit are; there are so many different ways that they can be put to use. Whether you are planning an outdoor event and need to keep your staff coordinated, are an avid adventurer who loves exploring the wilderness, or simply want to make communication within the workplace that little bit easier, you’ll find that a Two-Way Radio is an absolute must-have.
When choosing a new set of two-way radios, there are a number of things to consider. Perhaps most important amongst these is the walkie talkie's maximum range. If you are planning on using your radios on a family camping trip, or are looking for kids' walkie talkies, then a shorter range will probably be enough to meet your needs. However, for business users, or those going on hiking or skiing trips, then you will likely need a longer range- around 10km. What's more, you should also think about any additional features that you may need from your radios. For instance, many of Motorola's TALKABOUT range come with an easy pairing button, which helps to make set-up that little bit simpler. Others come with IP ratings to make them dust-proof and waterproof, and some like the Motorola T92 and Cobra AM1035 even float in water- making them the obvious choice for kayaking trips.
Throughout the year we conduct an extensive survey of our customers to find out more about how their Two Way Radios perform in practice. This enables us to discover exactly what real customers think of their Walkie Talkies and identify the top Two Way Radio brands that you can rely on, and report on those whose standards are slipping so that you can make the right choice before parting with your hard-earned cash. Motorola are by far the leading brand on the market when it comes to Licence Free Two-Way Radios, which is why they feature so prominently on our Top 10 list.
So, read on to discover our top picks!
Quality piece of kit with good range, easy to use & robust.
The Motorola TLKR T92 H2O is more or less identical to its predecessor the T80 Extreme; boasting a maximum range of up to 10km, rugged and weatherproof design, and all the same features. Built to withstand the elements, the TLKR T92 is one of the most robust two-way radios around. It even contains a floating core, which makes it ideal for kayaking and other water-based adventures. It also comes with a host of other features, including an integrated torch, helping you to save valuable space in your kit bag. Combining durability with a sleek design and a decent 16 hours of battery life, the TLKR T92 is a reliable choice that offers great value for money and at this price is an unquestionable Best Buy!
The best digital two-way radios on the market - the ideal choice for businesses.
The Motorola XT660 two way radio is an advanced device ideal for companies who know the importance of fast communication. With a wide range of cutting-edge features, you'll always be able to stay organised. Whether contacting just one person, or your entire team, the Motorola XT660 makes things simple. What's more, there's also the choice of both digital and analogue channels, to make communication even easier. With handy remote management functions, you can keep track of your two way radio fleet, or disable radios should they become lost. That way, your communication network is always kept safe and secure. Finally, the Motorola XT660 also comes with text messaging functionality via the keypad. If conditions don't allow for verbal communication, your team will still be able to keep connected.
Ideal for those working in the hospitality industry or similar environments, this compact two-way radio allows you to instantly stay in touch with your team. With a large, textured push-to-talk (PTT) button, users can operate the radio without looking at it. It also uses a headset instead of a speaker, making it better suited to environments where noise may be an issue.
Rugged and weatherproof, the T82 also comes with a carry case for easier transportation.
The Motorola T82 Extreme Two Way Radios are rugged and weatherproof with an IPX4 rating and a hidden screen that can light up making it easier to navigate through the menu. With range of up to 10km, they are ideal for hiking, skiing, or other outdoor activities where you need to keep in contact. What's more, the T82 also includes a number of handy extra features, such as an LED flashlight for professionals working at night. A further benefit of the T82 includes a vibration alert function to work without disturbing others and the iVox function, with which you can enjoy automatic activation by voice and hands-free.
Featuring a highly durable and water- resistant design, the Motorola XT460 is a two-way radio system that is built to last, even through intensive use in harsh industrial environments. A powerful business radio, it provides an exceptionally clear signal thanks to the eight channels and 219 user- selectable privacy codes available. What's more, this model is incredibly adaptable, using a custom programming service that allows you to adjust the setup to perfectly suit the unique needs of your business.
With long range and a floating core, these are some of the most advanced radios around.
Representing a big step up from the MT975, the Cobra AM1035 is a seriously rugged piece of tech that can put up with just about anything that the wilderness might throw at it. Most notably, it floats, so it’s the obvious choice for kayaking and other water-based activities. With a colourful orange core, you’ll have no trouble spotting your radio should you drop it- and its IPx7 rating means it will stay safe in even the roughest surroundings. Thanks to a 12km range, the AM1035 will ensure you stay connected even at long distances. It also includes voice-activation functionality and a hands-free feature, vibrating alerts, plus compatibility with virtually all other PMR446 two-way radios. In short, it packs everything you could ask for in a two-way radio into a neat little package that’s built to last.
Developed specifically for business and commercial users, the Motorola XT180 is a general purpose two-way radio ideal for users needing to stay in touch with staff, colleagues or team members quickly, easily and economically. The Motorola XT180 provides you with all the convenience and benefits of two-way communications without the cost or hassle of obtaining an operating licence. Multiple new handsets can be added to your radio fleet at any time and existing Motorola PMR446 users can also expand their existing radio fleets with Motorola XT180 radios to accommodate a growing workforce.
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