Are you trying to find the best walkie talkie? Overwhelmed by all the options? Do not worry! We have you covered.
Motorola Talkabout T800
The Motorola Talkabout might be the king of versatility when it comes to walkie talkies. The ability to create a mini text network and share GPS location sets the T800 apart from other walkie talkies.
✔️Allows you to text other group members without cellular service
✔️ Capable of sharing GPS location without cell service
✔️Hundreds of privacy codes
✔️Works with standard or rechargeable batteries
❌Pricier than other walkie talkies
If you’re looking for a beginner walkie-talkie that you won’t immediately outgrow, this is the one for you.
✔️Three chargers are included, one for each radio
✔️Voice activation included with nine sensitivity settings
✔️Built-in flashlight is a nice backup for emergency use
✔️NOAA weather alerts keep you in the loop
❌Construction is fine, but not exactly rugged
❌Battery life has only 14 hours of use
❌Disposable batteries cannot be used as a backup
Garmin inReach Mini
The inReach Mini looks and sounds like a walkie talkie — just miniature — but it uses technology to communicate in a very different way. Garmin’s satellite network covers the entire globe and connects the inReach Mini to other devices including smartwatches regardless of distance.
✔️Unlimited range and global service
✔️GPS navigation is included and accurate to five meters
✔️SOS feature summons help via automatic distress signal
✔️Lasts 50 hours on one charge
❌Restricted to communicating with compatible devices
❌Costly to buy and requires a monthly subscription
❌Navigation is good but the screen is very basic
Backcountry Access BC Link 2.0
This radio is built for backcountry skiers and snowboarders, so you know that harsh weather and big impacts won’t even faze it.
✔️Incredibly rugged and built to take a beating
✔️Extremely long battery life
✔️Extra set of controls on the handset
✔️Includes 22 channels, each with 121 security codes
❌Price is not for the faint of heart
❌Relatively basic tech features and capabilities
❌Larger and heavier than most walkie talkies
Midland T75 VP3 X-Talker
It’s easy to use, comes preloaded with more channels than anything else here, and has the usual 121 privacy codes. Mossy Oak Beak-Up camouflage and five animal calls were added specifically for hunters.
✔️Camouflage and silent mode keep this radio under the radar
✔️Includes five animal call tones
✔️Battery packs charge in three hours and last several days
✔️Weather alerts keep you ahead of the storm
❌Text messaging would be really nice on a hunting radio
❌No room for aftermarket customization
❌Line-of-sight radios have limited range in dense vegetation
How We Decided?
At a minimum, we recommend using three-mile range walkie talkies, good enough for around-the-house and backyard use. For hiking the wilderness or hitting the beach, opt for a bigger range.
- Battery Life
Our preferred run to charge time ratio is 3 hours of use on a minimum 2-hour charge.
- Build Quality
As for build quality, look for walkie talkies with sturdy plastic construction and rubber buttons, which do not sag or lose form over time.
- Design / Size
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✔️Durable for long-time use
✔️Easy to clean with wet cloth or water
✔️Not easily deformed
✔️Fits popular walkie talkie including but not limited to Motorola XTS 2000, Motorola MTS 2000, Motorola MTP 6000 series, HYTERA-PD785, KenWood TK-2000.