With the rise of the smartphone, you might not see the need for a pair of walkie talkies. However, for camping and backpacking purposes, when cellular reception is poor and you need to keep in touch with your group, they can prove to be invaluable.
What you should look out for when buying a pair is the long range distance of communication, whether it is waterproof and other additional features such as flashing lights or charging ports.
Here are our suggestions:
These walkie talkies from Floureon show that you don’t need to spend a fortune on a pair to get a decent model. They have a range of 3km range (MAX 5km open field) and are great for parents who want to keep an eye on their children without spending money on expensive cell phones, this is because they can be used when cellular reception is poor.
These are the number one best sellers on Amazon for children’s walkie talkies. They are robust, affordable and have a good range of 3.5-miles in open fields. They also feature 22 channels on a PMR system and 38 CTCSS sub-channels. A pretty short battery life of 3.5 hours for continuous use but enough for a bout of play.
This is a popular model and for good reason, it is affordable, has all the basics such as an average distance for communicating of 23 miles, also delivers automatic weather updates. Has a very long battery life of at least 10 hours when using batteries or 8 when charging. Nice budget option.
If a long battery life is your main priority then the Baofeng’s BF-F9 V2+ has an 8-watt, tri-power battery life that delivers long-lasting power. It features a tri-power feature, which means you can adjust the wattage use to save your energy consumption rates. If that is not enough, it’s compatible with larger batteries like a 3800 maH Li-Ion, which double the battery life; that’s not included however.
You get 50 channels and 142 privacy codes so you can always have a private chat on this pair of walkie talkies. It is not waterproof but ok to use in showers. It also has an emergency distress signal that you can send in extreme situations.
Our favourite by a mile, it is water resistant to one metre for half an hour and floats, has a range of up to 37 miles, can be used as a flashlight and you can either charge it up or use alkaline batteries. What we love the most is the voice recognition technology. It detects your voice so you can use it hands-free.
For those who need to buy in bulk, your best bet is purchasing a pack of these Retevis H-777’s. You get 10 x two-way, single-band 16-channel radios for under $150. They are simple to operate, all are programmed to the same frequency and customer reviews state the distance is around one to two miles. Battery life varies but expect around 8 hours. Great for warehouse operatives.
This unit is waterproof for up to three feet of water for up to half an hour, has a distance of up to 50 miles but does not float. Has a nice big backlit display however that makes it easier to communicate at night. Only has 22 channels but most people won’t need that many anyway. Includes two headsets.