Walkie-Talkie Buying Guide

Pay attention to…

• Size

• Weight

• Power source and battery life (to include charging time)

• Transmitter power and functional operating distance

• Weather integration

• Display technology

• Purpose for use

• Frequency options

• Privacy and security options

A walkie talkie is a handheld transmitter & form of communication preferred by many outdoor enthusiast as well as those looking for a simple way to communicate over medium close distances. It is a two-way radio system that is designed to allow you to communicate through code or speech and has been in active use for over 70 years. The technology was invented during the Second World War and is still widely used today. Being handheld, and point-to-point, it can be used at any time without the assistance of a 3rd party operator. Modern handheld radios are lightweight and compact, and are available with many add-on features, depending on the radio brand and purpose behind the purchase.

The generally accepted lifespan of a two-way radio is between 6 to 10 years. You may have to replace the accessories, of course, depending on how you use handle and use your radio but these are items made for durability and use. Accessories include batteries, charger, and headset.

Two-way radios can make a great vacation accessory for young children, and you may want to consider them in this capacity. For example, walkie-talkies can easily remove the worry of being out of reach with your children on the crowded beach - giving immediate access to communication quickly and easily. A walkie-talkie provides miles of coverage and, if you are worried about your children playing in the yard or the extended outside a walkie-talkie is a convenient way to keep up with them. Two way radio devices are usually considered very kid friendly due to their ease of use and durability, being appropriate for all ages 8 years of age and up. They make a great device for playtime for your children and their friends, and mom can even listen in on the children without them ever knowing if necessary.

Three Rules Of Frequency Management

1. Never transmit on a frequency unless permitted to do so.

2. Never use your home frequency outside of the your covered area.

3. Never randomly selected a frequency; it must always be authorized use.

Handheld radios can be a cheaper form of communication than the cellphone if that is of concern. It is a one-time purchase cost versus a monthly bill for an easy medium range no-frills form of communication.

If you are looking for something more, you can always purchase a two way that includes the benefits of a scanner, and many do. This feature allows you to keep up with what is going on around town and is also popular among hobbyists everywhere.

Overall, walkie-talkies are great multi-purpose devices that come in a wide range of form and pricing. Which unit is right for you will depend on your needs, and with just a little bit of research you will easily come up with the ideal device for you and your family.