Keeping in touch with a buddy while hiking, camping, or doing activities where there little or no mobile network can easily be done with a walkie-talkie or a two-way radio. It is also a better option when you need to speak with several people immediately. However, finding the perfect option is not an easy task. When choosing a waterproof walkie talkie requires a good understanding of several elements that will affect the purchase value of the device.
Finding the perfect two-way radio
As there are many walkie talkies that come with varying features, capabilities, as well as costs, and available in the market today, it won’t be that easy to pick one that will provide you with the best value for your money. You will need to determine which of the options will give you the edge over others.
If you are still on the fence and could not make up your mind on which model to go with, maybe it is time you consider this guide so can make a smart choice.
The purpose of the purchase: for leisure or for work?
One of the things that you need to give some thought when deciding on the particular walkie talkie to buy. If it is a model that you will need to use at work, then you have to go with one that comes with a more powerful built, an enhanced battery life, more channels, as well as a better range. Having one with those features will make it easier to communicate well with others.
If you will need a two-way radio in an environment where there is constant rain or will require your hands to get wet every now, then you will need to find one that is waterproof or water resistant.
But if you will need a two-way radio for activities like hiking, camping or engaging in sports, then, a multi-channel radio that can cover a decent range and also has good battery life will work just fine. You can even settle for the less expensive ones.
The Radio frequencies that you would most likely need: VHF or UHF?
There are two types of radio frequencies: VHF (Very high frequency) and UHF (Ultra-high frequency). A VHF-enabled walkie talkie will work well even between great distances. It will also need less power to work well. This is an ideal two-way radio for aviation, maritime or outdoor security sectors.
However, a VHF-enabled two-way radio will work well when while engaging in leisure activities done in an open field.
A UHF-enabled walkie talkie is a better option when you need to participate in an activity where there will be thick concrete walls or steel structures.
Range of coverage
Note that there will always be a great difference between what manufacturers may advertise and what the actual coverage of the two-way radio would be. Two-way radios which can transmit on either digital or analogue frequency will be the best option.
Note, however, that the greater the range of coverage, the higher the wattage needed to keep the device powered up. Hence, checking the type of battery that the device requires should also be considered.
Modern radios that use lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are just right for everyday use. Those that need Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries, on the other hand, are quite durable and impact resistant. Devices powered by NiMH batteries are also quicker to charge. However, they are sensitive to heat and this can reduce these devices’ charging capacity over time.
Other functionalities and features that you may need to consider when looking for the right walkie talkie may include the following: keypad lock, noise filter, voice-activated (or “VOX”) feature, scanning, features that allows hands-free use of the device, all-in-one navigation/communication capability (permits the device to announce its location), calling and paging features, and so on.
A licensed two-way radio permits its owner to use the device even under secure frequencies and have clear reception with minimal interruption.
As there are many options available in the market today when it comes to finding the perfect waterproof walkie talkie, it is best to take some time to consider all the features that available with whatever option that you can find before finally deciding which to go with.