Best Walkie Talkies in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 8, 2019
The walkie talkies originally used by the military and police have long since become common for campers, hikers, and other fans of the active leisure. Many manufacturers compete for this market today. We have selected 5 best market proposals to assist you in choosing your preferred radio. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Standards
Application
Frequency Range
Power
Communication Range
Number of Channels
Battery Life
Extras
Package Contents
Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

The Motorola Tlkr T92 H20 has 8 channels with 121 codes, a built-in torch, dedicated emergency button, and excellent dust protection. What's more, it's completely waterproof and can be submersed in water up to 1 metre for half an hour. 

CONS
Can't stay underwater for too long.
OUR VERDICT

With so many useful features, this twin set is a must for anyone who can't live without adventures. No matter what it is you like to do - fishing, mountain climbing, hiking, snowboarding, etc. - with this pair of walkie-talkies, you'll never lose touch with the world.

detailed parameters
Standards
UHF
Application
Professional, Amateur
Frequency Range

446,00625 - 446,09375 MHz

Power
500 mW
Communication Range
Up to 10 km
Number of Channels
8 channels + 121 codes
Battery Life
Up to 16 hours with supplied batteries Up to 23 hours with batteries AA
Extras
Scan function, 20 call tones, iVOX/VOX (hands free), Keypad lock, Advanced flash light, Vibrate alert, Low battery alert, Emergency alert, IP67 waterproof
Package Contents

2 x radios, 2 x whistle belt clips, 2 x NiMH rechargeable batteries, 1 x car charger with 2 detachable USB cables, 1 x carry case, 1 x user guide

Weight
233 g with batteries
Warranty
1 year
PROS

The device is IP54 dustproof and splash-resistant, making it equally suitable for hotel security, climbing, hiking, or anything in-between. The battery power saving function extends the standby time to 72 hours. The TOT pre-alarm sends you an alarm every few seconds before the time-out timer function cuts off your transmission.

CONS

The charging stands are a tad inconvenient. 

OUR VERDICT

The Olywiz OL-082601E is as rugged, tough, and reliable of a walkie talkie as they come. We wouldn't recommend this thing to people looking for questionable features with limited value. This is a product for people who want maximum value and a dependable tool.

detailed parameters
Standards

UHF, FM

Application

Professional, Amateur 

Frequency Range

UHF: 406 - 470 MHz
FM: 65 - 108 MHz

Power

2 W

Communication Range

Up to 56 km

Number of Channels

16 channels

Battery Life

72 hours

Extras

TOT function, Time-out timer pre-alarm, Monitor, Scan function, Voice prompt, Battery power saving, Low Power reminder, Built-in CTCSS/ DCS encode and decode solution, IP54 dustproof and splash-resistant

Package Contents

2 x radios, 2 x antenna, 2 x 1800mAH Li-ion battery, 2 x charging stands, 2 x belt clip, 2 x wrist loop, 1 x user manual

Weight

189 g

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The ergonomic design of this model will be able to secure both a firm and a comfortable grip, which is a rather important feature when it comes to skiing, camping, or all kinds of outdoor activities. Aside from its design, the product boasts a truly impressive battery life that will be able to provide up to 70 hours of service.

CONS

The belt clip is a bit flimsy.

OUR VERDICT

If you're interested in a walkie talkie that will be able to provide you with more comfort and convenience than virtually any other similar model out there, the Binatone Latitude 100 might just be exactly what you ought to be looking for.

detailed parameters
Standards

PMR

Application

Professional, Amateur

Frequency Range

446,00625 - 446,09375 MHz

Power

0.5 W

Communication Range

Up to 3 km

Number of Channels

8 channels

Battery Life

70 hours

Extras

Scan function, Volume control, LCD with backlighting, Low battery indicator

Package Contents

2 x radios, 1 x belt clip, 1 x user manual

Weight

231 g

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The thickened alloy metal middle frame design allows the device to effectively dissipate heat and makes it particularly drop-resistant. The enlarged PTT (push-to-talk) button allows you to comfortably and confidently press it while wearing gloves. The busy channel lock will prevent you from transmitting while you're receiving another signal.

CONS

The model has programmable functions but it doesn't include the software. 

OUR VERDICT

The Retevis RT24 gives you most of the functions of high-end walkie talkie but without the price tag that usually comes with them. It's a practical unit that is equally suitable for professionals and amateurs. Its robust exterior makes the model perfect for excursions to tough environments.

detailed parameters
Standards

PMR

Application

Professional, Amateur 

Frequency Range

446,00625 - 446,09375 MHz

Power

0.5 W

Communication Range

Up to 3 km

Number of Channels

16 channels

Battery Life

40 hours

Extras

VOX, Scanning, CTCSS/DCS, Scrambler, TOT, BCL, Wide narrowband, Frequencies step, Squelch level, Power saving, Voice prompt, Battery low alert, PC programming, Busy channel lock

Package Contents

2 x radios, 2 x batteries 2 x USB chargers, 2 x Belt clips, 2 x Sling, 2 x Earpieces, 2 x Adapter, 1 x English manual

Weight

193 g

Warranty

1 year

PROS
Combines wonderful functional and operational features with a reasonable price; might be actually unrivaled in this price range.
CONS
This device might make an impression of being too complex to use.
OUR VERDICT
Supporting a vast range of available frequencies and channels, and full of various functions this device will be the best choice for fishermen, sailors, rock-climbers and common tourists.
detailed parameters
Standards
VHF/UHF, FM: 65-108 MHz (reception)
Application
Professional, Amateur, Marine
Frequency Range
136 - 174 MHz; 400 - 480 MHz
Power

0.25 W

Communication Range

Up to 14.5 km

Number of Channels

128 channels

Battery Life
12 hours
Extras
NOAA Weather alert, VOX, Keypad lock, Dual band, Dual display, Built-in flashlight and FM radio
Package Contents

1x radio, 1x belt clip, 1x Li-Ion rechargeable battery, AC Adapter, Wrist strap, SMA (female) antenna

Weight

204 g

Warranty
1 year

Motorola Tlkr T92 H2O PMR446 Waterproof 2-Way Radio

For Wildest Adventures

The Motorola Tlkr T92 H2O is a portable two-way radio, which is ideal for even the wildest and most extreme adventures. You can stay in touch with each other at a distance of up to 10 km in the open field or terrain.

The communication range, however, will decline in the presence of various obstructions (for instance, if you are using it in town). We believe, its most important advantage is its increased protection from various weather conditions. Don't hesitate to use it even in the pouring rain. Should your radio accidentally fall in the water, it won't drown, but will peacefully float on the water surface face up and wait for the rescue!

This walkie talkie can withstand the continuous submersion for up to 30 minutes. Besides, it will take no effort to find and retrieve the device, as an emergency flashlight will be activated as soon as it comes in contact with water. If suddenly your journey continued till night, with integrated white and red LEDs, you can easily read a map or chart, light your way or explore the location while preserving your night vision.

Should you find the built-in beam not strong or bright enough, then have a look at the selection of best portable flashlights in our reviews.

With this walkie talkie, you may enjoy your escape to the wilderness with absolute confidence. The emergency alert feature will allow you to instantly warn other members of your team of impending danger or a predicament you may have confronted. You can activate the alert button to transmit the alert siren or, alternatively, use the whistle belt clip in less extreme situations.

If you are contemplating an extended travel trip or adventure, no worries, even on rechargeable batteries the gadget will be powered for up to 16 hours of continuous use. You may safely continue your camping, trekking or hiking trip if you take along three spare AA batteries (which will last for another 23 hours).

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Olywiz OL-082601E

A Dependable Tool

A radio device isn't a mobile phone. It doesn't have to be packed to the rafters with all kinds of gimmicky features. These things are designed for emergency situations and the toughest environments, so they have to be rugged and reliable first and foremost. On that note, let's talk about the Olywiz OL-082601E.

Now, it's not like this thing that doesn't a single function going for it. No, there's plenty to go around here and we will briefly cover them in a moment. Because, most importantly, the model is tough. Its plastic housing is surprisingly sturdy. The rubber inserts don't just make it more ergonomic but also provide shock-absorbing qualities to the device. It is IP54 dustproof and splash-resistant, making the walkie talkie equally suitable for hotel security, climbing, hiking, or anything in-between.

As for those functions, the most interesting and important ones are the battery power saving and the time-out timer pre-alarm. As you'd imagine, the former cuts off unnecessary functions and allows you to extend the battery life. Thanks to this feature, the model is able to give you a whopping 72 hours of standby time. The latter sends you an alarm every few seconds (you can set the desired frequency) before the usual time-out timer function cuts off your transmission.

All in all, the Olywiz OL-082601E is as rugged, tough, and reliable of a walkie talkie as they come. We wouldn't recommend this thing to people looking for questionable features with limited value. This is a product for people who want maximum value and a dependable tool. On top of everything else, it has a really long range, so you'll be able to use it over a long distance.

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Binatone Latitude 100

A Firm and Comfortable Grip

The Binatone Latitude 100 do not necessarily offer the highest number of features out there nor are they able to provide the most outstanding communication range. Nevertheless, this product is one of the most popular walkie talkies out there. The reason for that is fairly simple and can be more or less summed up in one word, that word being convenient. Of course, convenient is a relatively ambiguous term, so we'll try to do our best to briefly break it down for you.

The first thing that contributes to the aforementioned aspect is the ergonomic design of this mini radio that will be able to secure both a firm and comfortable grip, which is a rather important feature when it comes to skiing, camping, or all kinds of outdoor activities. Naturally, both devices also come with a belt clip to enable easy storage when you happen to be on the move. Aside from its design, the Binatone walkie talkie in question also boasts a truly impressive battery life that will be able to ensure up to 70 hours of service.

Aside from these properties, the volume control option will provide you with a rather useful and not always found in other models opportunity to change the volume at a touch of a button. The LCD screen comes with backlighting, so you'll easily be able to make sense of the settings even when it is completely dark outside. Finally, the scan function is also there, so you will be presented with the option of scanning frequencies for other users. So, if you're interested in a walkie talkie that will be able to provide you with more comfort and convenience than virtually any other similar model out there, the Binatone Latitude 100 might just be exactly what you ought to be looking for.

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Retevis RT24

Take an Excursion but Take It with You

The Retevis RT24 has its flaws but considering what it offers and the price tag that it comes with, we couldn't really avoid adding this one to our list. Since it doesn't have a brand like Motorola behind it, this device offers practically every single function out there, a good chunk of which is usually reserved for some of the most expensive models.

But first, with its thickened alloy metal middle frame design, this thing doesn't just effectively dissipate heat but also makes the walkie talkie particularly drop-resistant. Even if it happens to fall from a really high place, there's very little chance it'll receive any substantial damage.

One thing that we really like is a larger-than-average PTT (push-to-talk) button. You'd think it doesn't make a world of difference but being able to comfortably and confidently press the button while wearing gloves can be a game changer.

In addition to the usual features, the model incorporates a low battery alert, so you won't be caught off-guard in a nasty predicament with a dead battery. On top of that, there's a power-saving function that will allow you to extend the battery life. Using the squelch level feature, you'll be able to control the background noise and enjoy a high-fidelity sound without the usual radio noise. Finally, there's the busy channel lock, a feature that will prevent you from transmitting a signal as long as you're receiving another signal.

Long story short, the Retevis RT24 gives you most of the functions of high-end walkie talkie but without the price tag that usually comes with them. It's a practical unit that is equally suitable for professionals and amateurs. Its rugged exterior makes the model perfect for excursions to tough environments. Plus, it comes with headphones, so you won't have to buy those separately.

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BaoFeng UV-5R

Multi-tool Among Radios

You'd be hard-pressed to find a radio with the same set of functions and at the same price tag as this. It's made of heavy-duty plastic and highly responsive to the VOX function which allows for communicating with others hands-free.

Aside from the basics, this radio also features an auto keypad lock, so chances of accidentally changing a channel or completely resetting the set are reduced to none. Further on, the BaoFeng UV-5R connects to NOAA Weather Channels so you can rely on it when you need to know what the weather is going to be like at any particular time. The biggest advantage of the BaoFeng UV-5R, though, is that it comes with an FM-receiver - something you'd not get with similar products in this price bracket. Thanks to it, you can not only talk to other people but also use it for listening to the local broadcasts and your favourite radio stations while you walk.

Another thing we'd like to highlight is that the BaoFeng UV-5R radio operates in the commercial frequencies of the VHF/UHF-range, actually supporting the narrowband transmission including the splinter channels, which makes it one of the most multi-functional devices in its class. It provides 128 accessible channels with a selectable frequency step of 2.5, 5, 6.25, 12.5, 20, or 25 kHz, allowing you to use the radio anywhere without interference. As for the communication range, you get up to 14-15 km, which is more than most other walkie talkies on this list offer.

As for conveniences, the BaoFeng UV-5R has a backlit dual LCD display and a keyboard that can be easily read both during a day and in the pitch darkness. Also, it has a flashlight so you can use it instead of your smartphone. Plus, a removable antenna that is included with the set can be easily replaced with a proper aerial if you need to extend the range of communication or improve the clarity of sound.

As you can see, the BaoFeng UV-5R has everything necessary for comfortable usage, which makes it one of the best options for professional users and tourists alike.

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What Is a Walkie Talkie?

The modern time frame requires that people keep in touch with each other all the time, and for this purpose, many rely on a cell phone. However, using a mobile phone is not always the best option in terms of convenience, especially for people of such professions as security guards, police, taxi drivers, truckers, sailors, construction workers, foresters, office and warehouse staff, sportsmen etc. That's exactly where such a digital device as a walkie-talkie comes in.

One of the main advantages of walkie talkies is that they do not require any other signal but the radio one to be used within the designated area, and the size of this area can be varied and expanded with the power of a transceiver used. Another obvious advantage of a walkie talkie is that it doesn't have any phone charges nor does it limit the time you can talk with other people.

Of course, a walkie talkie is unlikely to replace a smartphone, but if you often go for outdoor activities and look for a portable device to keep in touch with your friends or other people during trips, it's one of the best solutions to go with.

For people living an active life, we'd also recommend checking out our reviews of sleeping bags, kayaks, and night vision devices.

What Features to Compare

Frequency

The first important feature of these radios is the frequency range. The majority of walkie talkies operate in VHF and UHF channels.

VHF (Very High Frequency) channels use the frequencies from 134 to 174 MHz. The signal has an average penetration rate. This range is recommended for radio communication in the rural areas. As a rule, radio stations used for these purposes are bulky and have long protruding aerials.

UHF (Ultra High Frequency) channels include the frequencies from 400 to 470 MHz. Radio sets operating in this frequency range due to the high penetration rate of transmitted radio waves provide you with a reliable connection in the urban environment, inside of buildings, and in other areas with many obstructions. Before buying a transceiver you should collect information on the licensing of certain frequencies in your region or state.

There is also the FRS standard (462.5625 – 467.7125 MHz), which is applied to a license-free mobile short-range radio communication in the North and South America. This standard limits the power of stations allowed for use in the USA to 0.5 W maximum. There is a total number of 14 channels with 0.25 MHz frequency steps available. In a rugged country, woodlands, mountains, and for the marine use you should stick with transceivers of an LB channels' 30 through 50 MHz frequency range or VHF channels' 136 through 174 MHz frequencies.

One more decisive feature of a great impact is its communication range. This range is restrained by the power of receiver and transmitter of a particular radio station, and by the frequency used for communication. Usually, the figure announced in the manufacturer’s manual is valid for perfect conditions only (sunny weather, open ground without obstacles, the absence of power transit lines and other sources of interferences) and varies from 20 to 30 miles, but in fact, the actual range in a real environment might be smaller.

Extra Features

You may also be interested in extra features proposed by manufacturers. Many portable professional radios are highly resistant to external impacts and feature water-resistant bodies, for example, and comply with specific standards. Your station might be protected from raindrops or water splashes, and even after a submersion it can keep you in contact with your communication partner.

It is also common to provide a walkie talkie with the VOX function meaning its voice activation through the built-in microphone or the iVOX function, i.e. activation via the headset mic. The transmitter starts working when you begin to talk. And you do not need to keep Push button pressed to talk. This is especially convenient if you are driving or holding on to a climbing rope, or paddling in the boat — you can talk and continue doing what you need at the same time. Some radios allow storing communication channels in the memory and setting special ringtones for selected channels to know who is calling you.

Design / Conveniences

Finally, you should take a look at the design and convenience of radios since the materials, weight, controls and assembly may differ substantially. A decision might be based on the availability of informative display reflecting all necessary information, the possibility to replace the pre-installed antenna with a more powerful one, the location of buttons and controls on the case, and the ergonomics of the handset in general. The station may have a belt clip and a wrist strap to prevent its accidental dropping.

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