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How to choose the right Weather radio

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Weather Radios is a service to update the people with the upcoming weather changes and other emergencies, natural disasters like earthquakes, oil spills, avalanches, etc. , and is provided by the NOAA(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

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This is available through the seven VHF frequencies so that you will not be able to hear them on a standard AM/FM radio.

There are two types of weather radios namely Desktop weather radios and Emergency radios. Today let’s check out the factors you need to look for while choosing this weather radios.

Features of Weather Radios

Before letting you know about the factors, let me explain about the features of these weather radios.

  • Public Alert Certification: A weather radio that has this certification has the standards developed by the NOAA and NWS(National Weather Service) for the user-friendly feature, performance, and reliability.
  • Alarm: The radio has an audible alarm that will help you to know about the upcoming emergencies and other natural disasters easily with the aid of a loud alert tone.
  • SAME: Specific Alert Message Encoding helps you to cover the broadcast over the vast region and enhances the weather radio to provide the warning sound at a particular area.
  • Power Sources: You will need the battery backup to keep your weather radio running during the power cut, these weather radio will have multiple energy sources like the solar panel, car charger, hand crank, etc. for the extended running during power cut too.
  • Selective Alert Blocking: You can turn off this function if you feel you need not any signal during any non life-threatening weather event occurs.
  • Charger: you can plug your cell phone to the crank radios and charge up if your mobile gets switched off.

Few questions to ask yourself before choosing a weather radio

Once you are clear with the features, you need to know the factors on choosing the right type of weather radios.

Are you living in an area which is prone to harmful climate changes?

If you’re areas get prone to tornados, hurricanes, storms, etc. often, then you need a weather radio for saving your life, so choose the one that will be durable and easy to use. Pick the one with selective alert blocking so that you no need to worry about the unwanted signals.

Which type will you need: weather radio or an emergency radio?

An emergency radio will help you to know about the alerts even during the power cut whereas a weather radio warns you only when it’s prone to the weather event. SAME technology is lacking in emergency radios, so if you are not in need to those feature you can go with emergency or else pick the weather radio for regular and advanced alerts.

Whether your area receives constant power cuts?

If so, you need to choose an emergency radios as they are  best and work even if there is no power. There is a charger option so that you can charge your mobile phone even in power cut.

Anyone in your  home is in need of some special needs?

For impaired or deaf persons, there is no use of audible alarms, in such cases you need to choose a radio with external device jack. This will let you know about the emergencies with the help of bed shakers or strobe lights easily.

Final Thoughts

Hope the above guide on weather radio helped you to choose the right type of radio at your emergencies. Any ideas, thoughts, and comments on the topic is welcome.

9 Important Equipment Pieces for Wilderness Survival

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I have the Experience!

We set of friends has gone through a wilderness and had a hard time there; it was not that simple as we imagined. You need to be well known about the wilderness and carry some important aspects with you for the survival. Natural is a wonderful creation that provides more amount of precious things to the humans, but it knows to act when you do not follow the rules in the right way.

Wilderness Survival

So prepared for a wilderness? Then you should be planned for surviving tricks too. Yeah, a short walk on the woods in the wrong circumstance can turn to be a death sentence as there are high chances you fall into a deep dig or the stream.

There are also people who come out from the sickness they faced and live happily but it depends. You will be at risk of Hypothermia once the sun sets.

If you are the one who is so cautious about the nature, then it doesn’t means you will not get lost into the woods. It’s important you need to carry some good equipments so that you can survive without much discomfort and accidents. In the absence of any equipment, you should have known how to act with the things that are available in the wilderness to protect you from any threatening situations.

In this article, I am going to discuss about the things I carry each time when I get ready for the wilderness. We will also check out, how the equipment pieces can helps you in each occasion in depth.

Sharp Knife

The mandatory survival equipment piece is a good knife; you need this for hunting, protecting yourself from the unwanted enemies, situations etc and also help in making out other things in the forest. Make sure you are investing your money for getting a perfect knife for the wilderness before you get ready for the wilderness survival.

So, how should be the knife for the wilderness survival? Make sure you are going with the fixed blade rather than the folding knife. It should be full tang so that your blade can extend through the handle each time. Go for the steel knife so that it can hold an edge and the knife should be stable, strong and must not break easily.

Fire Starter

Without fire, your wilderness will be a hell; this is one of the fantastic inventions for the mankind. In the case of survival, this can provide the light, warmth and also acts a rescue signal at many situations.

Can you cook any food without fire? Yeah this is one of the mandatory things to keep yourself safe, active throughout the wilderness so that make sure you have a good fire starter with you. Apart from that it is also used for water purification.

There are two types of fire starters namely the primary and secondary survival kit; you need to choose the quality over the quantity as that will make the sense in the case of survival consideration.

I usually carry reliable fire starters so that I don’t want to depend on the secondary ones each time. Go with Storm proof Butane lighter as this is the best primary free starter so far and you can also have a Blast Match as the secondary fire starter as a extra piece.

Solar Charger and Cell Phone

The technology has provided you with more important aspects in which the modern advancement Smartphone is considered to be the highly useful one when using it in the right way.  When you take a Smartphone with you, check out whether you have survival books and other related information downloaded in it for the survival usage.

Your Smartphone should be compatible with GPS and topographical maps so that you can make use of it in the wilderness place you travel. Another important thing you need to carry a Smartphone is that you can inform other people about the place you are going and inform them the expected time to come back.

In the case of low signal, you may text the person so that they will know that you are safe, if you don’t show up then the people can help you in retrieving you to the original destination.

But you have a problem with the Smartphone, they don’t last longer as the battery get lost easily within few hours if you are using it continuously. In this case, you need a solar charger so that you can charge your mobile wherever you go.

Few of them will have built-in batteries so that you can store a full charge, in some cases you need a solar charger for the regular usage, but still you will not be able to use your Smartphone for 24/7.

Water Filter

Can you expect the clear water wherever you go? Absolutely no!

As you are going to the wilderness parts, the clear and beautiful mountain will contain more microscopic pathogens that can make you sick and in some cases the water can cause death in persons. This is the place a water filter will help you.

They can remove 99% of the pathogens from the water you drink and therefore you can have it without any fear. Get the one that will work along with your water bottle so that you can easily carry with you wherever you move.

Aluminum Water Bottle or Canteen

In the case of wild forest and related places, there are high chances you get water everywhere. But you just can’t believe anything and you need to be ready with all the piece of equipments that will help you in various situations. So make sure you are taking at least one liter of purified water with you.

Make use of the Aluminum water bottle so that you can use it for fire, apart from that this can be used to purify water in the case of your breakage in water filters.

Jacket

Most of them forget to take a warm jacket with them. You may feel the warmness during the day time but you will not be able to tolerate the chillness during the night time. There are high chances for hypothermia, so you need to carry a warm jacket based on the season on the place where you are going to travel.

Carrying a hat and good leather gloves would be also the best idea; there are chances for you to lose your body heat by 25%. In this case, hat and gloves can help you in protecting your finger and head from frostbite.

Tarp, Rain Poncho or Space Blanket

In forest, you can make a shelter out of different materials you get there, but it would be too easy if you have the things to make the shelter there so that you can save your time. You need at least one or two hours to construct a hut with debris but with the help of the equipment pieces you will be able to set up the shelter within ten minutes.

Rain Poncho is used to make a fabulous tarp; this can be used in the case of any rainy seasons. I carry both rain poncho and tarp as you can’t expect what will happen in a forest.

Paracord (Rope)

In the wilderness, rope will help in performing a lot of things. Rope may be hard to carry out with you throughout your outing as it is bulk in weight. You can make use of the paracord in this case, as they are developed to be light in weight, compact and strong.

Have you seen a Military paracord?

Yeah, you need to make use of it for the survival use. This is also known as the “550 cord” means they can hold 550 pounds easily. The comparison between the military paracord and the ordinary rope is that they are stronger and much bigger in diameter.

Compass

The last equipment of piece that would be highly useful for the survival use is the Compass. Most of the smart phones will have the app compass on your phone but that won’t be reliable and effective as a physical compass. There are chances for your phone compass to show the wrong path or stop working sometimes if the GPS goes out. But physical compass will show you the right path even in the case of an MP attack.

The compass would be the best option in the absence of topographical map of the area you are travelling. The compass helps you in picking the direction you need to travel perfectly. You can also check out any civilization sign that is walking along your circles so that you can be more safe and careful.

Conclusion

Never fail to take the above nine essential equipment pieces with you if you need to survive in the wilderness.

Happy Trip!

A history of radio – A brief through the waves

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World has emerged with lots of new and innovative technologies, today’s kids won’t believe that there was a time where communication between distance people is not possible and the radio turned to be one of the best communication development from mankind. In the 19th century, no one was aware that communication can do through wireless waves before Nikolai Tesla proved it.

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Nikolai Tesla was the one who demonstrated a wireless radio in 1893 at St. Louis, Missouri. Today Let’s  learn about the history of radio communication in more depth below.

Radio: The Initial Point

It is Guglielmo Marconi from Britain who is also known as the “father of radio” initiated an original telegraphy and he is also the first ever person who transmitted the radio signals across the ocean in 1901.

Nowadays there are many radio broadcasting channels available and most of them are entertainment related. But, it was originally used for communication between ships on the ocean via Morse code language.

During First World War, radio communication had a greater hype as it was the only way to communicate the people in battle. People on that century never experienced that much effective, clear and rapid communication.

The radio transmissions are getting enhanced day by day, it’s sure that Radio is one of the great inventions of mankind.

Radio: A Huge Impact

Following WWI, Europe and North America had started pop upping radio stations and the units became available for every citizen. In 1920’s BBC (British Broadcasting Company), and KDKA in Pennsylvania were the two major pioneers of radio broadcasting. Within a short time, the government started regulating the radio transmitters.

With the interest in radio, people began to create their own receivers and that made the government take the step against this act. They created Radio Corporation Agreements to sanction radio so that only certain broadcasting companies are allowed to create radio transmitters and receivers.

Once the companies are ready with proper transmitters and receivers, there was an issue in broadcasting. In 1923, it was AT&T who did the first radio advertisement, NBC and CBS did not take much time to follow AT&T. Within a short duration, Radio became the major source of news and entertainment in and around UK, and US. By 1926, BBC was treated as the solid source of news and information in the UK.

Radio: WWII Impact

Before WWI, the radio transmission was just allowed for the military purpose, but the impact of radio it has made them spread to the public during WWII. In addition to military service, Radio broadcasting was also used as a news source for people. Each and every war updates was broadcasted at the right time, this helped the public to be aware of the things that happened in war each second.

The radio transmission started developing and moved to the next level after WWII. In 1920’s radio started broadcasting music online, this made other entertainment channels of that decade to slow down. “Top 40” is an interesting term that was created in radio, they broadcasted popular and lovable songs every day with the hope that will attract the teens and adults listen.

All kinds of music were played and that was the time FM stations started getting the craze and were in the peak with great popularity. At this time, the radio broadcasting mostly used AM frequencies.

Radio: The Present

From 20th century most of them started radio only for the entertainment purpose. The uses of radio at the beginning will amaze the people of this decade, it’s true that those rudimentary uses cannot be faded and is remembered by the people till now for its popularity.

Today, we get radio broadcasting from satellite and internet, you will be able to hear FM channels wherever you are with the help of your mobile phone. The enhancement of radio is improving along with the same basics but the effectiveness of communication is made creative when compared to the older days.

Radio transmission has more to do in the future for educational, communication, entertainment and much more.  Radio transmission will continue it’s growing with the ever-changing innovative technology of the world.FacebookTwittergoogle_plusShare

Why Disaster Preparedness is So Important to Your Family

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Everyone’s life is full of unexpected problems, some are very serious and few quite not bad. We know the saying “feces Occurs” but people say it a wee bit differently no matter how they pronounce it ,the meaning remains unchanged.

Disaster Preparedness

Cutting shoe lace is not a big deal but wrecking your new car is considered to be the bigger problem, So few thing in our life is more serious like wrecking the car and so it is important to get a car insurance. It is also necessary to insure our life, health and the home because it helps us during the difficult time.

There are some things that you could not get back, you will be able to get the flood insurance but could you recollect your family photos or any other valuable family heirlooms? Absolutely no. Once you lost those things, it is irreplaceable in our life.

Though you cannot bring back the photos of the kids growing up, you will have at least the kids, What if the disaster was severe and no one survived? Whom you don’t want to lose? In order to save your loved one’s life, will you sacrifice your life?

The latest report shows that the average person is facing major disaster every seven to eight years in their life and many of those are dealing with the personal disaster like foreclosure on their home, loss of job or someone in the family get serious injuries.

Other type of disaster are not personal but these pain can destroy your lives and causes unbearable pain. The hardest disaster is the one which destroys thousands to millions of lives in the town, state or country at a time.

Once the Venezuela is the most prosperous democracy in the South America, but the people are now starving, and each day they are facing many problems to survive. Do you think it will happen to us?

Before 12 years the Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and the new Orleans is the same one still. People have moved to the different places to build their new life, many people lost their lives in Hurricane Katrina because of not obeying government orders to evacuate the New Orleans and failed preparing in facing the category 5 hurricane. They probably could have survived if they might have know how to act properly.

The research shows that the possibility of tens and thousands of people who die in the United States is due to the Ebola outbreak during 2014 to 2015. Fortunately, it did not happen there and the death rate in the Africa is reduced than expected. The chance for the risk is higher and the only way to defense is isolating yourself. But how do you do that without enough food?

The report from the EMP commission shows that the 90 percent of population would die if an enemy uses high-altitude EMP against the US and 207.9 million people die from starvation. The North Korea and Iran are threatened to attack us with the nuclear weapons and we are just into one question, how to ignore that risk?

You could not drive the car for your whole life without a car accident or traffic ticket and it is important to obey the law and get the insurance to protect yourself. Statistically, we are going to face the disaster one day in our life so it is necessary to protect our family from that situation.

The disaster preparedness is not a new idea and all throughout history, the people get prepared for the disaster. It is not possible to grow food in the cold climate or hunting the animals from the burrow. We have to travel to the warmer climate for collecting the food, learning to store food is the best part in disaster preparedness.

The government agency FEMA is designated to deal with disaster and it is important to know the potential of disaster in advance. Try to prepare yourselves to overcome the problem than depending on others.  

Best Eton Emergency Radio

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The Eton products are well known for its high design and innovative technologies. Eton claims to be committed in enabling people to have fun every day, as well as, to meet the emergency situations. They are into this field for over 25 years and are marketing products with high quality and reliable features.

In this article, let us have a look at the best products that are marketed by this particular brand by reviewing its features.

Eton Weather Alert Radio

It receives the AM or FM weather band to give you information about the weather condition in your area. Especially, the NOAA weather band is considered as an essential one to give messages in case of the emergency situations. You can use it even in the darkness, as it is built with the LED flashlight. The tuning of the favorite channel can be done with the digital tuner feature. The weight of the product is nearly 0. 75 pounds and is hence portable.

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Key Features

  • Weather band
  • LED flashlight

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Gives an alert message

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Eton FRX5 Hand Crank Emergency Weather Radio

The high-efficiency solar panel recharges the battery within 5 hours. The USB output is capable of charging the smart phones and tablets rapidly.  Recharging can be done with the help of four power options such as solar panel, rechargeable lithium battery, hand crank, and AAA batteries. The unit can be pre programmed to save 25 locations.  The specific area message encoding is used, to provide alerts in case of emergencies.

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Key Features

  • Digital tuner
  • Weather band

Pros

  • Offers warning message
  • Used in indoors and outdoors

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Eton FRX3 Weather Alert Radio

The weather band is used to give messages about the weather condition on the surrounding areas. As it consists of the Led display flashlight, it can be used even at the night time. Setting up of the channels is met with the digital tuning feature.  The radio can be charged by connecting it with the USB cable, to the computer or with smart phones.  Further, for charging you can use the batteries or the solar panel.

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Key Features

  • Weather band
  • LED flashlight

Pros

  • Easy to charge
  • Easy to use

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Eton/American Red Cross FR370 Portable Radio

The color of the radio is white. It consists of 4 LED flash lights and 1 flashing LED red light, to offer great display to the users. It hence gives the bright and colorful light to the people.  It is equipped with the specific area message encoding which is used to offer the message regarding the condition of weather in your areas.

These are the best products among the others that are sold by the Eton’s. Consider purchasing a product that meets your needs.

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Key Features

  • 4 LED flashing light
  • 1 flashing Led red light

Pros

  • portable
  • Gives the alert signal

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Eton Grundig FR200 Emergency Radio

The color of the radio is metallic red. It is specially designed not only, to handle the elements, but also to tolerate the power outage.  The battery can be charged with the hand crank mechanism. It uses two shortwave bands to give message to the people about the condition of the weather.  The fine tuning of the station can be done with the tuning feature, which is provided with the control knob. It is featured with the LED emergency light, which is in white color and offers superior display to the people.

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Key Features

  • Tuning
  • LED emergency light

Pros

  • Tolerate the power outage
  • Gives the alert message

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Best Hand Crank Emergency Radio

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Usually, the emergency radio is used to provide the information about the weather condition. Further, it gives the alert signal regarding the fires, chemical spills, and other disasters.  The best emergency radio consists of multiple power options to operate it. Its features may vary from radio to radio.

In this regard, hand crank radios are those that are operated with the help of a crank that has to be cranked using the hand, which in turn will generate power by converting the mechanical energy into electrical energy. The best hand crank radios with unique features offering various benefits include,Search:

PictureNameKey FeaturePriceOur Rating
iRonsnow Emergency RadioEasy To Carry$ (4.3 / 5)
Epica Emergency RadioLong Life Duration$ (4.6 / 5)
Horizons Tec Emergency RadioEasy To Charge$ (4.6 / 5)
Ambient Weather Emergency RadioPortable$$ (3.8 / 5)
Total Survival Emergency RadioLight Weight$ (3.8 / 5)

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iRonsnow Emergency Radio

It is available in red and black colors. This radio can be charged in various ways.  With the help of the solar panel, the radio gets charged upon exposing it to the direct sunlight. The other method of charging had been done by connecting the mini USB cable to the connector.

The third method of recharging is done by hand crack to wind up the alternator.  It is a type of power emergency radio through which you and your family can depend on it anywhere and in any time. Its compact size is suitable to carry the radio anywhere. The maximum power consumed by the radio is 0.5 W.

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Key Features

  • 3 LED flashlights
  • Hand crack

Pros

  • Easy to carry
  • Lightweight

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Epica Emergency Radio

It uses three ways of charging such as the solar panel, Hand crack, and by connecting the USB cable with the computer.  It gives a clear voice to the listeners with the digital liquid crystal display.  You may tune your favorite stations with the digital tuner. As the radio is made of the best quality and waterproof materials, it is durable. It consists of the retractable antenna,   which plays a good role in converting the electric power into the radio waves.

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Key Features

  • Retractable antenna
  • Digital liquid crystal display

Pros

  • Easy to carry
  • Have long lifespan

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Horizons TecEmergency Radio

It gives the alert regarding the weather and disaster. The ASP clasp is used to raise the sound of the alert to produce a whistle sound.  One minute of cranking the device will provide 20 minutes power; when it gets charged fully, it offers 10 hours of power without interruption. The charging can also be done by exposing it to the direct sunlight.

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Key Features

  • Multi-band tuner
  • LED flashlight

Pros

  • Alert about weather
  • Easy to charge and carry

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Ambient Weather Emergency Radio

It is red in color.  Regarding the power consumption, it can consume the power up to 1 watt. It weighs up to 200grams and its compact size is easy to carry the radio anywhere and at any time. You can take the radio outside at the time of hiking, camping, etc. The radio is constructed using rubberized materials so that it cannot get damaged easily.

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Key Features

  • Handheld flashlight
  • Weather band channel tuning

Pros

  • Portable
  • Durable product

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Total Survival Emergency Radio

Its compact size enables it to fit into the bag or a large pocket.  You can charge the radio with three charging options; one is by exposing it to the sunlight to reach the solar panels, the second one is by the hand crank, and the third one is done by USB connection. The siren blinks with the red light, which helps to give the alert signal to the people regarding the weather and disaster conditions.

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Key Features

  • Frequency modulation
  • Weather band

Pros

  • Easy to charging
  • Offers alert signal

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These are the best emergency radios that operate with the hand crank mechanism. If you own a product among these, write to us about its efficiency.

Kaito KA500 Emergency Radio Alerting Unit Reviewed

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The Kaito KA500 emergency radio alerting system is well known for its five-way powered units for alerting the upcoming disaster in advance. This Kaito unit is a newly released emergency radio system which comes out with the hi-tech revolutionary design features and its durable versatility functions. This Kaito KA500 radio system is an ideal device used to accompany the situations of emergency preparedness, outdoor traveling, and other military purposes. This unit constitutes the ability to power up in various methods on its own.

Design Features Of Kaito KA500 Emergency Radio System

It constitutes the additional ability for adapting the high-quality AC type of generator without any kind of brushes. This radio unit is powered up by the solar panels over the inbuilt battery in the radio, on its own. In this radio unit, the solar panel affixed to the system helps to tilt the panel towards the direction of the sunlight in order to absorb the energy in the day timing.

The Kaito radio system consists of the five LED lamps over the base of the solar panel, to indicate the need of power in the battery. This Kaito system is mainly manufactured for emergency events for charging the small range of the electronic items like iPod or cell phones through the USB cord onto the USB jack connectivity designed in the radio system. The Kaito radio consists of the high range of flashing bright LED lighting; in case of the emergency situations.

It consists of the white LED light for flashing purpose and red LED light for emergency alerting situations. The main feature of this Kaito radio unit is the weather alerting function in which it helps to enable the ability to receive the alert signal of any disaster arrival in an earlier stage. It is mainly equipped with the five-way power up units, which are further winded up with the feature, to alert the emergency and weather alerting situations through the inbuilt LED flashlights.

Characteristics

The Kaito KA500 emergency five powered radio alerting system comes out with the numerous ranges of trustworthy characteristics and high qualified specifications as listed below.

  • They are highly equipped with the AM, FM, and weather alert radio units.
  • It provides the AM band of 520 to 1717 kHz, FM band of up to 108 MHz, and the weather band up to 7 standards for all kind of stations.
  • It is strongly winded up to operate over the strong power and voltage, by means of the dynamo cranking power unit and the inbuilt Ni-MH battery type, to power by the 120 turn of cranking power.
  • The PLL crystal circuit controlling unit is used for stable alerting over the upcoming weather disorders.
  • It is mated with the recharging battery unit, which may be used for charging the Laptop, iPod or cell phones.
  • This product comes out with the dimensional measure of 10.5 inches of height, 5.8 inches in width and 3 inches of depth.
  • This unit consists of the AC and DC adapter along with the AA batteries; to recharge the radio unit by means of an AC adapter, solar panel unit, PC unit power, and dynamo hand crank and to operate the radio unit in the high dynamic range of reception.
  • It is equipped with the unique features of operating the solar panel over the adjustable range of 180 degree angle to increase the exposure of the sun, over the radio batteries.
  • The solar panel unit used in this radio system is one of the best portable short waves, to receive the direct sunlight during the day timing.
  • It consists of the internally designed generator that helps to recharge the inbuilt Ni-MH battery unit for operating the radio, lamp light for emergency reading, and flashlight; in case of power shutdown.
  • It is a self-powered type of analog radio unit which is upgraded with the high range of selectivity and sensitivity to cover the good frequency output range.

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Key Features

  • AC and DC adapter
  • Ni-MH battery

Pros

  • High range of sensitivity
  • Adjustable solar panel
Kaito KA500 Emergency Radio Alerting Unit

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The 10 Best Hand Held Walkie Talkies to Buy in 2020

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People who always travel around for any outdoor adventure or the ones who are in charge of a construction site with vast area might have known about the importance of Walkie Talkies.

Communication through cell phones will go useless when you go away from the network area, in this case few started using satellite phones and the next popular was the two way radios which act as an affordable and efficient option for the travelers.

Today we will check for the top 10 best Walkie Talkies from thousands of models available in the market and also the best feature you need to check out in a two way radio for the good experience.

Top 10 Best Walkie Talkies

Though there are thousands of different manufacturers produce various walkie talkies for you, it’s necessary to check for the best factors to choose the preferred one as per your need for the best experience, you can check out our Buying Guide on Walkie Talkies on the end of the product article.

Proceed below to find the best collection of walkie talkies that has good popularity, best quality, excellent features and much more, the below selection is also based on the customer reviews, ratings, experience, price and much more.

Midland GXT1000VP4 GMRS/FRS Walkie Talkie

Midland GXT1000VP4
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Are you looking for a two way radio that are best for moderate distance communications in the case of family camping or road trips? If so, prefer to choose this Midland GXT1000VP4 walkie talkie without any hesitation and this ranks first in our best picks of two way radios.

The radio is considered to be best outdoor walkie talkie with water resistance and durable design, the manufacturer assures you for the clear sight when you are around the woods or mountains, the range of the two way radio is about 1 mile, which is appreciable.

There is an emergency siren which helps in alerting the group so that you can find each other easily, there are about 50 channels which is higher when compared to other two way radios in the option.

The main benefit is that all 50 channels are capable of utilizing both FRS and GMRS frequencies and they can be performed up to 1.5 mile, this two way radios comes with features like push alerts for automatic local channel scanning and severe weather, NOAA weather alerts etc.

The one downside is that the two way radio is not completely waterproof, so as a whole they are considered to be the decent and best walkie talkie limited by the low clarity over the distance of 1.5 miles.

Baofeng Radio US Hand Held Walkie Talkie

Baofeng Radio US BF-F9
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Are you looking for a two way radio that is unique for various range of applications like high pressure security jobs, worksites, construction areas etc? If so, prefer to choose the Baofeng Radio US walkie talkie without any confusion and this ranks second in our best picks of two way radios.

The highlight of the walkie talkie is their battery life, yeah they provide a tri power battery life of about 8 watt and therefore long lasting energy can be achieved easier.

The BF-F9 V2 includes tri power features namely

  • Wattage adjustments based on different ranges like Low on 1 watt, medium on 4 watts and high on 8 watts.
  • 1800 mAh Li-Ion Battery of 7.4 Volt  which can be recharged with charging dock.
  • Compatible with 3800maH Li-Ion and therefore  capable of doubling the battery life.

The manufacturer provides one year domestic warranty and therefore you can choose this walkie talkie without any hesitation, available in different colors namely Blue, Black, Yellow, Red, Cameo/Green, standard Camo etc.

The color display is designed user friendly so that finding the transmission and other features is easier, the metal housing is made of good quality materials and therefore long lasting. The walkie talkie includes many features like Dual Watch, Offset and VOX functions, Transmitter TOT(Time-Out_Timer), BCLO (Busy Channel Lockout) and much more.

The price of the product is high but worth the money invested on the two way radio, weighs about 15.2 ounces in weight and measures dimension of about 4 x 2 x 6 inches.

Retevis H-777 DCS/CTCSS Walkie Talkie

Retevis H-777 2 Way Radio
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In search of a two way radio for larger parties? If so, get these Retevis H-777 walkie talkie without any research as they are the best bet for you, this ranks third in our top picks of two way radios.

People who have a plan of travelling with large number can choose this walkie talkies and this is packs of 16 channel radios along with 5 two ways single band radio with affordable rate. The radio is designed to be functional and easy to use, they uses the same frequency as they are programmed likewise once they are manufactured to produce clear communications signals and chanel for the users.

The walkie talkie contains built in voice response function and LED torch which make them preferred for different scenarios, they includes a battery of 1500mAH Li-Ion that can be recharged within two to three hours with nine to ten hours of usage.

There are more positive reviews for the clear communication, longer battery life, reasonable price etc from the customers, the manufacturer comes with one year warranty and 30 days money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the two way radios and therefore you can get the walkie talkie without any hesitation.

Features a Emergency alarm button, measures about 6.4 ounces in weight and comes with the dimension of 2.4 x 1.3 x 4.5 inches. The package includes a walkie talkie, earpiece, antenna, Li-Ion battery, sling, belt clip, charger, user manual etc.

The top features included in the two way radio includes monitor function, emergency alarm, scanning, Busy Channel Lockout, excellent battery performance, built in led torch and Time out time.

Motorola T600 two pack Walkie Talkie

Motorola T600 Talkabout Radio
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In need of a two way radio for longer trips or adventures in the case of inclement weather? If so, Motorola T600 would be the best bet and this ranks fourth in our best picks of walkie talkie.

The outshone radio has garnered good results in all tests especially in clarity and range option. They are completely waterproof and contains many SOS and advanced features for the reliability.

In the case of GMRS channel the two way radio was best at 2 mile range and on the FRS channel it was about 1 to 2 miles which is appreciable. The walkie talkie contains a power saving transmission timeout which can make use of the three AA batteries or else recharge the power pack for the working.

The walkie talkie also comes with emergency alert mode which sounds and sends a 22 second transmission message, they are designed to be hands free and compatible to fit on any type of Motorola two way radios within the unit range.

The one downside in the Motorola T600 H20 is that they are heavier in size and the antenna is placed above the water level instead of floating. Comes with built in flashlight with advanced features, power outages etc.

Apart from that they contains 22 channels with 121 privacy codes, built in flashlight, dual power, water activated flashlight, easy to retrieve design, IP67 Waterproof, NOAA weather alerts, PTT Power Boast, Micro USB Charging etc.

The price of the product is high but worth the money invested on the walkie talkie, measures about 8.6 ounces in weight and comes with the dimension of 7.8 x 2.4 x 1.5 inches.

Floureon UHF Handheld Walkie Talkies

FLOUREON Walkie Talkies
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The fifth product in our best picks of two way radios is for the reliable manufacturer Floureon who has been awarded for their multiple products and this walkie talkie has received more positive reviews from the trustworthy customers.

The walkie talkie can make use of the GMRS and FRS radios and therefore they provide access to both bands with long range distance communication. They support more than 22 channels and therefore transmitting and receiving the icons are easy. The walkie talkie provides 9 hours standby and 3.5 hours continuous charging for the effective use.

The display comes with LCD backlit display which displays the clip on belt holder, battery status indicator and much more clearly. The two way radio produce long range communication of 3000m Max and you will be able to adjust the power to 1W.

The manufacturer provides one year warranty along with 24/7 customer service so that you can get the product without any hesitation. The walkie talkie runs on 3 AA batteries and available in five different colors so that you can choose your preferred color.

The range of the long range communication is based on the weather and terrain conditions, comes with user manual and four walkie talkies. The 2.5mm and 0.1 inch earphone jack is of hand held type and comes with auto scan, call alert, DCS/CTCSS, Auto Squelch and much more.

The price of the product is expensive but worth the money invested on the walkie talkie, measures about 15.2 ounces and comes with the dimension of 7 x 7 x 3.3 inches.

Proster Rechargeable Two Way Radio

Proster Walkie Talkies
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Are you in need of walkie talkie for any outdoor activities like Hiking, Fishing, Camping, Hunting and much more? If so, proster two way radio would be the best bet and this ranks sixth in our best picks of walkie talkies.

The radio is hand held and therefore provides the comfortable experience, the most powerful walkie talkie comes with advanced functions and with low maintenance so that they last for an extended period.

The earpiece is comfortable and includes led emergency flashlight which is built in for exposing around the outdoors in any emergencies, the two way radio is best to opt for supermarket connection, security guard, construction area, field survival apart from outdoor areas.

The noise function is being reduced with the help of the CTCSS and DCS function and this acts as the external interfacing, comes with a USB charger for the convenient charging. 1500MAh Li-Ion battery with output power of less than 5 W with 3.7V DC is the best choice.

The package include antenna, belt clip, Li-Ion battery pack, sling, earphones, portable radio. Make sure you are not using this walkie talkie with any other brands for extended use, the price of the product is high but worth the money invested on the product. Measures about 2.03 pounds in weight and comes with the dimension of 9.5 x 7.2 x 4.3 inches.

Luiton Adults Voice Scrambler Two way Radio

Walkie Talkies Voice Scrambler 2 Way Radios
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The seventh product in our best picks of walkie talkie is for the high end developer of outdoor products Luiton and this product has garnered multiple positive reviews from the customer for their affordability, range of communications and reliable features.

The manufacturer has designed the two way radio to be sleek for the best look, comes with belt clip for simple carrying and anti skip pattern for the comfort and secure features. The two way radio come with voice scrambler along with earpiece for the excellent experience.

The Walkie talkie is best for hotels, warehouse, supermarket, team works, security guard, family restaurants, supervising areas apart from the outdoor use. The 1500mAh lithium ion battery has the range up to 3.6 miles and comes with 16 preset channels.

The highlighting feature of the walkie talkie includes VOX functions, Battery Saver, timeout timer, Voice scrambler, Low voltage alerts, voice prompt, Intelligent charging, PC Programming and much more.

The package comes with battery packs, walkie talkies, power adapters, belt clip, user manual, antenna and ear pieces. The price is affordable, measures about 2 pounds in weight and comes with the dimension of 2 x 1 X 5 inches.

Midland LXT500VP3 GMRS Two Way radio

Midland LXT500VP3 22-Channel
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Are you in need of wide rage, charging station, affordable price and multiple advanced feature walkie talkie for both indoor and outdoor use, then choose Midland LXT500VP3 without any hesitation and this ranks eighth in our best picks of Walkie Talkies.

The product has received the best seller of portable FRS walkie talkies from Amazon, the camouflage and black color makes the product attractive. They are designed to water resistant and comes with 22 channels for clear range of communication which allows different transmissions.

The walkie talkie has 24 miles range option and therefore best bet for any deserts or forests, the power conservation feature is the main highlight in the two way radio, they come up with dual desktop charger and rechargeable batteries.

The keypad lock helps in preventing from any accidental press or activation, also designed with auto squelch, roger beep, silent operation for the reliability. The price of the product is affordable, measures about 1 pound in weight and comes with the dimension of 1 X 2 X 6 inches.

Sokos FRS/GMRS Mini Two Way Radio

Sokos FRS
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Are you in search for a walkie talkie for your kids or preteens? If so, prefer to stick with Sokos and this rank ninth in our best picks of two way radios. The radio is a beginner user friendly and affordable in rate includes smart PMR system which makes scanning automatically easy.

The sound quality is crisp and clear which mutes the noise from the background, the compact design measures about 5.5 x 3.3 x 2.2 inches, the interface is developed with clean and simple buttons along with a push to talk operation.

There are 22 channel system with three to five miles range communication range over the terrain or outdoor areas, the walkie talkie contains three AAA batteries which last for 3.5 hours when used continuously and they are capable of withstanding nine hours on standby.

Dr.fasting Wireless GMRS/FRS 2 Way Radio

Dr fasting Wireless GMRS
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Last but not the least product in our best picks of walkie talkie is for the high quality developer of outdoor and indoor products for their consumers Dr.fasting.

The walkie talkie is developed to be Eco-Friendly and the materials are best to be used by kids and also for outdoor uses. The sound quality is made crisp and clear, comes in different colors namely blue, Christmas mix and ocean blue.

The two way radios are portable as they are light in weight, the bleth clip and firm grip is for stronger attachment when they are not in use. The walkie talkie is best for ages 4 and up, comes with 10 call tones and designed for smaller hands.

The main highlights of the walkie talkie includes 22 channel PMR system, auto scanning, adjustable volume level, built in mini LED torch, transmitting and receiving icons, 38 CTCSS Sub channels and much more. The price of the product is less when compared to other two way radio out there, measures about 5.6 ounces and comes with the dimension of 3.9 x 5.5 x 5.1 inches.

Walkie Talkies – Buying Guide

Have you chosen your favorite two way radios from the above options? Wait hold on, check whether the following features are present in the brand and product you have chosen before making it yours.

Two Way Radios – How to Choose?

Here are some of the best characteristics you need to look while choosing a walkie talkie for you need.

Clarity & Range

The most important factors while selecting a walkie talkie is their range and clarity, what if your message you pass are not transmitted properly? If so, there is no need of getting a talkie walkie for communication.

Unlicensed radio are capable of transmitting the messages up to 2 km whereas a licensed radio can make it 10km, if there are any obstruction occuring in the signal then the distance path get reduced automatically.

Never Miss out these Features!

Here are some of the important characteristics a two way radio should include namely

  • Transmission Range
  • Frequency (UHF or VHF)
  • IP Rating
  • Scanning
  • Shockproof
  • License Free or Licensed Radio
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • PTT and VOX for making communication easier

Difference between VHF & UHF?

VHF, Very High Frequency comes with the range of 150 to 175 MHz and this provides a best clarity and UHF, Ultra High Frequency is best for built up area they are developed in the range of 400 to 475 MHz.

Features

Apart from the above features, there are also some important thing you need to include for the effective communication, but these features are not much mandatory for the operation.

  • Channel Saver: Helps in saving the channels to make communication easier.
  • Incoming Call Alert: This option will vibrate or ring instead of communication broadcasting.
  • Talk Confirmation: The feature helps in signalling about the start and end of the transmission.
  • Scanning: You can check out what are the channels are used during the transmission.
  • Channel Recall: This option will recall the previous channel that are used for transmission.
  • Weather Radio: You will be able to receive weather channels on this radios for the updates on climate.
  • Speaker or Mic Jack: Helps you for the hand free use.
  • Lock: Locks keypad and channel
  • Display: The LCD Display helps in including the things happening around and also contains battery life, alarms, channel frequencies, compass and many indicators.  

Walkie Talkie – Compatibility

VHF radios are not compatible with UHF and vice versa, so it’s essential to check out the frequency range before you make your purchase, you need to ensure whether the radio are able to transmit as well as receive the communication signal before use.

The consumer grade two way radios are specially built for GMRS(General Mobile Radio Service which operates on 23 frequencies) and FRS(Family Radio Service), this type will  have different communication ranges so check out the right frequency you need and then buy the compatible walkie talkie for you.

Bottom Line

Are you ready to the right Walkie Talkie from the above buying guide and top 10 best picks of two way radios? Why waiting for? Go grab your preferred compatible Walkie Talkies from the above link soon!

Any ideas, suggestions, and queries on the Walkie Talkies are welcome.

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