A walkie talkie comes in handy for a number of different situations, from monitoring newborns as they sleep to staying tethered to society while you’re out on a camping or hiking trip. When it comes to the latter scenario, a long range walkie talkie is often a must. You’ll be able to send out distress signals even when you’re a great distance away from cell phone coverage.
There are lots of walkie talkie manufacturers who claim that their devices have a range exceeding 40, 50 or even 70 kilometres. While that may sound impressive, it is unlikely that a consumer-grade walkie talkie will ever give you that kind of coverage (at least with the current technology available). You might get close to those ranges if you manage to find a 50-kilometre flat, open terrain with no buildings or trees to obstruct the signal, but you’re hardly ever going to be transmitting a radio signal in such perfect conditions.
That being said, here are some of the longest-range walkie talkies available today. Just bear in mind, you may not get the exact range that is mentioned in the spec sheet.
With a spec sheet boasting an 80 kilometer range, 22 channels, NOAA weather alerts, and a submersible build, this device is perfect for any intense outdoor activity. The Uniden GMR5098 has the longest range of all the walkie talkies on this list.
This walkie talkie has about half the range as the Uniden but it’s still waterproof and also has 11 weather channels that deliver NOAA alerts.
This walkie talkie is incredibly versatile. You can toggle the power between 1 and 5 watts, which is useful when you want to conserve the battery life. There’s also a built-in emergency beacon, a flashlight, and a whopping 128 channels!
This Motorola MS350R was built to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, with sturdy, durable exterior and completely waterproof components. The spec sheet claims a range of about 56 kilometres and 22 channels.
The Midland GXT1000VP4 has everything a long-range walkie talkie should have: waterproof components, a supposed range of more than 50 kilometres, 22 channels, NOAA weather alerts and the ability to broadcast an SOS locator signal during an emergency.
And there you have it – 5 of the best long-range walkie talkies that you can buy right now.