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Advice on walkie talkies and portable radios

Which walkie-talkie suits you best depends largely on what you want to use the walkie-talkie for. Below, we ask you a number of questions to help you make the best choice.

1. What are you going to use the walkie-talkie for?

Walkie-talkie use

You are about to purchase a walkie-talkie. Within this segment, we distinguish between walkie-talkies and two-way radios.

Walkie-talkies are ideal for use around the house, on vacation, or as a children's toy. They are characterized by their user-friendliness and are therefore very suitable for both adults and children.

Two-way radios refer to professional equipment used by security companies at events and in case of emergencies. These radios are of a robust build quality and are known for their reach and good call quality.

2. What distance do you want to be able to communicate over?

Walkie-talkie communication

Walkie-talkies distinguish themselves from each other by their maximum reach. Open plains and clear weather are the most ideal conditions. Only under these circumstances will the walkie-talkie reach its maximum range. That is why we adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Urban areas: up to 15% of the maximum range
  • Half open areas: up to 45% of the maximum range
  • Open areas: up to 100% of the maximum range

The number of channels or frequencies over which the product can send/receive also influences the call quality. The more channels the walkie-talkie supports, the less likely it is that other users are on the same channel, preventing interference. In addition to the number of channels, the number of sub-channels also have a major influence on this.

3. Are you going to use the walkie-talkies a lot outside?

Walkie-talkie outdoors

A walkie-talkie is useful for keeping in touch with each other while skiing. There is a good chance that the product will be exposed to moisture and dirt. For these situations, you should choose a walkie-talkie that is splash-proof. This means it is protected against splashing water and rain, and can be cleaned with a damp cloth. Are you planning to use the walkie-talkie under more extreme circumstances? Then go for a water-resistant walkie-talkie with IPx5 certification or higher.

4. Do you want to have your hands free while using the walkie-talkie?

Hands-free walkie-talkie

The headset is an indispensable accessory for walkie-talkies. A headset is especially useful if you want to keep your hands free or if you move a lot during use. For example, you can store the walkie-talkie in your pocket. By pressing the PTT (Push-To-Talk) button on the headset, the connection is opened and you can send. And with a headset with VOX function you don't even have to press a button. This function automatically opens the connection when you speak into the microphone.

5. Do you also want to use the walkie-talkie as a baby monitor?

Baby monitor walkie-talkie

In theory, a walkie-talkie can also be used as a baby monitor. An advantage of a walkie-talkie with baby monitor function is that it has a many times greater range than a regular baby monitor. A walkie-talkie is easier than a normal baby monitor: just go to the neighbors and only take the walkie-talkie is not advisable.

6. Do you want to use the walkie-talkie abroad?

Walkie-talkie abroad

Walkie talkies are useful devices for vacation. For example if you want to stay in touch during your skiing holiday or during a cycling trip. For holidays abroad, it is important that your walkie-talkie also works abroad. License-free walkie-talkies have the PMR446 standard. This is the standard for the United Kingdom and the European Union. It is therefore not permitted to use the walkie-talkie outside of it.

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Amber Walkie-talkie Expert.

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