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Top 10 Best Two-Way Radios 2018

Two-way radios are a useful tool for communication across a large distance, and, thanks to their versatility and reliability, this is true with respect to a variety of different industries. However, with such an extensive range of devices available, it can be difficult to choose the right one for your needs. Here at Onedirect, we´ve compiled a list of the top 10 two-way radios you´ll want to be investing in for 2018, take a look!

Motorola TLKR T80 Extreme

1. Motorola TLKR T80 Extreme

We´re starting our list with an all-round favourite for a variety of businesses: the Motorola TLKR T80 Extreme. With practicality in mind, this radio comes with a torch, a room monitor function, a vibrate-alert system and VOX. This license-free two-way radio is the perfect device for simple communications both inside and out. With a great variety of features it is ideal not only for management staff, but also for outdoor work such as security or construction. Combining durability with a sleek design and a decent 16 hours of talk time, we have to say that this two-way radio remains one of favourites.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • VOX functionality
  • 10km range
  • 16 hours of talk time
  • 8 PMR446 channels
Motorola

Range
Range:
10Km
IP Rating
IP Rating:
X4
Battery life
Battery life:
16 hours
£61.99 ex. VAT

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Motorola TLKR T60

2. Motorola TLKR T60

Following on from our first choice we have the TLKR T60, again from the popular TLKR range by Motorola. With voice activation abilities and a range of 8km it´s clear that this two-way radio places the needs of the user front and centre. Together with these features the TLKR T60 comes with VOX functionality, making it among the top-performing radios. Boasting an impressive 8km range and VOX hands-free function, it’s easy to see why this device is a popular choice.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • Unlimited simultaneous users
  • Lightweight
  • Back-lit LCD
  • 8 channels
Motorola

Range
Range:
8Km
IP Rating
IP Rating:
X4
Battery life
Battery life:
16 hours
£42.99 ex. VAT

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Mitex General Xtreme

3. Mitex General Xtreme

Resistant to vibrations, dust, and water, the Mitex General Xtreme is ideal for environments exposed to the elements.  Add to this its its compact design, excellent technical specifications and IP66 rating, and you´ve got a two-way radio with our unequivocal seal of approval.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • IP66 rating
  • Compatible with Pro and DMR models
  • 5 watt rechargeable batteries
  • Licensed
Mitex

Range
Range:
25Km
IP Rating
IP Rating:
66
Battery life
Battery life:
8 hours
£179.99 ex. VAT

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Motorola XT420

4. Motorola XT420

Ranking slightly higher in toughness than the TLKR range, the XT420 is encased in a robust outer layer which renders it excellent for harsh environments. This two-way radio has been recognised as one of the best starter solutions for businesses. It is impressive in every aspect, featuring a great range (of 9km) as well as excellent durability. Sound clarity is yet another notable feature of this two-way radio thanks to the additional 1500mW loudspeaker. Interestingly, this device comes with an antimicrobial coating on the surface of the radio, leaving you free from the risk of bacterial build-up and germ growth.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • US Mil Standard 810 C, D, E, F and G
  • IP55 rating – dust and water resistant
  • 8 channels, 219 codes
  • 9km range
Motorola

Range
Range:
9Km
IP Rating
IP Rating:
55
Battery life
Battery life:
20 hours
£99.99 ex. VAT

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Kenwood TK-3501 Analogue ProTalk 446

5. Kenwood TK-3501 Analogue ProTalk 446

Fifth on our list is the Kenwood TK-3501. Relative to its predecessor, the TK-3301, this device offers new and impressive range abilities while maintaining a simple design. In addition, its lightweight build ensures that it won´t be tugging on you as you go about your day-to-day business. Ultimately, this radio will deliver the license-free, compact, user-friendly experience you´re looking for. Channels can be easily programmed by the user and there is no need for any additional software. Thanks to its powerful BTL amplifier communication and its VOX feature, communication is always crisp and clear.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • Built-in VOX hands-free
  • 16 channels
  • PMR446 license-free
  • 9km range
Kenwood

Range
Range:
9Km
IP Rating
IP Rating:
54
Battery life
Battery life:
14 hours
£99.99 ex. VAT

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Mitex Site UHF

6. Mitex Site UHF

It´s handy to know that Mitex´s speciality is in out-of-the-box 5 Watt Two- Way radios! As the name suggests, the Mitex Site 5-watt radio is ideal for use in the construction industry and boasts a range of up to 25km in ideal conditions. However, as this one of the more powerful radios on the market you will be required to possess a license to operate it. Furthermore, this radio comes with 16 pre-programmable channels for long-distance communication, while the Mitex Site UHF is also resistant to dust, water and shock, making it more than capable of handling anything a building site can throw at it.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • Lithium long-life batteries
  • VOX
  • Scan function
  • 250g with batteries and antenna
Mitex

Range
Range:
25Km
Battery life
Battery life:
36 hours
IP Rating
Channels:
16
£94.99 ex. VAT

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Motorola TLKR T92 H2O

7. Motorola TLKR T92 H2O

Ranking at seventh on our list, the Motorola TLKR T92 H2O has arguably given away one of its key features already, in that it can be submerged under water to a depth of up to one metre for 30 minutes. The device also comes supplied with a belt clip, a built-in whistle, a carry case, a rechargeable NiMH battery and a USB car charger. It should also be taken into consideration that the T92 H2O features an LCD display with backlight, a vibrate alert, a low battery alert and a keypad lock.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • Can be submerged to a depth of 1 metre for 30 minutes
  • 10km range
  • 8 channels
  • VOX hands-free function
Motorola

Range
Range:
10Km
IP Rating
IP Rating:
67
Battery life
Battery life:
16 hours
£84.99 ex. VAT

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Mitex PMR446

8. Mitex PMR446

The Mitex PMR446 is ideal for individuals working in businesses where an easy method of communication is needed. With it being pre-programmed to be compatible with Motorola, Kenwood and Icom 446 channels, this radio gives you the flexibility you´ll need. A programming kit is also available to help facilitate compatibility with others. Furthermore, the device comes with the ability to be promoted to 5 watts, which can be useful if communicating in larger groups when you need to upgrade the device in order to boost your range.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • Free PMR446 license
  • CTCSS, DCS and inverted DCS capable
  • Battery saver
  • VOX function
Mitex

Range
Range:
10Km
Battery life
Battery life:
10 hours
IP Rating
Channels:
16
£71.99 ex. VAT

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Kenwood PKT-23

9. Kenwood PKT-23

One of the most noticeable features of the Kenwood PKT-23 is its smaller size. But don´t be put off, as this lightweight radio has a battery life of 15 hours. Additionally, at a mere 110g this radio will have no trouble fitting in your pocket and staying put. Simplicity is another quality here with the PKT-23: as this radio operates using PTT (push to talk), Kenwood have designed a portable and efficient two-way radio in the PKT-23. It meets military standards and is resistant to the elements.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • License-free
  • IP54 dust-and-water-resistant
  • Meets MIL-STD 810 rating
  • Up to 15 hours of operation
Kenwood

Range
Range:
8Km
IP Rating
IP Rating:
54
Battery life
Battery life:
11 hours
£94.99 ex. VAT

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Entel HT20

10. Entel HT20

With its unique marine-coloured exterior, the Entel HT20 is an award-winning VFT maritime radio. This device has garnered attention across the world of boating for its many qualities and has been highly praised in Motor Boat and Yachting magazines. Its rubber-based side grips make it easy to hold in wet conditions, while it comes with an impressive 25km range. The radio is also equipped with 58 marine channels, 10 weather channels and 36 dealer-programmable channels.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • 25km range
  • 36 private channels
  • Submersible to 1m for 30 minutes
  • Lightweight polycarbonate construction
Entel

Range
Range:
25Km
IP Rating
IP Rating:
67
Battery life
Battery life:
18 hours
£104.99 ex. VAT

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