In addition to producing inexpensive, short-range walkie-talkies for children to use as toys, manufacturers produce more expensive, long-range walkie-talkies, also known as two-way radios, which people use in a variety of applications. For example, hikers and hunters use long-range walkie-talkies to communicate with each other. In addition to having ranges of multiple miles, the best long-range walkie-talkies offer multiple channels and have useful bonus features.
According to the Best Covery website, the Midland GXT1000VP4 walkie-talkie has a range of 58 km (36 miles) and offers 50 channels, which allows you to browse for less-crowded channel options until your audio transmissions come through "crystal clear." The walkie-talkie has a rugged design and can withstand water exposure for up to 30 minutes. Other features of the long-rang walkie-talkie include vibration alert and silent settings for optimising stealth and an SOS emergency distress siren, which can be useful if you become lost or are in danger.
The Motorola MR350 long-range walkie-talkie has a range of 56 km (35 miles) and offers 22 channels. Like the Midland GXT1000VP4, the Motorola MR350 offers vibration alerts and silent operation settings and has a system for broadcasting an emergency alert siren. However, the Motorola MR350's emergency system also allows you to broadcast a voice message or sounds from your surroundings in addition to the siren. Additional features of the walkie-talkie include a built-in LED, or light-emitting diode, flashlight and large, easy-to-use buttons.
As the Best Covery website notes, the Midland LXT360VP3 walkie-talkie provides a 35 km (22 mile) maximum range and offers 22 channels. The walkie-talkie has a durable construction and has an SOS siren that transmits locator and distress signals. Like the Midland GXT1000VP4, the LXT360VP3 is waterproof and can withstand exposure to moisture for up to 30 minutes. Stand-out features of the walkie-talkie include a hands-free operation mode and nine voice volume levels, one of which is a whisper level that can detect and transmit low-volume voice messages.
According to the Galt website, the Motorola T9500XLR Talkabout is the best long-range walkie-talkie for family applications, examples of which include keeping in touch at amusement parks and ski hills. The walkie-talkie provides 22 channels and has a maximum range of 40 km (25 miles). However, in dense urban areas -- where there is lots of interference -- that range can drop down to 3.2 km (2 miles). Features of the Motorola T9500XLR include vibration settings, a hands-free operation mode, a channel-scanning tool and a backlit display panel.