Best Waterproof Walkie Talkies Of 2018

In our modern world, using wireless voice communication is something we almost take for granted with smartphones, and tablets being used by millions of people across phone networks and the internet. However, there are scenarios where these devices are not suitable or can't be used.

This is where walkie talkies come to the rescue, but for many, knowing which one to choose can be confusing. In this article, we are going to review five of the best waterproof walkie talkies and highlight their top features, which should help you select the right one for your needs.

Name
Top Pick
Retevis H-777 Two Way Radios Long Range UHF 400-470MHz 16CH CTCSS/DCS Walkie Talkies with USB Charger (3 Pack)
Runner Up
Midland - LXT630VP3, 36 Channel FRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 30 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 121 Privacy Codes, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Yellow/Black)
ESYNiC Walkie Talkies 2 pcs Long Range Two-Way Radio USB Cable Charging UHF 400-470MHz Walky Talky with Earpieces Flashlight 16CH Single Band FM Handheld Transceiver
Midland - GXT1030VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Yellow)
Budget Choice
Arcshell Rechargeable Long Range Two-Way Radios with Earpiece 4 Pack UHF 400-470Mhz Walkie Talkies Li-ion Battery and Charger Included
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Retevis H-777 Two Way Radios Long Range UHF 400-470MHz 16CH CTCSS/DCS Walkie Talkies with USB Charger (3 Pack)
Midland - LXT630VP3, 36 Channel FRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 30 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 121 Privacy Codes, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Yellow/Black)
ESYNiC Walkie Talkies 2 pcs Long Range Two-Way Radio USB Cable Charging UHF 400-470MHz Walky Talky with Earpieces Flashlight 16CH Single Band FM Handheld Transceiver
Midland - GXT1030VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Yellow)
Arcshell Rechargeable Long Range Two-Way Radios with Earpiece 4 Pack UHF 400-470Mhz Walkie Talkies Li-ion Battery and Charger Included
Channels
Pre-programmed channels
36 FRS channels
16 Memory Channels
50 channels
16 pre-programmed channels
Battery-life
9 hours use
2 AAA batteries required
6 to 9 hours
Provide up to 11 hours
Up to 9 hours
Set
Comes with 3 handsets
2 handsets
2 handsets
2 handsets
4 handsets
Editor's rating
(5 / 5)
(4.8 / 5)
(4.7 / 5)
(4.6 / 5)
(4.5 / 5)
Top Pick
Name
Retevis H-777 Two Way Radios Long Range UHF 400-470MHz 16CH CTCSS/DCS Walkie Talkies with USB Charger (3 Pack)
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Retevis H-777 Two Way Radios Long Range UHF 400-470MHz 16CH CTCSS/DCS Walkie Talkies with USB Charger (3 Pack)
Channels
Pre-programmed channels
Battery-life
9 hours use
Set
Comes with 3 handsets
Editor's rating
(5 / 5)
Price
Runner Up
Name
Midland - LXT630VP3, 36 Channel FRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 30 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 121 Privacy Codes, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Yellow/Black)
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Midland - LXT630VP3, 36 Channel FRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 30 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 121 Privacy Codes, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Yellow/Black)
Channels
36 FRS channels
Battery-life
2 AAA batteries required
Set
2 handsets
Editor's rating
(4.8 / 5)
Price
Name
ESYNiC Walkie Talkies 2 pcs Long Range Two-Way Radio USB Cable Charging UHF 400-470MHz Walky Talky with Earpieces Flashlight 16CH Single Band FM Handheld Transceiver
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ESYNiC Walkie Talkies 2 pcs Long Range Two-Way Radio USB Cable Charging UHF 400-470MHz Walky Talky with Earpieces Flashlight 16CH Single Band FM Handheld Transceiver
Channels
16 Memory Channels
Battery-life
6 to 9 hours
Set
2 handsets
Editor's rating
(4.7 / 5)
Price
Name
Midland - GXT1030VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Yellow)
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Midland - GXT1030VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Yellow)
Channels
50 channels
Battery-life
Provide up to 11 hours
Set
2 handsets
Editor's rating
(4.6 / 5)
Price
Budget Choice
Name
Arcshell Rechargeable Long Range Two-Way Radios with Earpiece 4 Pack UHF 400-470Mhz Walkie Talkies Li-ion Battery and Charger Included
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Arcshell Rechargeable Long Range Two-Way Radios with Earpiece 4 Pack UHF 400-470Mhz Walkie Talkies Li-ion Battery and Charger Included
Channels
16 pre-programmed channels
Battery-life
Up to 9 hours
Set
4 handsets
Editor's rating
(4.5 / 5)
Price

Retevis H-777 Long Range Walkie Talkies

These Retevis walkie talkies can be fully charged within 2-3 hours using the USB charger, and once they are being used, they should give you up to 9 hours usage.

To make it easier to start communicating immediately, they are all pre-programmed to the same channel, although you can modify them within any UHF frequency range between 400 and 470 MHz

The range of features that the walkie-talkies have includes an emergency alarm, a torch, and functions for scanning, monitoring and TOT or ‘time out timer’ which prevents any channel being locked for long periods of time.

Whereas most walkie talkie sets give you two handsets, with this one from Retevis, you get three, so you've already got 50% more value than with most others.

Pros

  • Pre-programmed channels
  • Comes with 3 handsets
  • Up to 9 hours use from fully charged
  • Torch and emergency alarm

Cons

  • Belt clip screws are poor
  • Antennas are prone to coming loose

Retevis H-777 Long Range Walkie Talkies Summary:

  • Different alarms
  • Long battery life
  • Set of 3-pieces
  • Pre-set channels

Midland LXT630VP3 Twin Pack Walkie Talkies

While the advertised range is 30 miles, it is unlikely you will ever experience that, as it’s the theoretical range in perfect conditions. In reality, users of these walkie talkies have experienced ranges up to 15 miles but bear in mind this will likely be in scenarios with no obstructions such as building or trees.

They can scan through the NOAA weather channels and when it finds the strongest signals it will tune in to it. This will then alert you to any severe weather warnings which will be very useful for all kinds of trips.

There are 36 FRS channels, and if you wish to block hearing conversations from other radios that may be using the same channel, you can use a function called ‘tone squelch.’

Both radios have eVOX hands-free activation/operation and an LCD screen which shows you info such as the channel you are on, and the battery status

There's no danger of this pair of walkie talkies from Midland not being noticed. Their bright, yellow casing means they stand out, in more ways than one.

Pros

  • Severe weather alert function
  • LCD display
  • Tone squelch blocks other conversations
  • Hands-free option

Cons

  • Scanning through channels takes time
  • Volume is too low even on top setting

Midland LXT630VP3 Twin Pack Walkie Talkies Summary:

  • Tone squelching feature
  • LCD screen
  • Weather alarm
  • Hands-free settings

Esynic Long Range Walkie Talkies

We mentioned the useful functions that these walkie talkies have, and they include a bright LED torch and an emergency alarm. They also have a tone squelch to save you having to hear unwanted conversations on any of your selected channels.

Both units have rechargeable batteries which can be charged using the USB charger. This means you can charge them via your laptop or by using your phone charger plug.

The battery life you’ll get with these walkies talkies will be somewhere between 6 and 9 hours depending on factors like the distance between the units, and how often you are talking on them.

They come with two earpieces so that you can keep your conversations private, and there’s also a belt clip and a carry loop for each unit.

This pair of Esynic walkie talkies has several very useful functions, and they are suitable for use in many operations such as security, leisure complexes, warehouses, or just personal use outdoors.

Pros

  • Good battery life
  • Comes with a headset for each unit
  • Tone squelch function
  • LED torch and emergency alarm

Cons

  • Instruction manual is very poor
  • Headsets require two-handed use

Esynic Long Range Walkie Talkies Summary:

  • Torch and emergency warning
  • Tone squelching feature
  • Free headset for each unit
  • Long battery life

Midland GXT1030VP4 Twin Pack Walkie Talkies

This comes as a pack of two radios, and the other equipment which is supplied includes boom microphone headsets, the battery chargers (12v and 120v), 2 x belt clips, and the charging station.

The handsets each have an LCD display which will show battery levels, which of the 50 possible channels you are using, which functions are activated, and an indicator that the NOAA weather monitoring service is on, to alert you of any severe weather warnings.

Hands-free operation is available when you are using these walkie talkies and it has a blocking facility to keep conversations private.

This is another walkie talkie from Midland which has several useful functions and can be used for all sorts of both business and leisure scenarios.

Pros

  • Hands-free operation
  • NOAA weather alert service
  • LCD display
  • Can be used on 50 channels

Cons

  • Earphones are not very comfortable
  • Menu system is very complicated

Midland GXT1030VP4 Twin Pack Walkie Talkies Summary:

  • So many available channels
  • LCD screen display
  • Weather alert or warning
  • Hands-free settings

Arcshell Long Range Walkie Talkies

Not only do you get the four walkie-talkies, each of which comes with its own charging station, and a headset too. It will take around 2 to 3 hours to fully charge them, and that should be enough to allow up to 9 hours of use.

You can tune them into any of the pre-programmed channels which can be easily selected using the control dial on top of the handset.

You may get up to 5 miles range with no obstructions, but where there are buildings, trees, and internal walls and doors, you are not going to be able to use them that far apart.

However, you will get enough range for use in business settings such as security or in hotels, and you can use them as part of leisure activities like a hunting trip.

We have looked at walkie talkies where you get two or three radios, but with Arcshell you get four handsets which not only means more people can use them, it is better value for your money.

Pros

  • Comes with four handsets
  • Up to 9 hours of battery life
  • 16 pre-programmed channels
  • Lightweight and water resistant

Cons

  • 'Change batteries' audio warning is very annoying
  • Channel range is limited

Arcshell Long Range Walkie Talkies Summary:

  • Water-resistant
  • Long battery life
  • 4-pieces Walkie-talkies
  • 16 channels

Conclusion

Given the nature of how walkie talkies operate, we were never going to see huge differences in terms of features between the different models we reviewed. They all operate up to a decent range, have a good battery life, and come with the accessories you would expect, such as headsets.

The task of selecting our best waterproof walkie talkie came down to which of them provided the best value for money. With Arcshell Long Range Walkie Talkies providing you with four handsets, versus two or three from the others, that makes it our winner.