Disclosure: I received product from Motorola in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
You might not think of a Motorola Talkabout T480 for Valentines Day as a gift but why not? Valentines Day isn’t just for couples. There are many reasons you will find that a Motorola Talkabout comes in very useful.
Pros of the Motorola Talkabout T480
When the unexpected hits you can stay connected. The always-on connectivity and instant communication keep you and your family ready for emergency occurrences. Even with the power is out or cell phone towers are down, your radio will be charged and ready to go. This will ensure you get weather alerts and you can communicate with your community.
How far can I expect my radios to communicate?
The communication range quoted is calculated based on an unobstructed line of sight test under optimum conditions. Actual range will vary depending on terrain and conditions and is often less than the maximum possible. Your actual range will be limited by several factors including, but not limited to terrain, weather conditions, electromagnetic interference, and obstructions.
FM Radio in Two-way Radio
This is one of my favorite features of the Talkabout T480. I love that it has an FM radio mode which allows me to listen to my favorite songs or news.
Light Your Way
Especially during emergencies, the built-in LED flashlight gives me a safe feeling during dark adventures, and unexpected emergencies or power outages. I also like that the flashlight also automatically turns on during a blackout and when unplugged, so you always have light during an emergency. Anytime we have lost power I always seem to have to search for a good flashlight, now that is no longer an issue.
The wall/desk stand is easy to use and keeps the charger cable neatly tucked away. The stand bottom opens and you can roll in the rest of the cable, resulting in no tangling wire.
Charge Quietly – Don’t Miss Alerts
Quiet Charge allows you to charge the radio and turn off calls. You will still receive weather and emergency alerts, so you don’t miss important information.
With the IP54 weatherproof design, the radio withstands the effects of rain, snow and other weather conditions.
22 Channels Each with 121 Privacy Codes
With 22 channels and 121 privacy codes, totaling 2,662 combinations, it is easy to find an available channel.
Know the Weather In Advance
I always check my weather app each morning when I wake up but sometimes it seems to be out of date. So now I keep updated with real-time weather conditions by turning on the weather channel or initiating weather alerts. With these capabilities, I will always be prepared for the unexpected.
NOAA radio service may not be available in all areas. But you can check with your local weather office for frequency and details, or visit www.weather.gov/nwr (Canada: www.msc.ec.gc.ca/msb/weatheradio).
Quickly Ask for Help
When in danger, easily ask for help. Press the emergency alert button, and the radio will transmit an alert siren followed by spoken or incidental sounds. This will allow others to know that you have an impending danger.
Power Through Your Adventures
There are two ways to power your radio. You can use NiMH rechargeable batteries included for up to 10 hours. Or use 3 AA batteries on the go for up to 26 hours. This way you will always have an option on the go.
There are three ways to charge the NiMH rechargeable batteries. You can connect it to your vehicle adaptor, your computer, or plug the micro-USB cable into an outlet. So you have more than one option to charge it if you aren’t near an outlet.
Extra Power When You Need It Most
Push-To-Talk (PTT) power boost allows you to extend the transmission range by increasing the transmitter power output. It also saves battery life when no power boost is necessary.
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