Cobra MicroTalk CTX-85 Two-Way-Radio

Cobra CXT-85

Cobra CXT-85 MicroTalk Radio

The Cobra CXT85 comes in a GMRS/FRS two-way radio value pack with a range of up to 16 miles. The radios include rechargeable batteries and a “Y” wall charger. Roger Beep, a Battery Low indicator, Battery/Power Saver, and Call Alert, make this an affordable and compact option for everyone from the novice to the professional radio enthusiast!

Feature

Benefit

Up to 16 Mile Range Extended range capability provides up to 16 Mile Range. (Range will vary depending onerrain and conditions.)
UHF/FM Ultra-clear long distance reception.
22 Channels Front panel push buttons provide easy access to all 22 channels (7 GMRS/FRS, 7 FRS, 8 GMRS). Works with other GMRS/FRS walkie-talkie 2-way radios.
Battery Saver Circuitry A unique circuit extends the life of the batteries. If there are no transmissions within 10 seconds, the unit will automatically switch to battery saver mode.
Call Alert Provides an easily recognizable alert for incoming calls.
Roger Beep Tone Conformation tone indicates the completion of the user’s transmission, and signals to others it is clear to talk.
Auto Squelch Automatically shuts off weak transmissions or unwanted noise due to terrain or range constraints.
LCD Display Easy to view display provides the radio’s status at a glance.
Keystroke Tone Signal Confirms key activation.
Speaker/Microphone/Charger Jack Allows use of wall charger, or earphone speaker/microphones (not included) for “hands-free” operation.
Belt Clip Secures your microTALK® radio while on the go.
1 Year Warranty On radios. For products sold in the USA.
6 AAA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries Radios can also be used with 3 AAA alkaline batteries per rdaio (not included).
Wall Charger with Charges supplied rechargeable batteries inside radios. Charger accommodates 1 or 2 radios.

 

Review:

I love gadgets and I have strict requirements specially if I’m going to use them outdoors. The Cobra MicroTalk CTX-85 MicroTalk is one of my favorites. Very compact, light and handy. Signal transmission and reception is clear and crisp even in dense forests. They took a beating when I brought them with me in Mount Hibok-Hibok where we encountered a typhoon-like weather. They are not waterproof and that’s where I was surprised. The radio I had with me got wet and the sound started to garble because water was already in the speaker and mic. I thought I lost both radios permanently due to the wet conditions but they survived!!!

One comment I have are the supplied batteries. Mine came with a measly 250 mAh rating which is sufficient for day hikes but for multi-day and heavy use they won’t suffice. So I bought some 2800 mAh batteries and they lasted for about 3-days 🙂

Cobra is one brand that you can trust when it comes to two-way-radios built-wise and feature-wise. I’m already looking at their new rugged line https://www.cobra.com/detail/index.cfm?nPID=312 to upgrade my Cobra MicroTalk CTX-85.

I give the Cobra CTX-85 4.5-out-0f-5 stars.

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