This is a subject I cannot find advice on.
I'm part of a small, family business. In the 1990s, we purchased a pair of old-fashioned GE walkie-talkies. Each ran on three AA-size batteries. Eventually, the talkies wore out. We had a minor problem storing them for transport in backpacks. The talkies would slosh around inside a pack, and accidentally switch "on", causing their batteries to run down while nobody noticed.
Since they wore out, we bought some newer, used Motorola talkies that ran on three AAA-sized batteries. The talkies were poorly designed, with battery compartment covers that were difficult to remove. The radios didn't work well. We consider these units to be a failure.
We want to shop around and seek out modern, new talkies that:
- Are high quality
- Are easy to use
- Can be used by civilians without a license
- Have a decent workable range
- Have controls that will not allow the unit to be accidentally turned on
- Will pack well in a backpack or other bag (no irregular shapes)
- Weather resistant, including rain and cold
- Tough, able to take a beating
- Looking to buy either three or four of them.
It would also be nice if the talkies either came with rechargeable batteries (and maybe a means to plug them into a cigarette lighter while on-the-road) or could accept Eneloops. We want good battery life as well.
Any suggestions on what to look for, and where to look for them?
Thanks in advance!