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Small, Lightweight FRS/GMRS Two Way Radios

A small radio has its advantages, but before deciding on a small model you should also be aware of the disadvantages. By shortening the antenna length and reducing the size of the radio, the transmit power is almost always reduced. This means that smaller radios will almost always provide less range than their larger counterparts. However, if you only need coverage throughout a limited area, you will likely enjoy the benefits of a small, lightweight two way radio.

Recommended Small Two Way Radios

Cobra microTALK CXR725 Two Way Radio
$44.99

The Cobra CXR725 is our recommended "small" two way radio because it offers a great combination of size and features. The CXR725 operates on a lithium battery, which provides 12 hours of operating while not increasing the weight of the radio when compared to radios using standard batteries. This model also supports weather channels and 142 privacy codes per channel. If you do not want radios with a 12 hour battery life, desktop chargers, and weather channels, save a few dollars by going with the Cobra microTALK CXT125.

Motorola TALKABOUT MH230R Two Way Radios
$48.99

The Motorola TALKABOUT MH230R is a lightweight, medium sized radio that delivers fairly good range (up to a mile in urban conditions) and a good feature set. The MH230R has 121 privacy codes per channel. The MH230R also offers a standard USB port, which allows the radio to be charged in a vehicle with a standard USB cable.

Midland LXT114VP Two Way Radios With AC Wall Charger
$29.99

The Midland LXT114VP is a tiny radio - checking in at just over 5 1/4 inches tall (including antenna) and 2 inches wide. It doesn't provide a lot of power, so don't expect much more than a quarter to a half mile of range, but if you have a short range application the LXT114VP may be a good choice. Due to lack of privacy codes, this radio is not recommended for use in heavily populated areas.

Motorola TALKABOUT MB140R Two Way Radios
$29.99

The MB140R is Motorola's smallest consumer radio. It is a mere 5" tall (including antenna) with a width of 2". This model has an extremely small (1 1/4") antenna, resulting in even less range than the Midland LXT114. Due to lack of privacy codes, this radio is not recommended for use in heavily populated areas. This "R" model includes batteries and a charger. If you prefer to use standard AAA batteries, you could also consider the Motorola FV300.

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