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Recently in Cobra Category

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May 11, 2015

Cobra MR-HH450 DUAL unboxing video

It's a rugged GMRS radio with a removable antenna. It's also a waterproof VHF marine radio that floats. It's the Cobra MR HH-450 DUAL. Now you can get a look at this powerful hybrid portable handheld up close and personal, right out of the box!

In this unboxing video, Danny Feemster from Buy Two Way Radios takes this radio out of the package, tells you what it comes with and shows you what it's all about.

August 29, 2014

Cobra CXT1035R FLT unboxing video

When you're hiking, camping, fishing or doing anything outdoors, you need gear with the ruggedness and durability to take the elements. For consumer FRS/GMRS radios, consider the Cobra CXT1035R FLT.

In this unboxing video, Danny Feemster gives you a first look the CXT1035R, its features and its potential as a capable, waterproof radio that's "really orange" and even floats! The CXT1035R FLT and other Cobra FRS/GMRS Two Way Radios are available from Buy Two Way Radios.

April 23, 2014

New Cobra radios for 2014

Cobra announced earlier this year they would soon add new radios to their existing product line and they are soon to become available at Buy Two Way Radios! Here is a brief overiew of these new models.

Cobra_MR_HH450_DUAL_small.pngHH450 DUAL Marine Radio
One of the most anticipated of these new products is the new HH450 DUAL Marine Radio, a compact combo unit desigined for use on both land and water. The HH450 operates on both VHF marine and GMRS frequencies with access to weather channels with weather alerts and Specific Area Message Encoding S.A.M.E. technology. It features Cobra's Rewind-Say-Again®, selectable low, medium and high power options and a noise-canceling microphone for clear communication. This All-Terrain-Radio™ is rugged, waterproof and even floats. It is specifically designed as multi-purpose, a VHF Marine radio, an emergency weather radio and GMRS two way radio, all rolled into one! Camo fans are in luck, Cobra will also make a version of the HH450 available in RealTree™ Camo. MSRP $129.95.

The CWR 200 is an All-Hazards-Alert all-purpose portable weather radio designed to be as rugged as it is functional. Cobra claims it is their most advanced weather radio to date. It features alerts for over 60 emergency events and is equipped with S.A.M.E technology so alerts can be targeted to your local area. It has three Level Alert LED Indicators, a Tornado Mode button to limit alerts to tornados and other extreme emergencies, a built-in LED flashlight, an alarm clock with snooze, and a USB port to charge a smartphone. It also includes a lighted dot matrix LCD display and has rubberized grips on each side to help it stay in your hands.

The CRW200 operates on three AA NiMH rechargeable or alkaline batteries and comes with micro-USB A/C charger, desktop charger and a wrist strap. MSRP $39.95.

Cobra_CXT1035.pngCXT 1035 Now Available!
The Cobra CXT1035 is a GMRS/FRS radio designed for general use year-round. In addition to FRS/GMRS channels, it features NOAA All Hazard Weather and Emergency Radio alerts and touts up to a 37-mile range. Like the HH450, the CXT1035 has the Cobra Rewind-Say-Again® feature, which allows up to 20 seconds of a missed transmission to be played back. The CXT 1035 is also rugged and floats. It includes VibrAlert, an LED flashlight, rubberized grips and is available in RealTree™ Max 4 CAMO. The Cobra CXT 1035 will be available this spring. MSRP will range from $99.95-$109.95.

December 2, 2013

Cobra Two Way Radio Battery Compatibility Chart

One important consideration when choosing a portable handheld two way radio is power. Since batteries are usually the primary sources of power for handheld radios, the type of power cells needed is a key question. There are many makes and models of radios to choose from and there are a many different types and sizes of batteries available on the market, some of which are only compatible with specific radios, so the answer can be quite confusing.

In the case of Cobra FRS/GMRS two way radios, the battery options are specific, yet they vary significantly between different models within the product line, even between models that use the same type of battery. To simplify things, we've created a chart that compares all current Cobra consumer walkie talkies with the types, sizes and the number of batteries each radio requires.

Model Battery Type Size Quantity
CX112 Alkaline AAA 3
CX210 Alkaline AAA 4
CX312 Alkaline/Rechargeable AA 3
CXT135 Alkaline/Rechargeable AAA 3
CXT145 Alkaline/Rechargeable AAA 3
CXT235 Alkaline/Rechargeable AAA 4
CXT345 Alkaline/Rechargeable AA 3
CXT390 Alkaline/Rechargeable AA 3
CXT425 Alkaline/Rechargeable AAA 4
CXT545 Alkaline/Rechargeable AA 3
CXR725 Lithium-Ion CXR725 Battery Pack 1
CXR825 Lithium-Ion CXR825 Battery Pack 1
CXR925 Lithium-Ion CXR925 Battery Pack 1

June 17, 2013

Radio 101 - How to set vibrate alert on a Cobra CXR radio

Some higher end consumer walkie talkies have a vibrate alert feature for operation in silent mode. Cobra calls their version VibrAlert®. Setting this feature is very simple. In this episode of Radio 101, Anthony from Buy Two Way Radios shows you how to set VibrAlert on a Cobra MicroTalk CXR925. This procedure also works on CXR725 and CXR825 radios.

June 10, 2013

TWRS-59 - New Cobra Radios For 2013

We talk about some new two way radios from Cobra for 2013. We also review the Cobra microTALK CXT345 Two Way Radio.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:15

Topic Discussion 1:33
We look at the new lineup of Cobra consumer FRS/GMRS radios, tell you which older models will be phased out, and which ones will remain available. Radios discussed include the Cobra CX112, CXT145, CX312, CXT345, CXT390 and CXT545.

Commercial Break 16:43 1:00

Product Review 17:44
Today we review the Cobra microTALK CXT345 Two Way Radio.

Questions and Answers 24:49
Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

Wrap up and Close 28:08
Send in your comments and questions for Danny, Anthony and Rick to show[at] Feedback on this and other topics will be read by the hosts and included in future episodes of the show. Visit us at!

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February 12, 2013

Cobra's New Two Way Radios For 2013

Are you guys tired of all the new product announcements we've had lately? If you said yes you should stop reading now, because in this post I'll be talking about some new Cobra walkie talkies that will be available soon!

Cobra has announced six brand new additions to their microTALK FRS/GMRS radio lineup for 2013: the CX112, CXT145, CX312, CXT345, CXT390 and CXT545. The CX112 and CXT145 models will be redesigns of the current "100 series" models, but the CX312, CXT345, CXT390, and CXT545 will be completely new.

Micro USB Support, Waterproof Radios, and Other New Features

The most interesting new item for me is that all of the new radios will support charging via a Micro-USB port. Motorola was first to offer walkie talkies with USB charging ports, but they use the older and slightly larger Mini-USB. I love seeing radios moving to industry standard charging solutions. Sure, we'll probably sell fewer overpriced replacement chargers, but I still believe that if our customers are happier we'll benefit in the long run.

Cobra CXT545

Cobra CXT545 Walkie TalkiesThe CXT545 is a two watt radio that is packed with quite a few features that are new - at least to Cobra. This radio just looks like it was designed for the outdoors, and has features to match. It has a rugged look with rubberized grips and adds a NOAA weather alerts feature. You no longer have to be actively listening for weather info to be notified that severe weather is approaching. A handy LED flashlight is also a new addition.

The CXT-545 also meets JIS4 standards for water resistance. While not fully submersible, this means the radio should easily withstand rain. This level of weather resistance is equal to that offered by the Midland GXT1000, but is not as good as the Motorola MS350R or Uniden GMR5089.

The CXT545 has the best of both worlds when it comes to charging options. It includes NiMH batteries and supports plug-in charging through its Micro-USB port, but a drop-in cradle charger is also included. So whether you prefer drop-in or plug-in charging, the CXT545 has you covered. This model is expected to be available in April, 2013 and has an MSRP of $89.95.

Cobra CXT390, CXT345, and CX312

Cobra CXT390, CXT345, and CX312 Walkie TalkiesI'm combining all of the "300 series" models into one category because, well, they are all the same radio. Each of these models is a package containing the exact same radios - the only differences are with the charging options. The CX312 is a basic radio-only package - you have to use 4 "AAA" batteries or buy your rechargeable batteries separately. The CXT345 includes NiMH rechargeable batteries and a wall charger with plug-in Micro-USB ports for the radios. The CXT390 has all of that, plus a drop-in charger.

These are nice looking, mid range radios. They have one watt of power and all of the features that most people are going to be looking for in a set of radios, but not a lot of bells and whistles. One nice addition is that the proactive NOAA Weather Alert is included with this model, so these radios would be good to have around on an outdoor adventure.

Each of these models is expected to be available in March of 2013. The CX312, CXT345, and CXT390 will have MSRP's of $49.95, $69.95, and $74.95, respectively.

Cobra CXT145 and CX112

Cobra CX112 and CXT145 Walkie TalkiesLast year, when Cobra announced the CXT135, they immediately had the lowest priced two way radio that included weather channels. They are continuing that trend this year as both the low priced CX112 and CXT145 will offer this feature. While these models are still considered entry level, the weather channels will definitely set these apart when comparing them with similar models from competing brands. With a half watt of output power, however, they are not the right choice when you need a long range radio.

Like the 300 series above, the CX112 and CXT145 are identical except for their charging options. The CX112 will not include rechargeable batteries or a charger and will have an MSRP of $39.95. The CXT145 will include NiMH rechargeable battery packs and a plug-in Micro-USB charger.

What's Being Discontinued

For years now, Cobra has led the way on lithium battery powered FRS/GMRS radios. If you're a big fan of their powerful and lightweight lithium models, don't worry - they're not going anywhere. The CXR925, CXR825, and CXR725 are going to remain a part of Cobra's lineup for 2013.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same thing for the non-lithium models. Radios like the CXT425, CXT235, and CXT135 will be phased out over time.

All of the products mentioned here are packages that include a pair of radios.

October 16, 2012

TWRS-44 - Accessories For GMRS Radios

We talk about choosing accessories for FRS/GMRS two way radios. We also review the Motorola MD200R two way radio.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:16

Topic Discussion 1:35
We'll talk about accessorizing FRS/GMRS two way radios. We will explore some common activities and scenarios in which accessories are needed, the different types of accessories available, and recommend some popular brands and models of consumer two way radio accessories.

Commercial Break 20:54 1:00

Product Review 21:52
Today we review the Motorola Talkabout MD200R and MD200TPR two way radios.

Questions and Answers 27:38
Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum. The repeater directories mentioned include and the

Wrap up and Close 32:49
Send in your comments and questions for Danny, Anthony and Rick to show[at] Feedback on this and other topics will be read by the hosts and included in future episodes of the show. Visit us at!

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August 6, 2012

TWRS-40 - Fun With FRS

We talk about using FRS radios in assorted recreational activities. We also review the new Motorola Talkabout MT350 Series of two way radios.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:18

Topic Discussion 1:38
Today we'll learn the basics of the Family Radio Service and introduce some popular pastimes that rely on FRS radio communications, such as model railroading, model rocketry, bird watching, paintball and laser tag. We also recommend some FRS radios for use in these activities. Radios discussed include the Cobra CXT135, CXT225, Midland LXT500VP3, LXT535VP3, LXT560VP3, Motorola MD200R, Motorola MH230R, and MH230TPR FRS/GMRS two way radios. For more information about FRS frequencies, refer to our chart of FRS and GMRS Frequencies.

Commercial Break 19:49 1:00

Product Review 20:48
Today we review the new Motorola TALKABOUT MT350R and MT352R two way radios.

Questions and Answers 27:10
Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

Wrap up and Close 33:21
Send in your comments and questions for Danny, Anthony and Rick to show(at) Feedback on this and other topics will be read by the hosts and included in future episodes of the show. Visit us at!

© 2012 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

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