- UHF5500 1 Handset
- Verified purchase
Battery goes from full charge to dead within an hour
Bought this unit last year from a reputable auto parts outlet as a back up and for spotting when out 4wding.
When first opened, the unit appeared very strong and sturdy.
The battery on the one occasion it was used only lasted for 1.5hrs standby with occasional use.
At that time I put it away with the intention of contacting Oricom, unfortunately it never happened till now, whilst checking my equipment for this seasons start.
Charged it today, (second time it's been charged), the battery lasted just over 1hr, this is quite disgusting and useless to me.
It was bought with the understanding Oricom was a reputable make.
All I asked was a unit that would do what it was intended for.
Environmentally not acceptable, have to throw it in the bin.
Hope I am not being too hard on Oricom. They need to do something about their Li-on battery life (BP7418). I would consider it not normal for it to fail at year 4 having minimal recharging/use. It looks like my BP7418 battery has swollen and it has never been charged for long periods. I would question the quality of the li-on cells being used. I have a Nokia 3120 with a BL-6c battery that still holds a long charge after 10+ years, no swelling. They would have been better off not having this proprietary BP7418 cell and using a cell that could be...replaced cheaply. Getting rid of the cradle and having a plug in cable to charge would have been a step in the right direction also. Can't recommend buying it, the design needs to be improved and no longer acceptable to produce and sell a product that falls short of a reasonable working life. Now looking for another brand.
I had a problem with my charging cradle and the lady in the office could not have been more helpful. No arguing etc they just replaced the whole lot. Great company to deal with.
Great Radio !!! Has All The Bells & Whistles !!!
John from Oricom Australia Customer Support, was very helpful with my speaker problem.
They sent a new unit with a prepaid satchel for the return of the faulty unit.
Absolutely excellent service !!! Highly recommended !!!
Very happy !!!
- UHF5500 1 Handset
- Verified purchase
Unit is just over 1 year old and has failed twice with new batteries installed during that year. It’s mounted on dash with magnetic holder. Would the magnet be harming the battery? It doesn’t seem to bother my mobile phone battery.
Purchased in March 2018.
Good basic UHF handheld
Our UHF5500 was purchased in June 2015 and used maybe six times as a back up safety item - still as new.
Open scanning became intermittent and then stopped scrolling, when tested for our next outback adventure.
Contacted Oricom who were very obliging, and provided exemplary assistance and a solution to the problem.
It is gratifying in this day and age to have a supplier provide such supportive back up. Well done to Oricom and their team.
Perfect for our adventures
the handheld radio has been perfect for spotting while on solo 4wd adventures or while in convoy. We loved our handheld so much we installed an Oricom uhf into our Pajero too. We spend a lot of time on the road so it’s been great having reliable products. Will definitely be adding another handheld to our collection soon!
The right tool for the job
Been using the ORICOM UHF models over the last two years keeping our convoy informed. Hand held units on the quad bikes and dual receive units in our 4x4’s. A must for the off road traveller. Shaken, rattled and rolled across Australia. A vital tool we rely on daily. Reliable.
Great 5 Watt UHF
Totally satisfied with this purchase. Was looking for a tough handheld unit to compliment the fixed mount unit installed in the car, and this radio has done the job. It feels like quality with its metal chassis and I haven't experienced any issues with the unit as yet.
Will absolutely be recommending to friends out there as there are many lemons out in the market, and this certainly is not one of them.
Fantastic! 5 Stars.
- UHF5500 1 Handset
- Verified purchase
Works perfectly - Oricom support was very good
Bought 1 of these from a retail shop more than 12 months back. Didn't have good sound clarity - squelch issue. Contacted Oricom support & they issued an RA that day.
Sent the unit to them in Sydney. A little over a week later, received a brand new unit.
Gave it a good workout in the Imbil State Forest in a 4wd convoy over the Australia Day weekend. Excellent sound clarity. Very happy with this unit.
Charged it before we left, spent most of the 3 days on tracks using it. Still showed plenty of charge left.
Customer support was easy to deal with being polite & understanding.
Happy to recommend their product & support services.
- UHF5500 2 Handset
- Verified purchase
UHF 5500 keeps turning off
Hello I brought two of these units brand new in the box which where both opened last week
One radio works spot on and the other keeps turning off as soon as you power it up
I tried to swap batteries and both units work so it's not the unit it's the battery
What is weird is that if you hold the Tx button on whilst you power up it will stay on but this causes the unit to cycle through its test or icon screen
If you try to power off and turn it back on so you can use it it will turn off immediately
Beware clones are everywhere
I will personally never buy a oricom product again until they sort there clone issues out most of oricoms products today are fake & do not work some of these products have even ended up in stores but most are on eBay the time & money i spent trying to transmit on my uhf5500 sent me crazy even the car antenna kit was fake I've since then had the radio looked at by professionals everything seems to be cloned nicely they also had 7 more at the shop i went to with the same issues & believe it or not all serial numbers on all 7 radios including mine...were identical i spent hundreds on different antennas including paying a shop to look at mine I'll never buy a single oricom product until they sort this problem out so far Australia is flooded with id say at least around 1 thousand fakes maybe more if it's from eBay & says oricom it's 100% fake. Please oricom sort this problem out before things get way out of hand. I'm now using a gme with no issues at all.
Extremely Bad Sound!!! Do Not Buy!!!!
I have been using the above model for traffic control in fairly noisy environments and I can tell you now it is dismal on worksites.
Not to mention the mouthpiece attachment only has a tiny little sound eminating from it. I even got 2 as I thought it was faulty.
Absolutely crap inbuilt speaker...I will be taking them to fair trading for my money back....Don't buy any oricom, trust me.
Used twice now doesn't work
Hi as title says we have used this i think 2 times as a backup. I also have a GME hand held. Well getting ready for our trip today both HH are charged up but Oricom turns on but doesn't seem to Rx or TX. Tried factory reset - no change.
I have tried Oricom to GME and vice versa. I can go through channels on GME and hear other people on the air but nothing on 5500 so looks like its kaput, disappointing as only been used twice. Purchased about 2 years ago so maybe still in warranty but no time to get put in for repair. Now need to rush out and buy a new unit as we need a HH for the extra car.
Used it for 3 days. Range was terrible be lucky to get 200 metres. Then battery died and plugged the charger to the car and the 12volt lead decided to call it quits.
Proceeded to go to the office and charge through the wall socket and being on charge for 6 hrs and the radio doesn't turn on.
Never buying one of these models again!!!
I've had 2 brand new Oricom UHF5500's from sealed boxs I returned within the month. First one I took home completely faulty. Second one out of a brand new and sealed box, ch 40 is dead.
ch39 is fine. I can hear and tx. Not so ch40. I cannot hear or talk to any one on ch40. This is out of the box and brand new.
My el-cheapo $30 one is way better at sound quality. it is only 1watt but 2 out of 2 faulty is just wrong. Sorry I will never use Oricom again. I give it a rating of minus 5. The store I bought it from were fantastic. Even they were suprised.
Great way to communicate
My son loves his new way to talk to us while he has been stuck in the hospital for his cancer treatment. They work well between the hospital and the Ronald McDonald house. It allows us to keep in touch. They are very user friendly, light and compact. Thank you oricom
Very robust radioes. We have purchased 8 in the last 2 years. All other brands in the past get crackly and don't last. Radioes are very clear to talk on. Have a min 2ks talk radius, back up service is the best I have had in 30 years. Great product
Never properly working
Hardly used in 3 years as it was a spare backup for emergencies, unit plays up a few weeks out of 3 year warranty. Most likely not worth the effort and cost to repair. I presume with constant use it wouldn't of lasted as long as it did. Cheers .
Solid unit and great value for money
I bought this little hand held CB as I intend to travel by road quite a bit in future. I had not researched CB's and knew little about them but felt that it would come in handy.
Being a novice, I found that the instruction manual was a little light on in detail and it appeared to assume quite a bit of knowledge so my first experience was a tad frustrating. I decided not to be defeated so re-read the manual with the unit in front of me and whenever I came across a word or term that I didn't understand, I Googled it. Using this method of self-i...
Questions & Answers
Purchased this about a year ago when the bushfires were raging. At the time it seemed to work ok. After the fires I fully charged it and put it away until it was needed again. Got it out last week before going on a fishing trip because I’d be out of mobile range. To my disgust it won’t even turn on now despite the charger saying it’s fully charged. I don’t think I have the receipt for it now so am I up for a new one? I don’t think it’s worth buying a new battery when I can’t tell if that’s the actual problem.
Hi there, we would like to discuss this with you, so please give our locally based team a call on 02 4574 8888 Mon-Fri 8am-6pm AEDT, and the team will be able to discuss this with you. All the best, Oricom.
Hi all, could someone plz tell me how i can get the bell symbol in brackets to go off...tried everthing.
Hi there, please give our locally based Oricom Support a call on 02 4574 8888 Mon-Fri 8am-6pm AEDT, as the team will be able to assist. All the best, Oricom.
dropped my hand held wont transmit
Hi Rick, please give us a call on 02 4574 8888 Mon-Fri 8am-6pm AEST, and the team will be able to assist. All the best, Oricom.
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