Good product with some problems
Have 4 of these for marine communication. Good reception. Batteries are indeed crap. All 4 are now out of commission all requiring new batteries. A significant cost after 12 months.
Great reception, poor squelch location, poor battery
We use these in our school outdoor activities program and I have used them on a farm for safety communications. They have a great reception and can be used on three different wattage settings depending on how strong you want your transmit signal to be, however, the batteries swell up after a period of time and prevent you from using them in the charger or on the radio and the squelch dial us located on the same dial as the volume (squelch outside dial, volume inside dial) makes it difficult to maintain a constant squelch while adjusting the vol...ume. Found the squelch would tend to move with the volume if you are not careful. I don't understand why they haven't fixed the battery problem. I could almost guarantee you will be replacing at least one of the two supplied batteries within a year or two Good signal, good scan facility Batteries swell and need replacing after a while, squelch should be able to be locked or a button instead of a dial around the volume dial
Nice unit with some long term ruggedness fails (see cons). I was surprised at these as it seems super rugged and awesome out of the box. All features electronically work fantastic.
Compact, Light weight for capability, great accessories, dual charger for spare battery and unit, powerful, great looking and waterproof.
Battery casing splits over time, maybe with the heat. They swell up and crack... Expensive batteries to replace at about a quarter of the original price of the unit and accessories. Rubber side grips peel of in the heat. No big deal, but not great for protection and grip long term. My squelch knob also now turns round and round without a stop or start and fails to work.
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Questions & Answers
How much are they worth?
Anywhere between $50 second hand to $200 new. There are some deals around on these. Mine are the older 40 channel model.
Is the uhf cb radio better than the uh76nb? Answer what's the battery life like?
The battery life lasts about a day with average use. If you have the standby battery or a charge overnight that's not a problem. However the batteries shelf life tends to be about 2 years. They swell up and fail. at approximately anywhere between $50 to $80 per battery replacement of the radio its self needs to be an option. Disappointing given the cost of the twin unit I bought which means 4 batteries to replace. I have had other radio batteries last up to 5 years. Hope that helps.
Howdy - thanks / yeah that's about how much a battery would last in a radio / regarding the cycle life of charges @ someone should get about 450 battery cycles which is about 1 to 1 and half years of use on the battery - though if I am looking to spend that type of money of a radio that's if I do decide to buy a new uhf cb radio I might as well look at the new uniden unit hands held portable the new model uniden uh950s which has a better battery capacity at 2300 milliamps and it would probably charge a whole lot easier and faster / I might even decide not to buy a uhf cb radio package at all as about 10 years ago uhf cb radio was alright nowadays got clowns turning up once or twice a week and ruining it for everyone else though uhf cb radio is still alright for 4 wheel drives and bush walkers - cheers
Totally agree with above comments' had my radio now for about 4 years and replaced batteries 8 times. Half of them swelled up and others failed. Great radio but :) battery no good ..... Once bitten ,twice shy maybe next time will do a better buy after my experience. Uniden should fix this problem or drop the battery price dramatically otherwise its a rip off !!!
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