BaoFeng A58 Review | Is It Worth It?

Great for skiing, hiking, or the work site, walkie talkies are also known as two-way radios, offer you long range distance, so you can easily get in touch. They are made for two-way communication and are tough enough to withstand about any type of weather and every adventure. Walkie Talkies are used in different industries, including security and healthcare, and both for commercial and private use.  There are different models of walkie talkies available in the market, and in this article, we are going to talk more about the BaoFeng A58 5-watt dual-band radio that provides high-quality two-way communication.

BaoFeng A58

BaoFeng is a manufacturer based in China. The brand distinguishes itself from the competition by its strong price-quality ratio.


Features of BaoFeng A58

Among the features offered by BaoFeng A58 are:

  • Measurements of 130 × 65 × 40 mm
  • Weight is 256 grams, including the battery and antenna
  • 128 channels
  • Lithium-ion battery (1800mAh)
  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • The frequency range is 136.00 – 174 MHz
  • PC or manual program
  • Low battery warning
  • Emergency alarm
  • Dual display, dual standby, and dual band
  • VOX (voice operated transmission) function (possibility of communication without the need to press the PTT switch)
  • Voice prompt
  • Priory scanning function
  • Auto-back light
  • Low and high-power switchover
  • Wide and narrow band selection
  • Time-out timer (TOT)
  • U/V cross band dual watch
  • Earpiece included
  • Mode of operation is simplex or semi-duplex
  • The operating temperature is -20C to +60C
  • Battery Saving Function “SAVE”
  • ATUO Keypad Lock

BaoFeng BF-A58 is considered to be an improved model of the BaoFeng UV-5R. It’s a 5-watt dual-band radio with DTMF keyboard, dual display, and Dual Watch Function. It has an IP67 protection class that provides dustproofing and protection against the consequences of short-term immersion in water.

It also has a double display, Dual Watch, 41 menu items, Built-in FM radio, and many other useful functions. Worth mentioning is the increased durability and it also works well on construction sites, factories, events, ports, loading docks, security companies, etc.

It can successfully work in the toughest weather conditions. You can use the BaoFeng BF-A58 in the rain, fog, snowstorm, and many other hazardous conditions.

Dual Watch function means that you can listen to two channels at the same time. You can see both active channels on the display: one important channel is in continuous listening, and the other one is used for communication between units. It receives the active channel first and keeps picking it up until the transmission ends.

BaoFeng A58 is portable and rugged. It is possible to hold and operate the radio even while wearing gloves. The Ingress Protection 57 of BaoFeng BF-A58 is suitable for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) operations.

The unit is programmed and integrated with other units, including Kenwood, Motorola, Cobra and other well-known brands.

Here is what is included in the box: BF-A58 Waterproof Transceiver Radio, battery pack, adapter, antenna, belt clip, drop-in charging tray, earpiece, and hand strap.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Affordable price
  • Clear reception
  • Durability
  • Good workmanship
  • Many channels
  • Programmable from a computer or from the keyboard
  • Well and sturdy built
  • Easy to understand and user-friendly
  • Water and dust resistant
  • Good talk range (3-5 kilometres)
Cons
  • Difficult to save channels
  • It is not as waterproof as it was claimed
  • Heavier than other units on the market

Conclusion

Our rating: 4.5 / 5

BaoFeng BF-A58 is a 5-watt dual-band radio with many advantages. Compared to other radios, it is durable, sturdy, and well built. It is easy to understand and use, which is very important for total beginners who have never used such devices before. In addition, it has also a good talking range – you will have clear reception even from a distance of 5 kilometres. Last but not least, BaoFeng BF-A58 is very affordable.

However, even though it has so many advantages, it is important to take its few disadvantages into consideration as well, including weak waterproofness, heavy weight, and difficulty with saving channels. Other than that, BaoFeng BF-A58 is a great high-quality radio and professional walkie talkie that is perfect for different outdoor activities and the use in different working and weather conditions.


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