When you’re hiking, hunting, camping, or participating in any activity in the woods, having a set of Greaval GV-8U walkie talkies is a smart idea and almost a necessity. Some towns and even parts of metropolitan cities have poor cell service so. You know the chances of having cell service in the woods are slim to none.
As much as we dislike believing that one of our party or we could get lost in the woods, it happens more often than you may know. Hundreds of people go missing in National Parks every year, most of them are never found. That is just National parks, not the thousands of state and private wooded lands people enjoy visiting. Having a Greaval walkie talkie could save your life.
This brings us to the Greaval GV-8U Walkie Talkie. These walkie talkies are rechargeable, have an earpiece with a built-in microphone and speaker, flashlight, and a USB port for quick and easy charging. This set of walkie talkies comes as a set of four.
Features of the Greaval GV-8U Walkie Talkies
- Measurements are 24 × 17.7 × 11.2 cm.
- It comes with one rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that takes three to four hours to recharge, and you get eight to twelve hours of use.
- 16 pre-set channels
- 105 built-in continuous tone coded squelch system (CTCSS) privacy codes
- 50 digital-coded squelch (DCS) privacy codes for anti-interference
- The auto squelch feature mutes background noise, so you get a clear reception.
- Adjustable volume level for the speaker and the microphone
- Long-range in residential areas is 0.5 to 1 mile and in open areas up to three miles.
- These walkie talkies can be used inside and outside.
- It comes with four USB charging stations (one for each walkie talkie)
The Greaval rechargeable walkie talkies are ultra-portable and come with a belt clip and a hand strap, so you don’t have to carry them while hiking, walking, biking, or participating in any activity.
It’s important to remember that sometimes things like inclement weather, densely wooded areas, and low terrain (valleys) surrounded by lots of trees can interfere with the use of your walkie talkies. Things like loud babbling brooks or waterfalls may also make it challenging to hear the receiving messages. When you’re able to control where you’re located in the woods when using your Greaval Walkie Talkie, try for a clearing where trees are sparse and, if possible, on elevated terrain.
Ease of Use
The Greaval GV-8U Walkie Talkie is quite easy to use. Get the headpiece that contains the speaker and microphone situated on your head in the correct place. To talk into the walkie talkie, press down the button and speak. To listen, make sure your finger is off the button. With this walkie talkie, there is noise-cancelling software built-in. Having the speaker in your ear helps remove any interference and allows the listener to hear the communication clearer.
You may find that you need to change channels if the one you are currently on is an active channel with a lot of communication between different parties. This is not uncommon users tend to favour one or two channels over other ones. While all the channels are good, you may find one or two that receive and send messages clearer depending on the type of terrain you are on and the surrounding area.
It’s best to try different types of terrain within reason and surroundings, as in dense areas and open areas, to see which channel works best. The most important thing is to make sure you and the other person are on the same channel.
If you have more than two people in your group and one of you gets separated or lost, one person should be on the designated channel and another on the secondary channel. Allowing the person who has been separated from the party two channels to try and communicate.
If you’re using the belt strap, make sure the walkie talkie is in a location where the walkie talkie cannot be accidentally shut off or the volume turned down. Walkie Talkie users do not recommend using the wrist strap while hiking or participating in any other activity. The walkie talkie can slip off your wrist too easily.
The Greaval GV-8U Walkie Talkies ranges from up to 0.6 to one mile in residential areas because several things can interfere with the walkie talkie including houses, buildings, electronics inside the homes, and even cell phones.
In open areas such as a field, the range is up to three miles. You must remember that trees are not included in an open area, so the walkie talkies’ range will be smaller than the three miles. The more trees and rock formations etc., the smaller the range becomes.
Let’s take, for example, you and your buddy are going camping for the weekend. You have a fair number of trees and a lake with a small waterfall. The best way to find out the actual range is to each take your walkie talkie and a compass and walk in opposite directions. When the communication becomes mumbled or static, you know you are barely in range, so backtrack until you have clear communication and measure the distance that way. Tie a large colourful piece of ribbon or something on a nearby tree so you both know how far you can go away from camp in each direction before losing communication with your camping partner.
It may seem like an odd suggestion to find how far your range is but keep in mind you’re in the woods, and as far as you know, it’s just you and one other person.
Getting lost, which is easy to do when everything looks the same and having no way to contact the person you’re with, can be freighting whether you are a man or a woman. Not to mention the wildlife that lives in those woods, which will be prowling around for dinner.
If you fell and broke your foot or leg, how would you get back to camp? Who would know where you were to come and help you if you’re out of range?
These are all logical scenarios that should be considered and taken seriously. After all, if you felt completely confident in trekking out into the woods, you wouldn’t be bringing walkie talkies, to begin with. So, take the time to find out where your boundaries for wandering off alone are before you hit the trail on your own.
The battery has a charging station with a USB cord. To charge the walkie talkies, you need to place them in a charger and plug the USB into a port in your car. They need to charge for three to four hours to get a fully charged battery that will last eight to twelve hours. Don’t wait until your battery is almost dead to charge it.
Pros and Cons
Our rating: 4.3 / 5
What Users Think
The consensus from owners is that the Greaval GV-8U Walkie Talkies are good for places you are familiar with but can pose a problem in areas you’ve never been too especially if you don’t take the proper measures upon arrival to test out the walkie talkie range.
Greaval Walkie Talkies are affordable, offer more channels, have a higher quality speaker and microphone than other brands. These walkie talkies are great as long as there is slim to no chance you will get lost in unknown territory.
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