Retevis RT618 Mini Walkie Talkies Reviewed

For those who want a long-range, lightweight, and easy-to-use walkie-talkie, you will find everything you’re looking for in the Retevis RT618 mini. This is a small but a mighty model. It is a compact and lightweight analogue radio walkie-talkie that features dual PTT. The RT618 mini is the Private Mobile Radio PMR version of this license-free radio. It is small enough that it can be carried in a shirt pocket and is easy-to-use with convenient hand-held features and ergonomic design.

Retevis RT618 Mini Walkie Talkies

This mini walkie-talkie is great to use for a variety of occasions who need a lightweight, handheld communication radio for up to 1.5 km or transmitting and receiving in a building as tall as a 20-stories. It is sturdy, durable, high quality that can be used in a hotel, a big mall, restaurant, warehouse, property management, for hunting, or for travel.

Features of Retevis RT618

Some handy features of this miniature private mobile radio include crisp and clear sound quality that offers excellent transmissions and Tx and Rx command on the front panel. Easily charge from the power side with an easy-to-use 5v charger with mini USB. The radios come with belt clips and lanyards as well as the rechargeable batteries ready to install.

Features of the mini walkie-talkie include:

  • Compact
  • Illuminated LED halo ring on the front with red or green to indicate transmit or receive mode
  • Lightweight at 91 grams
  • 2 push-to-talk buttons
  • 3.7 Volts
  • Easy-to-use one-handed operation
  • Volume plectrum buttons by impulse
  • VOX Squelch
  • Long-range
  • Fixed antenna
  • 16 channels
  • Small 22 cm x 17 cm x 4.5 cm size
  • Solid metal back clip
  • 16 channel capacity with 12.5KHz channel spacing
  • 40 dB noise level
  • Mini USB jack charging
  • Long-lasting battery with 1000mAh and 72 hours of standby
  • Easy keystrokes
  • Convenient
  • Standard Audio Jack Interface that any Kenwood 2 pin earphones are compatible with
  • Multi-functions

Pros and Cons


This miniature walkie-talkie offers a lot of pros for those looking for a small device that is simple to use and works well. Ham radio operators will not need to spend time getting a license, and there should be no legal issues or additional frequency usage fees since personal use of the walkie-talkies will not interfere with public service transmissions. The radio is easy to hold and use for left-handers or right-handers. It has a green LED light to indicate the charge is completed, or you are receiving a transmission. The red light indicates it is charging, or you are transmitting.

Some additional pros include:

  • Easy to hold and operate with one hand
  • Ultra-Light design
  • Convenient for left or right-handed individuals
  • Affordable
  • Long Range and still retains the clarity of the communication being transmitted or received
  • Easy to program
  • Volume paddle plectrum design located on top makes it easy to adjust volume without turning a knob.
  • Vox hands-free operations option

The Retevis RT618 mini 2-way radio has so many desirable features and pros that it is difficult to come up with a downside. There are a couple of potential drawbacks, however, such as it does not come with many accessories and a wall charger is not included. The company does make a variety of similar items, though. So, finding a charger or additional accessories that are compatible should not be difficult to do.

Some cons include:

  • Does not come with a wall charger, though it does come with a USB cord to charge from a laptop or car.
  • Limited accessories included
  • No roger beep function
  • Vox hands-free requires programming software to activate


Our rating: 4.4 / 5

The Retevis RT618 mini is the perfect walkie-talkie option for those who want a lightweight, easy-to-use option in hand-held communication radio. This model offers a long-range, but of course, all actual range quality will be determined by many factors. The model is compact, affordable, easy, and ready-to-use right out of the box.

Users describe the walkie-talkie set as a small but mighty product that offers peace of mind and just the right thing to use with elderly parents to keep in touch throughout the house or in the yard and fun for the grandkids. Others find it to be a great value with a sleek, convenient few button design making it easy to use even when wearing gloves. Still, others enjoy that it has a built-in voice library that tells what channel you are on and when it is time to recharge.

Overall, this mini walkie-talkie is a fantastic choice for almost every situation that needs a 2-way communication.

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