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Beware of the battery problems.
Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2017
The range is decent, about what I expected. Which is to say no where near the "36 miles" advertised. But I knew that going in....in our residential neighborhood of mostly single story homes but heavy tree cover, the kids can ride to their friend's houses, all less than 1/2 mile by road, and can still call. The farther calls get a little scratchy, but still work. This equates to maybe 3-4 blocks straight line distance. I would have liked about double that, as they can't quite reach from the playground at the front of the neighborhood. This is while on the "high power" setting BTW. But the biggest problem is the batteries that come with the units. We have used these 3 or 4 times and already having battery problems. Both units were showing full charge and after a few hours of standby, one suddenly died with no warning. The other died a few minutes later, but 5 minutes before they died they both showed "full charge" on the screens. After recharging (12 hours as instructed) one unit lasted for several hours on standby, the other, for maybe 45 minutes, then died again after showing full charge. I emailed Midland about this and got no response at all. Good thing I have the option of using AA batteries or they'd be paperweights.
Update- Midland did get back to me and provide two additional batteries, so good for them. The new batteries are still crazy unpredictable. Sometimes they will go hours on standby sometimes not. But we just used them on a cross country car trip and they worked well, up to almost a mile on the interstate. And at least the extra batteries allow us to carry a spare set. We were on the road 9 hours with the radios on the whole time. One radio needed three battery changes and the other one two. But they all still show full charge up until they die. It would be nice if the meter was accurate to better plan ahead.