Summary: I have been using CBs for 35 years and this by far is the best portable. Per the customer service rep it takes 6 hours to charge the portable batteries (not included) and the unit has protection against overcharging the batteries.
Pros: The distance for a portable is good. The size is perfect - I can hang a strap around my neck and put the cb in my shirt pocket while hunting. While the CB is in my shirt pocket I can hear the radio well without having to turn up the radio.
Cons: The rechargeable battery pack had a broken battery contact when I went to put batteries in the unit. Midland sent me another one - no hassle, US based customer service.
Summary: I drive over 20,000 miles a year, mainly on interstates in different vehicles. This is a nice way to know what is going on up the road. I purchased mine June 2014 and have not had any problems with the CB or its accessories.
Pros: Small, light, versatile, easy to move between vehicles, easy operation, and can listen to NOAA weather radio stations. The accessories allow for direct 12VDC operation with or without an external antenna, 6AA alkaline, or 8AA rechargeable. The power source modules are quick and easy to swap. The ...
Cons: Like John W. said, the backlight cannot be set to stay on all of the time, even with the 12VDC module. Cannot use AA batteries and the external antenna option at the same time due to the design of the modular power sources.
Summary: It doesn't say it in the manual at least I didn't see it in their but if you hold the function button down until it beeps it will show the channel frequency and not the channel number just a cool little feature. Also the NOAA weather radio works great.
Pros: Hand held and Vehicle radio. Gets some good distance, got this little sucker for Christmas along with two firestick 3' antennas and it gets great reception and has good range.
Cons: Included hand held antenna doesn't have much range but does the job.
Summary: Fits in cup holders, packs away easily for security and no holes drilled etc in vehicle for mounting.
Pros: Works the way it is supposed to. Solid build, attractive design. i have the kit that includes the power adapter and antenna lead. I have a magnet mounted antenna from RS. works good. Works fine with out additional antenna. I put batteries in it when I bought it and have not had to replace them ye...
Cons: Back light goes out too soon. Would be nice if it could stay on as an option.
Summary: I was looking for something that I could take from vehicle to vehicle and still have full functionality. This one fits the bill nicely. Even better is the fact that it came fully set up to use with an external antenea eliminating the need to buy adapters and such.