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Radioddity FS-T2 Review

Compared to other inexpensive and small radios on the market, this radio has better range and comparable features but falls back in battery life
Radioddity FS-T2
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Price:  $35 List | $32.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, small, good range for its size
Cons:  Poor battery life, no water resistance rating
Manufacturer:   Radioddity
By Gray Grandy ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 11, 2020
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  • Range and Clarity - 30% 4
  • Ease of Use - 25% 5
  • Weather Resistance and Durability - 15% 4
  • Battery Life - 15% 3
  • Weight and Size - 15% 8

Our Verdict

The Radioddity FS-T2 is a suitable option for any buyer looking for small, lightweight, and inexpensive radio. Out of the radios that we tested that check all three of those boxes, the FS-T2 has better range and is comparable in other areas. However, the FS-T2 has worse battery life than its close competition, and that margin was significant compared to most of our test fleet. If you are looking for a radio built for extreme environments, with great range, or many features, we recommend spending some more money on another radio. If you need something basic that is small, light and inexpensive, but battery life is not important, this could be the radio for you.

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Pros Inexpensive, small, good range for its sizeSmall size, solid range, water resistantExcellent range, has an extraordinary amount of features/settings, good battery lifeInexpensive, small and light, water resistant, has privacy codesSmall and lightweight, inexpensive
Cons Poor battery life, no water resistance ratingMore expensive, poor battery life, questionable quality controlDifficult to set up and learn to use, has the capability to get you in trouble with the FCCPoor range, inaccurate battery indicatorNot that easy to use, just adequate range
Bottom Line Compared to other inexpensive and small radios on the market, this radio has better range and comparable features but falls back in battery lifeA solid contender in the middle of the pack in all categories with small size, decent range, water resistance, but lower than average battery lifeThis radio has amazing performance, but requires a ham operator's license to be used legallyThis radio is small, light, and packs plenty of battery life, but lacks the range of larger radiosAverage performance across the board in a small package
Rating Categories Radioddity FS-T2 Midland X-Talker 36 BaoFeng BF-F8HP Midland X-Talker T10 Motorola Talkabout...
Range And Clarity (30%)
4.0
5.0
10.0
3.0
4.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
5.0
6.0
1.0
5.0
4.0
Weather Resistance And Durability (15%)
4.0
5.0
5.0
6.0
4.0
Battery Life (15%)
3.0
4.0
5.0
7.0
6.0
Weight And Size (15%)
8.0
7.0
4.0
8.0
8.0
Specs Radioddity FS-T2 Midland X-Talker 36 BaoFeng BF-F8HP Midland X-Talker T10 Motorola Talkabout...
Measured Weight (Single Radio, with Batteries) 4.1 oz 5.0 oz 7.8 oz 3.9 oz 4.0 oz
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh 700mAh 2,000 mAh 1,000 mAh 1,000 mAh
Battery Type Li-ion NiHM, Alkaline AAA Lithium Ion AAA AAA
Rechargeable? Yes Yes, or normal AAA Yes No No
Charge Via USB? Yes Yes No n/a n/a
Battery Life Test Results (hr:min) 10:45 11:40 17:40 21:20 19:30
Frequency Range 462.5625 to 467.7125 MHz 462.5625 to 467.7125 MHz 65-108MHz (FM Receive only) 136-174MHz and 400-520MHz (TX/RX) 462.55 to 467.71 MHz 462.55 to 467.71 MHz
Dimensions (in) Body Only 2 x 1 x 5.9" 1.30 x 2.20 x 6.10" 2 x 1.2 x 3.7" 2 x 1 x 3.5" 2 x 1 x 3.5"
Channels 22 36 100+ 22 22
Privacy Codes? 157 available 121 available Yes Yes, 38 available No
Keypad Lock? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NOAA Weather Alerts? Yes Yes No Yes No
VOX? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Scan Function? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Clips to Pack? Yes Yes No (mounts sold separately) Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

With a straight-line range of 2.4 miles, the Radioddity FS-T2 made calls over longer distances than other small and inexpensive models in our tests. It lasted less than 11 hours in the battery test, which was less than many similar radios. If you don't have any outstanding needs from your radio, and range is more important than battery life, this could be a fine, inexpensive option for you.

Performance Comparison


The FS-T2 stayed on our waist belt for the majority of the trails we...
The FS-T2 stayed on our waist belt for the majority of the trails we tested it on, but didn't hold on for the bumpiest of trails.
Photo: Caroline Miller

Range and Clarity


When we tested this radio along a straight stretch of unobstructed road, it made its longest transmission at 2.4 miles away. This, combined with an average score on our obstructed range test (over a hill with trees), put it a bit above average. Compared to radios of a similar size, it certainly has a better range than many of its smaller sized competitors.

While this radio had pretty good range for its size, transmissions do get fuzzy sooner than on other radios. We noticed static in all transmissions after about 0.8 miles in our unobstructed straight-line test. We could still understand the spoken transmissions up to a distance of 2.4 miles, though.

The Y-shaped cable makes charging a breeze.
The Y-shaped cable makes charging a breeze.
Photo: William Grandy

Ease of Use


The Radioddity devices provide average ease of use. They have a relatively easy to read display, and comparable button layout to many of the other radios we tested. We like that it has many features and more settings than many other low-cost options, but wish the computer cord to access these additional settings did not have to be purchased separately.

In regard to the button layout, we found this radio to be on par with many other less expensive options. If you have used a handful of other personal radios, navigation of the menu shouldn't be difficult. We did have to reference the manual to figure out what each setting code meant as it flashed on the screen while we navigated the menu. We also found ourselves wishing for a volume knob to make quick and efficient volume changes to combat variable ambient noise.

While the belt clip worked pretty well, we had to dig up the right...
While the belt clip worked pretty well, we had to dig up the right sized screwdriver to install it. Once we got it installed, we like the simple and solid connection of a screw. This was in contrast to most other radios that have a tool-free install of the belt clip that was easier, but sometimes had small parts that seemed easy to break.
Photo: William Grandy

As mentioned above, these radios come with some more advanced options that can only be utilized by buying an additional cord to interface the radio with your computer. These features are a high/low transmission power, a timeout for long transmissions in case you accidentally hold down the PTT button in your backpack, and a clear tail feature that gives a notable click at the end of a transmission.

We did like the Y-shaped charging cord for easy charging of both radios in only one USB port. While some radios have the added convenience of being able to use regular batteries or the rechargeable pack, the Radioddity only fits its specific battery pack. This inhibits your options if you run out of battery without a way to charge but allows the radio to be smaller and lighter.

Weather Resistance and Durability


We found no notable signs of damage after many hours of use and getting bounced around in backpacks. The solid outer casing and lack of small breakable parts make for a set of radios that stands up to our tests. If something were to happen, these radios come with a 1.5-year warranty when you buy them from an authorized dealer.

One accessory to the radios was not durable or nearly as well made as the radio itself. The supplied headphone/microphone felt flimsy, did not fit well in testers' ears, and fell out repeatedly with active movements. While we like that you can use an external microphone/earpiece by just plugging it in, we recommend finding an aftermarket option that is higher quality if you plan to use that feature extensively.

While the Radioddity radios were solid in most conditions, we shied away from using them in wet environments. Radioddity makes no claims of water resistance or waterproofing, so we only tested it with some light sprinkles of water (which it passed). While it has a nice rubber cover over the headphone port, it has no cover for the charging port. If you are looking for something to take on your watersport adventures, we recommend looking for something specifically made to get wet.

While Radioddity doesn't rate it for any water resistance, our radio...
While Radioddity doesn't rate it for any water resistance, our radio survived an unexpected drop in the creek with no problems.
Photo: William Grandy

Battery Life


Sending a 10-second transmission every 5 minutes, these radios lasted 10 hours and 45 minutes until the battery ran out. This is one of the poorest battery performances out of all the radios we tested, and less than half of the time of our best performers.

We did appreciate getting a warning beep each time the power indicator went down a bar. Once you go down to one bar of power, it beeps mid transmission, which is a helpful warning but could get a little annoying. Once the radio goes to 0 bars, it beeps every 12 seconds and will not make a transmission.

Weight and Size


Weighing in at 4.1 oz for one radio, the Radioddity is one of the lightest we tested. It is even less than half as hefty as other options we have tested. As far as carrying an important piece of electronic equipment, the size and weight of this radio will not slow you down.

The Radioddity FS-T2 was small enough to bring along even when...
The Radioddity FS-T2 was small enough to bring along even when weight and size are at a premium.
Photo: William Grandy

Value


If you are looking for a set of radios with solid range, features, and small size, this could be a good value purchase. If you are looking for a fully-featured radio with great range and water resistance, it would be worth spending more money somewhere else. Our value assessment would be higher if our experience with the battery life were better.

Conclusion


While this radio was not the best in any one category, it performed quite well compared to other small and less expensive options we tested. The range is better than other small options, and the functions of the radio are on par with its peers. Its most significant weak points are its short battery life and lack of water-resistant features. If you need a basic radio that is easy to carry and will not be used in challenging weather, the Radioddity could be a great option.

If you don't need amazing battery life or water resistance, the...
If you don't need amazing battery life or water resistance, the Radioddity is a great inexpensive option.
Photo: Caroline Miller

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