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HH500 Floating Handheld VHF Radio

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Model # 14781629 | Mfg # MR HH500 FLT BT

Product Description

Make and receive phone calls using Bluetooth® wireless technology and keep your cell phone safe and dry. Rewind-Say-Again® lets you replay missed VHF calls. BURP vibrates water out of the speaker grill and improves speaker performance. Floating design and orange case makes retrieving radio easy if dropped overboard. The ergonomic and compact radio is easy to hold and intuitive to operate, and you can select between 1, 3 and 6 watts for short and long range communication. It also includes core features like noise-canceling microphone that blocks background noise for clear communication, NOAA weather radio, Weather Alert and IPX7 Submersiblility.

  • Scanning Modes: Tri-Watch, All Scan, Memory Scan
  • Weather Alert: Yes
  • Transmit Power: 6/3/1 Watt
  • Battery Type: 1000mAh Lithium polymer
  • Battery Life: 8-16 hours
  • Waterproof Rating: IPX7
  • Dimensions: 4 3/4"H x 2 11/16"W x 2 1/8"D
  • Weight: 9.59oz.
  • Included Accessories: Drop-in charger, AC and DC adapters, Belt clip, Wrist strap, Alkaline battery tray
  • Warranty: Three years

Specs

HH500 Floating Handheld VHF Radio

Battery Life 8 to 16 Hours
Battery Type Lithium Polymer
Color Black
Dimensions 2 11/16" Width x 4 3/4" Height x 2 1/8" Depth
Display Type Segmented LCD
Features Waterproof
Weather Alert
Material Polycarbonate
Scanning Modes All Scan
Memory Scan
Tri-Watch
Transmit Power 6/3/1 Watt
Warranty Details Three Years
Weight 9.59 Ounces

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Cobra Electronics HH500 Floating Handheld VHF Radio
 
3.8

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Clear signal (4)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Rugged (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Boating / sailing (5)
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    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great hand held radio

I have been using this radio on harbor patrols as a back up. I keep it clipped on the shoulder of my PFD so I can monitor calls while underway. My dash radio is...Read complete review

I have been using this radio on harbor patrols as a back up. I keep it clipped on the shoulder of my PFD so I can monitor calls while underway. My dash radio is sometimes hard to hear over engine noise especially when powered up. I can better monitor all calls and the playback feature is very useful if you need a message repeated. The Bluetooth feature is also convenient. Overall: great radio at a great price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Came so close to a grand slam with this one.

The features of this radio are fantastic and this radio is almost perfect for my use except one huge crippling failure, the speaker is far far too faint, its even hard to understand when...Read complete review

The features of this radio are fantastic and this radio is almost perfect for my use except one huge crippling failure, the speaker is far far too faint, its even hard to understand when I drop to idle let alone when underway. If they had simply used a more powerful driver for the speaker this radio would be a grand slam, but as it is since I can am completely unable to make out any transmissions unless holding the radio to my head while underway, this thing is pretty useless unless in emergency situations.

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2.0

Great Features Questionable Quality

By Brian the boater

from Youngstown, OH

About Me Advanced

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Floats

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Not Reliable
  • Not Waterproof
  • Not Weather Resistant
  • Poorly Designed

Best Uses

  • Outdoor

Comments about Cobra Electronics HH500 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

Radio started out great. I loved the features, battery life, etc... Unfortunately during the second season of use the display stopped working. The unit has never been dropped or submersed in water but still quite working. With all of the features and functions of the radio navigating them without a display is impossible. I am currently contacting Cobra's customer service to see if they can replace the unit. Otherwise I am looking for a replacement.

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    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Came so close to a grand slam with this one.

    By Josh

    from IRB, FL

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

    • Bluetooth
    • Durable
    • Waterproof

    Cons

    • Quiet Volume

    Best Uses

    • Emergency

    Comments about Cobra Electronics HH500 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

    The features of this radio are fantastic and this radio is almost perfect for my use except one huge crippling failure, the speaker is far far too faint, its even hard to understand when I drop to idle let alone when underway. If they had simply used a more powerful driver for the speaker this radio would be a grand slam, but as it is since I can am completely unable to make out any transmissions unless holding the radio to my head while underway, this thing is pretty useless unless in emergency situations.

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    • No
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    4.0

    never miss a call

    By jcv1974

    from Fll

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Drains Battery

    Best Uses

    • Boating

    Comments about Cobra Electronics HH500 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

    Bluetooth feature works like a charm.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Saved us

    By FishingJohn

    from St. Petersburg, Florida

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Clear Signal
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Audio
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable
    • Rugged

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Boating
      • Emergencies
      • Families

      Comments about Cobra Electronics HH500 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

      We ran into an emergency situation and my fixed mount icom unit was receiving but the transmissions were not clear. I pulled out my Cobra unit that I just purchased as a back up due to the great price and my transmission was crystal clear. In this instance , I don't know what I would have done without this unit. I was surprised that the transmission was clearer than my fixed mount icom that was very expensive. I now keep this on my belt all the time.

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      • Personal
       
      5.0

      GREAT RADIO

      By LEWIS

      from Texarkana, AR, USA

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Cobra Electronics HH500 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

      DOES WHAT IT SAYS. JUST WISH THE AUDIO WAS NOT AS GARBLY AND A LITTLE MORE CLEAR. PAIRED WITH MY IPHONE 6 FINE. JUST REMEBER TO PRESS ABOUT 4 SECONDS TO MAKE IT GO INTO PAIRING MODE WHEN YOU ARE FIRST SETTING IT UP. AFTER THAT IT IS A BREEZE. IT PAIRS LIKE A DREAM WHEN YOU GET NEAR THE RADIO I FEEL A WHOLE LOT BETTER BEING ABLE TO TALK ON MY IPHONE AND NOT TAKE IT OUT ON THE DOCK AND WORRY ABOUT LOSING MY EXPENSIVE NEW IPHONE 6 OVER THE SIDE. HURRAH

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Cobra

      By GHHF

      from Crystal river, Florida

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Clear Signal
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Audio
      • Lightweight
      • Perfect
      • Rugged

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Camping
        • Families
        • Hunting

        Comments about Cobra Electronics HH500 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

        I'm going to buy another one today

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        5.0

        Wow what a radio

        By Smokerholic

        from Brixham, United Kingdom

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Cobra Electronics HH500 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

        I have just got one of these radios for when Im on the water on my kayak. Its handles calls so well through my iPhone stored safely away in a dry locker. The battery lasts for days. What a fantastic product.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great hand held radio

        By Boat Safe

        from Charleston, SC

        About Me Military/Law Enforcement

        Pros

        • Clear Signal
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Audio
        • Lightweight
        • Long Battery Life

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Boating

          Comments about Cobra Electronics HH500 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

          I have been using this radio on harbor patrols as a back up. I keep it clipped on the shoulder of my PFD so I can monitor calls while underway. My dash radio is sometimes hard to hear over engine noise especially when powered up. I can better monitor all calls and the playback feature is very useful if you need a message repeated. The Bluetooth feature is also convenient. Overall: great radio at a great price.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Loaded with features-but reliable?

          By NOHUHU

          from Honolulu

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Bluetooth And Rewind
          • Clear Signal
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Audio
          • Lightweight
          • Rugged

          Cons

          • May Leak

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Emergencies

          Comments about Cobra Electronics HH500 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

          A great radio that is fully loaded with features, including the unique ability to make cell phone calls and replay transmissions. I own the previous version of this radio, the 475 and have returned it 3 times for water related damage.

          This new housing may be better at withstanding salt spray, but be advised. Cobra replaced the units with no hassles, BTW.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          not loud enough

          By ronrucas

          from langley bc

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Rugged

          Cons

          • Poor Reception
          • Short Range

          Best Uses

          • Boating

          Comments about Cobra Electronics HH500 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

          doesnt pick up coast guard very well .Doesnt have channel 3 or 83 ????

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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