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VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio

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Model # 14078562 | Mfg # VHF160

Product Description

The VHF160 is packed with outstanding features including emergency strobe, all marine VHF channels, NOAA emergency weather alert, dual-, triple- and quad-watch plus scanning, memory channel scan and instant access to Channel 16 or Channel 9.

With a Power Boost Key for instant 6-watt transmitting power, this floating radio boasts a rugged IPX8 waterproof rating. It comes fully equipped with an auxiliary battery tray, AC and DC adaptors, AC/DC charging cradle, Li-ion battery pack, swivel belt clip and wrist strap.

Glow-in-the-dark power key and seals make location at night easy!

  • Dimensions: 2 3/8"W x 5 5/8"H x 1 11/16"D
  • Material: Polycarbonate chassis
  • Controls: Nine buttons, up-down channel selection keys
  • Display Type: Segmented LCD
  • Scanning Modes: Memory, Dual, Triple and Quad Watch Plus
  • Weather Alert: Nine channels plus local alert
  • Transmit Power: 6/2.5/1 Watt
  • Battery Type: 1160mAh Lithium-ion battery
  • Battery Life: Up to 12 hours
  • Waterproof Rating: IPX8
  • Warranty: Three-year waterproof; 49.99 flat rate applies after 3 years

Product Manual

 

Specs

VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio

Battery Life 12 Hours
Battery Type Lithium-Ion
Color Black
Dimensions 2 3/8" Width x 5 5/8" Height x 1 11/16" Depth
Display Type Segmented LCD
Features Waterproof
Weather Alert
Material Polycarbonate
Scanning Modes Memory Scan
Dual-Watch
Tri-Watch
Quad-Watch
Transmit Power 6/2.5/1 Watt
Warranty Details Three Years Waterproof
Flat Rate
Weight 8.4 Ounces

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio
 
4.5

(based on 74 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Clear signal (61)
  • Easy to use (61)
  • Good audio (61)
  • Lightweight (57)
  • Rugged (51)

Cons

  • Short range (3)

Best Uses

  • Boating / sailing (66)
  • Emergencies (38)
  • Camping (11)
  • Families (9)
  • Hiking (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (57), Avid adventurer (10), Outdoor professional (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (66), Business (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Radio

saw this radio was onsale so i bought it easy to use screen very clear and audio was clear very happy with it.

saw this radio was onsale so i bought it easy to use screen very clear and audio was clear very happy with it.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

no tag button

There is no tag button to preset a specific channel(s)to access quickly

There is no tag button to preset a specific channel(s)to access quickly

Reviewed by 74 customers

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5.0

Very happy with unit highly recommend it

By Mark

from Long Island N Y

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating

    Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

    I take it on my boat so convenient

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Great basic Radia

    By Paul

    from MI

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Boating
      • Emergencies

      Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

      Gneral Boating

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      Floating and waterproof for emergencies

      By Zerosum

      from Pensacola, Florida

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Emergencies

        Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

        Bought it to use on a Gulf crossing sailboat delivery. Fits into cargo shorts pocket nicely and if one becomes the subject of man overboard in a rough crossing, could talk to the boat to help recovery. (MOB subject can see the boat a lot better than the boat can see the subject).

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        5.0

        Excellent radio

        By Chris

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Military/Law Enforcement

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • The clip needs to be reconfigured

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Camping
        • Emergencies
        • Families
        • Hiking
        • Hunting
        • Ski Slopes

        Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

        I open ocean kayak and will depend on the radio to call for help should I need it.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent salesman

        By Massie

        from Edisto Beach

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Boat is out of water
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Boating

          Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

          I am a new boat owner and wasn't sure what I needed to get the job done. The salesman was very knowledgeable and didn't try to push something on me I did not need.....I like that philosophy...!!!

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
           
          5.0

          Would recommend the product

          By Arctic Tern

          from Gaithersburg, MD

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Boating

            Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

            Use the handheld radio for sailing in particular racing

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            5.0

            this product is excellent

            By Tumner

            from Stockton, Ca

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Boating
              • Camping
              • Emergencies
              • Families
              • Hiking
              • Hunting

              Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

              using on our boat

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              4.0

              excellent radio

              By Puget Sound sailor

              from Seattle

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup radio
                • Boating

                Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                Good deal for the price. Easy to use, long battery life, and light weight. The one con I have is that the clip for the unit came off easily so you have to be careful not to bump it the wrong way and lose your radio if you have it clipped on.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Bought it at the retail store. The service was excellent.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice unit

                By Seamus golden

                from great lakes

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Signal
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Boating

                  Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                  Boating

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I would buy this VHF radio again and would recommend it

                  By none

                  from Ocean City, Md.

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Boating
                    • Emergencies

                    Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                    I was looking for a backup VHF radio for my coastal craft. I boat mainly in a protected bay area and
                    wanted something compact but full featured. Price was a consideration as well as it being able to
                    float. I do have kayaks and will take it while doing that. For the price and warranty, it was hard to find
                    a radio that would compare.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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