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Old 22 July 2018, 13:17   #1
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Can anyone advise on pros and cons of Cobra HH125 and Standard Horizon HX300E? Looking for a simple handheld as a safety measure only.
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Old 22 July 2018, 14:17   #2
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SH are popular on here. They are generally considered to be pretty robust and provide fairly good backup if issues arise.

+ves: It floats, it lights up if dropped in the water (even if switched off). 3yr warranty, reputable brand, USB rechargeable; very waterproof; 5W transmit [although height not power is the limiting factor]
-ves: looks like soft key on/off (so will very slowly discharge in storage); no AA/AAA battery housing option

Cobra don't get as many fans on this forum as the longer established Marine Electronic brands. The general feeling is if there is a fault Cobra are less supportive; many Cobras had issues, particularly relating to build quality and water proofing when they first arrived on the UK market. Here is a review of the set you were considering:
Cobra HH125 | Unbiased marine handheld VHF radio review of the Cobra HH125.
(unfortunately there isn't a direct comparison for the HX300 - but here is the 370, and 290 ones which may give you an idea:
Standard Horizon HX370S, our independent unbiased review.
Standard Horizon HX290 | We review the Standard Horizon HX290 floating handheld marine VHF radio.)

+ve: can take AAA batteries so can carry spares; slightly smaller (only a benefit if you are carrying in on you - in which case see note about waterproofing); rotary on-off switch; 40% less than the SH in price.
-ve: only splashproof not waterproof, only supplied with car charger (as far as I can see), only 3W on max power; only 1 yr warranty;

If those are your only 2 choices then it would be obvious in my mind for use on an open RIB/SIB. If it were going to be left in a dry grab-bag on a yacht as a backup it may be less clear cut.
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Yep as Poly says worth the 99-99 or whatever for the SH as it will have better waterproofing but most importantly its ability to float and show you where it is with the light could one day be a great advantage.
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Many thanks Fenlander and Poly, much appreciated
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Not comparing like with like......

At that price this is the Cobra equivalent...

Cobra HH330 our independent unbiased floating marine handheld VHF radio review.

Used Cobra for years (and I probably put a lot more hours on my boat than most) and NEVER had one fail.
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TBH, if I was looking for a handheld, I wouldn't buy a VHS, Betamax are much smaller & better quality
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I've got a Cobra HH600, the only issue I would raise is that the speaker is not very loud, otherwise to date, its been excellent.
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