The Motorola CLP is, by a long way, the most compact two-way radio on the market. Designed exclusively for retail and hospitality, the Motorola CLP is lightweight and descreet. But buying the Motorola CLP can be a complicated matter as there are multiple charger options, loads of earpiece configurations and the option of bluetooth. Read on for the ultimate guide to the Motorola CLP two-way radio.
UK: On our UK website, we have a page dedicated to the Motorola CLP446
The first thing to note when buying a Motorola CLP, and especially when researching online, that the Motorola CLP has different model numbers in different countries. In the UK and mainland-European countries CLP is called CLP446 (8-channel). In the USA, CLP is called CLP1010 (1-channnel), CLP1040 (4-channnel) and CLP1060 (6-channnel). In Canada, CLP is called CLP1043. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll know which model suits your region.
The next thing to note is that all CLP models are available with and without Bluetooth. In all regions, you have the option of buying the Bluetooth-enabled CLP, or non-Bluetooth CLP. If you’ll ever need Bluetooth functionality, even in the furture, you must buy the Bluetooth-enabled model now as you cannot add it later.
|CLP446||UK & Europe||8||No|
The 3rd thing to note is the Motorola CLP radios must an audio accessory connected. On non-Bluetooth models, this must be a wired earpiece. On Bluetooth-enabled models, this can be a wired earpiece or a Bluetooth earpiece, using the Bluetoth pod (more details below).
Just to be clear: Motorola CLP is not supplied with an earpiece.
Wired Earpiece Options
There are three wired earpiece options. The earpiece shown above is model number HKLN4602 and is the most popular and most cost effective earpiece available. The HKLN4602 is suitable for most environments such as retail and hospitality. Moreover, HKLN4602 earpiece can be shared amongst employees; as long as careful hygiene precautions are observed.
If your requirement is for someting more discreet, then we recommend the HKLN4603 covert acoustic tube (FBI-style) earpiece. This can be used in very noisy environments as it slots right into the ear canal. It’s important to note that this earpiece, like all tube-type earpieces, is a very prsonal item and should not be shared, for obvious hygiene reasons.
Bluetooth Earpiece Option
NOTE: Bluetooth earpiece options only work with Bluetooth-enabled CLP radios (see model table above).
Download: Motorola CLP Bluetooth Manual
The Bluetooth earpiece for the Motorola CLP is actually a package consisting of multiple parts. And this also varies by region. In the USA and Canada the bluetooth parts are purchased as completely separate items. In the UK and Europe, the Bluetooth earpiece parts are sold as kits.
USA & Canada Bluetooth Solutions
Typically, in North America all Bluetooth items are purchased as individual parts. You will need a Bluetooth pod (HKLN4512), and an earpiece (HKLN4513).
|HKLN4509||Bluetooth Module Single Charger, PSU Not Included|
UK & Europe Bluetooth Solutions
|PMLN6463||Package: 1x Bluetooth Pod, 1x Swivel Earpiece, Desk Charger, PSU Not Included (PS000042A13)|
|PMLN7181||Package: 1x Bluetooth Pod, 1x Boom Earpiece, Desk Charger, PSU Not Included (PS000042A13)|
|PMLN7369||Package: 3x Bluetooth Pod|
|RLN6550||Package: 3x Swivel Earpiece|
|PMLN7203||Package: 3x Boom Earpiece|
When you buy a Motorola CLP radio, it’s supplied with a standard lithium battery and back panel (battery door). Why do we mention the battery door, I hear you ask… This is because the battery and the battery door are a set.
Motorola CLP has two battery options and each battery requires a specific back panel (battery door).
|HKNN4014||HKLN4441||Also known as BT60. 1100mAh Capacity.|
|HKNN4013||HKLN4440||Also known as BT90. 1800mAh Capacity.|
One thing that sets the Motorola CLP range apart from all other compact two way radios is it’s versatile charging options. Motorola CLP has the option of a single charger or a 6-way multi-unit charger. If you have the budget, it’s our recommendation that you opt for the 6-way charger, especially if you’re buying the Bluetooth model Motorola CLP.
The single charger is able to charge either the radio with battery installed, or recharge the battery on it’s own. This is ideal for keeping a spare battery charged all the time. The single charger is usually supplied with a region specific power supply.
Cloning Capable: Two single chargers can be used to clone programmed settings from one radio to another. In order to do this, the HKKN4026 (replaced by HKKN4028) cable is required (sold separately).
The CLP-series 6-way charger is the best charging solution, by far. Multi-unit chargers promote good charging behaviour in that, usually, team mates are required to collect a radio at the start of their shift and return it at the end. If a radio is missing, it’s more obvious and can be dealt with immediately. Radios rarely get lost in this scenario.
But more than that, this innovative charger can also charge
The Bluetooth Module Charging Insert, Wait, What?
OK, so here’s where this charge comes into it’s own… In the back of the charger is a gap where you can store an earpiece… OR, you can fit a Motorola HKLN4508 charging insert which then allows you to charge your Bluetooth module as well as your radios! Of course, this only works with the 6-way charger.
Both the single charger and the 6-way charger can be used to repropgram the CLP radio by using HKKN4025 cable (HKKN4025 has been replaced by HKKN4027).
Both chargers can be used to “clone” the settings from one CLP radio to another. The single charger requires a HKKN4026 (or HKKN4028) cloning cable. The 6-way charger can clone driectly and does not need a cable.
Where to Buy?
Radiotronics sells the CLP radios in the UK, Europe and North America. Click on the model of interest in the table below to be taken to the page on our website.