The original CLP446 two-way radio from Motorola is a radio that’s hugely popular in North America but not so much in the United Kingdom. Motorola have recently released an upgraded version of the original, with two variants, both the CLPe Plus and the CLP446e have all the makings of a radio that could be hugely popular across multiple industries in the UK.
The newly released CLPe radios are separated only by the fact that one requires a license and the other doesn’t. The license free version of the radio has an output power of 0.5w, this is a limitation that is placed on all unlicensed radios due to using public channels. The licensed version of the radio has an output power of 1w, although this doesn’t seem like a great difference, the licensed radio is capable of being used with a repeater* allowing for the extension of communications over longer distances where required. In the table below is a breakdown of each radio.
Aesthetically both the CLP446e and CLPe Plus are identical, the sleek design of this range means that it is ideal for customer facing working environments. Standing at 90mm in height, 51mm in width and 25mm in depth whilst weighing only 95 grams means that the CLPe radios are the true definition of compact.
Although small, this doesn’t mean that the radio isn’t rugged and reliable as it has an IP54 protection rating. This Ingres rating not only ensures that the radio has a limited protection against dust intrusion, but also means that it is safeguarded against splashes of water from all angles. The CLPe has also been tested to military specifications, passing MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G/H. By passing these tests it ensures the radios reliability in a variety of environmental conditions, ensuring that it will work seamlessly in temperatures as low as -30°C all the way through to 60°C.
Although a small radio, the CLPe is packed full of physical features that help assist the user in the day to day use of their radio. For a company requiring a grab and go radio, the CLPe couldn’t be any easier to use as front and center there is a large textured push to talk button. Atop of the radio is an accessory jack, when inserting your selected earpiece into this a simple push and twist will lock your accessory in place to ensure that it doesn’t easily disconnect whilst working. To turn the radio on there is a power button on the upper left outer edge, with the volume controls being located on the left outer edge.
One major draw to the appearance of the Motorola CLPe radio is its smart status glow ring. Due to the relative simplicity of the radios appearance this glow ring will notify the user of various factors of their radio, with some of these being seen below.
As seen in the image above the glow ring has a status symbol to let you know what section of channels your current selection is in. Channel announcements are present on the CLPe to let the user know exactly what channel they’re on when switching, this ensures that the user won’t spend time transmitting on to a channel with no response.
VOX Voice Activation is a feature that when using compatible accessories will allow for the radio to be used hands free, when speaking the microphone will pick up the users voice and transmit onto their currently selected channel. This feature is only recommend for use in quiet work environments, when being used in workplaces with high levels of noise their will be continuous interruption.
In terms of safety features both the licensed and license exempt radios have the capability to escalate a call. This feature will allow the user to initiate an important call or alert users on another channel to immediately communicate a message in high-risk situations, keeping your teams and assets safer when an incident occurs or if there is a change to the schedule.
In comparison to other radios from Motorola there aren’t a great deal of accessories that can be used with the CLPe two-way radios due to its unique accessory connector.
One of the major upgrades the latest CLPe radio has over the previous model is that is has a remarkably superior battery life. Supplied as standard with a HKNN4013 1800mAh Li-Ion battery, this will allow for the CLP446e to be used for up to 20 hours in a 5/5/90 duty cycle, whereas the CLPe Plus can be used for 18 hours in the same cycle.
There are 3 different earpieces that will allow the user to communicate with colleagues without having to touch their radio. 2 Ear hanging earpieces, one with a short and one with a long cord are available, this alongside a surveillance earpiece that allows for the earpiece to be hidden in circumstances where needed. All 3 of these earpieces have an inline microphone and push to talk button, take a look at the table below for the details of each.
|SKU||Style||Inline||Cord Length||Radio Model|
|PMLN8077||Ear Hanger||Mic & PTT||Standard||CLPe Plus & CLP446e|
|PMLN8125||Ear Hanger||Mic & PTT||Short||CLPe Plus & CLP446e|
|PMLN8190||Surveillance||Mic & PTT||Standard||CLPe Plus & CLP446e|
When it comes to charging options as always there is a single pod charger, the PMPN4018 is the ideal solution should you only be purchasing one or two radios, or if you need a separate charging station for a specific area of your business such as the reception desk. The PMPN4020 is a 6-way charger that obviously would be our recommended if purchasing 6 or more CLPe radios. Radiotronics would recommend this style of charger as it allows for you to have a centralized location for your radios, with some businesses even implementing a check in/out system to help keep track of radios.
Overall Radiotronics would highly recommend both the CLP446e & CLPe Plus, but only in certain environments. Where the CLPe would be a great solution in hospitality or retail due to its sleek design, in environments where there is a high chance of the radio being dropped or damaged such as construction these radios don’t quite reach the levels of the DP1400 or DP4401e.
With minimal features, the CLPe gives the user exactly what they need, with such a simple design this allows for the radio to be picked up and used by almost anyone with little to no training. The glow ring surrounding the PTT button allows for users at a glance to see battery levels and current channel range, whilst channel number announcement notifies the user exactly what channel they’re transmitting on to.
If you would like to learn more about either of the two radios you can check out the CLP446e‘s product page by clicking here or the CLPe Plus by clicking here. Alternatively if you’d like to speak to a member of our sales team to learn more you can call us on 01425 533 533.