So, I am trying to decide between two radios for my Jeep. I like the idea of a permanent CB radio installed, however the bigger head units are just too big for my 2011+ interior(and I don't want to mount it inside the center console or overhead). So I was thinking one of these two small handhelds.
Both seem about on par with eachother, but...still arguing with myself.
The Midland plugs into a cigarette lighter for power and does not have permanent wiring to the Jeep's battery. So now if I go with this one, one of my 12v accessory outlets is used by the CB. I'd have to plug my GPS into the center console's interior outlet. Very annoying... So I'd expect the midland to also have more static noise.
But a big plus is that no extra wiring is needed beyond the antenna and if I want to switch to portable and carry it, it comes with it's own stubby antenna and battery pack for hand-carry out of the vehicle. Awesome.
The cobra has the remote box which I can mount under the dash and wire it directly to the battery. I can then use the CB whenever I want without worrying about it taking up my 12v power outlet. I also expect less static noise since it'd be wired directly to the battery rather than a 12v outlet.
However, this lacks the portable feature to hand-carry. But, it is still a great radio and being able to permantly connect it to the battery is a plus.
I would LOVE to have the Cobra 29 LX in my Jeep, but it's just too big to put where I'd want to mount it. So, I have to suffer with a smaller radio. And the more compact CB radios generally don't have the NOAA Weather channels, another must for me. These two do have the WX and are ultra compact in size, but also have smaller speakers and less features.
I'd love to mount a traditional base unit like this, but can't find any small enough with NOAA Weather channels: