Motorola DLR1060 and DLR1020 Walkie Talkie Review

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Written By Martin C

The Motorola DLR1060 and DLR1020 are digital business walkie talkies which offer a great combination of power, range, and battery life at a decent price point. They are small and easy to use, and their digital transmissions offer enhanced security and privacy for your business communication. The Motorola DLR1060 and DLR1020 have the same specs and features except for their channel banks, which number 6 and 2 respectively. The DLR1060 and DLR1020 are great options for business owners who want a powerful yet sleek and simple walkie talkie with great multi-level range and battery life.

Motorola DLR1060 Review

The Motorola DLR1060 is powerful business walkie talkie which is ideal for use in a variety of environments, from hotels and restaurants to construction sites and office buildings. Though they are powerful, they are license-free which means you do not have to get approved by the FCC to use these devices so you can use them right out of the box! The DLR1060 has a very clean and sleek design which makes it both discrete and powerful. It packs great range and battery life into a versatile black frame which is easy to use. The DLR1060 offers up to 6 channels of communication as opposed to the two channels of the DLR1020. These channels are effectively memory banks which you can use to align your walkie talkies, and are very intuitive and easy to use and require no programming. The DLR1060 has a durable design and is water resistant, though not completely waterproof.

Power and Range

The Motorola DLR1060 brings 1 watt of power to the table and has a very strong range of up to 300,000 square feet, which is around 20 standard floors in a building. This is actually quite good relative to the price of the device and guarantees that you will be able to reach your coworkers easily and clearly even in a large building. We were impressed by this multi-level capacity, as the digital transmission does especially well inside building and through other obstacles. That said, these would obviously not be the right choice for a hiking trip or other outdoor activities, as they are designed for business application and won’t have fantastic super long range ability.

Battery Life

Business owners need 100% up-time all day to ensure that things flow smoothly, that emergencies are handled efficiently, and that team members can communicate with ease. To that end, the Motorola DLR1060 has up to 14 hours of battery life powered by a Lithium ion battery, meaning that you can charge overnight and not have to worry about running out of power during even the busiest of work days. The Motorola DLR1060 comes with a base charging dock which can fully charge the device in about 2 hours. This is impressive speed and means that even if you run a near 24 hour business you can throw the DLR1060 in for just a bit and get some juice quickly. This is much faster than many other devices which need upwards of 4 to 5 hours to fully charge, and thus we were impressed by the long battery life and fast charging of the Motorola DLR1060!


The Motorola DLR1060 is powerful yet light and portable as it weighs only about a ¼ of a pound and has dimensions of 1 inch by 2 inch by 4 inch meaning it can be operated by all teens and adults. The Motorola DLR1060 is fully digital, meaning you can get the most clear and crisp sound available as opposed to older analog style walkie talkies. The use of this digital FHSS network means that you have the most private and clear communication possible, offering privacy and assurance of security for sensitive business matters. You can also use the Motorola DLR1060 with older

Motorola DLR1020 Review

The Motorola DLR1020 is another great business walkie talkie option. It has the same powerful range, solid battery life, specs, and design as the Motorola DLR1060. The main difference is that it only comes with 2 channel memory backs for your use, as opposed to the six of the Motorola DLR1060. If you are a small business you could thus go with the Motorola DLR1020, while a larger enterprise might want to go with the larger capability of the Motorola DLR1060. But rest assured that both models come with the same power and range which will meet your business needs.

Motorola DLR1060 and DLR1020 Summary

Overall the Motorola DLR1060 and DLR1020 are very solid business walkie talkies which are great for use in a variety of environments. We love the great battery life and up to 300,000 square feet of range as well as the simple and easy to use design and black color. They charge quickly, and they are backed up by Motorola’s generous warranty program. We recommend the Motorola DLR1060 and DLR1020 walkie talkies to business owners who want a dependable digital two way radio option! If you want to check out another powerful Motorola option, you could read our Motorola RDU4100 Review!