6 Best Mobile CB Antennas for Pickup Trucks, SUV’s and 4x4’s in 2022 Review

6 Best Mobile CB Antennas for Pickup Trucks, SUV’s and 4x4’s in 2022 Review

 

Installing a CB radio and CB antenna on your Pickup Truck, SUV or 4x4 can be one of the best decisions you make for your vehicle.

It gives your vehicle more functionality in terms of communication, plus it looks great! Many Pickup Truck, SUV and 4x4 owners have already discovered the joy of installing a CB radio and CB antenna. 

That said, you've come to the right place if you still don't know which CB antenna to choose. This post will break down the six best mobile CB antennas.

By the time you finish reading, you should know which option is the best for you.

  EDITOR'S CHOICE          
  Tornado Stinger
Mini Tornado Stinger Kit
Mini Tornado Stinger
Micro CB Antenna
Mini CB Antenna
Sirio Hi-Power 400 PL
Frequency 27-28 MHz 27-28 MHz 27-28 MHz 27-28 MHz 27-28 MHz 27-30 MHz
Type Base Loaded Base Loaded Base Loaded Centre Loaded Centre Loaded Base Loaded
Length 158cm 90cm 90cm 35cm 67cm 203cm
Power Rating 1000 Watts 1000 Watts 1000 Watts 100 Watts 100 Watts 1800 Watts
Colour Various Black Various Black Black Black
Cable Included No 4 metres RG58 Coax No 4 metres RG58 Coax 4 metres RG58 Coax No
Mount Included No 12cm Mag Mount No 7cm Mag Mount 9cm Mag Mount No
Fitting 3/8 Thread 3/8 Thread 3/8 Thread N/A N/A PL259
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The Top 6 Mobile CB Radio Antenna’s Review

1) Tornado Stinger - Best Overall - Editor's Choice

If you're in the market for an easy-to-use mobile CB antenna, then look no further than the Tornado Stinger. It's a base-loaded open coil whip antenna with a durable design. It requires no tuning.

Going with a pre-set antenna like the Tornado Stinger is an excellent choice if you’re a beginner since there's virtually no learning curve. 

With a length of 158 cm and a flexible spring design, you won’t need to worry about your antenna causing any issues when passing through tunnels but be wary of any structures with low ceilings.

It’s one of the longer mobile CB antennas on the market and it will perform better than shorter options. In general, the longer your antenna is, the better performance you'll get out of it.

Costing only £13.99, the Tornado Stinger Mobile CB Antenna is one of the most reliable antennas on the market. It's easy to use, affordable, and is virtually indestructible. 

 

PROS

  • High performance
  • Strong and sturdy
  • Choice of colours
  • No tuning required

CONS

  • Length could be obstructive
  • Antenna mount required
 
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2) Mini Tornado Stinger Complete Kit - Best Ready to Go Kit

 

The Mini Tornado Stinger is the compact version of the well-known Original Moonraker Tornado Stinger mobile (reviewed above). Many Pickup Truck, SUV and 4x4 owners love the Mini Tornado Stinger since it offers essentially everything you get from the larger model without taking up as much space. 

The length is 90cm, so you never have to worry about your antenna scraping against any low ceilings. Moreover, it's a pre-set antenna, so you don't need to worry about tuning. 

This kit comes complete with a magnetic base. The base has a protective rubber bottom to prevent the antenna from scratching your paint. The magnetic fitting also makes it incredibly easy to mount on your Pickup Truck, SUV or 4x4.

The price for the Mini Tornado Stinger is £29.99, which is extremely reasonable considering its a complete plug in and go CB mobile antenna kit. Overall, it's by far one of the most reliable done-for-you CB antenna kits and is suitable for the beginner to advanced CB radio operator. 

 

PROS

  • Ready to go kit
  • Compact design
  • High Power
  • 4m of cable included

CONS

  • Only available in black
  • Magnet will not support larger antennas
 
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3) Mini Tornado Stinger - Best for Durability

The Moonraker Mini Tornado Stinger is one of the top picks for Pickup Truck, SUV and 4x4 drivers. Many enjoy its simple, compact design, whereas others choose it for its exceptional durability. This antenna is built to last and withstand anything from harsh weather to clumsy drivers. 

The antenna requires a mount. There are numerous mobile antenna mounts available on the market. You will be able to find a mount to easily install the Mini Tornado Stinger on either the trunk, bonnet, roof, gutter or mirror of your Pickup Truck, SUV or 4x4. You can then enjoy outstanding signal quality almost instantly. The electro-polished stainless steel material is resistant to corrosion, wind, or anything else nature wants to throw at it. 

With a length of only 89cm, you can drive in places with low ceilings without worry. 

If you're looking for a CB antenna built to last and easy to use, then the black Mini Tornado Stinger is worth checking out. It’s hard to beat with a price of only £13.99.

 

PROS

  • Extremely durable
  • Choice of colours
  • Compact
  • Affordable

CONS

  • Antenna mount required
  • Performance not as good as a full sized Tornado Stinger
 
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4) Micro CB Antenna - Best Value

When choosing a CB antenna, many drivers prefer something compact and ready to go. Smaller antennas that provide good signal quality are an excellent choice since they are discrete and don't impose on the appearance of your Pickup Truck, SUV or 4x4. The Micro CB antenna is no exception as it's durable, reliable, and highly affordable. 

With a length of only 35cm, it's by far one of the most compact CB antennas on the market. However, don't let its small size fool you. 

The Moonraker Micro CB antenna is exceptionally dependable and long-lasting. It's a centre-loaded antenna, which technically makes it superior to base-loaded antennas. 

Costing only £14.99, this antenna gives you everything you need without breaking the bank. Overall, the Moonraker Micro CB antenna is a top choice for Pickup Truck, SUV or 4x4 owners looking for a compact yet reliable transmitter for their vehicles.

 

PROS

  • Ready to go kit
  • Excellent value for money
  • Durable design
  • Super strong magnetic base

CONS

  • Base cannot be used for other CB antennas
  • Performance will be limited by its size
 
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5) Mini CB Antenna - Best Compact

While some people don't mind a robust antenna sticking out of their vehicle, many drivers prefer something more compact and discreet . That's where the Moonraker Mini CB Antenna comes in handy. With a length of only 67cm, you can get all the high-end signal quality you need without taking up too much space.

The antenna also comes with an effortless magnetic mount that makes attaching it to your vehicle virtually effortless. It's the perfect choice for beginners that don't want to spend countless hours learning how to install their new antenna. 

Furthermore, the entire kit is highly-affordable. You get a done-for-you antenna system for £14.99. The Moonraker Mini CB is worth considering for Pickup, SUV or 4x4 owners who want a dependable yet compact antenna. 

 

PROS

  • Easy to install
  • Compact design
  • Outstanding signal quality

CONS

  • Base cannot be used for other CB antennas
  • Performance will be limited by its size
 
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6) Sirio Hi-Power 4000 PL Mobile CB Antenna - Best Gain

Many CB antennas are for easy use for beginners. However, there are some advanced options out there for serious CB users. That's where the Sirio Hi-Power 4000 PL Mobile CB Antenna comes into play. Not only is this CB antenna an absolute powerhouse, but it's also virtually indestructible. 

The solid base coil is exceptionally strong, and it comes with a handy whip for improved performance. The power handling is what makes this transmitter stand out from the rest.

With the Sirio, you have a power handling rating of a mighty 1800 watts for short team peak usage. For continuous power handling, it still handles a massive 600 watts. The signal quality is almost unmatched by other antennas of this size on the market. 

In terms of protection and durability, there's virtually nothing Sirio can't handle. It comes with good protection from static charges, and the stainless steel whip can withstand extreme weather.

Meanwhile, it remains extremely practical. You can easily detach it if you need to wash your vechicle, and it's suitable for a large magnetic mount for easier use. It is about 2 meters long, which could be frustrating depending on your driving style.

Furthermore, it cost £34.99, which is higher than other antennas reviewed. That said, it makes up for it by having a high power handling and crisp signal.

 

PROS

  • High power load
  • Exceptional performance
  • Incredibly durable
  • High build quality

CONS

  • More expensive option
  • Length could be obstructive
 
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How To Choose a Mobile CB Antenna

There's just something about adding CB antennas to Pickup Trucks, SUV’s and 4x4’s that's so satisfying. Not only does it give your vehicle a more brawny appearance, but it also improves its overall functionality.

There is a lot to consider when choosing the right mobile CB radio antenna for your Pickup Truck, SUV or 4x4. To make things easier, we've included this section to give you some extra help when choosing a mobile CB radio antenna. 

Mounting Location

Where you mount your antenna makes a significant difference in signal quality. In general, the longer and higher your antenna is, the better performance you'll get out of it. At least half of your CB antenna should stick up past your vehicle's roof. 

The main vehicle mounting locations for CB antennas are:

    • Roof. Since the goal is to get your antenna as high as possible, the best place to mount it would be on the roof. Many CB antennas are designed to be attached to the top of vehicles. Not only will mounting your antenna on the roof improve signal quality, but it will also allow you to receive signals from all directions.
    • The Hood/Bonnet. The hood/bonnet is another common place to mount a CB antenna. You'll usually see pickups, SUV’s or 4x4’s with hood/bonnet mounts if they have a camper or trailer attached. Moreover, the hood/bonnet mount is one of the most aesthetically pleasing choices. Some pickups come with an opening on the hood to mount antennas, but you might need to drill a hole if yours doesn't have an opening or have a mount already.
    • The Bumper. Although this isn't ideal, some drivers mount their CB antennas to the back bumper. For starters, the bumper is low. Therefore, getting your antenna to stick out over your roof may be extremely difficult. That said, this might be the best option if you have a long antenna, like the Sirio Hi-Power 4000 mentioned above.
    • The Toolbox. Some pickups have a toolbox which is another popular location to mount CB antennas. It could be the best choice in some cases, depending on what kind of antenna you have. Remember, the goal is to get at least a third of your antenna past your roof. 
    • The Stakehole. The stakehole mounting method is an excellent choice for pickup owners that don't have a toolbox and don't want to drill into their truck. Most pickups have stakeholes on the bed (they typically look like small square openings). That said, you need to double-check that the CB antenna you choose can be mounted into these holes. If not, you may need to do a bit of drilling to get a perfect fit.
    • The Mirror/Gutter/Rail. There are lots of options for installing your antenna on your
      Pickup, SUV or 4x4. Some vehicles have room for antennas on the vehicle mirrors, along the vehicle's roof gutters or on a rail such as a vehicle's roof rack. If in doubt seek professional CB installation advice. There will always be a mount to suit your needs.

    Type of Antenna Mount

    The kind of CB antenna you choose will determine a wide range of factors, such as performance, mounting difficulty, and signal quality. 

    Magnet mount antennas are the most common, and for good reasons. The primary benefit of using a magnet mounted antenna is easily attaching it to the roof of your vechicle. You can even stick a compact CB antenna to your roof and still have outstanding range and clarity. Moreover, you don't need to modify your vehicle.

    As you will have noted above there are numerous CB antenna mounting positions and as a consequence there are numerous CB antenna mounts available on the market. As you're now aware, the higher the antenna, the better. So, choose your antenna mounting position carefully and then search for the best CB antenna mount.

    Tuning

    Antennas are there to provide you with an excellent signal for communication, but no antenna can work at its best if it isn't tuned correctly. Moreover, not all antennas are tuned the same way. Learning how to adjust and tune your CB system will ensure that you get the best performance possible every time you use it.

    Some CB antennas come pre-set, so you don't need to worry about tuning. These are ideal for beginners or CB owners who don't want to tune and adjust their system constantly. That said, there are benefits to having an antenna that requires tuning. 

    For instance, the tuning process can help spot any malfunctions in your CB equipment. Furthermore, you can acquire the best signal possible with a manually-tuned antenna. 

    Installation

    Whilst most CB radios have a straightforward installation process, others can require more effort. You should consider that the next time you buy an antenna. That's not to say you should limit your choice to only a few CB antennas. You can install virtually any CB antenna on a Pickup, SUV or 4x4 with slight modifications.

    How To Set up a CB Radio

    Now that you know all about the different types of CB antennas and where to place them, we can discuss the best ways to install them on your Pickup, SUV or 4x4. 

    To start, there are shops that offer CB radio installation. If you're in a time crunch or don't feel like installing it yourself, taking your CB radio system to your nearest CB shop is the best way to go. 

    However, installing it yourself is surprisingly simple with the right tools and a little patience. Moreover, you can save some money on the installation.

    Here's a guide on CB antennas installation:

    Step 1) Choosing a Mounting Location

    Above, we mention that there are various places where you can mount your CB antenna. 

    The best place to mount it is on the roof, as it will give you a clearer signal, but you can also mount it on your hood, stakehole, bumper, toolbox, mirror, gutter or on a rail. Be careful where you place your antenna to ensure the best place for optimal performance. 

    Step 2) Mount Your Antenna

    Mounting a magnetic mount is simple, you just stick it to your vehicle. Alternatively depending on your vehicle and antenna type, you may need to drill holes for the antenna to fit. 

    Step 3) Connect the Antenna to Your CB Radio

    Your CB radio system will need a coaxial cable and the correct plugs in order to connect your CB radio to your CB antenna (i.e. a patch-lead). Connect the ground wire, if there is one, to metal after connecting the antenna to your radio system. Double-check that everything is connected before you start testing your CB radio.

    Step 4) Connect the Radio to Power 

    Once your radio system and antenna are connected, you'll need to connect the radio to your vehicle's power supply. You can typically achieve this by removing the access panels in your vehicle and connecting the red + and black - wires to your vehicle. Before you reattach the access panels test to see if your CB radio has a power connection. If so, you're ready to start using your CB radio.

    Alternatively, a simpler solution is to connect your CB radio to the power socket in your vehicle normally using a cigar/cigarette lighter plug connection. 

    Why Are CB Radios Useful?

    In short, CB radios help drivers communicate with other drivers while on the road. While they can be used for work-related purposes or in an emergency, many drivers just enjoy having someone to talk to while spending long periods on the road.

    Conclusion

    Although there are numerous options for CB antennas on the market, you must choose the right one for you. TheMoonraker Tornado Stinger ticks all the boxes out of the CB antennas reviewed above. It's reliable, easy-to-use and durable enough to last as long as you need it.

    Remember to consider all the crucial factors such as antenna type, mounting location, and tuning when you're looking for a new CB antenna. 

    You can find all these options and more at Moonraker, so please feel free to contact our team if you have any questions.