I need a digital scanner, why should I buy the BCD436HP?

The BCD436HP was our top selling overall scanner until the launch of the TRX-1 Whistler Police Scanner in the summer of 2016. The BCD436HP has great reviews, is very durable and we get a lot of positive feedback from users.

Will the BCD436HP go on sale anytime soon?

We don't know. Uniden does not disclose when they will be dropping prices and even when prices do drop, it is usually only $5 -$10. You can sign up for our emails & we'll keep you posted.

I'm reading reviews and see there are issues with the BCD436HP - what's the deal?

When the BCD436HP and BCD536HP launched in the fall of 2013, there were some issues with the scanners and several needed to be replaced. Uniden has since modified the BCD436HP and the larger issues have been addressed. All Uniden scanners come with a 1 year warranty and Uniden stood behind this and made good with affected scanners. If you see a negative review or comment about the BCD436HP, it was most likely posted before the spring of 2014, so be sure to view when it was posted.

What's ProVoice and do I need it?

ProVoice is a form of digital broadcast that affect some EDACS signals. These can only be monitored on the BCD436HP and the BCD536HP scanners with the addition of the ProVoice upgrade. Zip Scanners can make this upgrade for you by choosing this add-on option, or you can update it on your own after purchasing hereReview the most up-to-date list of affected areas here.

Additional Memory?

You can add a larger memory (SD card) to increase favorites lists and recording space. Recording time by SD card size:

  • 2 GB = 6 hours
  • 4 GB = 12 hours
  • 8 GB = 24 hours
  • 16 GB = 50 hours
  • 32 GB = 100 hours
  • 64 GB = 200 hours
Can I charge the batteries from the scanner when it is on?

No. You must power off the scanner to charge. We recommend an external battery charger and 2 sets of rechargeable AA batteries; all of which can be added on this page. This way you can always have a fresh set of batteries. The batteries we sell last about 8 hours on single charge; Energizer/Duracell last about 5 hours.

What do BCD436HP buyers say?
  • Does not have WiFi or Bluetooth capabilities.
  • You cannot use scanner while it is charging (8 hour single charge time) so 3 extra AA batteries may be helpful.
  • An AC adapter is not included.
  • No built in GPS (must buy GPS device).
  • You can add frequencies manually.