The use of waterproof walkie talkies is becoming more and more popular due to different working or leisure environments. Whilst some devices are fully waterproof, there are others which are weatherproof or water resistant. A weatherproof or water-resistant walkie talkie will only be suitable when there’s a slim chance your walkie talkie will be fully submerged in water. We’d also recommend you use a brightly coloured radio, or ensure your radio is visible to you when dropped on the ground or in water so it can be easily retrieved.
What to Consider
You may find that waterproof radios are more on the pricey side, which is making you lean more towards the weatherproof equipment. If working on a tight budget, it might be an idea to invest in waterproof carry cases or even simple waterproof bags that your radio can fit into.
It might also be an idea to really think about the environment the radios will be used in. Is a fully waterproof really required? Or will a weatherproof radio be enough?
Just like everyday items, your budget will depend on which radio you choose to purchase. Below we have thrown together a few different options which range in price and quality.
Motorola T92 H20 TLKR Radio
The only radio available within the TLKR range, the T92 is a waterproof device which can withstand up to 1m of water for 30 mins. This radio is ideal for family trips, watersport events, or leisure activities like canoeing or fishing.
When this radio comes into contact with water, the inbuilt torch will automatically switch on to help the user locate and retrieve the radio quickly. Other features include an emergency alert button, low battery alert, whistle belt clip, LCD display and vibrate function.
Full product information and pricing > https://www.apexradio.co.uk/product/motorola-tlkr-t92-h2o/
The Icom F29SR is a professional, analogue, licence free radio from Icom. This model is IP67 rated, which provides the highest protection against dust, moisture and water.
Taking into consideration the durability of F29SR we would recommend it mainly to smaller manufacturing and construction sites where drops, noise, dust and water are often present.
This radio has a considerably large speaker which makes it ideal for noisy environments. Other features of this model include up to 21 hours of operating time, low battery alert, and rapid charger (which charges the battery in 2.5 hours).
Full product information and pricing > https://www.apexradio.co.uk/product/icom-f29sr-2/
Part of Hytera’s licenced radio range, the TC610 is a tough and durable radio whilst also being affordable, reliable and compact.
With an IP66 rating, this waterproof radio is easy to use and also easy to clean if being used within dirty working environments. The TC610’s long battery life and professional style make is very popular among buyers.
One of the main features is the LED battery indicator which allows the user to gauge the current battery level, giving them enough time to complete jobs before the unit switches off without warning to other users.
Full product information and pricing > https://www.apexradio.co.uk/product/hytera-tc-610/
Icom IC-F1100D / F2100D
The IC-F1100D/F2100D series is a compact, portable digital radio series with convenient features, intelligent emergency functions, all housed in a slim, rugged waterproof & dustproof chassis.
This compact, easy-to-hold radio has a dust tight and waterproof durable design with long-lasting battery life to offer reliable operation within a wide range of environments.
Full product information and pricing > https://www.apexradio.co.uk/?s=f1100D&post_type=product
Sepura SBP8000 Series
The Sepura SBP8000 /series have been designed for professional radio users requiring limited functionality for ease of use.
Submersible with an IP67 environmental protection rating, the SBP8000 series provide outstanding robustness in a lightweight package. Including a high quality 1-watt audio, this series is a top performer.
Full product information and pricing > https://www.apexradio.co.uk/product/sepura-sbp8340/
Some radios will allow the use of waterproof accessories or waterproof carry bags. Waterproof speaker mics and batteries are available on today’s market for specific radios. Unfortunately waterproof accessories are not yet available for every single radio out there, but we’re happy to advice you if this is something you’re interested in.
Need a fully waterproof radio for use within your business? Or maybe to accompany you on a family trip? Get in touch with us with your full requirements and we’ll be happy to provide you with help and product advice. We’re available on 0191 228 0466 or at firstname.lastname@example.org