Waterproof Verses Water Resistant 2 Way Radios

Hi Friends,

Metaphorically electronic equipment and water have never mixed well. The problem resides in the conductive nature of water and the need for electronic components to be isolated. Because water conducts (or connects) all the components become connected instead of isolated and then, kaboom! Sparks begin to fly.

Military Specifications and Intrusion Protection Standards designate that a piece of equipment is able to endure and continue to operate under specific conditions. The standards and testing range from being able to endure high humidity to full submersion.

The tests also designate time. For example a radio that can withstand 1 meter submersion for 30 minutes has a different rating than a radio that can withstand submersion for longer periods or at a greater depth.

If your use of a 2 way radio is likely to involve complete submersion (even for a few seconds) then water resistant is not sufficient for your application. If your use of a 2 way radio is likely to be around spraying water or rainy conditions, water resistant should be adequate.

The cost for a commercial grade full powered radio that meet the criteria for full submersion is over $600. Six hundred dollars seems like a lot of money until you reach in the pond and pull out your perfectly operating 2 way radio. After one or two of these incidents the $600 seems well spent.

A less expensive alternative is using a water resistant radio equipped with a speaker mic. The speaker mic allows the user to leave the radio on his belt and operate just the speaker mic. By not taking the radio on and off his belt there is less danger of dropping the radio into water. The seal between the audio port and speaker mic plug is typically greater than the audio port cover alone.

Let us help you find the best 2 way radios for your application. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer