Are Push-to-Talk Two-Way Radios Waterproof?

Waterproof is a very strong word few companies like to dive into. When it comes to push-to-talk two-way radios you will, however, find a variety of radios that can withstand varying degrees of exposure to water.

Most people do not need radios that are essentially waterproof. What you need is a radio that can withstand water up to the exposures you anticipate experiencing. For landlocked businesses, that often means rain, wind-driven rain, and the occasional water drops.

How do You Know How Waterproof Your Two-Way Radio Is?

Two-way radios have IP ratings. These ratings reveal more than the average person realizes about specific devices. The IP rating consists of two digits.

1)  The first digit, is between one and six. This number represents the solid particles, like dust, radios can withstand. Higher numbers represent finer particle resistance, meaning they can filter out dust and dirt so that it doesn’t interfere with the operation of the radios.

2) The second digit represents the protection the radio experiences against moisture. This digit may be between one and nine. One indicates that a drop of water will not damage the radio while a nine indicates protection from high-pressure jets of water coming at the radio. Even if they are coming from multiple directions. Seven is the most common water rating for radios and this rating indicates the radio can withstand submersion in as much as a meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

Read our blog post “What are PTT IP Radio Ratings?” for more information.

Which Radios Work Best for Water-Resistance Needs?

If you work in an industry that requires greater water resistance from your radios, such as any of the following:

  • Construction
  • Utility work
  • Oil field work
  • Park services
  • Firefighting
  • Forestry services
  • Landscaping
  • Ski guides
  • Valet services
  • Winery work
  • Game Wardens
  • Paramedics

Essentially any field where you’re exposed to the elements in the line of your work can benefit from the use of push-to-talk two-way radios with high IP ratings for water. The key is finding the right radios to meet your needs.

Fortunately, Peak PTT offers a variety of outstanding two-way radios including the Peak PTT 4G Push to Talk Over Cellular Radio that has an IP 54 rating, making it ideal from ordinary exposure to splashing water from any direction. The Peak PTT-584G Dedicated Push to Talk Rugged Handset has an IP 67 rating, making it essentially waterproof and ideal for most industries who work in the elements even with greater risks of water exposure.

Contact Peak PTT today to learn more about the radios we have available to meet your unique needs for water exposure and waterproofing. Call: 855-600-6161

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