Waterproof Walkie Talkie for the Ultimate Adventure
Are you looking for a set of walkie talkies that you can use in a wide range of weather conditions? Waterproof walkie talkies are perfect for rainy days, sailing, kayaking, fishing and other types of water-based activities. Many of these models are able to withstand heavy rainfall and splashes of water and some can even be fully submerged, and all without losing functionality. Some of these walkie talkies are even designed to float, allowing the user to recover them if they fall into a lake, river or the ocean.
Waterproof and Weather Resistant Two-Way Radios
Waterproof two-way radios are designed to withstand exposure to water, without getting damaged. However, the term waterproof is a little more complicated than it sounds. This term is often used too casually, but in reality, models that are labeled as waterproof can fall into a number of categories.
The first of which is weather resistant. This kind of walkie talkie is able to function in damp and cold conditions, but it really isn’t water resistant.
A model that’s weatherproof allows the radio to easily manage harsh weather conditions, however, it can still experience some damage with heavy water exposure and cannot be fully submerged in water.
Models that are water resistant can work well in most rainy conditions and can handle some light splashing.
A radio that’s waterproof can withstand heavy rainfall and can be submerged in water without causing any damage.
Within each of these categories, you’ll find IP and JIS ratings. These ratings will classify a model more specifically and can tell you exactly what kind of water exposure it can handle. Keep in mind that even models that can be submerged cannot remain underwater for long periods of time.
If you’re shopping for a walkie talkie to take on your next hunting trip, you’ll need a model that can handle occasional rainfall. So, you probably won’t need the same type of waterproofing you would if you wanted a walkie talkie to take on your next fishing trip.
You should also consider what you’ll be using the radio for. Do you need it to stay connected in an area that experiences a lot of flooding? Do you want one for kayaking, sailing or other types of recreational activities? The answer to these questions can help you to determine the other types of features you need to keep an eye out for.
In some cases, you may need a marine radio, not a walkie talkie. A two-way radio doesn’t offer hailing, if you need that type of feature then a marine radio would be your best bet.
Range can also be an important feature. While many manufacturers claim that their models have a range of thirty-five miles or more, in most settings the real range will be anywhere from two miles up to five miles. Out on the water, you can expect better range capabilities since the radio will be in unobstructed conditions.
If you’re searching for a set of walkie-talkies that are waterproof, then obviously, the weather is something you’re concerned about. Choose a higher end model that features NOAA weather alerts, which will keep you up to date with inclement conditions.
If you’re out on your boat, these alerts can help you to find the best way back to calm conditions.
As we have mentioned, some waterproof models are actually able to float. This can be a must-have feature if you plan on taking your walkie talkies out on the water for kayaking, fishing or sailing. In fact, in a survival situation, this type of feature can be lifesaving.
Other Features That Can Improve Two-Way Radio Performance
If you’re looking for a waterproof model that’s versatile, there are a number of other features to keep in mind besides the waterproof rating and the range. You should also shop for a model based on weight, shape, and size, especially if you intend to use it for backpacking. You’ll want a radio that’s compact, not bulky. If you’re into skiing or mountain climbing then you should look for an ergonomic shape that allows you to easily use it while wearing gloves.
In high traffic areas, such as a ski resort, the twenty-two channels that most models offer can quickly get occupied. Because of this, many walkie talkies provide a continuous coded squelch system which allows users to subdivide main channels using privacy codes. Instead of trying to talk to a friend using channel five, now you can talk on channel five and code four.
Higher priced models will also offer radio and GPS combos. These models offer all in one communication and navigation. A big advantage is the peer to peer positioning which will allow the user to broadcast their coordinates, which will appear on the other user’s screen. This is the perfect feature if you’re out on the water, camping, or skiing.
Ideally, what you want and need out of a waterproof model is the ultimate outdoors tool that can keep you safe and prepared. These extra features can make for one solid device that’s able to adapt to a number of weather conditions and keep you safe and informed of any upcoming major changes in the weather.
Of course, with these extra features, you can also expect a higher price tag, especially if the radio you choose is fully waterproofed and can handle being submerged.
Finding the Right Long Range Walkie Talkie
Now that you know more about waterproofing and how to determine if the set you’re interested in offers the type of waterproofing you need, you can begin your search for a model that has the features you’re looking for.
The Midland GXT2050VP4 GMRS Two-Way Radio set consists of two walkie talkies and is a Waterproof Walkie Talkie model that can handle some seriously inclement weather. Unfortunately, these walkie talkies cannot be fully submerged and do not float, but they still come packed with a ton of other features that will make your next adventure safer and exciting.