Sep 02, 2021

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Categories: Radio

Waterproof Walkie Talkies: Our Ultimate Guide

Waterproof walkie talkies, or two-way radios as they are also called, are used in many different jobs and industries, such as construction sites, retail stores, cruise ships, and law enforcement. They are also great for recreational activities like hunting, fishing and boating. However, with so many different models of walkie talkies to choose from, and with so many different features to consider, it can be difficult to know which ones are the best.

To help you choose the right two-way radios for your needs, here is our expert guide to the top five waterproof walkie talkies on the market today.


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How our Waterproof Walkie Talkies Rated?

Waterproof walkie talkies are tested to be both dustproof and submersible underwater to a certain depth. The ratings are given as an IP rating. IP stands for Ingress Protection, and it is followed by two numbers which indicate its protection against solids and liquids. The first number indicates the degree of dustproof or dirt-resistance, while the second number tells about how deep the walkie talkie can be submerged in water before its waterproofing fails. What that means is if a walkie talkie has a rating of IP67, its dustproof rating is 6 and its waterproof rating is 7.

Here is a quick guide to the different waterproof ratings:

  • 0 = No protection
  • 1 = Protection from dripping water when device is held vertically
  • 2 = Protection from dripping water when device is held at 15 degrees
  • 3 = Protection from spraying water when device is held up to 60 degrees)
  • 4 = Protection from splashing water
  • 5 = Protection from a low pressure water jet
  • 6 = Protection from waves or a powerful water jet
  • 7 = Protection from short-time immersion in up to one metre of water for up to thirty minutes
  • 8 = Protection from long-time immersion in water that is more than one metre deep.

Our Number 1 Waterproof Walkie Talkie:

DigiX Link

**IP68**

DigiX Link Walkie Talkie The DigiX Link walkie talkies are the most waterproof and dustproof on the market. These radios are IP68 rated, which means they can be submerged to a depth of over 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. This is the highest level of waterproof and dustproof protection and available and will ensure your device stays safe no matter what the weather conditions. The 16.5-21.5 hours of battery life (depending upon the battery) is one of the longest lasting on the market too.

In addition, the Link is ideal for a range of commercial and personal use as it has many useful features such as digital/analogue dual mode, encryption, GPS, and Bluetooth. This is a fantastic walkie talkie, no matter what your requirements are.


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Our Top 5 Waterproof Walkie Talkies:

  1. DigiX Link IP68
  2. DigiA IP67
  3. DigiX Neo IP67
  4. DigiX DMR IP67
  5. DigiX Atom IP66

#2 DigiA

**IP67**

The DigiA is a fully featured portable radio with 16 channels, 10 hours battery life and a quick charge function. It has an IP67 rating so it’s waterproof and dustproof capabilities are up there with the best walkie talkies on the market. The DigiA has an attractive, compact design with robust controls that are super easy to use. Another really positive feature is that the DigiA has one of the quickest charging times of any walkie tarket at just 3/4 hours for a full charge.

The DigiA has both analogue and digital modes, and has a range of excellent features including voice encryption (digital only), both private and group call functions, priority channel scan, and one key call feature.

#3 DigiX Neo

**IP67**

The DigiX Neo is a professional grade, highly advanced digital two-way radio with superior voice quality. It is one of the first walkie talkies of its kind to offer full IP67 water and dust protection for all weather conditions. DigiX Neo features 32 channels that support both analogue and digital modes, allowing users to communicate seamlessly across the globe. Its state-of-the-art encryption technology provides high security while maintaining superior voice quality. The two-way radio also offers long battery life (16 hours), kill/revive functionality, VHF/UHF, group call, group broadcast and more.

#4 DigiX DMR

DigiX DMR Walkie Talkie **IP67**

The DigiX DMR is a powerful radio that can support both analogue and digital modes. It has an impressive range of up to 60km, and it comes with 16 channels (selectable from 80). There are some great features such as one button call/call alert, group call/broadcast, priority scan function (both analogue & digital), voice encryption (digital only) and private calls. The build quality on the DigiX DMR is also excellent, especially for its price.

In terms of waterproof and dustproof capability, the DMR has a rating of IP67 which puts it right up there with the best devices available. A great choice for every use.

##5 DigiX Atom

DigiX Atom Walkie Talkie **IP66**

The DigiX Atom with a rating of IP66 is very well protected against both solids and liquids. It is a small and lightweight 16 channel handheld radio which allows it to be used in any situation, such as hiking, camping, fishing, hunting or even at the office.

The DigiX Atom has many features that make it stand out from other similar products on the market. One of these features is its call identity feature. This allows for users to identify who they are talking to when in a group conversation so there is no confusion about who said what.

The DigiX Atom is an excellent choice for any walkie talkie user, whether for recreational use or for someone who needs it for their job.


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waterproof walkie talkie construction site What Industries and Jobs Use Waterproof Walkie Talkies?

Waterproof walkie talkies and two-way radios are useful for many jobs and industries. These include:

  • Military – Waterproof walkie talkies are commonly used in the military for communication between soldiers, small units and divisions. They enable military personnel to communicate in harsh conditions or environments, such as deserts and jungles.
  • Construction – waterproof walkie talkies can be especially useful when working on a large construction site with multiple floors or buildings. The lightweight radios allow workers to communicate easily throughout the whole structure while staying safe from heavy machinery above them.
  • Tour Guides – Many tour guides or wilderness instructors use waterproof walkie talkies to communicate with their groups when in the outdoors. In fact, in many countries, it is a legal requirement for these types of jobs to have walkie talkies.
  • Emergency Services – In case of an emergency, whether it is a natural disaster or terrorist attack, waterproof two-way radios can be used by police and other first responders to coordinate rescue efforts, protect the public, and help injured people get help.
  • Security Guards- Waterproof walkie talkies are useful for security guards that patrol remote locations. They enable security guards to contact each other or nearby headquarters easily to report break-ins or other incidents.
  • Retail Store Employees – Waterproof walkie talkies are often used by employees in big retail stores to communicate with other staff members. They can help employees to check stock levels, request assistance, and speed up the retail process for customers.
  • Hotel and Cruise Ship Staff – Two-way radios very useful for staff members to communicate with each other on large cruise ships or in busy hotels so that they can provide excellent service for their guests.
  • Events Coordinators – Many events coordinators use two-way radios to communicate with event staff and volunteers to ensure that their event goes off without any hitches.

What Recreational Activities Require Waterproof Walkie Talkies?

As well as being used in professional settings, waterproof walkie talkies are also very useful for many recreational activities, such as:

  • Sailing – As a sailor you never know when there might be an emergency so it is important to have access to your waterproof walkie talkies at all times. You can use them for many different things, such as communicating with other sailors on the boat or even calling in lifeguards if someone falls into the water.
  • Camping – If you are camping out somewhere where you can’t a phone signal, having a waterproof walkie talkie will come in handy if something goes wrong. For example, if one of your party gets lost or injured when wandering out for a nighttime bathroom trip, they can use their walkie talkie to call for help.
  • Boating/Fishing – Using waterproof walkie-talkies while boating or sea fishing isn’t just for emergencies, they are also useful for communicating with other people on the boat or sending messages back to shore.
  • Hiking and Birdwatching– Whether it’s hiking or birdwatching alone or as part of a group, having your own waterproof walkie talkies will help you stay connected and safe you are enjoying the great outdoors.

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Other Important Features to Consider

As well as choosing walkie talkies with a good waterproof rating, there are also many other important features you will need to consider. These include:

Dustproof Rating

The Dustproof Rating specifies how well a walkie talkies can withstand dirt and sand. A high dustproof rating means that your device is less likely to break from exposure to the elements. Walkie Talkies with lower scores should be handled carefully as they are more susceptible to damage if dropped or treated roughly.

Here is a quick guide to dustproof ratings:

  • 0 = No protection
  • 1 = Protection against objects larger than than 50mm
  • 2 = Protection against objects larger than 12.5mm
  • 3 = Protection against objects larger than 2.5mm (such as thick wire and tools)
  • 4 = Protection against objects larger than 1mm (such as screws, thin wire, and ants)
  • 5 = Protection from dust – not complete dust prevention but protected enough that dust and other fine particles cannot interfere damage the device or effect the operation
  • 6 = Complete dust protection

Long Range Capabilities

The range of a walkie talkies is measured in miles and kilometers. Some waterproof walkie talkies can cover up to 30km (18mi). Other waterproof walkie talkies only have a maximum range of 0.75 km (0.47 mi) or less. Generally speaking, the longer your walkie talkies’ range, the better.

Battery Life

A long battery life is always an important feature to consider when choosing a waterproof walkie talkie. At a minimum, you should look for walkie talkies with a battery life of at least eight hours, but if you are planning to use your walkie talkies extensively, then battery life of 12 or more hours is preferable.

Keep in mind that using advanced features like digital encryption and GPS tracking will significantly reduce the overall battery life of your waterproof walkie talkies.

Durability

If you’re working in a harsh environment, like construction or mining, then durability is especially important. Walkie talkies that use rubber and plastic for their casing will hold up much better than walkie talkies which have only metal parts. This means they can take more of a beating and will still continue to work

Number of channels

You will also need to consider how many channels you will need. Most consumer models of walkie talkies have between 16 and 32 different frequencies that they can use, while commercial grade units may offer more than 100 unique frequencies across several bands or categories.

Size and weight

Walkie talkies are available in a number of different sizes. The smallest walkie talkies can fit easily into the palm of your hand, while larger models are designed to clip onto belts and backpacks for easy access. Choosing the right size will depend on how long you will need to carry your walkie talkie and what you are using it for.

Final Thoughts

Waterproof walkie talkies are very useful pieces of equipment with a wide range of applications. Make sure you check out the waterproof rating of any walkie talkie you are considering by looking at the second IPX number. You may also need to consider some of the other features explained in this guide before deciding on which walkie talkies are best for you. If you are still unsure, get in touch with our experts and we will be happy to advise you.


Need help choosing the best waterproof walkie talkies? 

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