Buyer's Guide - Rugged Business Radios

The radios we have listed below are the toughest commercial-grade 2-way radios on the market. They're built to the highest military standards and have the highest IP ratings (Ingress Protection”) of any two-way radios currently available.

The IP Code (or International Protection Rating), consists of the letters IP followed by two digits and an optional letter. It indicates the degree of protection provided against the intrusion of solids (ilike dust), and liquids (like water), in electrical enclosures (such as a radio). The radios we have listed here have a rating of either IP57, IP67, or IP68.

 The 1st number is the level of dust protection:

  5 Dust Protected   Not entirely prevented, but won't harm.
  6 Dust Tight           Complete protection.

  

 The 2nd number is the level of water protection:

  7  Waterproof      Submersible to 1m
  8  Waterproof       Submersible beyond 1m


First, I need help deciding if VHF or UHF is best for me.

Icom F1000 VHF | F2000 UHF Two-Way Radio
► 16 or 128 Channels ► 3 or 7 Programmable Buttons ► 8 Character Display Option  ► Loudest Audio 1,500mW  ► 4 / 5 Watts (UHF / VHF) ► Waterproof & Rugged (rated IP67)  ► Compact Design ► Repeater Capable ► PC Programming Setup.

 
Connect Systems CS100 UHF Two-Way Radio
► 32 Channels ► 2 Programmable Keys ► Easy to Use  ► Waterproof & Rugged (rated IP65)  ► Loud Audio (1,000mW) ► 4 Watts (UHF) ► Repeater Capable ► VOX Ready ► Battery and Charger Included  ► Repeater Capable ► PC Programming Setup.

 
Connect Systems CS101 VHF Two-Way Radio
► VHF  ► 32 Channels ► 2 Programmable Keys ► Easy to Use ► Waterproof & Rugged (rated IP65)  ► Loud Audio (1,000mW) ► 4 Watts (UHF) ► Repeater Capable ► VOX Ready ► Battery and Charger Included  ► Repeater Capable ► PC Programming Setup


► 32 or 1024 Channels ► Built-in Bluetooth  ►Digital  ►Optional Color Display  ► Waterproof & Rugged (rated IP68)  ►Trunking Capable ► 5 Watts ► Voice Recorder ► Repeater Capable ► Channel Announce ► Menu Driven ► Compact Design.


Motorola MVX-451 Two-Way Radio | Vertex Standard
► 32 Channels / 2 Groups ► 3 Programmable Keys ► Loud Audio (700 mW) ► 5 Watts  ► Waterproof & Rugged (rated IP57) ► Voice Scrambler ► MDC-1200 Encode/Decode ► Channel Announce ► Repeater Capable ► PC Programming Setup

 
Motorola MVX-454 Two-Way Radio | Vertex Standard
► 512 Channels / 32 Groups ► 7 Programmable Keys  ► Display  ► Waterproof & Rugged (rated IP57)  ► Loud Audio (700 mW) ► 5 Watts ► 18.5 Hrs Battery ► Voice Scrambler ► Full Signaling MDC-1200, 2-Tone ► Channel Announce ► Repeater Capable ► PC Programming Setup

 
Motorola MVX-459 Two-Way Radio | Vertex Standard
► 512 Channels / 32 Groups ► 8 Character Display ► 9 Programmable keys ► Full Keypad ► Waterproof & Rugged (rated IP57)  ► 5 Watts ► Extra Loud Audio (700 mW) ► 9 Hrs. or 15 Hrs. Battery ► Voice Scrambler ► MDC-1200 Encode/Decode ► LTR Trunking Option ► Repeater Capable ► PC Programming Setup.
 
 
Motorola MEVX-S24 Digital Two-Way Radio | Vertex Standard
► 256 Channels, 16 Zones ► Digital  ► 4 Programmable keys  ► 3 Watts  ► 12 Hrs Battey ► All Call, Group Call, Individual Call ► MDC-1200 Encode/Decode ► Waterproof & Rugged (rated IP67)  ► PC Programmable ► Ultra Small and lightweight
 
Midland MB400 ► 16 Channels ► 2 Programmable Keys ► Simple to Use ► Waterproof & Rugged (rated IP67)  ► Compact Lightweight ► 4 Watts ► Li-Ion Battery with Rapid Charger ► Repeater Capable ► Easy PC Programming Setup.