How to Select the Best Two-Way Radios

Two-way radios make it easy for employees in busy environments (such as construction sites) to keep in touch with one another. This article discusses the features that you should pay attention to when shopping for the best two-way radios for use in your industrial complex.

Range of Operation

Different manufacturers of two-way radios indicate the maximum range of operation of their products. However, the reality of the operating environment reduces the effective range of all two-way radios. For instance, bad weather (such as cloudy conditions) can reduce the range of operation. Obstructions (such as buildings and trees) also have an impact on the operating range. You should therefore ask a supplier to come with samples so that you test their effective range (if possible) in the area where you will be using those two-way radios. Pick radios with the longest range if it isn't possible to test them before you make a purchase.


Two-way radios have a power rating that can guide you as to how long the batteries can work before they should be replaced or recharged. Two-way radios with a higher wattage consume more power than those with a lower power rating. Pick a model with a wattage that will enable your industrial employees to use the units throughout a shift without having to take a break in order to recharge or get fresh batteries. Consult the supplier for information on how long each model can work before the batteries are discharged.

Headset Jacks

Select a model that has jacks for microphones, headsets or a combination of the two features. Such a two-way radio will enable your employees to operate the units without removing their hands from whatever tasks they are performing. For instance, a forklift operator can talk to a crane operator without having to stop in order to hold the two-way radio to his or her mouth.

Keypad Locks

Select a two-way radio model that can enable your employees to lock the settings saved on the units. This feature is important because the settings can be accidentally altered without the knowledge of the user. This can cause the person to miss important information that is being conveyed on a channel that he or she is no longer tuned into.

Size and Weight

Pick units that are lightweight so that they are not a burden for employees who carry them. You may also pick ergonomically shaped units that can be operated while employees are wearing gloves. This will limit the possibility that the units will drop and be damaged when a person with a gloved hand attempts to operate the unit.

The factors above will help you to select the most appropriate two-way radios for your needs. Use that information alongside any other additional selection criteria that your supplier recommends.