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ICOM IC-M25 Floating Handheld Marine Radio Review

Icom IC-m25 VHF handheld radio
Icom IC-m25 VHF handheld radio

ICOM IC-M25 is the lightest and slimmest floating VHF handheld radio on the market. It weighs only 7.8 oz! That's pretty light considering that it still has a 1500 mAh battery which is enough to power this handheld marine radio for up to 11 hours. If you drop the radio in water, Float N Flash function will flash the red LED light on the back and the screen of the radio at the same time. It works even if the radio is off.

ICOM IC-M25 now includes a new charging cable - Micro USB type B (a type of connector used by many smartphones today). That potentially can eliminate a problem of having too many chargers and cables laying around. 

Overall, this is a decent radio for someone looking for a floating VHF radio but does not need more advanced features.

Some of the features include:

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    AquaQuake draining function
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    IPX7 waterproofing
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    Floating
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    Float N Flash function
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    Powerfull 550mW audio output
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    Weighs only 7.8 oz​​​
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    Dual and Tri-watch
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    Instant access to channel 16
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    Weather channels with weather alerts
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    W2.2" x H5.3" x D1.2"

But what do actual users say about this radio? Are they actually happy with their purchase? Let’s find out the pros, cons and what reviewers are saying about this radio. Below are the most common pros and cons that people have stated in their reviews on Amazon.

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    Lightweight and slim
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    New USB charger is convenient
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    Good audio quality
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    NO DSC
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    No GPS
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Standard Horizon HX210 Floating VHF Handheld Radio

Standard Horizon HX210 vhf marine radio
Standard Horizon HX210 vhf marine radio

Standard Horizon HX210 is the new model in the marine radio line up. This lower priced radio features a redesigned case with a large capacity battery (1850 mAh Lithium Ion battery), which should be enough to power it for about 14-15 hours. This radio can float, which is a huge plus.

We also like the automatically activated emergency strobe light. If you drop the radio into the water, it can flash on and off, flash SOS or set to stay on continuously. This function works even if the radio is turn off. Really nice feature to have!

Standard Horizon added WX and FM radio bands (76MHz to 108MHz), which can be useful if you are out kayaking for example. The new Dot Matrix display is one of the brightest and biggest in this category. 

Some of the features include:

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    Floating, submersible IPX7
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    1850 mAh Lithium Ion battery
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    Water Activated Emergency Strobe Light
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    Oversized full Dot Matrix display
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    WX & FM radio
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    6W / 2.5W / 1W output power
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    New E20 Menu system
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    All USA and international marine  channels
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     110 VAC and 12V DC 3-hour quick chargers

But what do actual users say about this radio? Are they actually happy with their purchase? Let’s find out the pros, cons and what reviewers are saying about this radio. Below are the most common pros and cons that people have stated in their reviews.

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    up to 15 hours of battery life
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    Bright, large display
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    Emergency light
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    WX and FM channels
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    Great warranty
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    NO GPS
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Standard Horizon HX150 Review

Standard Horizon HX150 VHF marine radio
Standard Horizon HX150 VHF marine radio

Besides making some of the best feature packed handheld and fixed mount marine radios, Standard Horizon also designs and manufactures entry level/budget radios. HX150 is a great example of a compact handheld marine radio that provides good quality communications and decent battery life.

This would be a good VHF marine radio for kayak fishing or other activities where you don't want to carry too much weight and may not need GPS function (if you do, get the Standard Horizon HX870). This radio is floating and submersible (rated IPX7). Compact designs allows it to be stored in smaller compartments and pockets. The radio's power is variable, so if you want to preserve battery life, switch to 1W mode, and if you are further away and need a stronger reception - 5W mode is there for you.

Operating this radio is straight forward. It has a decent size LCD screen, 16/9 dedicated key, preset buttons, key lock etc. Overall, this is a great little radio. It is comparable to Uniden MHS75, but there are a few differences. Let's take a look at them:

Standard Horizon HX150 VHF marine radio
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    1 or 5 Watts
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    Submersible IPX7
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    Floating
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    Tri-watch
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    1030 mAh Li-Ion battery
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    AC Wall charger with charging cradle
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    W2.4" x H5x3" x D1.5"
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    8.3 oz
Uniden MHS75 VHF radio
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    1, 2.5 or 5 Watts
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    Submersible IPX8
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    Floating
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    Quad Watch Plus
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    1040 mAh Li-Ion battery
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    DC Charger
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    W2.49" x H4.57" x D1.53"
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    10.2 oz

Icom M93D Handheld VHF Marine Radio Review

Icom handheld marine radio
Icom handheld marine radio

We have a new addition to our professional handheld VHF marine radios line up by the industry leader Icom - the newly released ICOM M93D. This is the world"s slimmest Floating DSC marine radio, achieved my adopting new flat sheet keypad.

The radio looks great and the screen is fantastic. It has a 2'3" viewing area, high contrast full dot matrix technology. Having a large display makes it easy to read GPS information, compass screens as well as displaying all the crucial information.

Of course when we talk about high end handheld marine radios, we should not forget about the basic features. This one has a dedicated Class D DSC receiver as well as GNSS receiver. GNSS receiver combines information from GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and SBAS, and provides an extremely accurate information about your location.

9 hours of battery life is among the best in its class and you also have a battery indicator to monitor battery status.

We also like the Flot'n Flash function, which allows the radio to flash built in light while floating. 

Overall, this is a great radio and comparable to Standard Horizon HX870

Some of the features include:

    • 5W/1W output power
    • Navigation function from current position to a specified waypoint
    • Weather channel
    • Submersible and floating , rated IPX7
    • Flat key design
    • Channel Scan/Memory Scan
    • Dot Matrix Display
    • 9 hours of battery life
    • Class D DSC receiver
    • Float'n Flash
    • 50 waypoint memories
    • Active noise cancelling
    • AquaQuake draining function
    • Integrated GNSS receiver
    • Dimensions - 2.24" x 5.69" x 1.52"

    • 5 out of 5 Stars
    • 2 Total Customer reviews
    • 100% of Customers Rated the Radio 5 Stars
    • Large Easy to Read Display
    • High end features like GNSS
    • Reliable
  • Expensive
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Uniden MHS235 Review

Uniden MHS235 VHF marine radio
Uniden MHS235 VHF marine radio

Uniden MHS235 is a top of the line VHF marine radio from UNIDEN. Uniden is quite famous for making two way radios, and this model is specifically designed for marine use. This well made rugged case is JIS8 rated - meaning that it is usable for continuous submersion in water under specified pressure ( 5ft for 1 hour without damaging the radio). 

As you would expect from a high end radio, there is a GPS receiver with built in DSC function as well as GPS compass. Once you press the red distress button, an emergency signal with your coordinates will be transmitted every few minutes until you receive a response. Let's say you are thrown off the board or your boat sunk, UNIDEN MHS235 will be floating and sending signal - life saving feature!! 

Transmitter power select lets you choose from 3 power modes - 1W, 2.5W or full power 6W. This UNIDEN marine radio has dual and triple power watch - simultaneously monitor weather channel and 2 Coast Guard Distress/Hailing channels. All NOAA channels  will get you weather alerts, also extremely useful when you are out on the water.

Something that we don't see so often is the temperature measuring tool that lets you measure water and air temperature. ​There is a also a built in SOS function - this Uniden vhf marine radio will be flashing built in LED light in SOS pattern. 

The display on UNIDEN MHS235  has a backlit and can be reversed, meaning you can switch between light background and dark background. You can also pull up built in compass on it.

Overall, this is a great radio that you can find on sale for under $200. Check current price and reviews HERE.

Some of the features include:

  • 6 watt VHF Select between 1, 2.5, and 6 Watts
  • All NOAA weather channels
  • USA/Internationa/Canada Channels
  • Submersiable to 5ft for 1 hour
  • DSC with GPS
  • GPS compass
  • Compass
  • Instant Channel 16/9
  • Tri-Watch
  • Floats
  • Water and air temperature measuring
  • Glow in the dark with key lock
  • Limited 3 Year Warranty
  • Dimensions - 2 x 2 x 2 inches

But what do actual users say about this radio? Are they actually happy with their purchase? Let’s find out the pros, cons and what reviewers are saying about this radio. Below are the most common pros and cons that people have stated in their reviews on Amazon.

  • 4.1 out of 5 Stars
  • 538 Total Customer reviews
  • 60% of Customers Rated the Radio 5 Stars
  • High end features
  • Excellent Unit For the Price
  • Extra safety features like Glowing and SOS flash signal
  • Comes only with a 12V car/cigarette  charger
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Standard Horizon HX870 Floating 6W Handheld VHF with Internal GPS

Standard Horizon HX870 marine radio review
Standard Horizon HX870 marine radio review

The Standard Horizon HX870 is a 6 watt floating VHF Marine radio with internal GPS. The Radio also meets ITU-R M493 Class D DSC and has a noise canceling function. This is a higher end Marine Radio that caters to serious boaters who want not only a radio but also a GPS function.

Some of the features include:

  • Floating with 6 Watts of Power
  • Internal GPS
  • Separate Receiver for CH70
  • Noise-canceling For both transmitting and receiving audio
  • Integrated  66 Channel WAAS GPS Receiver
  • USB Support
  • Strobe Function
  • Submersible
  • Waypoint navigation
  • MOB Function
  • Dimensions - 9.5 x 3.5 x 7.5 in.

But what do actual users say about this radio? Are they actually happy with their purchase? Let’s find out the pros, cons and what reviewers are saying about this radio. Below are the most common pros and cons that people have stated in their reviews on Amazon.

  • 4.4 out of 5 Stars
  • 127 Total Customer reviews
  • 71% of Customers Rated the Radio 5 Stars
  • Large Display
  • High End Marine Radio For Serious Boaters
  • Reliable
  • Waterproof
  • White LED Illumination is not great
  • Rather Large
  • Higher cost
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Icom M36 Floating Handheld 6W Marine Radio with Clear Voice Audio

Icom M36 01 VHF handheld radio review

The Icom M36 is a floating 6 watt Marine Radio with clear voice audio. This radio also comes with a 3 year warranty as many radios do. This is a middle of the pack radio that is not the cheapest radio nor the most expensive with a decent selection of features that make it a good choice for your average boater who goes out on the weekend and needs a reliable marine radio.

Some of the features include:

  • 6 watt VHF Select between 1, 3, and 6 Watts for short and long range communication
  • Noice Canceling Microphone
  • Reasonably Priced
  • Instant Loud Feature
  • Dual Watch Scan Functions
  • Limited 3 Year Warranty

But what do actual users say about this radio? Are they actually happy with their purchase? Let’s find out the pros, cons and what reviewers are saying about this radio. Below are the most common pros and cons that people have stated in their reviews on Amazon.

  • 4.5 out of 5 Stars
  • 44 Total Customer reviews
  • 75% of Customers Rated the Radio 5 Stars
  • Very Loud 
  • Extra long battery life
  • Reliable
  • Range was not along as expected
  • No Car/boat charger
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Standard Horizon HX300 Handheld VHF Marine Radio

Standard Horion HX300 handheld VHF radio review
Standard Horion HX300 handheld VHF radio review

The Standard HX300 Handheld VHF Marine Radio is very compact floating radio perfect for smaller vessels where space is at a premium. A strobe will activate if the radio is dropped in the water making retrieval even easier. The Radio comes with a USB charger and belt clip. This Marine Radio can be submersed in up to 4.9ft of water for 30 minutes and comes with a 3-year waterproof warranty. This is the perfect radio for boaters who want a rugged compact radio that floats with an industry leading warranty.

Some of the features include:

  • 5 Watts Switchable to 1 Watt For Short Range
  • Priority Scan
  • Tri-Watch, and Dual Watch Functions
  • 10 channel preset key slection
  • 600mW Internal Audio Speaker
  • USA/International/Canada Channels
  • NOAA Weather Channels And Weather Alert
  • Key Illumination Button
  • IPX-8 Water Proof Rating - 4.9ft for 30 minutes
  • Floats
  • 110v AC Charger Included
  • Industry Leading 3 Year Waterproof Warranty
  • Dimensions - 9 x 3 x 6 in,

But what do actual users say about this radio? Are they actually happy with their purchase? Let’s find out the pros, cons and what reviewers are saying about this radio. Below are the most common pros and cons that people have stated in their reviews on Amazon.

  • 4.5 out of 5 Stars
  • 39 Total Customer reviews
  • 66% of Customers Rated the Radio 5 Stars
  • Large Easy to Read Display
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Contols can be hard to use
  • No GPS
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Cobra MRHH350FLT Floating VHF Radio

Cobra MR HH350 FLT marine radio
Cobra MR HH350 FLT review

The Cobra MRHH 350 FLT Floating VHF Radio is one of the best Marine Radios currently available to boaters. Low cost, high power, with waterproof and floating capabilities this is one of the overall best values currently out there. There are better more expensive radios and cheaper more reasonable radios as well. The Cobra is one of the best values as you get many high end features at a very reasonable price tag from a known manufacture.

Some of the features include:

  • 6 watt VHF Select between 1, 3, and 6 Watts for short and long range communication
  • All NOAA weather channels
  • USA/Internationa/Canada Channels
  • Submersiable to 3.3 ft for 30 minutes
  • Button Key Lock
  • Channel Scan/Memory Scan
  • Matrix Display
  • AA Battery Compatible
  • Instant Channel 16/9
  • Tri-Watch
  • Floats
  • 120v/12v Charger Included
  • Noice Canceling Microphone
  • Reasonably Priced
  • Limited 3 Year Warranty
  • Dimensions - 2 x 2 x 2 inches

But what do actual users say about this radio? Are they actually happy with their purchase? Let’s find out the pros, cons and what reviewers are saying about this radio. Below are the most common pros and cons that people have stated in their reviews on Amazon.

  • 4 out of 5 Stars
  • 66 Total Customer reviews
  • 59% of Customers Rated the Radio 5 Stars
  • Large Easy to Read Display
  • Excellent Unit For the Price
  • Reliable
  • Range was not along as expected
  • Batteries Are Proprietary And Expensive
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