By Evan Forester,
Tait Tough Tester

We’ve come a long way since we first tossed a portable into a trash can and threw it down a hill. Since starting, we have created 14 different Tait Tough videos. One explains the technical aspects of our design and testing, while the other 13 each feature the craziest tests we could imagine.

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We’re taking Tait Tough to new heights.
By Evan Forester, Tait Tough Tester.

Ever since we launched our portable radio from a catapult, I’ve dreamed of taking the Tait portable higher. Fortunately, we have some good friends who build drones at Aeronavics and they let us visit for some extreme drop testing.

We started by dropping the radio from 30 meters (98.5 feet) onto the ground. We weren’t too nervous, and of course the radio survived.

Next we tried 66 meters (217 feet). Watching from our monitor on the ground, it was clear that we were beginning to reach ridiculous... Continue Reading

No one hates a mess more than us at Tait.
By Evan Forester, Tait Tough Tester.

Leaving dirty dishes out is one thing, but getting ice cream and chocolate syrup all over our TP9400 Portables is another.

So after topping our radio with copious amounts of French Vanilla, we threw it in the dishwasher on HEAVY DUTY, left the cameras rolling, and came back 2 hours later to see if it survived the water, soap, and steam. Not only did the radio turn on straight away, but it also came out clean, sparkly, and smelling fresh. Continue Reading

Can a Tait portable survive the raw ocean?
By Evan Forester, Tait Tough Tester.

Tait radios are IP67 certified, which means they have been proven to survive below 1 meter of water for thirty minutes. But the IP67 test occurs in a controlled and calm tube of water. We wanted to see how a Tait portable would handle being tossed into the ocean, full of crashing waves, salt, depth, sand, and even the occasional shark.

So without further ado, we hooked the Tait Portable to a fishing line and chucked it as far as we could into the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. It felt... Continue Reading

Panola County, Mississippi has recently implemented approximately 420 Tait P25 trunked TP9400 portables and TM9400 mobiles on the state-wide Mississippi Wireless Integrated Network (MSWIN) for county-wide and interoperable communications.

The radios have already been put to the test! Watch this video and see how a TP9435 performed after being accidentally dropped into the path of a local controlled burn! EL Campbell, Tait Project Coordinator for Public Safety, was on-site with Daniel Cole, Emergency Management Director for Panola County, and Ottis Anderson from Anderson Communications, after the incident and captured the results! Continue Reading

Today is our 100th blog post and to celebrate we decided to do something crazier than normal with our Tait TP9400 P25 radio.

There is a tank, built in 1952, and later used in the Vietnam War that has survived the test of time and today resides a mere 15 minute drive from Tait HQ.

When we heard about this 52 ton tank, we realized it was our destiny to film the next Tait Tough video with this incredibly tough machine. We grabbed our TP9400 and camera equipment and hit the road. Continue Reading

It’s not every day you see flames leaping up outside your office window. Particularly when your office is on the second floor. You’d like to think you’d hear the fire alarm first.

Within moments we’d all run towards the fire and even through the windows we could feel the heat.

What we saw – to our relief – was that the fire was in control. It was fire extinguisher training!

Never ones to miss an opportunity, we also saw another chance to put one of our TP9400 P25 radios through a Tait Tough test. Continue Reading

A few months ago we posted a series of Tait Tough videos. We had a great time launching the TP9400 with a catapult, hitting it with a bowling ball, running it over with a jeep, and more. We were consistently surprised by how durable the radios turned out to be, so we knew we needed to push the limits even more.

And that’s exactly what we did.

Our first new Tait Tough video is called the Water Cannon Test. We asked the good people at the Christchurch Airport Fire Service if we could run a few experiments with their equipment. They kindly agreed, and so we put the radio through several high pressure water tests. Continue Reading

Can a Tait portable survive being shaken, rattled and rolled over rough asphalt?
By Evan Forester, Tait Tough Tester.

A radio is one of the most important everyday tools that first responders and public safety personnel use. If it falls off a vehicle, gets dropped by someone, or even gets kicked across the ground, it needs to stay functional and reliable.

Since we had already repeatedly dropped the TP9400 six feet from 26 different angles, dragging the radio across some gritty, abrasive asphalt seemed like a nice way to step things up. This would demonstrate the radio’s ability... Continue Reading

Can a Tait portable survive a six-minute car wash?

An essential requirement of any public-safety-grade portable radio, especially for fire and emergency response teams, is that the radio should work — even in wet conditions. While military standards require the radio to work after being immersed in water to a depth of 3.28 feet (one meter) for 30 minutes, Tait tests it at double that depth, and ensures it remains water-tight and functions perfectly. The bottom line? Tait radios exceed military-grade durability.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve put the Tait TP9400 radio... Continue Reading