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October 16, 20131 min read

Tait Tough 2.0: The Water Cannon Test


Tait Tough Water Cannon TestA 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.

We weren’t sure how much water pressure the radio could handle, so we started small. We hit the radio with the fire hose, which released water at a pressure of 1,000 kPa and caused the radio to slide across the tarmac for 50 or 60 yards.

Getting ready for the Fire Hose TestIf you’re keeping track of score at home, 1,000 kPa equals 145 psi (pounds per square inch).

The radio survived the fire hose test without much trouble, so we decided to push the radio much harder by using their top monitor (or “water cannon” as we like to call it). This monitor was their largest water cannon and unleashed 5,800 liters of water per minute at a pressure of 1,800 kPa (261 pounds per square inch).

From previous experiments, we knew the TP9400 was waterproof and could survive immense amounts of pressure, but could it handle both at the same time? Or would the pressure cause a leak?

But once again, the Tait radio proved to be tough. The radio still worked after repeatedly sliding 100 yards along the tarmac and enduring thousands of liters of water. You can watch the final test yourself in the video below:


*Special thanks to Christchurch Airport Fire Service for their help in creating this video!

Hear from our experts on the thinking that went behind the rugged design of the Tait TP9400 P25 portable radio.


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