Clueless: Handheld Radio advice needed
Check out the May 1, 2002 issue of Practical Sailor. There is a review of 13 handheld VHFs. The Icom IC-M1V comes out on top. I bought one based upon this review and am very pleased.
Most of the handheld VHFs still use nickel cadmium batteries which are inferior to the lithium ion battery ised in the IC-M1V. Nickel cadmium batteries tend to go bad quickly if you overcharge them and don''t have as much capacity. You can easily spend a lot of money replacing the batteries. These batteries used to be standard for cell phones and laptop computers, but are seldom sold for these applications today.
The IC-M1V is also submersible. Cost is around $200 vs. as little as $100-120 for a low end radio which is not submersible and doesn''t have as good a battery. In my view it''s worth the difference.