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M88 Nonincendive Handheld VHF Radio: What makes Icom's M88 so special? Functionality. Features. Unparalleled battery life and power. Submersible construction. Military ruggedness. Frequency control. Choice of optional features. And a surprisingly small size that fits incredibly well in the hand. Compare for yourself; the Icom IC-M88 is a better fit not just for one-handed operation, but all-around. What is nonincendive equipment? Section 500.7(F) of the National Electrical Code explains that it is a protection technique for equipment used in Class I, Division 2, hazardous (classified) locations.
Intrinsically Safe vs. Nonincendive: A radio termed "intrinsically safe" is designed and certified to eliminate or encapsulate any components that produce sparks or which could generate enough heat to cause an ignition in areas with flammable gasses, dusts or fuels. Most of these radios are approved to sell in. Division 1 & 2. Nonincendive radios are incapable of generating thermal or electrical energy sufficient to ignite a volatile atmosphere under normal operating conditions-although sufficient energy for ignition could be generated under fault conditions. These radios are only approved to sell in Division 2. Division 1 = hazardous locations such as inside a tank or container requires "intrinsically safe" equipment. Division 2 = hazardous locations such as outside of the shielded tank or container requires "nonincendive" equipment.
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