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9 Simple Methods that Can Extend Your Two-Way Radio's Battery Life

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This short guide suggests a few ways in which you should be able to maximise the operating time of your two-way radios. It may also be applicable to other battery-operated equipment - anything that needs recharging (laptop, mobile phone, music player, garden torch, etc.)

As a rule, the performance of all types of battery deteriorates over time. This is why some batteries have a use by date. This deterioration may be accelerated by the way a battery is used, charged and stored on a daily basis. It is recommended that batteries are replaced every 18 to 24 months (for Ni-MH batteries) and up to 3 years / 36 months (for Li-Ion) but remember, the most important thing is how you treat your battery. Some batteries may become obsolete in 12 months if they have been abused or used improperly.

9 Simple Methods that Can Extend Your Two-Way Radio's Battery Life

1. Use and store batteries in a cool environment, e.g. room temperature - hot batteries discharge more quickly than cool batteries

2. Keep communications short and sweet- long conversations may cause the battery / two-way radio to become warm

3. Reduce the transmitted power (e.g. from 4 watts to 1 watt) - if transmissions are frequent or long, the two-way radio will also run cooler

4. Use the correct charger for the battery type - over-charging may reduce battery life

5. Allow the battery to partially discharge before recharging it - If the two-way radio is not going to be used during the day then undock it rather than leaving it constantly on charge. Preferably, rotate the use of the two-way radios / batteries to ensure that all batteries a regularly used before being recharged

6. Do not fully discharge rechargeable batteries - put them on charge as soon as possible after your two-way radio gives a low battery warning.

7. Reduce the volume - this reduces the current drain when listening

8. Use an earpiece - this enables the volume / current drain to be reduced

9. Upgrade your radios from analogue to digital - the battery life of a digital radio typically double that of an analogue two-way radio



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