Two-way radios are really dependable and important pieces of equipment that are gifted to us by our own ingenuity and intelligence. Batteries, on the other hand, are also an important technology that powers many devices and gadgets, including the one we cannot take off our hands on: smartphones. Two-way radios are powered by batteries, and we all know that batteries do have a lifespan. Your radio will never be dependable if its battery does not last long. So, how can you better take care of your batteries?
Use Your Radio Properly
We all know two-way radios are basically telephones that are as tough as an army tank. These radios are water-resistant, dust-resistant, and impact-resistant. But make no mistake, the word “resistant” is different from the word “proof”. These safety features have a limit too that you should take note of. When you use your radio, be sure to keep it away from heat-emitting sources since heat is the number one enemy of batteries. Cold temperatures can also wreak havoc on your battery especially in sub-zero temperatures.
Charge Your New Batteries Overnight Before Using It
This is called initializing and is done so it is possible to obtain the maximum battery capacity of your battery pack. For nickel-cadmium or nickel-metal hydride batteries, you should charge them for 14-16 hours. For lithium-ion polymer batteries, charge them an additional 1 to 2 hours after the battery charger light displays a green light. You should also avoid draining the battery, just like smartphones, as doing this can mess up your battery cycles.
If you do not intend to use your two-way radio for a long period of time, be sure to take out the battery to avoid further power draining.
Ensure Proper Battery Storage
If you have new and uninitialized two-way radio batteries, make sure to store them in a well-ventilated and cool space away from direct sunlight. Like we mentioned before, temperature can affect a battery’s longevity and performance. If you have the initialized batteries and you do not intend to use your radio for a certain period of time, you should also store them in a cool and dry place to prevent the batteries from having a shorter lifespan.
Use a Stored Battery Longer Than Usual
If you stored your two-way batteries for more than 2 months, you should discharge the battery and recharge it again to its full capacity before using it again. Batteries have memory cycles and using the battery again after a long hiatus can be detrimental to the overall battery health if you do not reset this memory cycle by completely discharging and recharging the battery before using it. The same logic is applied to laptops: when the battery indicator seems to be laughable and outright inaccurate, technicians reset the battery by fully discharging the battery and completely recharging it again so the cycle is reset and the battery indicator is accurate.
When Your Battery is Busted, Get Repairs
This is the harsh and often unpleasant reality with batteries. They are not designed to work for the amount of time you want. No matter how much you care for your batteries, these little energy-producing tech will not last long. Batteries may last a couple of years but they do not last for a decade, and anything longer than that is outright impossible. Nuclear batteries are present, but they are not used for handheld devices such as radios and phones. You also do not want to see a green glow coming from your two-way radio system, right?