On average, two-way radio batteries will have a life of 18-24 months. This will vary based upon usage, charging habits etc. Does it really matter how you charge the batteries for your two-way radios? The answer is, yes it does! Today, let’s discuss together what’s the proper way to charge radio battery?
These radio battery charging tips will help you obtain optimized performance and a longer life cycle from for your Retevis rechargeable battery.
Radio battery charging Tips:
1. Charge your new battery overnight before using it. This INITIALIZING and will enable you to obtain maximum battery capacity. a. Nickel Cadmium or Nickel Metal Hydride: 14-16 hours. b. Lithium Ion/Polymer: 1 to 2 additional hours after the charger light turns green.
2. New Retevis original batteries, when inserted into a Retevis original charger, will indicate red light indicator on the charge base. After several hours battery charging, by not removing the battery from the charger until it has completely charged and displays a steady green indication on the charger base.Then battery charing done.
3.Wait batteries to a normal temperature before charging. Only Never charge a battery when it’s body is is hot or in some conditions, frozen.
4. In order to minimize capacity loss , new, NON INITIALIZED batteries must be stored in well ventilated, and dry locations. Avoid from direct sunlight. Batteries stored in these conditions may be stored:
a. Nickel Cadmium up to 2 years.
b. Nickel Metal Hydride up to 18 months.
c. Lithium Ion/Polymer up to 18 months.
5. Batteries which have been in storage for more than two months should be fully discharged and recharged. Recharging time as below:
a. Nickel Cadmium or Nickel Metal Hydride: 14-16 hours.
b. Lithium Ion/Polymer: 1 to 2 additional hours after the charger light turns green.
6. If you are using a rapid charger, leave the battery in the charger for an additional 1 to 2 hours after the steady green light appears.
7. Do not leave your radio and fully-charged battery in the charger when not charging. Continuous invalid charging will shorten battery life.
8. Never chage a batteru frequently, if it is not fully discharged, do not recharge it. We suggest that you carry a spare battery. This is the most cost effective solution for users requiring longer operating time.