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Radio 101 - Battery Care Tips

These battery tips will help you obtain optimized performance and a longer life cycle from your batteries

1. Charge your new battery overnight before using it - This is referred to as INITIALIZING and will enable you to obtain maximum battery capacity

a.Nickel Cadmium (NiCAD) or Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH): 14-16 hours.

b.Lithium Ion (Li-Ion): 1 to 2 additional hours after the charger light turns green.


2. In order to minimize capacity loss and cycle life reduction, new, NON INITIALIZED batteries must be stored in well vented, cool and dry locations


3. If used batteries are to be removed from service for extended periods (greater than 30 days) they should be discharged to about 50% of their capacity before storage in a cool, dry location.

4. Batteries which have been in storage for more than two months should be fully discharged and recharged.

a.Nickel Cadmium or Nickel Metal Hydride: 14-16 hours.

b.b. Lithium Ion: 1 to 2 additional hours after the charger light turns green.


5. Do not leave your radio and fully-charged battery in the charger when not charging. Continuous charging will shorten battery life. (Do not use charger as a radio stand.)

6. Only charge a battery when it needs it. If it is not fully discharged, do not recharge it. We suggest that you carry a spare. This is the most cost effective solution for users requiring longer operating time.