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Re: Charger power supply
According to the owners manual for this unit the cord cannot be replaced. They instruct the user to call Motorola at 800-353-2729. Most likely they will offer you a new charger. If not, get the part number from them and either google it, or repost it here on FixYa and I will respond with pricing/availability information.
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To the best of our knowledge the charging base and cord come together as a set. You can contact Giant Intl (who manufactures them for Motorola) and get replacements: 1-800-638-5119, firstname.lastname@example.org Best regards
For AC/DC you can go anywhere and get a 9VDC - 300 mA AC/DC wall wart with a 1.3 mm / 3.4 mm. plug. Radios Shack have gone to selling universal wall worts and selling the tips for them separate. So if you go to radio shack use tip "H" along with the spec I listed above. They will know which one if you give them that info.
Haven't been able to locate a user guide for the multi-unit charger. However, it is pretty much plug-in-n-play. It can charge a battery inside a radio, or also accommodate a battery alone in each of 6 cups. As for replacement parts, they are not available, and you cannot purchase the multi-unit tray separate from the power supply. This is a slow rate charger and would take 10 hours to charge your batteries (or overnight). Radios/batteries should only be placed on the charger when nearly depleted. (Consider your charge a place your radios go to bed overnight.)
If you are having difficulty with charging, clean your battery contacts on the exterior of the radio and inside the charger cups with a pencil eraser.
Check your battery contacts, both on the radio and the charger. Clean with a pencil eraser if needed. It is possible you are not getting good contact. If both radios are not getting charged in a dual well charger, you may have a problem with either the wall adapter or the base. (Assuming your batteries are good.) Wall adapters burn out over time, somewhat like a light bulb.
No, the charger is only usable to charge the rechargeable NiMH or Li-Ion battery which comes with the radio. Attempting to charge Alkaline rechargeable batteries with this charger could cause the to expode.
If your charger is not charging the batteries which came with the units, it could be you do not have the charger cord end plugged in all the way, or the batteries dropped below the initial charge level by setting on a store shelf too long. Most TalkAbouts come with a cradle style charger to hold the radio, and a possible plug to plug into the charge hole. Check all connections, and clean any battery/charger contacts with a pencil eraser. To re-initialize the batteries you would need to attempt 3-5 charge cycles by charging for 8-10 hours, then letting the battery rest for 8-10 hours, repeating 3-5 times as needed. If this does not bring the battery back to life, you need to replace the batteries.
Radio shack sales a universal power adapter. <CAUTION> make sure the adapter is set to the correct voltage and that the tip is set to the correct polarity. The only other option is to order the adapter from Cobra.