I have a set of GMR325 and new alkaline batteries run out in about an hour of standby. They die in a few days of the radios being OFF. I received the radios as a gift or they would be going back to the store. Suggestions?
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When the batteries are reaching the end of their life or in need of charging the first thing that is likely to happen is that the unit will be weak when transmitting while receiving just fine. This is because it takes a lot more power from the batteries to transmit than to receive. Try a new set of batteries or if rechargeable then try charging the unit. With regard to regular batteries, make sure your batteries say "alkaline" on them somewhere since they will last much longer and also are more likely not to leak inside which can ruin your radio. Ignore labels on batteries that read "super heavy duty" or other such nonsense. Look for one and only one word "alkaline" on them and buy any brand you want to since cheap or expensive they are basically the same. Don't waste your money or risk your radio by using anything but alkaline batteries.
The Motorola TalkAbout Distance and Distance DPS radios have a rechargeable NiCd battery pack (HNN9056 and/or HNN9044). Use of this battery pack is the best method for powering the radio. This type of battery pack has a 18-24 month life expectancy. You can determine the age of your battery from the date code on the back of the battery above the stop sign. The first digit is the year and the next two are the week of the year. Ex: 919 would read 2009 the 19th week.
The DPS model came with both a NiCd battery tray and an Alkaline battery tray. While the NiCd battery pack is the best option for fully powering your radio, along with being the most economical option, in a pinch or when charging is not available the 6 Alkaline batteries will power the radio for up to 18 hours. Note: Replacement battery trays are no longer available, it is advisable to keep both trays. If one fails, you will have the other as a backup.
The TalkAbout Distance is a repairable radio. The consumer replaceable parts are the NiCd battery pack, belt clip, antenna and charger.
Are you SURE that your batteries are up to snuff? I.E. when they have a light current load on them they are ok but as soon as you try to increase that current load they die off quickly. With two-way radios, the actual current drain depends on whether you are transmitting or in standby (receive) mode. Transmitting requires significantly more current than standby mode. So, I would look at what kind of batteries you are using. If they are a good name brand alkaline, check to see if they measure close to 1.5 volts with a voltmeter or check them with a battery tester to ensure they are good. If they are ni-cad or ni-mh rechargeable batteries, make sure they are rated at least 1200 mah (milliamp hour). I use Sanyo eneloop rechargeable batteries. They last a long time for me. One other thing, make sure your battery compartment is clean and there is no corrosion on the contacts the batteries are placed into.
There is nothing wrong with your battery or your radio. you bought it a walmart at the lowest price available. this means you get what you pay for i.e. no frills the indicator flashing means it is connected to a power source and is charging / Maintaining the battery. it will only come on again when the battery is below 1/8th of the battery life and flash to let you know it needs to be charged again. there is no battery level indicator. these will work just fine but dont expect the 1-16 mile range they advertize unless you have full charge alkaline batteries and a direct line of sight to the one you are talking to.
The Batteries that Motorola uses will die after a while mainly because people leave them on the charger all of the time. But there is a way to refresh them. You let the battery die completely, then you charge it up for about 12 hours. Then you let the battery die completely. Do this a couple of times and the batteries will last long. Also, Motorola use to make a battery refresher (or did when I worked there.) It will charge and drain the battery automatically. It will even give you a fault if the battery is completely dead. For the HT1000 (for example) it would be the WPPN4065BR. For future reference, don't constantly charge a battery. Only have it on the charger when the battery is actually dead or very low. This will increase battery life.
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.
You may have a bad or shorted battery pack. You might try replacing it to see if the problem goes away. It would be normal, while charging for a battery to get warm. But not hot. Rechargeable batteries have a life expectancy of 18-24 months.
Hello Dave2794875, According to manufacturer specifications the NiMH rechargeable batteries should provide about 12 hours of operating time assuming a 90/5/5 operating cycle (90% standby, 5% receive, and 5% transmit). Theoretically, decreasing the volume can help somewhat but should have a minimal effect. If you are only seeing two hours of standby time then you are definitely not getting the specified amount of time. This could be indicative of a problem with the charger or the battery pack or both. Using disposable alkaline AAA batteries, you should see an increase in operating time because alkaline batteries have more capacity and last longer then rechargeable batteries. However, if yu do a lot of operating the cost of disposable AAAs can add up fast. For most users the rechargeable batteries are much less expensive in the long run. If you only use the radio occasionally then alkaline batteries are the way to go. Hope this helps, Ken "Go Ahead. Use Us."