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The battery has to be Ni-Cad, nickel metal hydride, or lead acid types to be rechargeable and you have to use the proper charger.If the batteries are new, get your $$ back; if they are old they might need replacing. If they are carbon zinc or regular alkaline they can't be recharged. Of course, read the manual.
This is a hit or miss procedure so do it at your own risk. It sometimes happens that your above mentioned batteries go dead and your charger doesnot recognize them and shows an open circuit or similar. to reveive these batteries you will need a 12v Lead acid battery. connect the -ve terminal to the -ve and +ve to the +ve for approx 6-10 secs to each cell individually the cells should be warm to the touch and not hot. At this pint you should connect them to your charger and it should start charging them. most of the time it works but it is not foolproof method.
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.
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 might contact Midland Radio Corp to see if they have a fix for your problem. If I had to give an educated guess I would say the batteries need jump started (which sometimes happens when they are new and too low of charge; or there is a problem where they contact the charger and they are not receiving a full charge; or they are defective. I am sure the factory would be happy to assist you in solving the issue.
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."