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Columbia two radios have been stored away for at least three years. Now the grand kids cant get them to recharge? Where can we get new BATTERIES?

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First check the insides of the radios. If they have been corroded by battery acid you most likely cannot recover them. Check that before you scrounge the Earth for obsolete batteries.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013

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