One radio charges and the light comes on in the charger in either side. the other radio will not charge (no light) in either side. What could be wrong? Is there somewhere in Sacramento, CA where I could take it for repair?
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I don't know what model of radio, but here is what I would try: pull the batteries and charge them on the charger by themselves if your charger allows this. The lights, well, some manufacturers just miss the boat. Especially on low end or "beginner" radios. I have one brand I can insert with NO BATTERY and the light comes on. Talk about useless. Charge times vary by size of battery and charger output, minimum is 3 hours, 12 hours much more likely but I see a lot at 5-7 hours. Hope this helps, model and brand helps always.
The red and green lights indicate if the batteries in the charger are either charging or are finished charging.
If they are charging, the light will be red, and if they are finished charging, the light will be green.
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It sounds like you have some corrosion on the terminals. Remove the batteries and with a good light source look at the springs and plates to make sure there is no corrosion. If there is remove it with crocus cloth. Check the batteries also for corrosion. If you find any remove it the same way. If after cleaning everything the batteries still will not charge get new ones as you probably have one or more which are shorted.
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You do not mention if you are using a wall plug charger, or a drop-in charger. We will give troubleshooting tips for both. To answer your question: If the light comes on and stays on, on the charger your charger is good. You have a radio or battery problem.
The light on the HTN8232 wall charger should come on and stay on when plugged into the radio, with the radio turned off. The fact the light comes on when the radio is turned on indicates your batteries are either no good, too low to charge, or you have a battery contact problem.
Solutions: 1) Clean your battery contacts with a pencil eraser.
2) Be certain the batteries are installed correctly.
3) Check your battery date code (three digit number on back of battery above the stop sign. First number is year, next two numbers are the week of the year. Batteries last about 2 years.)
4) Check to see your new batteries are NiCd batteries. The wall charger method is not compatible with NiMH batteries.
5) Try a charged battery from another radio and see if the charger light comes on and stays on with a different battery.
If you are using a drop-in charger, you would be using the above listed HTN8232 wall plug charger plugged into the tray. Here are some possible solutions for the drop-in charger:
1) Clean the exterior battery contacts with a pencil eraser.
2) Check to see if the wall charger will work when plugged directly into the radio.
3) If the charge capability of the radio seems compromised, take the battery out of the radio and charge it alone in the drop-in charger.
NOTE: Do not use the PTT if you are turn on the radio when plugged into the charger. This will burn out components in your radio.
The SP10 radio is known to be a repairable radio. (Generally around $69 flat rate.)
Check your battery contacts on/in the radio, battery and charger. Clean with a pencil eraser if needed. If your charger will accommodate the battery alone, try charging the battery outside the radio. Does the charger's light (if any) come on and stay on when the battery/radio is attached? If so, your charger is working properly. If the light (if any) on the charger is flashing you may have a shorted or bad battery. Check your user guide to the radio/charger for more information. Finally, periodically a battery has too low of an initial factory charger to start charging on the charge immediately. Try placing the battery on the charger for 3 complete charge cycles, and see if it will then charge. If the battery is new, you might want to contact the vendor for a replacement.
You don't mention a make or model, so I can only give you general solutions. If the radio has a drop-in charger there may be a light to indicate charging. If the light comes on when the radio is in the charger, it's getting a charge. If you have a multimeter, DVM, or DC voltmeter you can check the battery voltage (charge) both before and after a charging cycle. You can also use the meter to confirm the output from the charger. If possible, replace the batteries with standard alkaline types and see if the radio works. I hope this info helps.
On Audiovox's 9V 250mA ( not certain) suggested charge time is 8hrs, but if you pop the batteries out of the back and stick them into a dedicated battery charger you can usually have fresh batteries in 2-3hrs.
Does anyone know the warranty on this product? We should file a class action suit because obviously we are all having the same problem with the charger and they must know about it. Mine is only a couple months old and used sparingly - now its dead. I called Audiovox at 800-645-4994 and went thru automated hell to speak with someone. They referred me to www.18002526123.com which sells parts (chargers) for the DVD player. That is totally bogus - they sell a bad product then want me to flip the bill to get it repaired. I don't think so.