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Sx700 charger purchased sx700 in florida got back home to uk plugged into socket using plug given at shop and now charger will not charge lit up for about 15 seconds and went off would it have blown the charger the fuse in plug seems ok

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Re: sx700 charger

Try useing phone charger as long as jack will fit yours

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The dual charger does not charge the batteries

Simply fix the wall wart. AE6JI 704-745-2067 Extra Class FCC VEC +45 years practical electronics.

There is a fine wire, (under the paper wrapping) or on the transformer, re-close, and it will work 99% of the time.

WARNING random wall warts WILL vary, up to 200% of what their rating label states!

Next time do not have the wall wart plugged into the Wall AC, until AFTER you plug it into the radio.

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I have a pair of sp10 and having trouble charging them and the batteries are new and when i put them in the charger i have to turn them on for the chargeing light to come on is this normal or are the...

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.

Wall Charger:
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.

Drop-In Charger:
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.)

Best regards.

Dec 05, 2009 | Motorola Walkie Talkie 2-Way Radio

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Motorola SX700 battery drainage w/tactical mike

It is likely the mic set you are using is not made for the SX700 radio, and is drawing too much power from the radio. Some audio accessories draw more power than others. It is possible your mic set is intended for a professional model radio which would supply more power to the device. You should check with Motorola to see if they have a mic set similar to go with your SX700 radio. Here is a link to their online store:;jsessionid=130652F39955D9E9CA94908C45C73822.mot3?cmd=catDisplayStyle&entryPoint=adirect&catKey=601560&messageType=catDisplayStyle

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Problem charging

If you are referring to a flashing yellow light on the charging base, this is an error code. Either the 1) battery is bad, 2) not making good contact in the charger, or 3) very very low on charge. The solution for this set of problems is as follows: 1) have the company you purchased them from replace them, 2) clean your contacts with a pencil eraser, 3) leave the battery on the charger with the yellow light flashing for an hour or two. If the battery is just very low on a charge, it will come back to life and the light will change to be constant. If the battery is bad or shorted out, the light will continue to flash and you will need to get with the vendor you purchased the batteries from.

Other things which come to mind are compatibility issues such as you are using a different battery chemistry than you had before. NiCd batteries can charge on either of the two chargers available for the P110 (slow rate or fast rate). However, NiMH and Li-Ion batteries require a fast rate charger.

If you are referring to a yellow blinking light on the radio while it is in the charger. You need to shut your radio off. Radios should always be turned off when charging. If the radio is left on you will never have a full charge. Also, if you inadvertently press the PTT while the radio is turned on, while on a charger, you can cause damage to the radio.

FYI: There is no light to show "out of range" on the radio, unless you are possibly using a trunking or repeater system. A blinking light on your radio indicates the radio is turned on and/or there is traffic on your frequency. Your charger base light can be red, yellow or green. This indicates the charge cycle status. Flashing most always means some type of error.

Best regards

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Kenwood th - 79E playing up

Charger should be able to power the radio at 'EL' level, if NOTHNG happens, I'd say charger is on the blink.

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Brand newgmr1838-2ck,

Return the units back to the comapy you purchased them from. Or contact Uniden Support:

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Motorola talkabout sx700

Check your "code" setting. You may be on the same channel, but different codes. The code is the smaller number. Check your owners manual if you have one for resetting the radio to the factory default settings. This will clear any programming issues.

Aug 15, 2008 | Motorola Talkabout SX700 2-Way Radio

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SX700 and T5522 talkabouts

Hello Walvis,

Based on a quick web search the Motorola SX700 appears to be a Family Radio Service unit for use in the USA and the Motorola T5522 appears to be PMR446 radio for use in the UK. While the radios are similiar, they don't operate on the same frequencies so they won't be able to communicate with eachother. Because both FRS and PMR446 are very similiar, Motorola often markets versions of the same radio (with slightly different model numbers) for each service.

Best Regards,
"Go Ahead. Use Us."

Jun 04, 2008 | Motorola Talkabout SX700 2-Way Radio

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Receing and transmiting

Hello TSAworker,

I would definitely recommend against leaving the radio turned on while it is sitting in the charger. This can damage the radio and it can also contribute to decreasing the lifetime of the battery pack as well.

Whether or not the problems you are experiencing are related to leaving the radio turned on while it is charging is hard to say. I would recommend that you start by swapping the battery from the working radio into the non working one. If the problem is the battery, this should allow you to determine that and you can just simply get a replacement battery pack.

If the battery isn't the problem then the radio probably has a hardware problem that would require service. Given how affordable these kinds of two-way radios are, you are probably going to be better off just purchasing a replacement at that point.

Best Regards
Go Ahead. Use Us.

Mar 03, 2008 | Motorola Talkabout SX700 2-Way Radio

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