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ICOM W2a Won't power up, after full charge with two different batteries

I have two W2a HT's both sets do not power up at all, after I used two differnet batteries and a Quatum battery as well, any help??


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Re: ICOM W2a Won't power up, after full charge with two...

There's a comment on about charging the internal battery first.

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Bad battery, Buy new one on ebay. Carl

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