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Battery`s dont last

Hi, my IC-R10 draws a lot of current when use with charger and gets very hot, also with new fresh battery`s it does not last more than a hour even if radio is off. My Email is:

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Warp the batteries in few plastic bags.

Place them in the freezer for 48 hours.

After 48 hrs,it them air out for another 48 hrs,

The expand and contraction may help breaking the salt bridge.

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Hi, I have two IC-R10's in very nice condition. Previous owner passed away several years ago and left the rechargeble batteries inside the units(The contacts had very little corrosion left from the...

  • Hi, I can help.

  • It is very possible that the corrosion could be a little worse than initially thought. Look for unnoticed corrosion and clean the contacts real real well with a pencil eraser.

  • Under the third battery is a switch marked (Charge) OFF/ON. When using the power supplies to power the scanner the switch should be off (pushed to the left). When using batteries the switch should be turned to on (pushed to the right)

  • The internal charger is meant to charge Ni-Cad batteries not Alkaline batteries. If you have Alkaline batteries in the unit then you should never have that switch to on with the power cord plugged in or a charge will be attempted on the Alkaline batteries and they will explode/leak.

  • The problem will be that switch, unnoticed corrosion or the batteries you are using are not good.

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  • Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa.

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Hi, my name is John. Welcome to FixYa. Some of these units will not operate with the charger plugged in, check to see if you have all the batteries in the right direction. Thanks for choosing FixYa....John

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1. Select VFO mode and receive mode
2. Enter freq, including decimal point
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Need the manual? You can download and print it, at no cost, here:

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The modifications available for te Icom R10 can be downloaded here for free (registration is required):

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