I need to replace the battery clip on the radio itself (not the clip on the battery) I have an old non-working BPR40 and want to swap the parts between them. I don't see a way to just remove the battery clip. Do I need to remove the circuit board, and if so, how?
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Great question! Clear and easy to understand! The volume and channel switches likely have a metal "O" ring that screws down on the threaded switch and holds the top of the radio to the housing. Remove the knobs, then use a really small flathead screwdriver, insert it into a notch in the "O" ring and unscrew. Be careful and you should be fine. If not, get it to a radio repair shop.
If your BPR40s are VHF (model number beginning AAH84K), the answer is yes. The BPR40s can be reprogrammed to match your new RDM2080D VHF MURS radios. This can be done by an authorized Motorola dealer with a current software subscription. (If you cannot find a dealer, look us up online, we will be happy to assist.)
You might want to consider keeping your BPR40s around. The BPR40 has a more economical battery replacement cost (under $35), and is repairable/recondition. (currently $69 flat rate)
Your BPR40s are also capable of more wattage than the RDM2080, 5 watts vs. 2 watts. However, it should be noted the BPR40s will need to be programmed to the lower wattage when going to the MURS frequencies.
This can be a trick. You can slide a small screw driver between the battery and the clip to release the clip. Sometimes you need a third hand. Tapping the bottom of the belt clip on the edge of a counter while slipping the screwdriver in the sweet spot will sometimes help.
This is no fun, we agree. You will need to slip a thin standard screw driver tip between the radio housing and the small metal keeper at the top of the belt clip where it attaches to the radio. Then gently pry the metal keeper toward the belt clip. The belt clip assembly complete with clip will slide upward and off the radio. Sometimes you will need to bump the bottom of the belt clip on the edge of a table or counter top while using the screwdriver method described to get the clip to slide.
you have to remove the circuit board from the case. There is a rod that holds the clip in. You have to remove a little rubber cover that keeps the rod from coming out. You need the part number :
Here are some troubleshooting ideas:
1) Clean your battery contacts with a pencil eraser, both on the radio and the charger (gently).
2) Have your radio turned off when placed on the charger.
3) Does the light on the charger come on when you place the battery on the charger?
4) Try another battery on the same charger and see if it will charge a different battery.
5) Try the known good battery on this radio and see if the radio functions correctly with a known good battery.
6) Try a different charger with the questionable battery and see if you can get it to charge.
7) Be certain the insert in the BPR40 charger is turned the correct direction for the type of battery you have. When inserted correctly the rails should guide the radio into place, placing the external charge contacts on the radio against the charge contacts of the charger.
8) Check the date code on your battery, if more than 2 years old, replace it.
You can use two small screw drivers, one on each side of the bottom of radio. Insert and lift up. Knobs have to be removed. They pull off.[can be difficult] Use a chassis removal tool[6685666D01] that can be ordered from motorola. If the repair shop sent it back unrepairable,you can try sending to motorola.[$134.00 flat rate repair] or just cut your losses. Would not invest any money because it is an inexpensive radio.
To replace, first remove the back cover by removing the two screws. Then remove the two plastic clips that are in the wat of fully accessing the batteries. You can then access the batteries and circuit board inside. For easiest installation, it is suggested that you use a modified installation technique. This is to break the tabs off of the old batteries rather than unsoldering them from the circuit board. This allows the old batteries to be removed but leaves the tabs attached to the circuit board. You can then solder the tabs from the new batteries to the old existing tabs
To replace, you will need to remove the back cover by removing the two screws on the back. You will then need to remove the two metal clips inside so that you can access the battery pack.
Batteries are soldered to the circuit board but for easier replacement, it is sometimes suggested that you use a modified installation technique. This is to break the tabs off of the old batteries rather than unsoldering them from the circuit board. This allows the old batteries to be removed but leaves the tabs attached to the circuit board. You can then solder the tabs from the new batteries to the old existing tabs
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