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The Top 10 Ways to Increase your Battery Life |

Two-Way Radio
The Top 10 Ways to Increase your Battery Life

You can follow at least 10 simple steps to ensure the health and longevity of your batteries to keep you communicating effectively.

These tips can not only save you money by reducing the frequency of battery replacement, but can also enhance the length of time you can use and store your two-way radio batteries.

Tip 1

Charge your new battery overnight before using it. This is referred to as INITIALISING and will enable you to obtain maximum battery capacity for:

  • Nickel metal hydride: 14-16 hours
  • Lithium ion: 1 to 2 additional hours after the charger light turns green

Tip 2

Motorola Solutions IMPRES batteries, when inserted into a Motorola Solutions IMPRES charger, will indicate a calibration cycle by displaying a steady yellow indication on the charge status indicator. Allow this calibration process to complete by not removing the battery from the charger until it has completely charged and displays a steady green indication.

Tip 3

In order to minimise capacity loss and cycle life reduction, Motorola Solutions ATEX batteries require charging to 30 per cent every three months when in storage. Motorola Solutions care and IMPRES batteries require charging to 30 per cent after 17 months in storage.

Tip 4

Discontinue using outdated batteries. Older batteries may not hold a charge as well as newer ones. Using an outdated battery can also lead to erratic operation, a shorter lifespan and impaired product performance.

Tip 5

Batteries which have been in storage for more than two months should be fully discharged and recharged.

  • Nickel metal hydride: 14-16 hours
  • Lithium ion: 1 to 2 additional hours after the charger light turns green

Tip 6

When using a Motorola Solutions rapid charger, leave the battery in the charger for an additional one to two hours after the steady green light appears (applies to non-IMPRES batteries only).

Tip 7

Keep your battery contact surfaces clean. Dirty contact points are a main source of charging problems. Regular cleaning is required for optimal performance. To clear dirt and residue, gently clean the contacts with a soft cloth. Pure alcohol may be used to remove grease and other contaminants.

Tip 8

Only charge a battery when it needs it. If it is not fully discharged, do not recharge it. We suggest that you carry a spare, as this is the most cost-effective solution for users requiring longer operating time.

Tip 9

Do not return fully charged non-IMPRES batteries to the charger for an “extra boost.” This action will significantly reduce cycle life as repeated short cycle charging of non-IMPRES batteries will shorten battery life. Do not use the charger as a radio stand for non-IMPRES batteries.

Tip 10

Stabilise batteries to room temperature (22°) before charging. Charging below 4° or above 40° will decrease cycle life.

Keeping your batteries maintained and operating at maximum capacity not only saves you money through replacement costs but saves you time by ensuring an efficient and reliable communication system.

Click here to download these tips as a PDF

For more information to help you implement these tips and further enhance your communication solutions, please contact:

Annette Thomsen
+61 437 439 170
annette.thomsen@motorolasolutions.com