A common complaint people have of their two way radios is the battery life not being sufficient. This can often be down to simple mistakes you may be making as a user, in this blog post we will be talking about methods that can be used in order to prolong the life span of your radio communication devices.
Vital to your working process, the batteries used in your two way radios are just as important as the body and features each singular device holds. When in communications with a team or colleague, your radio may be vital if the environment is potentially dangerous.
Starting simple, the volume of your device could be drawing large power from your battery without you even realising it. Something we are all naïve of is that thinking that listening to a device on a higher volume will use the same power as if we were to listen to it on a lower one. Often professionals using radios in a quiet working environment will leave their radios on full volume, a recommendation by Hytera states that should you be working in a place where the noise levels are fairly low, then by lowering your volume this can add hours onto your batteries charge life.
Although not always a possibility for various reasons, our second tip for prolonging battery life involves having a second spare battery on your person whilst working. Should you be away from base and recharging your battery isn’t an option, a second battery will allow for you to continue working without need for interruption. Obviously, this comes with monetary constraints, but this is the method which will allow for the longest use out of your two way radio.
Using accessories with your radios can also help to improve the battery life of your radio, although this is an added cost, a dramatic improvement can be seen when using a headset or microphone. Reducing battery drainage, earpieces are designed in order to improve both operating comfort and also efficiency.
Over charging your battery can lead to it deteriorating in power fairly quickly, as we often see with modern day smartphones whereby people leave them on charge whilst in use or for extended periods of time. Often with people blaming the manufacturers, the same can be said about two way radios. A common complaint that we have about batteries is there reduced power over the first year of use, but this can easily be rectified by numerous actions you can take. Ensuring radios are turned off whilst charging will not only allow them to charge quicker but will also help to prolong the lifespan, this alongside the fairly obvious resolution of just not leaving the radio in charge for longer than it needs to be. In modern times companies like Hytera and Motorola both offer smart batteries to go with their radios, this sufficiently improving the life span due to the technology involved, information on these can be found here.
The final tip is a fairly simple one in regards to the storage of your radios and batteries when not in use. It is advised by almost all manufacturers that your battery is kept in a cool and dry environment, this to ensure optimum energy storage.