The US Postal Service prohibits shipping bulk Lithium-ion and Lithium-polymer replacement batteries through the mail including to APO/FPO addresses. The rules state only lithium batteries installed in equipment are permitted. FedEx and UPS will accept Lithium batteries if shipped ground. If faster air service is needed there is a dangerous goods fee in addition to the shipping fee.
You may want to consider nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries. They are not considered hazardous and provide very good performance. Below is a list of Motorola radios with compatible NiMH batteries.
Motorola P25 and DMR 2-Way Radios
APX 8000, APX 7000, APX 6000, SRX 2200
Motorola APX 8000, APX 7000, APX 6000, SRX 2200 can use the NTN7035. It has a IP67 submersible rugged rating, IMPRES automatic conditioning, and 2000 mAh capacity. It is also FM intrinsically-safe rated.
APX 4000, APX 3000, APX 1000, APX 900
There are no USPS APO friendly batteries for the APX 4000, APX 3000, APX 1000, or APX 900 at this time.
XTS 5000, XTS 3500, and XTS 3000
Motorola XTS 5000, XTS 3500, and XTS 3000 radios have several battery choices listed below that can be shipped to APO addresses.
Up to 28 Hours With New Low Voltage IMPRES Technology
Radio users who need maximum talk time will benefit from Motorola’s new low voltage IMPRES technology. The MOTOTRBO enhanced models (XPR 3300e, XPR 3500e, XPR 7350e, XPR 7550e, XPR 7580e) will provide up to 28 hours on a single battery charge. The new batteries are similar in size and use IMPRES chargers.
MOTOTRBO Low Voltage IMPRES Battery Choices
The PMNN4493 is the best choice if you have either XPR 3000e or XPR 7000e and a mix of the older “non-e” models. New enhanced radios are rated at 28 hours in digital mode or 21 hours if still on analog. The battery is compatible with legacy models but at a reduced rating of 18 hours in digital and 13.5 hours when using analog.
Low Voltage UL TIA Intrinsically-Safe Batteries for MOTOTRBO Radios
Low voltage intrinsically-safe batteries are only available for the new enhanced radios and are not interchangeable. Talk time is slightly reduced but still rated for 26+ hours in digital mode. Below are the correct model numbers for each radio:
Low Voltage Battery With Vibrating Silent Alert Belt Clip
Motorola introduced a unique vibrating belt clip that works with the low voltage battery and activates during a call alert. It can be ordered with the clip as a kit or separately and can be used with either the XPR 7000e or the XPR 3000e. Following are the model numbers and links to order:
All Motorola MOTOTRBO UL/TIA4950 certified intrinsically-safe 2-way radio accessory prices will increase effective October 1st. Antennas, batteries, speaker-mics, headsets, and earpieces are affected.
It is a good time to check your battery date codes and order before Friday, 9/29. Check the lists below for the individual part numbers.
MOTOTRBO UL TIA4950 Batteries
The NNTN8560 is TIA4950/UL certified for the MOTOTRBO XPR 7000/7000e series and the P25 APX 4000 2-knob radio model. The PMNN4489 is TIA approved for the XPR 7000e series and the PMNN4490 is designed for the XPR 3300e/XPR 3500e models.
MOTOTRBO FM UL TIA4950 Microphones
MOTOTRBO Intrinsically-Safe Certified Headsets
Motorola Intrinsically-Safe Audio Earpieces
The Motorola PMLN6129 2-wire surveillance kit with acoustic tube is used by many APX and MOTOTRBO users without intrinsically-safe requirements. Also, the RLN4941 receive-only earpiece is a popular choice for anyone with a remote speaker-mic and a 3.5mm jack.
Panasonic has identified a possible problem with the Li-ion battery included with their popular FZ-G1 Toughpad and recently announced a free battery replacement program. Almost all FZ-G1 owners are eligible and should download the BIOS utility to prevent the overheating problem affecting Li-ion batteries.
All FZ-G1 tablet models below in combination with the listed battery packs are affected:
The root cause of this issue is contamination inside the battery cells. When batteries
covered under this recall notice are used in environments with wide temperature
variation, a short circuit can occur inside the cell that can cause overheating and ignition.
Contact Panasonic to receive a replacement battery.
Battery chemistry degrades after 24 months of use and can affect radio performance. Many intermittent radio problems are solved with a fresh battery. In this article we will show you how to check the age of your batteries and recommend the best replacement for the most popular Motorola radios.
How to Check a Motorola Battery Date Code
All Motorola batteries have a 4 digit date code on the battery label. The first 2 digits indicate the year manufactured and the second two digits identify the week. Check the date codes on your Motorola batteries to determine if you are ready for replacements.
The date code on this example is highlighted in yellow. The date code, 1401, indicates 2014 and the first week of the year. Most IMPRES batteries carry an 18 month warranty to hold 80% of the capacity. In this example, the capacity is 1900 mAh. As capacity degrades, so does output power and talk time. You may find radios start to perform poorly at the end of the shift.
Most Popular Motorola “Proven Tough” Radio Batteries
The second generation IMPRES 2 PMNN4486 is our favorite for the APX 6000 and APX 7000 radios because it packs 3,400 mAh capacity in a small housing. For those who need maximum battery life, the IMPRES 2 PMNN4487 with 4,850 mAh is the best choice. All IMPRES 2 batteries have an improved 24 month warranty.
The APX 4000 standard battery is the 1900 mAh NNTN8128 but we like the high-capacity 2,700 mAh PMMN4448.
The IMPRES HNN4001 has 1,900 mAh capacity and automatic reconditioning technology when used with an IMPRES charger. It is compatible with HT750, HT1250, HT1550, and PR860 model radios.
We also carry Vertex Standard OEM and Power Products batteries for Kenwood, HYT, Harris, Tait, Icom, and many other brands. Visit our online battery catalog and our online store for audio accessories, chargers, and carrying cases.
Motorola Solutions and their wholly-owned subsidiary, Vertex Standard informed us a new software ERP upgrade will halt order processing, depot repairs, and shipments beginning April 7th.
Expect shipments to slowly ramp up starting the afternoon of Tuesday, April 18th. The planned upgrade has been in process for the past 2 years.
Shutdown Affects Radios, Parts, Accessories, and Repairs
Anything that has not shipped by the evening of April 6th will be affected. Motorola and Vertex will not be able to process any new orders until 4/18/17. We are taking steps to stock additional inventory but with 3,000+ products it will be difficult.
Workers using communications devices in refineries, grain elevators, and fuel storage facilities need an intrinsically-safe certified 2-way radio. Hazardous locations, called HAZLOC, certified radios have a label to identify the NFPA 70 certifications for classifications and groups. Starting 2016, Motorola stopped shipping FM (Factory Mutual) certified radios and transitioned to UL (Underwriters Laboratories). It is important to know FM and UL TIA-4950 intrinsically-safe batteries are NOT interchangeable.
How to Identify FM and UL Certified Radios
Radios with a FM certification have a label with GREEN text and GREEN dot usually on the bottom of the radio. FM certified batteries have the same GREEN label and GREEN dot. In order to be certified, you need two dots with the same color.
UL certified radios have a label with WHITE text and a WHITE dot. APX and XPR 7000 series intrinsically-safe radio fleets delivered before and after 1/1/16 need to make sure the batteries are correct. FM certified replacement batteries will continue to be available for a long time and are safe. Purchasing managers will need to know if FM or a UL replacement battery is required.
APX and XPR 7000/6000/3000 FM and UL Battery Choices
Motorola Solutions recently started shipping IMPRES 2 batteries for the APX 6000, APX 7000, and APX 8000 series radios. The new IMPRES 2 batteries are Li-ion chemistry and are more rugged with a IP68 submersibility rating. Battery capacity ratings are larger too but Motorola changed to “typical” from “minimum” that may not result in better performance. There are 3 housing sizes and all IMPRES 2 batteries include a 24 month capacity warranty when used with an IMPRES charger.The PMNN4485, PMNN4486, PMNN4487, and PMNN4494 outlined in blue above are not IS (intrinsically-safe) and can be used with APX 8000, 7000, and 6000. The NNTN8930 and NNTN8921 outlined in yellow are IS (Div 1 & 2) for only APX 6000, 7000. The PMNN4504 and PMNN4505 outlined in red are designed for APX8000XE IS radios for Division 2 only.
New APX IMPRES 2 Chargers Include USB Charging Ports
Motorola has introduced new IMPRES 2 chargers for the new APX batteries. The NNTN8860 single unit AC charger is more energy efficient and includes two USB charging ports. There is a switch to disable the condition/calibration features when needed. We have a NNTN8860 charger bundled with the PMNN4486 3,400 mAh battery at a lower price. The PMNN4486 has 33% more capacity without extending the length and is the preferred choice by our local customers.
There is also a multi-unit NNTN8844 charger that has six APX radio pockets and six more USB charging ports. Each pocket also has a display for reading battery data. We also offer this charger with six PMNN4486 batteries in a discounted price bundle.
This charger is designed for long term battery storage and has a switch for maintaining batteries at 50% and 75% capacity levels. The first pocket provides additional battery data including IMPRES vs. non- IMPRES charge cycles, potential, rated, and initial capacity.
Batteries, Chargers, and Programming Kit Prices Change 10/12/15
Motorola informed us there will be a significant price increase for Minitor VI accessories next month. Now is a good time to purchase a RLN6527 Minitor VI programming kit. There is a $50 price increase on orders placed after 10/9/15.
With the introduction of the Motorola Solutions Minitor VI fire pager, you now have the choice between a UL certified intrinsically-safe model or one that does not have the certification.
Intrinsically-safe electronic equipment can be used in hazardous atmospheres with dangerous concentrations of flammable gases or dust. Non-intrinsically-safe electronic devices could cause an explosion by creating a spark or excessive heat.
Should I Order an Intrinsically-Safe Minitor VI?
Unless your fire department has a formal intrinsic safety program, you probably should save the $50 and buy the non-intrinsically-safe model. Another way to determine if you need IS is to check your radio for the FM Certification label. If your radio is not IS then your Minitor VI should not need the certification.