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.
Six Dual Charger Pockets in an Ultra-Compact Footprint
Power Products recently announced a new Endura rapid charger that will charge up to twelve batteries while on or off the radios. The charger includes six dual replaceable pockets in a small footprint measuring only 20 x 6 inches. Radios or batteries can be placed in the front or rear position of each pocket.
An external (100V-240V) AC power supply and cord is included. There are LED’s that provide charging status for all 12 pockets. The charger with power supply weighs only 5.5 lbs and supports all battery types including Li-ion, LiPo, NiMH, and NiCd chemistries.
Dual Pod Design Provides Flexibility and Single Screw Replacement
The TWC12M uses the same pod as the Endura TWC2M dual slot charger. The pods are easy to replace if you change radio models or if you have a mixed fleet. Each pod will charge two batteries for a specific radio type but don’t have to be the same chemistry. The dual pods are available for most radio brands including Motorola, Vertex Standard, Kenwood, Harris, Hytera, Icom, and Relm.
We are impressed with the Endura’s small footprint and 12 slot capacity. We also like the flexibility of replacing pods if you ever change radio models. The charger has a one year warranty from Power Products and is now shipping.
For questions or quantity pricing call our office at 302-734-9250 M-F 8-5pm EST or contact us using the form below:
Vertex Standard recently introduced a new UNI energy platform that will eventually provide compatibility for all radio model batteries from a single charger. Older legacy chargers are not compatible with the lower cost UNI style batteries. During the transition you must be careful when choosing replacement batteries.
The new XUAAJ72X001 VAC-UNI universal style single unit AC charger has a round pocket unlike the legacy chargers that have square corners. There is a 6 pocket 120V AC charger too. The model number is XUAAK44X001 VAC-6058. Both are compatible with UNI style batteries for the VX-231, VX-350, VX-450, and EVX-530 series so far.
The VAC-300 and VAC-450 legacy chargers have a more square footprint. They are not compatible with the new lower cost UNI batteries. These chargers are included with VX-231, VX-350, and VX-450 series radios. The eVerge EVX-530 series includes the new UNI style.
The chart below shows the legacy batteries and chargers.