Vertex VX-450 Series Intrinsically-Safe Option Now Available

Intrinsically-Safe VX-450 Now Available

 

Vertex Standard VX-451, VX-454, and VX-459 Are SGS Certified

The rugged VX-450 series is now available with the intrinsically-safe (IS) option for use in hazardous environments. The radio must be ordered with the QA03904AA option that provides the high-capacity AAH13X002 FNB-V113LIIS battery. IS models are SGS certified to the requirements of ANSI/UL913 5th Edition for use in Class I, II, III, Division 1; Groups C,D,E,F,G; Temp T3C hazardous locations.

Audio Accessories Must Also Be Rated (IS)

When using (IS) Approved radios you must also use audio accessories that carry the same rating. Existing VX-451, VX-454, and VX-459 radios retrofitted with (IS) batteries and accessories are NOT intrinsically-safe. The radio must be ordered from the factory with the (IS) option and carry the certification label.

Determine Radio Battery Health Quickly with an IMPRES Reader

Motorola NNTN7392 IMPRES Battery Reader is Fast and EasyMotorola NNTN7392 IMPRES Reader with Laptop

Motorola IMPRES smart batteries contain valuable historical usage data including date of first use, number of charge cycles, and initial/current/advertised capacity.

The NNTN7392 IMPRES battery reader will quickly provide the data using a software application that can be installed on a Windows PC with a USB port. The NNTN7392 is not a charger and uses USB power from the PC. All IMPRES batteries are supported with the included adapters.

Access Battery Data in Seconds And View on Your PC

IMPRES Reader General Tab Data ViewThere is no need to charge the battery before connecting it to the reader. In a few seconds the data will populate the IMPRES Reader application. The internal battery serial number, chemistry, and model number are displayed near the top. 

The General tab displays the vital statistics of the battery. The current mAh capacity is shown along with the potential after charging. You can compare this to the rated and initial capacity when it was new. Bar graphs make it easy to understand.

The General tab shows more information to determine the health of a battery. The date of first use, number of charge and conditioning cycles, and estimated days until next conditioning can help determine if a battery should be kept in service. A recommendation window provides additional info if a problem is found.

Advanced Tab Provides Historical Data NNTN7392 Advanced Tab View

The Advanced tab shows the most recent IMPRES charger information including the firmware version. Older IMPRES chargers with firmware prior to V3.4 should be upgraded to prevent compatibility problems with some newer IMPRES batteries. A firmware upgrade tool and software is required.

The Advanced tab also provides past charging information using histograms. For best performance, rechargeable batteries should be placed in the charger when <10% capacity remains. Batteries that are continuously “topped off” do not perform as well and fail prematurely.

Download the NNTN7392 IMPRES Reader and the IMPRES Smart Energy Batteries .pdf brochures.

Link to buy or view current pricing of the Motorola NNTN7392

Motorola IMPRES Battery Tips and Charger Indicator Lights

Proper IMPRES Battery Care Starts With Initialization

Motorola IMPRES ChargerA Motorola IMPRES battery must be initialized by an IMPRES charger the first time it is charged. This process is indicated by a STEADY YELLOW light on the charger indicator (the same as if the battery were reconditioning). The process is automatic, includes an initial reconditioning of the battery, and begins charging upon completion of this process.

This process requires approximately 12 hours depending on the capacity. Do not remove the battery from the charger until the STEADY GREEN light is on.

IMPRES Indicator Light Chart with Explanations

Motorola IMPRES Charger Light Indicators

IMPRES Automatic Battery Conditioning

Motorola IMPRES Adaptive Chargers, when used in conjunction with a Motorola IMPRES battery, have the ability to determine the appropriate time to recondition the battery. When an IMPRES battery is properly inserted into the charger, the charger determines if it is appropriate to recondition the battery. If the battery needs reconditioning, the charger automatically indicates a STEADY YELLOW.

This process may take up to 12 hours to complete, depending upon the state of charge and capacity rating of the battery when it is inserted. It is important to note, for this process to be effective, the IMPRES battery must be allowed to complete the recondition/recharge process. Leave the battery in the charger until the charger indicates a STEADY GREEN. At the completion of the recondition cycle, the charger automatically recharges the IMPRES battery.

How to Terminate the IMPRES Conditioning Process

At any time during the reconditioning process of a Motorola IMPRES battery (STEADY YELLOW indication), reconditioning may be terminated by removing and reinserting the battery back into the charger within 5 seconds. This causes the charger to terminate the reconditioning process and begin the charging process. The charger indicator changes to a STEADY RED. The charger will attempt to recondition the battery at the next battery insertion.

Manually Initiating the IMPRES Reconditioning Process

Within 2-1/2 minutes of the initial insertion of an IMPRES battery (STEADY RED indication), remove and reinsert the battery within 5 seconds to manually force reconditioning to occur. The charger indicator changes from a STEADY RED to a STEADY YELLOW. This forces the charger to recondition and automatically recharge the battery. This is a useful feature to have when IMPRES batteries have been in storage for several months or longer. Two or three manual recondition cycles may be required to rejuvenate the batteries, due to long term storage conditions.

Motorola APX Radio Battery Adapters for XTS Chargers

Motorola APX Battery Charger AdaptersMotorola battery charger adapter inserts are available for APX 7000, APX 6000, and APX 4000 P25 radios. The adapters enable you to use your old IMPRES WPLN4111 single and multi-unit charger chargers with new APX models. 

Motorola APX 6000 and APX 7000 Models Motorola APX 7000 Model III

  1. The single unit battery adapter for the WPLN4111 IMPRES charger is the NNTN7687A at a cost of $39 each. Designed to fit the WPLN4111 and WPLN4114 charger base normally used for XTS 5000, XTS 2500, XTS 1500, MTS2000, HT1000, PR1500, MT1500 radios.
  2. The multi-unit charger adapters are sold as a six pack under model number NNTN7686A at a cost of $195 per charger. Compatible chargers include the WPLN4108, WPLN4121, WPLN4181, and WPLN4130.

Motorola APX 4000 ModelsAPX 4000 P25 Radio

  1. The single unit battery adapter for the WPLN4111 IMPRES charger is the NNTN8169A at a cost of $39 each.
  2. The multi-unit charger adapters are sold as a six pack under model number NNTN8170A at a cost of $195 per charger. Compatible chargers also include the WPLN4108, WPLN4121, WPLN4181, and WPLN4130.

Motorola XPR 6100, 6350, 6550 Battery Choices Explained

MOTOTRBO Radio Battery Choices

Motorola Batteries for XPR 6000 Series Radios Use IMPRES Technology

Motorola introduced the MOTOTRBO DMR digital XPR 6300 (non-display) and XPR 6500 (display) series radios in 2007. Surprisingly, we still see some of the batteries with date codes five years old and still in use. It is probably due to the IMPRES automatic conditioning feature that Motorola patented about 10 years ago.

A fresh battery can improve your radio performance and eliminate intermittent problems when voltage fluctuates. Due to the new enhancements with MOTOTRBO (i.e. Bluetooth, LTR, GPS, lone worker, etc) you should make sure you choose the best battery for your needs. Replacement batteries do not include a belt clip so be sure to remove it from the old battery.

All Batteries Carry a Submersible IP57 Rating

All Motorola XPR 6000 series MOTOTRBO batteries are built tough with a IP57 submersibility rating meaning it can withstand being under three feet of water for 30 minutes. IMPRES smart charging is also standard on all four battery choices.

PMNN4077C is the Most Popular MOTOTRBO Battery with Highest CapacityMOTOTRBO PMNN4077 High capacity battery

The Motorola PMNN4077C is the most popular battery because it provides the highest capacity at 2,200 mAh. The extra capacity is needed if you use a Bluetooth adapter, optional LTR trunking board, or if you require maximum battery life for long shifts. It uses Li-ion chemistry and is only slightly thicker than the PMNN4066A.

PMNN4066A Battery is Standard with XPR6100 and Original XPR 6300MOTOTRBO PMNN4066 battery

The Motorola PMNN4066A uses Li-ion chemistry with a 1,500 mAh capacity. It was included with the original XPR6300 non-display, non-GPS radio back in 2007. It is recommended if you use digital mode only and no power consuming options like GPS, Bluetooth, etc. It is slightly thinner but we normally recommend the higher capacity PMNN4077.

PMNN4069A Battery is FM Approved Intrinsically-Safe for Hazardous AtmospheresFM Intrinsically Safe battery

The PMNN4069A is the only FM battery that is intrinsically-safe rated. It has a green dot on the bottom of the battery and a FM label. It must be used with a XPR radio that includes the factory installed FM option. Look for the label on the radio and a green dot on the bottom of the radio. The battery capacity is 1,400 mAh and it uses Li-ion cells.

There is no benefit in purchasing a FM battery and using it with non-FM radios. It will work but there are no advantages.

Motorola PMNN4065A is the only NiMH Chemistry MOTOTRBO BatteryMOTOTRBO NiMH battery for cold weather

For anyone using their XPR 6000 series MOTOTRBO radios in extremely cold environments the PMNN4065A is the best choice. Li-ion batteries should be avoided because they do not perform well at low temperatures. The Motorola PMNN4065A NiMH battery has 1,300 mAh capacity and is a little heavier. It also is the most economical with the lowest price.

All of the above batteries are compatible with the XPR6100, XPR6300, XPR6350, XPR6380, XPR6500, XPR6550, and XPR6580 MOTOTRBO radios..

Not sure of the condition of your batteries? First, check the date codes and then consider investing in the Motorola NNTN7392 IMPRES battery reader if you have a large quantity.

Check the Date Codes of Your 2-Way Radio Batteries

Magnum Electronics Supplies Batteries for All 2-Way Radio Models

It is that time again to check your radio batteries so you keep your communications loud and clear. Batteries begin to degrade after 18-24 months of use and can affect radio performance. Many intermittent radio problems are solved with a fresh battery.

How to Read a Motorola Battery Date Code

All Motorola batteries have a 3 digit date code on the battery label. Check the date codeMotorola Battery Label and Date Code Circled on your Motorola battery and if the first digit is a “0” or “9” it is a good time to replace it.

The first digit represents the “Year” and the next digits are the “Week” manufactured. For example; 036 is the 36th week of 2010.

All Motorola batteries carry a replacement warranty of at least a year after the date code and probably longer if marked IMPRES or contain NiCD cells.

Replacement Batteries for Motorola, Vertex, & Other Radio Manufacturers

We carry Motorola Original OEM, Vertex-Standard OEM, and Power Products batteries for all current and discontinued radio models.

Below are links to the most popular and recommended batteries:

We also carry replacement batteries for Harris, Kenwood, Icom, Tait, and many other hard to find models. Check our 2-Way Battery selection or call us and we will be happy to help you find the best battery for your needs.

Battery Technology – Lithium Ion vs. Lithium Polymer

2-Way Radio Batteries What is different between Li-ion and Li-Polymer Batteries?

We have received several inquiries about the newest battery technology, Li-Po, that is now available for 2-way radios. Historically, NiMH was an improvement as compared to NiCD and Li-ion has many advantages over NiMH. The assumption that Li-Po is now the best battery for your radio is more marketing than anything else.

Li-Po or Lithium Polymer battery cells still use the same chemical material as Li-ion but the difference is the way they are packaged. Li-ion batteries use a thick-walled, rigid aluminum case for the cells and Li-Po utilizes a new thinner foil aluminum case. Bottom line is the difference is all in the cell construction.

Both Li-ion and Li-Po are Recommended But Check the Specs

Li-Po battery manufactures must add a more rugged case to meet the mission-critical specs required for two-way radio specifications. When comparing Li-ion and Li-Po batteries the following should be considered:

  • Battery capacity measured in mAh – The higher the mAh number the longer your battery will work before needing a recharge. When comparing specs be careful when you see the words “typical” or “average” and not “minimum” or “rated”. Our experience is there can be a big difference in actual results.
  • IMPRES or Advanced Charging Technology – “Smart battery” automatic conditioning improves performance and keeps them in service longer.
  • Drop Specification – Dropping the radio is probably the most common reason why batteries fail. Most Motorola mission-critical batteries are rated at 36 drops from 5 feet to a concrete floor.
  • IP (Ingress Protection) Rating – Higher IP numbers are better and signify the ruggedness of the battery. The first number references solids and the second number signifies liquid protection. The highest solid number is “6” (dust tight) and the highest liquid is “8” (submersibility beyond 1 meter).
  • Overvoltage protection circuit – Better batteries have 2 levels, some have 1, and lower cost batteries may not include have protection at all.
  • Temperature Range – Extreme cold affects Lithium battery performance and the spec should be investigated if your environment is outside “normal”.
  • Intrinsically-Safe Rating – FM Approval is important if you use your radio in hazardous, combustible atmospheres where an electrical spark could cause an explosion.

Motorola Improves Radio Battery Warranty

Motorola Battery Warranty effective July 2012Motorola radio batteries

Motorola Solutions radio batteries purchased after 7/1/2012 now carry a warranty against defects in manufacturing or workmanship for 48 months.

This change applies for both IMPRES batteries with automatic reconditioning and non-IMPRES battery types.

Every Motorola Original battery is shipped with a 3 or 4 digit date code for warranty purposes.  Motorola will replace any two-way radio battery that falls below 80% of rated capacity during the warranty period.  Warranty depends on battery chemistry type (NiCD, NiMH, Li-ion) and if the battery has IMPRES automatic conditioning capability.

Motorola Battery Type Capacity Warranty

IMPRES Batteries Warranty
NiCD IMPRES Batteries 24 month warranty to maintain 80% capacity
NiMH, Li-ion IMPRES Batteries 18 month warranty to maintain 80% capacity
*PMNN4093 18 Month warranty to maintain 70% capacity

IMPRES batteries NOT charged exclusively in IMPRES chargers get reduced by 6 months of capacity warranty (i.e. 18 months instead of 24 for NiCD, and 12 months instead of 18 for NiMH & Li-ion)

Non-IMPRES Batteries Warranty
NiCD Batteries 18 month warranty to maintain 80% capacity
NiMH, Li-ion Premium Batteries 12 month warranty to maintain 80% capacity
*RNN4007 12 Month warranty to maintain 70% capacity

How to Read a Motorola Battery Warranty Date Code

The date code is located on the label of the battery. The first digit represents the year and the second two digits are the week of manufacture. A battery with a date code of 926 indicates it was manufactured in the 26th week of 2009. It would have a minimum warranty until the 26th week of 2010. At times we see new batteries with date codes in the future by a few weeks.

4 Year Workmanship Warranty

There is a 48 month workmanship warranty on any Motorola Premium or IMPRES battery that displays any of the defects below:

  • Cell leakage
  • Shifting cells that affect operation
  • Cracked case without physical abuse
  • Contacts showing corrosion or pitting
  • Battery clip breakage without physical abuse
  • Battery that does not fit in radio or charger properly