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.

Firefighter Training Video Demonstrates Proper Radio Operation

Motorola and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) produced a training video, “Loud & Clear”, demonstrating the best practices of 2-way radio operation. The 15 minute video compares both analog and digital radio transmissions in typical firefighter environments.

You will learn how to maximize the clarity of your voice transmissions and minimize background noise. Recommended for anyone using professional mission-critical 2-way communications.

Preliminary J/F-12 Numbers Available for APX6000/SRX2200

Motorola APX6000Our Federal CONUS customers will be happy to hear the Motorola APX6000/SRX2200 radios have received preliminary J/F-12 numbers and can now be ordered.

Preliminary J/F-12 Information

Although not yet final the info below will ensure a speedier procurement:

APX6000 (including SRX models) J/F-12 #10192 (pending*)

*NTIA Certified, awaiting final MCEB ESG approval (expected NLT Dec 2012)

How to clone a Motorola CP110 portable radio without software

Motorola VHF & UHF 2 channel & 16CH Display Radios

Motorola RLN6309 MUCCloning CP110 radios is easy if you have a RLN6309 multi-unit charger or two RLN6304 single unit charger pockets that are included with the standard radio packages. Make sure the source and target radios are the same band (VHF or UHF) and have the same number of channels (2 or 16).

RLN6304 CP110 CloningThe radio batteries should be fully charged first because the AC power cables have to be disconnected during the cloning process. When using a multi-unit charger (MUC) the source radio must be in the odd pockets (1,3, or 5) and the target radio has to be in the even numbered pockets (2,4, or 6). Two single unit charger (SUC) pockets require a RLN6303 cloning cable connected to each data port.

CP110 Cloning Instructions

  1. Turn both radios off.
  2. Turn on the target radio that you need to program and place it in one of the SUC’s or an odd number MUC pocket
  3. Turn on the source radio using the sequence below:

Motorola CP110 left side buttons

Hold the PTT transmit button and the bottom side button (SB2) simultaneously while turning the radio ON. Wait 3 seconds until you hear an audible tone indicating the radio entered cloning mode. The radio LED light will blink orange twice.

Place the source radio in the charger pocket that pairs with the target radio and press and release the button under the PTT (SB1) to begin the cloning process. The radio LED will be solid orange while transferring the data.

When cloning is completed you will hear a chirp tone indicating success or a bonk for failure. If you are cloning 16 channel radios you will see “pass” or “fail” on the display.  It takes only about 5 seconds to complete the cloning process.

Don’t forget to turn the radios OFF and back ON to exit the cloning mode.

3 Most Common Reasons for CP110 Cloning Failures

  1. It is not possible to clone different model CP110’s
  2. Batteries must be fully charged
  3. Target radio is turned OFF

Choose next generation APX radios over XTS/XTL series

Your next mission-critical radio should be from the APX platform even if your existing radios are all XTS or XTL series. APX has the capability of P25 Phase II TDMA if and when your agency must upgrade. The XTS 3000 was introduced in 1996 and the upgraded XTS 5000 debuted in 2002 – a long time for microprocessor-based electronics. Although there has not been any announcements from Motorola regarding the XTS/XTL cancellation, it could be as early as next year.

There are a few things to know about adding an APX radio to a fleet of XTS radios. The battery attaches to the bottom of the radio like the old Sabers. There are four APX battery sizes and they get longer as the capacity increases. IMPRES smart automatic reconditioning is standard.

Energy efficiency has improved with APX so you may not need the larger batteries as compared to the XTS series. Our local customers prefer the NNTN7038 2,900 mAh smaller battery that is standard with the APX 7000 and an option on the APX 6000.The NNTN7038 will power an APX 6000 between 16-18 hours before needing a charger. Higher-capacity, 4200 mAh batteries are available making the radios a couple inches taller.

You can still use IMPRES tri-chemistry single unit or 6 bank chargers with adapter inserts. XTS compatible 12V DC vehicular chargers will need to be replaced with the NNTN7624. Also, the side audio accessory connector is not compatible meaning you will need new direct-wired remote shoulder microphones and other surveillance accessories.

You will find the APX series with the improved specifications, color displays, and improved audio quality worth the investment. It will be the new standard of choice for military, police, firefighters, and EMS for a long time.

Motorola MOTOTRBO Digital DMR has changed 2-way radio forever

 Our first experience with Motorola’s MOTOTRBO platform was back in 2007 when the first XPR series radios started shipping. The digital features, improved audio, and long battery life were impressive but the attractive price and easy migration made it easy for our customers to add a single radio to their existing analog system. Back in 2007, there were only two options for digital: mission-critical public-safety radios at a significant price increase or the license-free DTR series without the capability for using repeaters.

Motorola continues to impress us with new feature upgrades and lower cost models every year. Just when you think this platform has matured a new feature is introduced with the addition of a simple firmware upgrade.  We have over a thousand MOTOTRBO radios in service and only a few have ever been back for repair.

The independent software vendors (ISV’s) have added a new dimension to two-way voice radio. Text-messaging, GPS location, and computer network integration are just a few of the applications available that improve productivity. It is worth the extra budget to choose display radios so you can take advantage of non-voice messaging in the future.

Take the time to learn the digital features and applications available that could improve your organization. Many of the features are included in the software and can be added by our programmers when initially deployed. Planning for the future can save the reprogramming costs and the inconvenience of taking your radios out of service. But it won’t be long until MOTOTRBO OTAP (over-the-air-programming) is here…

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