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Back to radios, please. Specifically, the OP's question.
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had my FT60R over 10 years GREAT Portable just got 2 NEW Batteries from Ebay like $17 each LOVE the radio also have the Mobile FT90 in my Escape
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Older Yaesus are built like battle ships ,i "lost one during snowball fight found it when it went crunch under my cars tires,the display was toast! But they had a microphone for awhile that had a second display ,i used that HT another 4 years before it died, not bad for crushed into a snowy salty driveway with a Honda civic . I don't think you could buy a better radio for twice what one of those sell for, you definately will not have buyers remorse with it .
Also I feed all my older rigs Batteries America batteries they perform as well or better than OEM,Some where i actualy have a spreadsheet on aftermarket batteries performance, on older Yaesu and BA comes out on top compared against all the ones available on Amazon and OEM.
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It’s a hit or miss with Batteries America. They get different batteries from different vendors. For my Icom W32, their batteries were EXACTLY like the Icom factory ones, & lasted 10 years. A friend needed a battery for a Yaesu FT-50, so I took his radio to the ham fest. Went to Batteries America, tried to attach the battery to the radio, but the fit was horrible. I tried 3 in total, but none of them would fit without a hammer. A different vendor had a battery that fit fine. I forget who. So if you are going to buy a Batteries America battery, do it at a ham fest where you can test the fit before paying. Not their fault, it just depends in the vendor of the particular battery.
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They get different batteries from different vendors.
I don't think BA is buying complete battery packs. I think they buy loose cells by the gross and buy molded cases. They then assemble the battery pack in house.

I've been dealing with BA since 1990 or so. I've gone to them looking for a battery pack for a new radio and the answer usually is that they can't get the molded cases. Of course, that business model may have changed.
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Interesting information gonna have to find a ham feat I can stop at or wait and take some time at Orlando when it comes around. Thank you very much everyone for the information

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