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Old 07-06-2011, 6:18 PM
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I currently have a MTS2000 that I use as my personal radio for our Trunked Public Safety network. I generally have the portable off but occaisionally, on for an hour here and there. The MTS suprises me every once and a while when it gives no sign of being low then when I want to transmit it is too low.
I am getting an XTS2500 to be used the same way. I would like to just put it in the charger every night and not worry about charging one battery and then the radio and carrying both. I don't think I am up for a $130 Impres Battery, so my questions (finally, sorry) are:
1.Nicd, Lithium, or Metal battery
2. What miliamps?

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Old 07-06-2011, 6:48 PM
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How often do you charge it? Every night or just when it runs down? If you are using a nicad now and charge it every night, that might be your problem. I would go nickle-metal and the high end on maH.
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Old 07-06-2011, 7:12 PM
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For that kind of operation use a SLOW charger. NMh batteries do better in this kind of service.
Slow charge the battery about the same length of time you use the radio to listen.

Do Not leave your battery in the charger, it will get overcharged even in a slow charger and will not be able to work correctly.

No indication of a low battery from your radio. Option, Low Battery Alert, not programmed in radio.
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Thank you for the answers. What I currently do is carry the radio and hope it doesn't suprise me with a battery that is too low to transmit while charging the other battery. At night (most) I switch and charge the one I have carried for the day or so depending on how much I have used it.
Ok, so here is the scary question, if I had an Impres charger and battery, could I just plop in the charger each night?
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Yes you could. But I would still leave it on all day. It is just not good to charge the battery that long and not run it down no matter what the chemistry. Impres would help but i really don't see it as necessary. I carry a vhf and uhf every day and they never get turned off. One of my batterys is 08 other is 07.
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IMPRES batteries are incredibly resilient to memory, they start around $71 if you know where to purchase from.
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Old 07-07-2011, 7:38 AM
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Thank you all. Where would you suggest I look for $71 Impres Batteries?
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Old 07-07-2011, 7:42 AM
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Also, take a look at Cut-Rate Batteries in TN; I get LiIon Saber batteries from them, short ones rated at 1900 mAh, for about $71 plus shipping, and I swear it's the same unit on sale everywhere else for $110.

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Old 07-07-2011, 9:31 AM
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dont jack around with aftermarket or non-impres batteries. i have been carrying the same impres battery on my xts5000 portable for 4+ years now. it only holds about 65% charge but i can still use it for 24 hours. go ahead and spend the money on a good impres battery and an impres charger, it will save you money down the road. its kinda one of those deals pay for it now or pay for it later. if you chose not to go with the impres system you will just have to buy more batteries down the road because you wont get as much service life out of them.
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As others have said, Impres is the way to go. The charger will condition the battery as needed and the overall usable life is fantastic. My non-impress batteries on other portables pale in comparison to the impres batts on my 2500. I have purchased from WisCom and they are a good source.
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go ahead and spend the money on a good impres battery and an impres charger, it will save you money down the road. its kinda one of those deals pay for it now or pay for it later. if you chose not to go with the impres system you will just have to buy more batteries down the road because you wont get as much service life out of them.
I can buy 4 knockoffs for the price of one impres that in the long run will last significantly longer. Not trying to rain on your parade by any means, but if you know what you are looking for, and know how to take care of a battery, there is no need for a fancy battery with a fuel gauge on it and a hundred dollar+ charger to boot.

If you can afford it, than by all means, buy the most expensive stuff out there. But what should be clear is although impres might be a want, it's not a need. Good luck.
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I can buy 4 knockoffs for the price of one impres that in the long run will last significantly longer. Not trying to rain on your parade by any means, but if you know what you are looking for, and know how to take care of a battery, there is no need for a fancy battery with a fuel gauge on it and a hundred dollar+ charger to boot.

If you can afford it, than by all means, buy the most expensive stuff out there. But what should be clear is although impres might be a want, it's not a need. Good luck.
I disagree. As other have said, the Impres battery systems are worth it. I know my battery is good, every time I turn it on. You won't have that assurance with anything else other then the Impres battery line. I can't take the chance, or deal with the frustration, of a dead battery 1hr, or 7hrs into a shift!
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Thanks for the link. It has proved useful. I was looking for an additional battery for my department issued XTS2500.
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I have two MTS's that I use for personal use and some personal work, and they all have aftermarket stuff. Never had any issues, but then again I do charge pretty often.

For your application IMRPES is probably your best bet.
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Go with Impress batteries and chargers. Sure they are a bit more expensive but are worth it. I use nothing but Impress for my XTS2500's and never had a battery failure. It's pretty neat the charger detects when it's time for a conditioning session.
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