No. The new battery should fit correctly. If you have to modify it to work...shame on uniden.So you're saying that a consumer of a $700 radio should have to take to it with a file and modify/alter the thing to achieve proper operation? And that even if it is a design flaw, it's somehow the OP's fault and he "broke it"?
Seems to me this radio should be placed inside a cabinet next to grandma's fine china, never to be touched again.
This radio has a different charger than previous models. It's designed to be charged in the radio. It could be called a semi-smart charger. It reads the battery strength where the others simply applied charging voltage for a specific time. I called it semi-smart because it's for charging only and not reviving, testing, etc., the battery.I can already see the direction that will be coming from the fanboys in this thread....
"Why are you swapping batteries in the first place? Just charge the one you have in the radio and there is no reason to remove the battery door."
Of course, this goes against the advice given in so many other threads about in-radio charging, but if it solves the problem without Uniden getting any blame, then it's the right answer. The fact Uniden came out with an external charger just for this battery is irrelevant.
LOL, one insensitive guy puts some blame on the OP, followed by multiple sympathetic replies from other SDS owners, and we're all terrible awful fanboys shifting blame away from Uniden? You Uniden bashers are just as childish as the few true Uniden fanboys. Priceless.
Anyway, I have both the large and small batteries and haven't noticed any difference in the clip force. Could be I just naturally adopted the habit of firmly seating the door before latching - seems to make sense considering there's a o-ring gasket there. I don't see any issue with the battery door design (almost identical to my little Icoms, which have taken many ugly falls), but it's certainly possible that the clip isn't sufficiently strong. Could be a simple material property adjustment - looks like there may even be a little room to beef it up a bit. Anyway, mountain from molehill (for some) as it currently stands. The battery redesign wasn't expected, so I'm not surprised there may still be some growing pains ahead.
I second this. I don't know if the SDS100 will perform any better than my BCD325P2 or my other radios (and they all will perform better when I move some day) but at the moment what I have works.As with all newly manufactured devices im sure we are starting to now see an issue with the quality of the materials or design (small battery vs big battery) or a combination of a few things start to happen with normal use over 6 months.
I was thinking of getting an SDS100 for Christmas. I have been fortunate enough to borrow one on several occassions and liked it. However im not in a position where i NEED one. My other radios and scanners are doing the job. Going to sit back and see if any more of these latch issues creep up.
Just in case you need one for your 436hp. 9.99 for a cheap piece of plastic.I guess this shouldn't surprise me, but $11.00 for a cheap piece of plastic ?.
Parts have always been highly marked up from manufacturers. I recall a story from the 70's that estimated it would cost you about $25,000 to order the parts that made up a Chevy Vega that sold new for about $2,300.I guess this shouldn't surprise me, but $11.00 for a cheap piece of plastic ?.