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Yes, but it will take longer to fully charge the battery pack. It's probably not a good idea to leave any radio on charge continuously, but the M-RK chargers appear to be smart enough to drop back to a very slow trickle charge once the battery is fully charged.
 

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No. you should always turn the radio off in a charger. This goes for all radios and batteries. Read the instruction manual if you have it or check it out on the repeater builders website.

The charger is designed to pump specific current rates into the battery to charge it properly. When the radio is on during the charge cycle, it is robbing some of the current from the battery. This results in an improperly charged battery. Repeatedly doing this will shorten the life of the battery considerably.

I would suggest buying a second battery. When you need to charge a battery just swap it with a freshly charged one and continue to listen while the other charges.
 

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Thanks

for the input. on average about how long does it take to get a full charge? and what are the different charge times with a rapid and a regular charger? (i have both)
 

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on rapid charge with an MRK extra-high cap ni-cd about 3 hours after the LED turns green so 4 to 5 hours total. on a standard slow rate charger allow for 10 to 12 hours continuous charge.

also, it not a good a good idea to leave a battery in the charger for a long time after it has finished charging.
 
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