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Motorola XTS3000 Battery after 10 years

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Hi all, first post!

I recently inherited an old Motorola XTS3000 model III. It was sitting idle in our garage for maybe 10+ years until I recently found it. I ordered a charger for it yesterday, but understand that the battery may be dead or even dangerous. Is that true?

If its dead, is it possible to revive it? I saw a few videos on YouTube that said you can "jump start" a dead battery similar by giving it a higher voltage directly to the terminals (maybe using a 9v battery)?

Is this dangerous? Is it effective? I would hate to have to purchase another battery.

Thanks!
 

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I would discard the battery simply on the premise that it is 10 years old. Even when used without being abused, they only have a finite life cycle. Your battery is well past that. If you search the right places you'll find new or new-old-stock batteries on the cheap. Example, I paid $65 shipped for 2 impres (not impress) batteries, never once charged with date codes of 2014 and 2015.

You also might want to get the XTS3k aligned on a service monitor, they don't p25 very well when out of alignment.
 
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It's rare to find a 10 year old nicad battery that will even take 10 percent of its rated charge.

It's not going to blow up or anything but even if the battery was NOS in the original box and had never been charged before, it's likely to be bad and won't take a charge.
 
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It's rare to find a 10 year old nicad battery that will even take 10 percent of its rated charge.
I've got a stack of Nicad XTS and Jedi batteries with 2006 date codes. All of them will charge to 60-90 percent of their rated capacity.

The issue for older batteries is self-discharge, the older they are, they discharge with no load in a few days.

But yes, a decade old battery is a decade old battery. Should never be relied upon for duty use.
 
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Any recommendations on what battery I should go for? I've heard a few buzz words in my Googling.

(again, pardon my noob status)
 
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If not going with a Motorola OEM battery, check out the guys at Power Products, they have some great solutions. Even some nice Li-Ion solutions for select radio models (I run their Li-ions on my Astro Sabers…).
 
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If not going with a Motorola OEM battery, check out the guys at Power Products, they have some great solutions. Even some nice Li-Ion solutions for select radio models (I run their Li-ions on my Astro Sabers…).
Do you have a link for the Li-Ion battery? And what charger is required?
 

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I've bought multiple batteries from Imax Expert on Ebay. 6 XTS3000 Batts (For myself and Friends) and a HT1250 for a buddy. Never had a issue! Works/ed as great as a Moto one if you as me!
 
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