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2180 Battery saver option

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Could someone explain this option a little better to me? I read about it in the help menu of the programming software but am still a little confused. Thanks
 

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The battery saver shuts off the receiver and periodically turns the receiver on to check for activity, if there is, it will determine if the PL/gDPL is valid, of it is, it passes audio to the speaker. If there is no activity, it shuts off the receiver until the timer expires and it checks for activity.
 

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There is a drawback to it, though...
If you are using 2 tone paging, it can sometimes miss the first tone and fail to alert.

It's a handy option to have, but if you are concerned about missing traffic, you may want to think about it first. I've played with it on NX-410's and it does make the battery last longer, but considering I can have a new battery last me two full 8 hour days at work before needing to be charged, it doesn't really do much in my case. If you -really- need to squeeze as much life out of your battery between charges as you can, then it's a valuable tool.
 

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There is a drawback to it, though...

If you are using 2 tone paging, it can sometimes miss the first tone and fail to alert.



It's a handy option to have, but if you are concerned about missing traffic, you may want to think about it first. I've played with it on NX-410's and it does make the battery last longer, but considering I can have a new battery last me two full 8 hour days at work before needing to be charged, it doesn't really do much in my case. If you -really- need to squeeze as much life out of your battery between charges as you can, then it's a valuable tool.


I had not considered the implication about 2-tone and battery save. That is an important point about 2-Tone, if you use it.

I don't use 2-tone, and have not used battery save since I had my TH-79a. Most of my portables have 2, or more, batteries so I opt to not use the battery saver.
 

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Depending on the current ones age, it may be worth buying 2 new ones, and recycle the one you are currently using.
 

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I usually drop at least 1 bar in less then 8 hrs with little traffic on the radio

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I usually drop at least 1 bar in less then 8 hrs with little traffic on the radio

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That's not bad.
The same radio chassis/same battery on the NX-410 I carry at work. It's listening to a trunked control channel full time, so it's working a bit harder. When the KNB-33L battery is brand new, and for a few years now, I can run the radio 2 full days at work, 8 hours, before needing to charge. 2 of them are now 5 years old and only get me through one day.
 

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With battery saver on would it noticeably cause the radio to be delayed when broadcasting audio through the speaker? Would it be noticeable? My 3180 has always been slower compared to other radios when audio is sent through the speaker. When other radios receive audio the audio is heard roughly 1 second prior to my radios audio being heard. I always thought it was a squelch issue.

The battery saver shuts off the receiver and periodically turns the receiver on to check for activity, if there is, it will determine if the PL/gDPL is valid, of it is, it passes audio to the speaker. If there is no activity, it shuts off the receiver until the timer expires and it checks for activity.





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