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Anybody use Aria Batteries with their XTS radios?

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mainegrw

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I am a cheapskate, plain and simple. My little collection of XTS radios are for hobby use only, and I don't reply on them for any emergency use as I have other comms gear for that. All that said, the majority of my aging XTS batteries are dying a slow death, and yesterday, while monitoring a local house fire on my UHF XTS3000, I found myself frustrated when the battery warning started flashing after only running for about 30 or so minutes. The battery I was using is one of two decent batteries I have on hand, the other four I have are questionable. It's a Motorola brand Ni-MH Impres battery, and when used with my XTS 5000, despite a low estimated number of charge cycles, it never is able to charge beyond 1493 mah. It is however the only actual genuine Motorola battery I have, the rest are all aftermarket or counterfeit, with the other "good" battery I have being a Rayovac that came with an EF Johnson 5100.

Not wanting to spend a lot on a new battery, but still looking for something with better life and performance, I ordered a new lithium-ion battery made by Aria Battery through an eBay seller for around $40, plus a few extra to add a protection plan. They seem to be on the up and up, just curious if anyone else has tried their batteries. Also curious if they are Impres capable or not.

BTW, I have learned to stay away from buying Motorola brand batteries from eBay, as the last one I bought was counterfeit, won't charge in a genuine charger, and when charged in an off brand charger only lasts about 5 to 10 minutes.
 

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Aftermarket batteries are hit or miss. I really recommend getting a genuine OEM Motorola battery from an authorized dealer like WISCOMM. Even though you’ll be spending more atleast you won’t be out of $40 bucks if you get an aftermarket dud battery.

I bought a slim li-ion battery for my xts5000 and it gave the radio a whole new feel. It’s lightweight and lasts 1-2 days before it needs to be recharged.
 
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RFI-EMI-GUY

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Thanks for the tip. It seems they sell NICD and NIMH for Saber Radios as well as a slew of other older models. I prefer Lithium Ion, but it is good to know there is a supply.

 
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