To all of the 296,250 and other Uniden scanner owners that radios uses the original battery pack. I had a battery pack made for $15 including the batteries 4 of the AA 2500mah standard size nickel-metal hydride rechargeable. It is larger than the original pack but will fit in to the radio. I fully charged it last night. started running the 296 at 9:15 AM and is still going strong at 1:15 PM. I will post when its DEAD.