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GMSR and Batteries

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Apr 18, 2012
I was wondering if anyone had read about the new 1.6V AA rechargable batteries or tried them. I'm trying to find the web site about them, I want to study up on them, I think they were $20.00 for 4 plus the charger.
With a GMRS radio that uses 6V, the stock battery pack should give full power, but not last as long as a set of 1.6V (4) rechargables with more capacity.
The 1.6 V batteries will give an extra .4V. I doubt this would burn up the transmitter (but am not sure) and might even give slightly more power to the antenna and still stay legal due to loss from the finals to the antenna output.

Any thoughts on this and what have you found has worked the best as far a voltage vs. battery life Vs. transmission range.
With 4 1.2V rechargable batteries, voltage to the transmitter will be down 1.6V which should lower the output power. If so does anyone know how much and if it is a major or minor thing as far as range of transmission goes.

I have a mill and am thinking of milling a plastic piece the same size as the battery pack with a plug in, then using a seperate battery pack with 5 rechargable AA cells. This would give me the full 6 V.

I was thinking about D cells, but if I rember correctly, they have no more capacity that the AA's, just more size. The AA battery pack would be far easier to carry also.

Your ides and thought would be appriciated.

Thank You, John
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