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Sep 20, 2008
Sector 001
I have this model Kenwood I upped the power A little to much and ruined the battery how much power should I up it to without damaging the battery

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It is a 5 watt portable. It should transmit at 5 watts. There is no reason to make the radio transmit any more than 5 watts. going from 5 watts to 8 or even 10 watts will not gain you anything, but chew up your batteries faster. unless you have the proper test gear, take it to a shop and have them re-align the radio, and leave the power settings alone.


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Jul 27, 2005
Pt. Nemo
Service manual shows 3.7 to 5.2 watts with no more than 2.3 amps power draw.

Setting output power isn't enough on it's own, you need to be looking at power consumption.
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