-- Use original equipment manufacturer's equipment. They manufacture the batteries, and different batteries use different charging patterns (rates, times, voltages, etc). While it might be cheaper to buy a no-name brand now, it isn't in 12 months when you have to replace all your batteries
-- If you are connecting it to your apparatus's electrical system, use a 12volt connection that is always live (not through the ignitian system). If it is connected to shore power, everytime you plug the truck in you will get a top up charge, which kills nickle-based batteries
-- Batteries still do not last forever. Three years is an excellent life span for a battery, and depending on use it can be closer to 24 months. Charging batteries with only 60% life left is slapping a bandaid on a sucking chest wound - just don't work.
-- Your best bet might be having a battery in the radio, a spare in the truck, and one being maintained. Perform regular conditioning/analysis cycles, and once the battery performance drops to the point where it is no longer reliable, replace it. It is a pain, it is expensive, but communications are one of those things you don't want to slack on.
P.S. Lithium Ion batteries do not have a memory as has been mentioned, but they are reportedly tempermental under temperature extremes, where our radios spend a good chunk of their life (especially our cold winters). In all batteries you can expect a significant reduction in performance when cold.
Hope that helps.
We have many different holders for different makes and models of portable radio's. The website will be update shortly to show all new products (primarily the holder for both the individual charger and radio)
Contact me through the website if you have any questions.
We are in the process of manufacturing a "Tray Holder" for the new Motorola 6 radio gang charger.
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