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Old 18 April 2007, 17:47   #1
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Handheld radio not holding charge

I have a handheld radio ,when I charge it the charge doesnt last any more than an hour, is the battery finished or has it developed a memory, if so can anything be done that will make it hold the charge longer?
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Old 18 April 2007, 18:38   #2
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What make is it? My bet its a Silva....
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Old 19 April 2007, 05:37   #3
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Hi,

As Tim says, give us some more info. Depending on the make it may be worth getting a new batt or the old one could be woken up a bit, which we would be happy to help with.

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Old 19 April 2007, 07:36   #4
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I have a handheld radio ,when I charge it the charge doesnt last any more than an hour, is the battery finished or has it developed a memory, if so can anything be done that will make it hold the charge longer?
Even if you do get the battery to "wake up a bit" my advice would be to replace it, its a pretty critical bit of safety equipment on my boat and the first sign of any iffy-ness it'll be going in the bin. Drifting around in the open sea with no power or a MOB or a boat filling up with water or any number of possible other scenarios might not be a good time to wonder whether saving that 50 was really worthwhile. Just my 2p!
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How old is the radio?
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The Radio is Swiftech and is about three years old not having been used much, when I press to talk the screen goes blank , but if I press the Monitor button it doesnt , i am going to buy a new one as said earlier it may let me down when I need it most.
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My experience with many of these battery-operated gizmos is that the batteries will die after a period of time, and they seem to go more quickly when they are used little.

One other thing to check (but I suspect it's a faint hope...) is that the charger may be pooched. This happened with a chordless drill of mine. I spent $90 replacing the batteries, only to discover it was the charger that was not functioning. I replaced that and now I have four batteries for my drill!
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... i am going to buy a new one.
In that case I can heartily suggest a Standard Horizon HX-270. Apart from all the usual features the replacement batteries are not over-priced, so if this happens again you know where you stand.

Expect to get one for around 130 EUR.
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or get a standard horizon hx 370, Ive just bought one and its a very goord radio. AS you can attach a fist mike to it, unlike the 270.

Send Jimbo a PM on here as he sells Standard Horizon kit and see what he can do for you.
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or the HX-500 is abit cheaper than the HX-370 but still allows the mic option.

Been using my HX-500 all day got it very very wet and still all ok

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