How Often Should I Replace My Two Way Radio Batteries?

The purpose of this blog post is to help you get the most out of your two way radio batteries.  A very common question is, “How often should I replace my two way radio batteries?”

Answer:  You should replace your two way radio batteries every 12 to 18 months.

Note: Motorola and Vertex Standard two way radio batteries are covered by a 1-year warranty.  If your battery breaks within the warranty, we’d be more than happy to assist you in getting a new battery pack through the warranty.  If your battery is out of the warranty, we have great prices for new batteries on our website:  www.TwoWayRadiosFor.com

Advice if you notice your battery is wearing out:  Before replacing your two way radio battery, make sure the battery really is the problem.  Sometimes the charger may be the issue, not the battery.  You can test this by charging the struggling battery on a different charger and seeing if it works.

How to Prolong Your Battery Life

  1. Turn the radio off while it’s charging
  2. Don’t leave it on the charger for more than one night at a time
  3. Wipe it off regularly with a napkin or paper towel to prevent dust/grime build up
  4. Store the battery in a dry place at room temperature (extreme environments and temperatures are not good for the life of the battery)
  5. Try to run them all the way down before recharging them – excessive charging wears the life down
  6. Replace batteries older than 18 months – batteries will wear out after 12 to 18 months

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Why Two Way Radios Instead of Cell Phones?

The purpose of this blog post is to list some of the many reasons why your business should use two way radios instead of cell phones.  Below we have listed five of the most important reasons:

1.      You Save Money

Yes, that is correct.  Two way radios cost less than cell phones.  Two way radios are a one-time fee, whereas cell phones have monthly fees and data plans. Two way radios have NO monthly fees.  Once you buy the two way radio, it’s yours free and clear.

2.      Two Way Radios Increase Efficiency

With two way radios, you can instantly communicate with all of your employees at the same time.  No more missed phone calls, wondering if someone got your message, or having to call multiple people relaying the same message to each person individually.  With a two way radio, you push the talk button, relay your message one time, and every one of your employees with a two way radio heard the message.  This will increase efficiency tremendously.

Cell phones are not only expensive, but also time consuming.  You have to communicate with each person individually, and you never know if they’ll answer their phone or not.

3.      Two Way Radios Ensure Responsibility among Employees

When an employee is on their cell phone, you can never be sure if it’s a work call or a personal call.  There is no way to ensure work time is being maximized for productivity.  With two way radios, you never have to worry about this.  If an employee is communicating with their two way radio, you can have confidence that they are getting work done, making your business the most efficient, effective, and profitable it can be.

Furthermore, you know that everyone with a two way radio heard your message, so employees cannot use the excuse, “I didn’t get your voicemail, text, or phone call,” anymore.  If they miss a meeting, don’t get a job done, etc., they can’t use the communication device as an excuse.

4.      Two Way Radios are Built to Last

Two way radios are durable.  They are built with specific industries in mind to make sure the job gets done right.  Not only are two way radios trusted by heavy duty industries such as construction and manufacturing, they are also trusted by police, fire fighters, safety & rescue, and military.  Two way radios are built to withstand rigorous use, so you know you’re getting a good return on your investment.  Cell phones are not durable enough for most jobs, as they break easily, and are also expensive to replace.

5.      Two Way Radios Have Superior Speaker Quality

If you’re in a loud environment, two way radios make sure you are heard.  Communication is never a problem.  Cell phones don’t have loud enough speakers to ensure clear communication.  In most jobs it is vital that the message gets across clearly and accurately.  Two way radios are designed to make sure that happens.

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All Charged Up is a leader in radio communications and transportation solutions for businesses across the United States and takes pride in providing the best service and products at the lowest prices in the industry. All Charged Up provides Motorola and Vertex Standard two way radios and accessories, as well as ratchet tie down straps and tie down accessories, made with webbing manufactured in America. All Charged Up is made up of two branches: TwoWayRadiosFor and www.TieDownsPlus.com

What is a Watt in Regards to Two Way Radios?

What is a watt in regards to Two Way Radios?

Answer:  In regards to two way radios, a watt is a measure of power that translates to range.  This blog post will answer any questions you may have about two way radio watts.

How many watts do two way radios come with?

That depends on the model you are using.  Handheld two way radios are available in the following watts: 1-watt, 2-watt, 4-watt, and 5-watt.  5-watts is the maximum wattage for handheld radios.  Below is a breakdown of each of the watts:

1-watt: 1-watt is the minimum wattage for handheld two way radios.  1-watt two way radios typically provide coverage up to 200,000 sq. ft., 15 floors.  In line of sight situations outdoors, you can expect to reach around 1 mile depending on your surroundings.  1-watt radios are popular in many industries, including: restaurants, retail, smaller hotels, bowling alleys, furniture stores, and countless others.

2-watts:  2-watt two way radios typically provide coverage up to 250,000 sq. ft., 20 floors. You can expect to communicate from 1 to 2 miles depending on your surroundings.  2-watt radios are popular in many industries, including: construction, movie theatres, schools, and many others.

4-watts: 4-watt two way radios typically provide coverage up to 350,000 sq. ft., 30 floors.  You can expect to communicate from 2 to 4 miles depending on your surroundings.  4-watt radios are popular in many similar industries as 2-watts, and many others, including:  construction, schools, colleges, large hotels, and others.

5-watts: 5-watts is the maximum wattage for handheld two way radios.  With a 5-watt two way radio, you can expect to communicate from 2 to 5 miles, or perhaps further, all depending on your surroundings.  5-watt radios are popular in countless industries, including:  golf courses, manufacturing, construction, large schools, colleges, large hotels, and many others.

How do I get more range than 5-watts?

Great question!  You could use mobile radios, which have much higher wattges.  If you want to get more than 5-watts of power out of your handheld radios, then you would have to use a repeater system in conjunction with your handheld radios.

Maximum range depends on your surroundings.  Typically the maximum range for a handheld radio is 5-watts, though it is possible to get more depending on your surroundings.  If you use a mobile or portable repeater, you can expect to get up to 8 miles or more depending on your surroundings.

For range greater than that, you will need to use a repeater tower.  Repeater towers are a series of antennas that can give coverage through large areas, including towns and cities.  Unless you build your own repeater tower, you will need to rent the right to use someone else’s.

Where can I find someone to rent the right to use their repeater tower?

Another great question.  You have a lot of options.  The easiest way is probably to talk to a local taxi cab company and see who they use.  You can also talk to local Safety & Rescue, such as the police station or fire station.  Local radio dealers may be able to help you as well.

I am experiencing static/interference, etc.  Do I need more wattage/range to fix this?

Maybe.  Before spending money on getting more powerful radios or repeaters, try reprogramming your radios to different frequencies and codes so that you are operating on different frequencies than other businesses around you.  This may fix any static/interference problems you may be experiencing.

You can utilize the programming information resources on our website,www.TwoWayRadiosFor.com, to help you with this process.  The link will take you to various programming cables, cloning cables, and software that we sell for different two way radio series, as well programming instructions for some of the series.

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What is a Two Way Radio Channel?

What is a Two Way Radio Channel?

Answer:  In regards to two way radios, a channel is a line of communication.  This blog post will answer any questions you may have about two way radios channels.  Here’s the breakdown:

How many channels do two way radios come with?

That depends on the model you are using.  In a broad sense, there are two kinds of two way radios:

Digital: Digital radios operate through groups, which allow for one-to-one communication, as well as one-to-many communication.  One-to-one communication is only possible with digital radios, not analog.

Analog:  Analog radios operate through channels, which are lines of communication.  Channels can only yield one-to-many communication, notone-to-one communication.  Some analog two way radios have only 1-channel, while others have 2-channels, 10-channels, or 16-channels, and so on.  It depends on the model.  Usually the higher the wattage of the radio, the more channels the radio will have.

How many channels do I need?

Great question!  It depends on your application.  If you want everyone in your business to always be able to communicate with everyone else at all times, and hear everything everyone else is saying at all times, then you only need 1-channel.  If you want different groups of people to be able to communicate to each other apart from the whole group, then you need multiple channels.  It is easiest to understand in examples:

An Example of an application that only needs 1-channel:

A restaurant is one example of an application that may want to use only 1-channel.  They want everyone to be able to hear each other at all times to make sure everything gets done efficiently and correctly.  There are no excuses when everyone has to be on the same channel because everyone knows that you heard the information that was communicated.  However, restaurants can utilize multiple channels if they wish: hostesses, servers, managers, kitchen staff, etc.

            An Example of an application that needs multiple channels:  

A school has several departments: administration, janitorial staff, teachers, security.  Schools usually want each of these groups to have their own channel to communicate on.  For example, administration on channel 1, janitorial staff on channel 2, teachers on channel 3, and security on channel 4.  Having multiple channels is not only efficient, but also practical: the administration doesn’t want to hear the janitorial staff talking about every plumbing problem that the school has.

Do I have to use all the channels that my two way radio comes with?

No, even if your radio has 16-channels, you can only use channel 1 if you want.  You can use as many or as few channels as works for you.

Note:  You cannot add more channels to a radio than it comes with.  If a radio comes with 1-channel, then you only have 1 channel to use – you cannot add more channels to it.  The same is true for 2-channel radios, 4-channel radios, 10-channel radios, 16-channel radios, etc.

I am experiencing static/interference, etc.  Do I need multiple channels to fix this?

No, you can utilize the programming information resources on our website,www.TwoWayRadiosFor.com, to hopefully fix any static/interference problems you may be experiencing.

If you are using a CLS Series radio, click here for easy, step-by-step instructions on how to re-program them.

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About All Charged Up

All Charged Up is a leader in radio communications and transportation solutions for businesses across the United States and takes pride in providing the best service and products at the lowest prices in the industry. All Charged Up provides Motorola and Vertex Standard two way radios and accessories, as well as ratchet tie down straps and tie down accessories, made with webbing manufactured in America. All Charged Up is made up of two branches: www.TwoWayRadiosFor.com and www.TieDownsPlus.com