Question about Radio Communications
Blinking can be a sign of an old or shorted battery, dirty contacts, poor connection with the charger, or a battery that has been drained too low.
First, clean your battery contacts on the radio, battery and charger with a pencil eraser. Try again to charge the battery. (Be certain the radio is turned off while on the charger.)
If this does not solve the problem, try a known good battery from another radio and see if swapping batteries solves the problem. If so, replace your batteries.
If the charger blinks no matter which radio you place on the charger, you may have a problem with one of the charge contacts in the charging tray itself. Once again, process of elimination will determine which one is the culprit. Then replace the bad charger.
The batteries will have a 2 year life expectancy, and there is a date code on the battery. It is either a 3- or 4-digit number. First number of a 3-digit code is the year, followed by the week of the year. Example 324 would be 2013 the 24th week. Four digit codes are similar except the first two numbers are the year, example 1324 would be 2013 the 24th week.
Posted on Jun 16, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Radio won't charge!
I don't know that I have your solution, but I do have a few troubleshooting tips.
Flashing typically means: your battery is possibly old, bad or is not making good contact. Clean your battery contacts with a pencil eraser to ensure they are making good contact with the charger. Also check your charger contact to see that they are free of debris. They can also be carefully cleaned with an eraser. (Do not use any type of solvents on either contacts.)
Second, check the date code on your battery. It is 3 or 4 digit number on the label. Batteries last approx. 18-24 months before starting to fail. Here is how to read the code: 835 would be 2008 the 35th week. If the battery is more than 2 years old, you should consider replacing it.
It is wise to have your radio turned off while on the charger. You can cause harm to the radio if you inadvertently press the PTT while the radio is on the charger. Plus, your radio will never fully charge if left on.
Posted on Aug 31, 2008
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