Digicom Global carries OEM 2 way radio batteries for both Kenwood Radios and Motorola 2-Way radios and we also private label our own brand of batteries. We use only the best Japanese cells in our batteries, and offer the same 1 year warranty at the OEM counterparts, but usually have more mAh’s in them for longer talk time and at significantly better pricing.
Types of 2 Way Radio Batteries
Nickel Cadmium (Nicad) batteries are being fazed out due to environmental issues and are being replaced with Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries which will be the new low cost alternative. They weigh about as much as a Nicad, have longer run times, but don’t have the memory problems of their predecessor. The only downside is shelf life. They drain much faster than Nicad’s when not in use so should be charged every day or two for maximum talk time. They can be charged in either trickle or rapid chargers, but will wear out faster when rapid charged.
Lithium Ion (LiIon) batteries weigh less than half of a NiMH battery, hold their charge longer and have better cold and high temperature performance than NiMH batteries. These batteries must be rapid charged for full effectiveness. Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries are the newest technology. Seemingly the most expensive batteries of the 3, however; they get roughly 200 more charge cycles than LiIon’s. A LiIon battery gets about 300 charge cycles before it starts to degrade, where a LiPo battery gets about 500 so in the long run may actually be less expensive. Additionally, LiPo batteries are even lighter than LiIon batteries so we can often pack more cells in the same size housing for maximum battery life. These batteries require rapid charging as well.
For our 2 way radio batteries pricing, please see the catalog on our Radio Accessories page.