7 Tips to Improve Your Two-Way Radio Battery Life

Those of us in businesses that use two-way radios as opposed to cell phones know the reasons why. There is a durability and a reliability that you just can’t get with conventional cell phones, not to mention most modern smartphones have plenty of apps that distract more than assist. In addition, those apps also drain the battery. While longer battery life is a benefit to two-way radios, even the best digital two-way radio is going to have its limitations.

As with most things, there are right and wrong ways to store and care for your radios to get the maximum use from your batteries. Here are seven different two-way radio battery saving tips to get the most use out of your radio.

Fully discharge your batteries

You’ve likely heard a similar tip for use in extending the life of smartphones as well, and the same holds true for two-way radios. The reason has to with a phenomena known as the ‘memory effect.’ Basically, if you usually charge your battery at 20%, it may begin to only hold a charge up until that point, “remembering’ that position. By fully discharging the battery before recharging, you ensure getting the best charge. Charging your battery overnight for the first time is also a good idea. (This is called initializing.)


No extreme temperatures

It goes without saying extreme temps aren’t great for technology in general. Batteries do best when charged at temps above 40 degrees and below 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature range is the best for extending battery life.

Don’t leave radios in chargers

A radio should not be left in its charger for long periods of time. Not only does the constant charge degrade the ability of the battery to hold a charge, but it can heat up the battery which also decreases its life span. It’s also a good idea to cycle batteries out on the same radio so one is always fully charged and so you can fully discharge the first battery with confidence.

Digital is the way to go for extra battery life

While there are plenty of reasons to upgrade from analog, battery life is yet another one. Analog radios send out a continuous signal which drains the battery faster. The best digital two-way radios like RCA BR200Ds use tech known as Time Division Multiple Access which cycles the signal on and off rapidly, effectively saving about one-third to one-half of the battery of an analog.

Keep it brief

A relatively straightforward tip — use your radio less! Obviously not applicable in all situations but the more time spent on the radio will eat up more battery life. Keeping it short and sweet on a regular basis can add up, so maintain discipline and cut back on the chatter and jokes.

Use the right battery

Even with the best battery care, you will need to replace the batteries for your radios every 18 to 24 months on average. Lithium ion batteries hold the longest charge, weigh the least and produce the least amount of heat of conventional battery options. Two-Way Radio Battery

Turn off the junk you don’t need

Some sophisticated digital two-way radios have features like GPS, text and display functions and the like — and they all drain the battery. Most people don’t even need them. Disabling these functions and dialing back the screen lighting can help reduce battery usage.

When applied in concert, you can achieve many more hours of usage on your radio and improve overall battery performance.

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The Best P25 Two-Way Radios for Emergency Preparedness

When an emergency strikes, instant and dependable communication is the best way to get crews organized and the situation under control with minimum risk.

Radios which meet the P25 CAP specifications fit the bill, and are the de facto standard for fire, police, and ambulance departments nationwide due to their ruggedness and interoperability regardless of the manufacturer. There is only one problem: because these radios are expensive, most municipalities have relied on federal grant money to acquire them…and this grant money has dried up.

P25 radios are in reach of everyone’s budget, however, if you know how to buy smart.


Why the RCA RPX4500/4600 are the best P25 radios for emergency preparedness

RCA’s biggest P25 competitor is the Motorola APX Series. At costs of up to $5,000 per radio, or even more, this places them out of the realm of reality for many buyers.

Fortunately, the RCA RPX4500 and RPX4600 are just as good as the Motorola APX series in my opinion, but the huge difference is that you can get five or six P25 radios for the price of one Motorola! That is a BIG DEAL for those on tight budgets.

The RCA RPX4500/4600 compete head to head with other P25 two-way radios in the following categories:

  • Clarity
  • Encryption
  • Dual-mode operation
  • Ease-of-use
  • Durability
  • Waterproofing
  • Great battery life
  • Warranty

As you can see, RCA has all the bases covered.

Where we definitely “got ‘em beat”

On the last bullet point above, “Warranty,” buying a P25 radio through us has a definite advantage. We offer a 4 YEAR WARRANTY on the RCA RPX4500/4600 radios, and we service them with our own highly trained, in-house technicians.

Our average turn around? 5 business days. With free expedited shipping both ways.

What happens if your P25 CAP compliant radio needs servicing through our competitors? First of all, Motorola only gives you a two-year warranty. Ours is double that. Second, when you ship back to your dealer, they don’t have the parts on hand and the techs on staff like we do.

So guess what? They have to ship to the factory for your repair — which can take as long as NINETY days to get your two-way radio back. Jeesh.

I do have good news for you though. Even if you buy the competing brand at another dealer, we can fix it here for you at the same great terms, free shipping and everything.

Test one out with no strings attached.

For serious buyers who meet our qualifications, I can send a test radio for you to try out. I am positive that when you use it for a while, you are going to want to keep it and buy more for your department.

Here is a testimonial from one satisfied customer:

“Wanted to let you know we’ve been using the radios we purchased from you guys and we are extremely happy with the product. These are by the far the best radios amongst the Minesweeping ships out here forward deployed. We truly appreciate it. ” — Lt. Danny Nin, USS Defender

Please call me, Ben Burns, at 877-401-3659 from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time for more details or any questions.



Must-Have Accessories for your Two-Way Radio

When considering a two-way radio purchase, there are some must-have accessories you should think about buying from the get-go. In this way, you avoid an “I really wish I had a…” moment later on. Or worse, you can risk damaging your radio because you don’t have the right protection for the environment it will be used in.

I put together a list of a few of the most useful two-way radio accessories. If you are shopping for two-way radios right now, then you also want to check out the special deal I put together which includes your choice of accessory, at the bottom of the page.

Now, onto the list!



A headset is a must-have accessory if you want to avoid lifting your radio up to your mouth every time you wish to speak. There are several types available, including:

  • Lightweight headset: these pair a light earpiece or two with a PTT button on the cable for convenience.
  • Bluetooth headset: same as above, but the headset is wireless and connects to your existing radio via a Bluetooth adapter.
  • Surveillance kit: for maximum discretion, this comfortable earpiece and label microphone/PTT button combo are ideal for restaurants, security companies, and trade shows.
  • Skull microphones: made for emergency workers and construction personnel, these microphones transmit sound through vibrations in the skull bones and feature a very large tactical PTT button for use with cumbersome gloves.

Carry Accessories


Different people like different methods to carry their two-way radio around with them. Here are a few popular ones.

  • Belt clips: are a basic accessory item, and fine for most users who can simply hang their two-way radio over a belt or pant waist.
  • Holsters: these protect your radio from bumps and scratches better compared to belt clips, and also make it easier to access your radio.
  • Waterproof radio bag: protect your two-way radio in wet or dirty environments while still being able to transmit and hear with a durable waterproof bag which is flexible enough for you to push the PTT button.

Extra Batteries & Charging Stations

You can never have enough “juice,” so one of the most important accessories for any two-way radio owner is an extra battery or two. We carry a huge selection of extra batteries for most models. Including hi-capacity replacements for the stock ones that come with every radio. A very worthwhile purchase, as you don’t want to be stuck in a hazardous situation with a low battery, which affects your signal.

Another recommended item: a multi-bank charging station (also known as a multi-unit charger) provides a convenient way to charge multiple units and ensure your radios are returned to a central location at the end of each shift. Popular models can charge up to six units at a time.


Did any of the above pique your interest? Right now, you can get a special bundle of six top-quality radios PLUS a six-bank charger PLUS six accessories of your choice (such as surveillance kits or speaker mics) at a great discount.

Click the pic below for more details!Two Way Radio Accessories

Two-Way Radio Repair – RCA or Motorola: Who Gives the Best After-Sales Support?

Hidden key factors you never think of when looking for the lowest bidder

When you shop for 2 way radios, price is often the top consideration. But I have seen it happen too often where it becomes the only consideration.

The hunt for a good deal can blind buyers to what REALLY makes a smart purchase, and as you can imagine it never comes down to just cost.

SUPPORT and TWO-WAY RADIO REPAIR SERVICES are huge factors, but ones hardly anyone think about until it is too late.

The last time you got terrible service, did you think “Well, I don’t care so much about the fact that I cannot get my device fixed, or even someone to return my call, because it was so CHEAP?” Probably not. Instead, you probably sat there with your blood boiling, wishing you had bought somewhere else, even if you paid more.

A Win-Win with RCA

With all that being said, there is a way to get the best of both worlds. When you buy your two-way radios from me (an authorized RCA distributor), you not only get superior after-sales support and repair services, but you are also going to save a lot of money when compared with Motorola radios.

I don’t mean just in the purchase price (and yes, RCA radios are more affordable). I mean in the hidden factors you hardly ever think about:

  • SHIPPING: How much will your Motorola dealer charge you for shipping when your unit is busted? I pay the shipping to service your radios, back and forth. It’s totally free to send in – if my techs cannot repair the unit I will send it back to you on my dime.
  • ALL BRANDS: Motorola fixes Motorola. That’s it. But my techs can fix most competitors’ two-way radios. It doesn’t matter which brand, they do most models even if you bought yours at another dealer.
  • SERVICE CHARGES: Remember to add the diagnostic fee to the price of your radio if you send it in to be serviced somewhere else. Most shops charge just to look at your radio if it is out of warranty, but not Discount Two-Way Radio. There is no charge to evaluate your repair job here, nor to ship it like I said before. It’s a very risk-free offer!
  • AVAILABILITY: Discount Two-Way Radio has the longest support hours of anyone in the industry: 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM Pacific Time, which is 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM Eastern Time.
  • IN-HOUSE TECHS: I don’t take your radios and ship them off to the manufacturer for them to deal with. I have six highly trained technicians with brand new, top of the line service monitors to get your job done right. The buck stops here.
  • FAST TURNAROUND: How would you like to wait two to three months for your walkie-talkies to be returned to you. You probably wouldn’t like that at all, but it happens a lot at other dealers. Well, we turn most jobs around in FIVE DAYS around here. Super fast. And did I mention the free shipping? : )

I could go on and on. But the moral of the story is this: consider the hidden factors related to support and repair service when shopping around for two-way radios.

Ben Burns

877-401-3659 call me or my staff any time for a quick quote on your 2 way radio repairs.

Discount Two-Way Radio – Which Brand is the Best (RCA BR200D, Motorola, Kenwood, etc.)?

When searching for an affordable two-way radio, buyers have a few choices. RCA, Kenwood, Motorola and Vertex all make models in the sub $300 range.

Each has its strengths and weaknesses, so which brand is the best?

Models come and go, but for the perfect combination of rugged dependability and affordability, you can rarely go wrong with an RCA two-way radio.

Right now, I am a huge fan of the RCA BR200D. I have sold hundreds of these radios and my customers don’t have any problems with them. In fact, they rave about them!

They work straight out of the box and fulfill the needs of most two-way radio users, including manufacturers, schools, security services, hotels and more. They simply do the job. When you’ve got a million other things to take care, of the last thing you need to worry about is dealing with a fussy, flimsy, static-filled radio you can barely hear. That’s why I recommend this one – it’s SIMPLE, LOUD and WORKS GREAT.

Before I discuss some of the features of the BR200D (and tell you about a special offer), check out what Erik Estrada (“Ponch” from CHiPS, and a real-life sheriff’s deputy) has to say about RCA 2way radios.

Features of the RCA BR200D 

  • Loud, Clear Audio – The RCA BR200D has amazing sound quality, producing crisp audio that is 50 percent louder than Motorola’s competing (and more expensive) radio.
  • 16 Channels– allows specific departments or groups to have their own channel.
  • 6 Inch Antenna – provides excellent coverage.
  • Analog/Digital Modes – You can save money by buying the radio in analog mode, and then upgrading to digital when you need it via a simple software upgrade.
  • Programmable Top Emergency Button – alarm button sounds emergency signal, and can be customized to transmit voice and/or radio identity… or other options.
  • Dual Programmable Side Buttons– place your favorite features at your fingertips.
  • Long Life Battery – the BR200D comes with a 1700mAh Li-Ion Battery standard which lasts approximately 14 hours.
  • Compact – lightweight design and small size make it comfortable to use during long shifts.
  • Privacy – scrambling/encryption protects from interception.
  • Voice Recording– records and stores messages up to 60 seconds.
  • Stun/Kill/Revive– this feature permits the radio administrator to disable radio to protect communications from prying ears if it is lost or stolen.
  • Signaling– 2-Tone, 5-Tone, DTMF Encode/Decode and MDC1200 Encode: PTT ID (identifies outbound calls), Individual/Group Call (receive/place calls from specific individuals or groups), Call Alert (tone indicates new inbound call), and Alarm (sounds alarm or notifies system administrator of emergency).
  • Compatible – currently using the Motorola CP200D? You’ll be happy to know the RCA BR200D is compatible with your system. In fact, it is compatible with any other DMR Digital radio on the market. Even your Motorola accessories are usable, thanks to RCA’s two prong right angle connector.
  • Warranty – industry leading three-year warranty.
  • Service – should you ever need your RCA radio serviced, we offer free shipping for both in-warranty and paid repairs.

Interested in buying the RCA BR200D two-way radio? We have them in stock right now. Call and place your order before 4 p.m. Pacific Time, 7 p.m. Eastern, and you could have your fully programmed and functional radio tomorrow morning!

Need to outfit a whole department? CALL ME NOW. I am running a special right now where you get a FREE RCA BR200D when you buy five.

Still not convinced? I believe so strongly that RCA has the superior radio that, if you qualify, I will send you a free demo unit for you to test and return when you are done – no strings attached. Call for details on this LIMITED TIME OFFER 877-401-3659.

Ben Burns