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Benefits of Motorola Batteries and Chargers

Motorola Solutions offers different sizes, capacities and types of batteries and chargers to meet a wide variety of user requirements. Understanding the benefits of these technologies, and the advantages of Motorola Original batteries, will enable you to select the best energy system to help ensure your radio is always ready to use when you need it.

Simply put, your radio is only as reliable as the battery that powers it. So using the right battery and charger with the radio can add real value for users by providing a complete, customised solution that they can rely on. And for Motorola’s Authorised Channel Partners, providing the right energy system with the radios can help increase customer satisfaction and generate additional revenue.

RELIABILITY YOU CAN TRUST

Motorola original batteries are “Proven Tough” for reliability and performance. Our Design Engineers draw on vast experience from radio user feedback, thousands of hours of simulation and testing and years of real-life usage that enables them to design energy solutions you can trust to perform when needed. Heavier duty casings, sturdier internal circuitry, better shock absorbing materials and premium quality cells all add up to reliable, high-performing energy solutions that can withstand the electrical shocks and physical bumps and drops they will encounter in every-day use. And, of course, all Motorola batteries and chargers are tested with our radios as a complete system to ensure they comply with all the relevant regulatory standards set out by ETSI, European Union and local laws.

BATTERY PACK CONSTRUCTION

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There is a lot more to a Motorola two-way radio battery pack than just the battery. The cells form the heart of the battery pack, but careful design of all the other components of the pack are required to optimise both electrical and mechanical performance under a wide range of conditions. Internal circuitry, connectors, adhesive pads and insulators all contribute to battery performance and reliability. Support trays, spacers, gaskets and housings have to protect the cells and look good with the radio. Motorola’s Energy Design Centre of Excellence, combines all these elements to ensure all our batteries will perform in the most difficult and demanding conditions.

FLEX CIRCUITRY vs. WIRES

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Wires need to be stripped and soldered by hand creating weaknesses and potential points of failure both in production and in use. Flex circuitry allows for more consistent manufacturing quality enabling safe and reliable connections between cells. Flex circuitry is also capable of withstanding significantly more knocks, drops and vibration so can better resist the abuse of daily use throughout the life of the battery. Motorola uses flex circuitry in our battery packs to help ensure superior quality, performance and reliability. 

ADHESIVE PADS vs. GLUE

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Using glue to hold the batteries in place can be unreliable – it isUsing glue to hold the batteries in place can be unreliable – it iseasy to use too much or too little and the glue can creep betweenbatteries and displace the cells. Instead, Motorola uses adhesivepads: they can be controlled and placed precisely, allowing qualityproduction time after time. Pads also provide better shock andvibration absorption helping improve long-term reliability. 

INTER-CELL INSULATION vs. NO INSULATION

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Using no insulation means shocks and heat can easily transfer from one battery to another. Motorola physically insulate between cells to ensure they do not butt up against each other, helping prevent shock which can cause damage from transferring between cells when the battery is dropped. Inter-cell insulation can also prevent temperature changes generated through charge or discharge from transferring between cells, helping improve reliability..

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE AND QUALITY STANDARDS

Regulatory compliance is not just a legal requirement, but can help protect the health and safety of radio users and those around them. Motorola ensures our batteries and chargers meet all relevant standards, including those for RF energy exposure, conducted emissions and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). Non-Motorola batteries do not always meet these criteria, and have even been known to cause the radio to fail. We also apply rigorous quality procedures to both design and manufacture so users can be confident that their Motorola radio and battery meet requirements for performance, reliability and legal compliance.

IMPRES ENERGY FOR IMPROVED RETURN ON INVESTMENT AND EXTENDED BATTERY LIFETIME

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Motorola standard batteries deliver good performance and lifecycles, but for even greater dependability, we developed the innovative Intelligent Motorola Portable Radio Energy System (IMPRES). IMPRES Energy is unique to Motorola and comprises batteries, chargers and a communications interface between the IMPRES battery and radio, all combining to provide improved availability and lifetime. IMPRES manages how much charge the battery needs, optimizing and adapting the charging cycle specific to each individual battery, ensuring that battery is in best possible shape when you need it.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT BATTERY

BatteryWhen workers rely on their radio for safety or efficient operations, poor performance from cheap batteries can be a false economy. To select the right battery, it is important to consider the required performance, not just the initial purchase price.

CAPACITY: If the radio will be busy, making lots of calls, transmitting GPS location updates or connecting to Bluetooth® devices, then consider a higher battery capacity to help last through the entire shift.

CHEMISTRY TYPE: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries have higher energy density so are smaller and lighter than Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), but NiMH batteries are able to work at lower temperatures.

INTRINSIC SAFETY: WiIl the radio be used in potentially explosive environments? For EU and EFTA countries, only ATEX-certified radios can be used in those areas. In other countries, users can demand intrinsically safe ATEX or FM (Factory Mutual) certified radios and batteries. 

IMPRES: If the user wants their battery to last for longer before it needs to be replaced, then IMPRES is the right choice.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT CHARGER

ChargersMotorola has a range of different chargers to meet different user needs.

SINGLE OR MULTI-UNIT: When the user wants to charge radios individually, Single Unit Chargers (SUCs) are ideal. For larger radio fleets, Multi-Units Chargers (MUCs) allow up to six radios to be charged at the same time.

FIXED OR ON-THE-MOVE: SUCs and MUCs get their power from the mains electricity so are intended for use in static environments. Users who want to recharge their radio whilst on the move in a car or truck should use a travel charger that takes its power from the cigarette lighter.

IMPRES: Automatic battery conditioning helps prolong lifetime. INFORMATION DISPLAY: Battery status and charge capacity can be displayed, taking the guess work out of managing battery fleets.

Source: Motorola

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