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Nickel Cadmium vs Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries

Why is Motorola facing out Nickel Cadmium batteries and replacing them with Nickel Metal Hydride?

Motorola is slowly facing out Nickel-Cadmium batteries in lieu of the superior Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries. You will find it even though some batteries are advertised as Nickel-Cadmium  Motorola is now using Nickel-Metal Hydride.

Some of the main advantages of Nickel-Metal Hydride over Nickel-Cadmium batteries are capacity,  no memory effect and just as important these batteries are more environmental friendly. Nickel-Metal Hydride or NiMH for short, are newer technologies providing better performance, especially with high drain devices. Not only do they deliver more power, and can be charged up to 1000 times, all without the cadmium toxicity concerns associated with Nickel-Cadmium batteries.

In short, NiMH batteries are much better than NiCd batteries and Motorola is not charging extra for them.

Motorola Microphone vs Generic Microphone

Is there a difference between a Motorola Microphone and a generic one that I could purchase on Amazon for less?

Yes, there is, a tremendous differences.

Motorola accessories in this case the microphone, are specifically made to communicate properly with the radio. This is a two-way relationship between the microphone and the radio. The Motorola microphone was specifically manufactured to protect the radio in many real-life situations.

An example would be,  if the microphone gets wet and gets a short circuit, there are tremendous circuitry and safeguards in place to prevent the radio from being damaged. This is just not the case with lower price generic accessories.

Trying to save $5 or $10 on accessories can increase drastically the chances of your two-way radio being destroyed, in fact, if you were to read the Motorola warranty, it specifically states that it is not responsible for defects caused by third-party inferior products.

But don’t take my word for it, this is a perfectly good example where a picture is worth 1000 words. You be the judge, want to destroy your radio that costs hundreds of dollars because you are trying to save 10 bucks?

Motorola Microphone on Left, generic on Right

Microphones Inside Picture

Microphones Inside Picture

Motorola Microphone on Top, generic on Bottom

Microphones Plug

Microphones Plug

CP200 Antenna on a BPR40 Radio

My CP200 Radio antenna screws on properly on my BPR40 Radio, is this antenna interchangeable?

100% No!!!!

That antenna was specifically made for a CP200 radio, using that antenna on another radio like the BPR40, will run the risk of burning out the power amplifier. It’s not a question of “if”, but of “when” the power amplifier will burn out. Use only the antenna that was specifically designed for the BPR40.

This also includes many generic and aftermarket antennas which are just not specifically tuned to interact properly with the BPR40 radio. This is a perfectly good example of buyer beware when buying generics.

Motorola Battery Date Code

How can I check my Motorola Date Code on my batteries?

This information comes from www.MyRadioMall.com, they have an online tool that will check this for you, very cool. Motorola Battery Online Code Checker Tool


Look for the three or four-digit code on the back of your battery, three digits indicate that the battery was produced before 2009. The first two number stands for the year, and the last two numbers stand for the week. Our Battery warranty checker understands this and subtracts one year from the current date. If you’re using an impress battery 1.5 years are subtracted from today’s date.

– All Motorola standard batteries come with a one-year limited warranty.
– All Motorola impress batteries come with a 1.5-year limited warranty.


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More Battery Life

How to get more battery life?

DO charge your new battery overnight (14-16 hours) before using it. This is referred to as “initializing” and will enable you to obtain maximum battery capacity.
DO store new/unused batteries at room temperature in a cool, dry area. New batteries can be stored up to two years without significant cycle loss.
DO charge overnight, the batteries that have been in storage.
DO leave battery in charger for an additional 1-2 hours after the GREEN light appears (when using a Motorola Rapid Charger).
DO charge batteries only when they are fully discharged. If it isn’t fully discharged, don’t recharge (We recommend you purchase a second battery for multiple/longer duty cycle applications).
DO stabilize the battery to room temperature (72 F) BEFORE charging.
DO use only Motorola brand chargers. Motorola Batteries and Chargers have been designed to operate as an integrated energy system.


DON’T charge below 40 F or above 104 F. This will DECREASE CYCLE LIFE.
DON’T leave your radio and battery in the charger when not charging. Continuous charging will shorten battery life (Don’t use your charger as a radio stand).
DON’T return fully charged batteries to the charger for an “extra boost.” This will SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE CYCLE LIFE

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