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Author Topic: TH-G71A Charging Question  (Read 408 times)
KC8YWO
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« on: March 10, 2007, 12:04:23 AM »

I purchased a used Kenwood radio with the rapid charger. I notice that the red charging light, blinks. I couldn't find anything in the manual about a blinking red light.

Does anyone know what the means? Are the batteries junk?
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K5CQB
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2007, 09:08:10 AM »

I believe so, it has been a while since I have used the rechargeable batteries.  I switched over to the alkaline pack but I believe if the light is blinking that the battery is dead.  I do have some motorola batteries that do that when they are really really discharged but I leave them on for about 10 minutes, take them off the charger and put them back on and they will sometimes charge.    

Good Luck,
Jim
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AB0RE
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2007, 08:56:30 PM »

Yep, if the light is blinking it means that there is some fault with the battery.  I had a battery do that with my rapid charger.  By taking it on and off the charger repeatedly I was able to finally get it to charge again.  I ended up dumping it a few charges later.

If you're looking for a replacement pack, W&W Manufacturing makes a very nice one.  The capacity is much higher than the stock Kenwood battery and the belt clip is far more robust.  Although the W&W Battery is a NiMH and Kenwoods BC19 rapid charger "is designed for NiCD batteries", I've found the W&W battery charges great on the Kenwood charger.

73,
Dan / ab0re
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