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Reviews Categories | QRP Accessories | Icom BP-228 and BC-155A Help

Reviews Summary for Icom BP-228 and BC-155A
Reviews: 2 Average rating: 3.5/5 MSRP: $89.99+29.99
Description: Ni-Cd battery pack and charger for the Icom IC-703 and IC-703Plus QRP transceivers
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OE3SGU Rating: 3/5 Oct 1, 2006 00:32 Send this review to a friend
Not bad, but needs improvement  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Received my BP-228 together with my IC-703 and AH-703 in a special offer from a German dealer. The BP-228 works fine, but as the OM before said, you would expect more from a great company like ICOM. The BC-155A even does not show you the charging status, so you have to guess. The LED on it is useless. I wonder what they thought when making this poor accessories for a great Transceiver like the IC-703?
K7VO Rating: 4/5 Feb 15, 2006 23:13 Send this review to a friend
Small. lightweight, decent battery life--could have been better  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
The Icom BP-228 is a 9.6V 2800mAh external battery pack made for the Icom IC-703 QRP rig. The BC-155A is a featherweight switching power supply that delivers 12V at 0.5A and acts as a charger for the battery. The BC-155A accepts 100-240V AC input making it ideal for the traveler.

The pack isn't heavy and it's size and weight is reasonable to take along for picnic table portable operation with the IC-703. At 9.6V the IC-703 puts out a solid 5W and draws about 1.6A. With a reasonable transmit/receive cycle the battery can last for several hours but probably not the seven hours Icom claims unless you hardly transmit at all.

The whole setup is a bit clunky. You'd think Icom could have made a case for the pack and had it attach to the side of the rig much like what Yaesu did with the FT-897. The BP-228 is just a bare battery pack with a pigtail to attach to the radio's power connector. It's not pretty and certainly not sophisticated. I also would think they'd have gotten longer battery life with a NiMH pack.

There's nothing wrong with the BP-228 and LC-155A. I just expected better fit and finish and a better choice of cell than old fashioned NiCD C-cells from a company capable of the technical sophistication Icom has in other products.

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