Extending HT Battery Life
First inquiry of 2019 ...
>> ... Have you had any experience with any of the batteries that are shown on eBay at cheaper prices
for the FT-60R?
I tend to stick with local dealers or otherwise well-respected battery suppliers for aftermarket cells/packs.
There's a lot of rubbish out there ... with either no one to contact for support, or expensive or non-existent
The stock NiMH pack for the Yaesu FT-60R is the 1400mAH FNB-83. About US$36 at Yaesu dealers everywhere.
Properly charged, you should achieve about 1,000 discharge-charge cycles from quality NiMH packs.
Personally, I still use the empty Yaesu FBA-25 AA "shell" and populate it with 2700mAH Maha NiMH AA
cells. That instantly nearly "doubles" my run time (from stock 1400 to 2700mAH).
I further increase my run time by improving my antenna, and turning DOWN the TX power to 2W. I mean,
if you are not making it line-of-sight with a decent antenna at 2W on 2M and 440 - then you're probably not
going to make it at full TX 4-5W power. (Example: I worked the ISS FM voice when it was a few hundred
miles downrange at 2W and a handheld tape measure beam.)
I FURTHER increase my battery run time by using a headset or speaker-mic. What eats up batteries? Keying
the mic and transmitting, and turning up the VOLume of the received audio. What is the first thing you do when
you have a shoulder-mounted speaker-mic or are wearing a headset? You turn the VOLume DOWN.
SO ... Just using the stock 1400mAH battery packs - there's how to more than DOUBLE time between charges:
improve your antenna, turn TX power down, and use an audio accessory!
There are Li-Ion packs for the FT-60R. The advantages pf Li-Ion are that they will maintain their charge longer
than NiMH, and they perform better in freezing temperatures. And they weigh a little less than their NiMH
Personally, I do not charge up a radio and put it away for months - to be used later. And I do not live in
a frigid region. And the minimal weight difference? Nothing to get excited about.
BUT - quality Li-Ion packs will only provide about ONE-HALF the total number of discharge-charge cycles
as NiMH provides.
And so it goes ... Happy 2019!
The Cadex Corp for portable power info: https://batteryuniversity.com/
Ham Radio Outlet: http://www.hamradio.com
Batteries America: http://www.batteriesamerica.com
Heil HTH and other headsets: http://www.heilsound.com
Smiley 270A antenna: http://www.htantennas.com