Advice on UHF CB Battery

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 10, 2004 at 22:10
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Hello again all.

Recently, I have bought a handheld UHF CB radio off ebay. The problem is that it didn't come with the battery, which was advertised. The battery is a 950 mA long life battery but I'm unsure as to what kind of stores or what stores in general I should try to find one like this at. Also, if anybody knows, I would just like to have an estimated price for what one costs. I hope somebody can help me out on this.
Thanks

Adam :)
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Reply By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2004 at 23:01

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2004 at 23:01
What brand of radio? If it uses AA cells you are better off going to Coles and picking up some AA NiMH 2100 mAh, about $30 for charger + 2 cells and a further $10 for another couple of cells. I think Dick Smith sells a 12 volt fast charger for NiMH cells.
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Reply By: Rob - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 04:27

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 04:27
If you go for the "AA"'s I would recommend Nicad's over Nimh's. In my experience the Nicad's will give you much better performance. Their discharge characteristics are better suited to the current drain of hand held tranceivers, especially if it is a 5Watt unit.

Robbo.
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Reply By: Empfys - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 11:24

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 11:24
Thanks for replying.

Actually, it is a 5 Watt Handheld, Uniden Uh050XR, which apparantly takes a different kind of battery by the looks of it. Can you please download this manual and let me know what you think because I've never seen batteries like this in stores before. http://www.uniden.com.au/PDF/UH050XR.pdf

There is a picture of the battery, it is fairly large and looks quite rare from what I've seen....
Thanks

Adam
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Geelong) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 12:32

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 12:32
You wont find these battery packs in Kmart or Target etc. Contact specialist communciations stores or uniden direct for help.

If the auction stated the battery was included then why haven't you received it. BEAM ME UP SCOTTY


Hooroo
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Follow Up By: joc45 - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 12:45

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 12:45
Hi Adam,
Prestige comms in WA have the batteries, but you might choke on the price:
http://www.prestigecom.net.au/default.asp?category=Transceiver%20Accessories&subcat=Battery%20Pack&openmenu=4

I note that the battery is charged from a plug pack adaptor via the radio, so you will need to ensure that you have the correct plug pack for the unit.

Gerry
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Reply By: jeff-wa - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 12:38

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 12:38
I have one of those uniden handhelds and yes it's going to be a bugger to find the battery for it, and I have a feeling it may cost you a few bob. The stock battery is a Nicad. If you had the old one and it was stuffed you could probally get it rebuilt by a battery wholesaler like Siomar, however you will most likely have to buy a newy from a uniden supplier.
The other option may be to source a second hand one that is stuffed and get it rebuilt, all you need is the casing, however it may be a lot easier and possibly cheaper to just buy a new one. Also give the guy on ebay a bad review, because half the cost of those radios is the battery, let anyone else who is going to buy from him aware of his dodgy characterisitcs.
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Reply By: Empfys - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 12:43

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 12:43
I am not naming anybody, but he said "any good communications store will sell them for around $40." Now I don't know what to do. I buy a new handheld, i knew it was not coming with a battery, but I had no clue at all that they were so rare and a lot dearer than what this guy said. Where could I get in contact with the uniden company anyway?

Adam
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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 12:47

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 12:47
Caveat emptor. He was selling it for a reason, and if it was so cheap to get a replacement battery, why didn't he?
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Reply By: Empfys - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 12:56

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 12:56
I don't believe a battery for a handheld CB is over $100! Thats mad!

Anyway, if any of you guys know anybody or anywhere or ANYTHING about getting one for a cheaper price second hand, just let me know. It comes with the charger and everything, just whats the good in a charger without a battery? I'll preferably look for something second hand somewhere because I don't know if I want to pay $115 just for a battery.

Adam
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Geelong) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 13:11

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 13:11
If you find a second hand one you have no guarantee on the condition. It could be on its last legs and then you'd be up for repacking at about $60
Best to bite the bullet and buy a new one. Next time if you're not sure about something ask here before committing yourself.

BEAM ME UP SCOTTY


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Reply By: Member - Bob - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 13:23

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 13:23
I saw a replacement Uniden battery and mount at Dick Smiths the other day - didn't look at the price though.Bob
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