There are a lot of accessories available for two-way radios to enhance communication and improve dependability among those who use radios every day. This guide goes into great detail on every accessory available for two-way radios. We have included everything that's important to know when purchasing accessories or if you want to know more about the current accessories you have.
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Batteries are your lifeline when out on the force. You know the feeling of looking at your radio and it's not powering on. Having a battery that you can count on in emergency situations is critical for a successful operation. Each two-way radio has a rechargeable battery included and charging times differ from the manufacturer and the type of radio.
In this section, we will review everything you should (and NEED to) know when it comes to two-way radio batteries.
Four types of portable batteries are listed below,
Choosing the correct battery type is important and differ among your communication needs.
This type of battery performs best in extreme hot and cold temperatures. You don't need to worry about leaving the battery for a long period of time because these types of batteries have a great shelf life. What that means is you can leave the battery sitting for a while and it will still perform at peak potential.
Now like everything, they have their advantages and disadvantages. We will discuss them now.
These batteries are the next step up from nickel cadmium with 30% to 40% more capacity. Below are advantages and disadvantages of this type of battery.
These batteries are lighter and provide a higher capacity for a longer run time. The advantages and disadvantages are found below.
This type of battery has the highest capacity with no memory effect. They are typically used by law enforcement personnel because the batteries produce extended talk times which is ideal for stakeouts or undercover investigations. Many other personnel who use lithium ion batteries are people who require long battery life like casino security, military and investigative task force.
This type of battery has now been popular in powering drones and are found in mostly all of today's cell phones. They deliver high power and discharge quickly for a short period of time.
Firefighters risk their lives every day running into burning houses and rescuing members of their community. The last thing on their mind is their radio batteries. Firefighters are exposed to environments where their is flammable gas and dust so its required they use equipment that is intrinsically safe.
Intrinsically safe batteries are specifically designed to not allow for generation of heat or spark. This eliminates the risk of the batteries causing an explosion or igniting flame.
Although intrinsically safe batteries are critical for fire fighters, they are not the only ones who use intrinsically safe products. You will often see miners and oil refinery workers using intrinsically safe products.
Caring for your battery is important to get the longest life and best performance from it.
Speaker Microphones can also be known as shoulder-mounted microphones, lapel microphones and, remote speaker microphones.These accessories improve and enhance critical radio communication. These microphones attach to the side of the radio allowing you to listen and respond without having to pick the radio up.
Remote speaker mics are normally used by firefighters, police, security personnel, construction, and military. They prefer the speaker mics because they don't need to pick up the radio to hear or respond. The convenience saves them time during uncertain and desperate times where fast action is required.
When using a microphone, special positioning is required to ensure safe and effective communication in times of need. Several problems may arise if your mic is not placed correctly on the person. Below are some ways that people wear speaker microphones.
Watch below as Vice President of Waveband Communications, Nick Hohman, tests the waterproof ability of speaker mics by submerging one in water for 10 minutes!
The right charger will help keep your two-way radio battery functioning properly. Many of the chargers have specialized microprocessors and algorithms that can read the chemistry of the batteries. (Ni-Cd, Ni-Mh or Li-Ion) These specialties in the chargers allow for precise, maximum-capacity conditioning charge every time.
Chargers have replacement pods that allow for the changing of hundreds of different radio models and batteries. The pods are replaceable which allows the charger to still be used when charging future radios. Most changers are able to charge the battery with or without the radio attached.
If your job constantly has you on the road and still needing to communicate, in-vehicle chargers are available. These chargers have vehicle power adapters that plug into the cigarette outlet in the car. Metal mounting brackets and tie-down straps are included to keep the charger in place in the car. These chargers come in handy with police or other personnel on long shifts that need the radio for long periods of time.
This slim fit design charges 6 batteries at a time. Replaceable pods allow for different radio batteries and long lasting charger.
This single bank charger charges one battery at a time and is the perfect size to sit on a desk.
Analyzers will charge, condition, and analyze your radio batteries. Analyzing batteries will tell users how much life the battery has left and if the battery should be replaced. The video below will give you more detail on analyzers and the specifications.
The charge time for batteries is about 2-4 hours depending on battery capacity. Fast charge time is important because many people rely on communication at all times so waiting a long time for a battery to charge is not ideal.
Some chargers are designed to show an LED indication of the charging status and fault conditions. Found in the chart below, charging status is indicated by green, red and orange colors while the fault conditions are a flashing red indicating a problem with the battery.
Solid Orange: Performing battery diagnostics
Solid Red: Battery charging, Less than 80%
Flashing Green: Battery charging, more than 80%
Solid Green: Battery fully charged.
If you find a flashing red LED status on your charger, three things could be happening.
Flashing Red 1 Time: Charge is complete but battery was under charged.
Flashing Red 2 Times: Battery contact is open and you need to check battery compatibility
Flashing Red 3 Times: Over current conditions cause by a short circuit from the battery
It is important for the battery that you solve these issues to save the life and capabilities for your radio.
Accessories must be compatible with the radio or they won't work correctly, so finding the correct accessory can be complicated. We have made a comprehensive charger guide that helps you find the right charger for your radio.
Quick disconnect adapters are used widely by law enforcement agencies around the world. These adapters allow you to quickly and easily connect and disconnect from your two-way radio. These adapters are ideal for uniforms where they quickly detach from the radio so you do not need to take off the uniform to remove accessories. Many accessories go inside the clothing for a discrete look so adapters help remove yourself and accessories from the radio without the need to undress. The adapters are quick disconnect meaning its easily able to detach itself from the radio. Our radio adapters include 6 pin and 12 pin silver Hirose and a 3.5 mm threaded side mounted audio jack adapter.
They are available for all major radio models and latch on to the side of the radio. Law enforcement officers are not the only ones using these adapters. Security companies, casinos, and retailers also commonly use these adapters.
The Center for Disease Control has declared noise-induced hearing loss is the most common workplace injury, leaving 22 million workers exposed to hazardous sound levels. Wearing the correct noise-reducing accessories will help protect you from sound levels not just at work but in various activities too.
Industries that should wear protective headsets are anyone involved in military, construction, manufacturing, and airport traffic control. That is just a short list who should be aware of their hearing while on site. If you are anywhere that you need to raise your voice to speak to someone, you may want to wear some sort of hearing protector.
Headsets limit the exposure of decibel noise to your ears. An airplane at bay has a decibel level of 140, next to a jet takeoff at 150 and a firearm at 160 decibels. There are a wide variety of headsets that protect your hearing and allow you to communicate effectively back and forth.
These headsets are ideal for airport professionals around loud aircraft's or firefighters who are around loud engines and inside buildings where hearing is limited. This behind the head headset is noise canceling to protect your ears from any increase in noise levels. This also comes with a boom microphone attachment that allows you to communicate with others while wearing the headset. The in-line PTT gives you the ability to talk to others without the need to take the headset off. Our headsets are given a 24DB noise canceling rating.
Behind the head headsets are ideal for motorcycle police, beach police, and tactical professionals.
Carrying cases and holsters allow the two-way radio to sit comfortably and safely on your side. They are widely used and depended on by firefighters, police, and the military. Cases add an extra benefit that not only protects your radio from damage but safely holds the radio so you do not need to hold it or worry about losing it in high-intensity situations.
The most popular case styles are,
A belt loop is exactly how it sounds. The belt will go through the loop found on the back of the case.
A swivel case rotates 180 degrees. This case gives you range in motion so you can move the radio when needed.
The clip, located on the back of the case, can fasten onto things like a belt, uniform and more. A strap connects to a radio holster and suspends across the body.
Lastly, cases can come with D rings found at the top that can clip onto the strap.
Leather cases are most popular and can be made with genuine cowhide leather right here in the United States. Leather is more durable than nylon so if dependability and durability are important to you, I would choose the leather case.
Surveillance kits provide clear and private receiving conversations. Surveillance Kits are used by hundreds of federal law enforcement professionals, casinos, security, and secret service nationwide. These earpieces are helpful when needing to be discrete with communication because your audio isn't broadcasted for all to hear like when using a remote speaker mic.
Receive-Only Earpieces can also be known as Listen-Only Earpiece. This earpiece mutes the speaker mic or radio and only allows users to hear radio communication through the coiled acoustic tube. This is still a discrete communication device but you do not have a PTT adapter on the earpiece. This is ideal for people who do not need to communicate back to others. The cable plugs right into the radios accessory port on the radio.
When using a two-way radio you are restricted on how far you can go to still be able to communicate. Moving out of this range will cut your conversation off. An antenna can help extend and improve the range you are receiving. This is a good idea if you have employees who are consistently losing signal during the workday.
The range admitting from your two-way radio is dependent on several things. These include
Each radio has a desired frequency it operates on so choosing the right UHF and VHF antenna is important for the dependency of your radio. A single band UHF antenna needs to be used with a single band UHF radio while a single band VHF antenna needs to be used with a VHF single band radio. The dual-band UHF and VHF antennas operate on two frequencies and can operate one at a time or both at once.
VSR antennas, Volume Surveillance Radar, provides all-weather search capabilities with high power opening and narrow width, enabling it to accurately track targets.
Quarter wave antennas get its name because its an antenna that is one-fourth wavelength of the transmitted frequency. These antennas must be connected to the ground This antenna is also omnidirectional. A half antenna is the shortest length and does not need to be connected to the ground as its already long enough to radiate properly.
An ISO 9001 certification is a quality management system used by organizations to meet standards for consistency throughout products and services to meet customer requirements. It is important to have this ISO 9001 certification because it ensures consistent outcomes with each product, less waste for the company, increased efficiency, and minimizes mistakes for better quality products. Our antennas are manufactured with ISO 9001 certification so you also get the best quality antennas every time you buy.
Ear inserts, plugs, and tips work with any acoustic tube by removing the standard rubber tip and replacing it by pressing the ear mold onto the plastic elbow fitting acoustic tube. Ear inserts can also be known as a semi-custom ear mold. These ear inserts are made from flexible and comfortable hypo-allergenic plastic that conforms to the user's ear. They also allow the user to hear ambient background noise so you can still be aware of your surroundings.
These ear inserts, tips, and plugs are used widely by public safety, transportation, manufacturing, security, construction, and law enforcement.
Earplugs are essential for the safety of our hearing. Did you know hearing loss is the number one cause of injury in the workplace? That's why wearing earplugs is important and ensuring a proper fit. You should use earplugs if you work in manufacturing, construction, military or any place where there is a loud and impulse noise.
3M have manufactured ambient listening earplugs that help protect your hearing and improve auditory environmental awareness. The 3M TEP-100 Peltor Tactical Ambient Listening Earplugs have advanced features designed for law enforcement, military, construction, and manufacturing personnel. The TEP-100 is compact, lightweight and rechargeable earplugs with ambient listening.
Some features of these advanced ear plugs are