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    Default LI Battery for Saber / Astro Saber

    Hi all, new to the forum.. I have some Sabers and Astro Sabers. There is a seller on E bay with a LI battery for these Saber radios. Have purchased a few of them and quite happy with battery life. They come with a charger and do not use the Saber charger. Terry


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    I have bought a couple of those and they have 3 times the capacity of the OEM battery and 6 oz lighter. Plus now you have a travel charger. What is not to like!

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    I bought one of these as well. The unit went flat in 2 months, and the seller was of no help. Just my experience.

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    Saber standard chargers are not capable of handling lithium batteries, they are too old for that tech. Hence the charger coming with the batteries. It is always a gamble with Chinese sellers as their quality control are batteries are not the same as Motorola. Most are good, but there sometimes is a high failure rate.
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    These guys seem to work well, have bought several from them. https://www.cutratebatteries.com/

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    I bought a Cut Rate lithium Saber battery, and it was a dud. Transmitting caused the overcurrent protection to kick in and kill power to the radio, though it would happily sit there receiving all day.

    I didn't pursue the matter with the manufacturer. For what I paid, it wasn't worth shipping it back from Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by syntrx View Post
    I bought a Cut Rate lithium Saber battery, and it was a dud. Transmitting caused the overcurrent protection to kick in and kill power to the radio, though it would happily sit there receiving all day.

    I didn't pursue the matter with the manufacturer. For what I paid, it wasn't worth shipping it back from Australia.
    I've had good luck with Cut Rate stuff and have several of their short Li-ion batteries as well as a full-size Ni-Mh I recently bought. All of them have been great but it took forever to get the Ni-Mh.

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    I have purhased a lithium battery recently off eBay and the radio was automatically shutting down / restarting itself when pressed the PTT....but only indoors. Outdoors it was working fine.

    My idea was: poor RF shielding inside the battery

    Checking the idea: pack the battery pack into thin aluminum foil. And voilá! It worked!

    Solution: took the battery back apart, made a DIX RF shielding around the cells inside. Put it back together and it is working since then (more than 2 years now!)


    I hope this helped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K7bpg View Post
    Ditto. I've got 6 of their 3.25 inch Li batteries for over a year now. Batteries work without incident. My two Impress chargers,,, well,,, had to have the impress firmware upgraded to 3.11. At the down-level firmware, the charger would not accept another battery --after-- charging/removing the Li. One had to power cycle the charger before it would accept another battery for charge. At 3.11, this problem went away.