How Long Do Two Way Radios Last? 5 Things You Should Know
Like any technology, the length of time you can expect it to last depends on two things – the quality of the product and the way you treat it. The same can be said for two way radios.
Typically the rule of thumb is the more you spend on technology, the higher quality the product. One thing is for certain, however, with Motorola two way radios is with the various price-points offered in two way radios, you know you’re getting a product that can handle the bumps and bruises of the everyday workplace with the durability testing done to Motorola two way radios before they are released to market.
But, with a number of models to choose from, how do you know the average life you can expect from your two way radio? We’ll start with the obvious. As a communication tool, two way radios are sure to last you longer than a cell phone in business – as they hold up better to the drops and everyday wear and tear that you and your team inevitably put on your technology.
The newer forms of digital two way radios, like those of the MotoTRBO line, are expected to last up to seven years on the job. Older two way radio models (such as the CP200 and the GP300, P110, and SP50 radios are usually a three to five year timeline. The legendary HT1000 lasted over 10 years for most businesses.
It’s key to remember that these life spans are with the proper care of your two way radio. Want to know how to prolong the life of your two way radio? Try the five tips below!
- Buy the right radio for your needs – Before purchasing a two way radio, it’s important to think of the environment you’re going to be using the technology in, and consider the level of durability you require from the product.
- Are you going to be using the radio both inside and outside your facility?
- Is your industry tough on equipment?
- Is your work environment exposed to dust or water? Once you’ve made this decisions, consider the necessary IP rating for your two way radio – some products go as high as IP68, which means it is completely dust proof and waterproof for up to two hours.
There is, however, no sense spending the money on this technology if it’s not necessary for your team members. Keep in mind the needs of your business to ensure your two way radio reaches the life span you expect from the technology.
- Use cases – Just like with cell phones, using a case with your two way radio is sure to protect it – and it’s one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to do so. Whether you’re looking for a big and bulky case, or something light and slick, we really do have it all. The result? Better protection if the radio is dropped.
- Use audio accessories – Using audio accessories have huge benefit for a two way radio user and make it easier to communicate with your team members. Having accessories, such as earpieces and speaker mics, keeps your two way radio out of your hands, and attached to your employees. This means that when communication needs to happen, it can simply happen by using the accessory – and the two way radio is less prone to getting dropped and damaged. If it does drop from the users hands, often times the speaker mic cord protects the two way radio from hitting the ground – and the wear and tear is lessened.
- Replace antennas – First of all, you can extend your two way radio life by making a point not to carry your technology by the antenna as it puts a strain on the accessory and can impact your transmission and reception. It is, however, important to replace your antenna if you’re noticing the range on your radio is dwindling or if you see any damage or visible internal parts to your antenna. This ensures proper functioning of your two way radios, and a longer life span!
- Do regular maintenance – Doing regular maintenance of your two way radio is crucial, and quite simple for every day users. Ensuring your charging port is kept free from particles and regularly wiped down to increase the longevity of your two way radio. As can doing checks to ensure battery voltage and other factors are up to par. These checks are possible with Nova Communications service agreements. Having a battery that is in prime shape is going to keep your radio in the best working conditions for your team, as well. There are steps you can take to prolong your battery life, including turning the radio off while it’s charging, not overcharging the battery and wiping it off regularly to ensure it’s free from grime and dust. Motorola does advise replacing the battery on your two way radio every 12 to 18 months, which is going to ensure your radio works at its best.
It’s not expected that you would know absolutely everything about two way radios in your business – but that’s where our team of two way radio experts come in. With more than 30 years of experience in the two way radio field, Nova Communications has worked with businesses in nearly every industry across Canada to help match their teams with the best technology for their communication.
Want to know how your two way radio is doing? Want to figure out the best two way radio for your team? Contact us today or start with the Portable Radio Selection Guide below.