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dr350jja
12-26-2011, 03:18 PM
Looking for some advice regarding battery types.

I have a Yaesu HT (VX-6R/E). Is it OK to use aftermarket Li batteries, rather than buying the 'Yaesu branded' battery. I've seen the batteries go for $30 to $105, for the same type of battery. Do you think some brands will last longer than others?

I want to get an extra battery, so I can swap it in the radio when one is discharged and not have to wait 5 hours for it to charge up again.

Thanks for your time,
Jim

Bruce Miller
12-27-2011, 10:29 AM
My Yaesu HT needed a new battery and I bought one from Batteries America. They advertise in the QST magazine. Their ad in the magazine shows your HT rig and the battery required. Contact info is: www.batteriesamerica.com or 800-308-4805 or email ehyost@chorus.net.

I was pleased with their service, delivery, price, and knowledge of the products they sell.

Hope this helps.

Bruce Miller
12-27-2011, 10:39 AM
I think you have to have your battery installed in the HT before you put the entire assembly into the charger. If you contact Batteries America (or whomever you contact) ask for the price on a quick charger for your battery. The factory charger that came with your HT is a slow charger. We've found that the quick charger will charge a battery in a few minutes up to an hour, depending on how low it is. I think we got our Yaesu quick charger from HRO. Yaesu calls it "Rapid Desktop Charger".

DaveInDenver
12-27-2011, 10:55 AM
I've only used factory batteries (FNB-80LI is $63 at http://www.hamcity.com). I have heard Batteries America stuff is fine. I've always just used the Yaesu NC-72B to charge our HTs and my FT-817 in the radio, but that drop-in CD-15 desk charger would be really nice. This will work with the battery alone or mounted to the radio.

Bruce Miller
12-27-2011, 11:14 AM
Batteries America shows the battery for the VX-6R as part number FNB-80Li, it's a 7.4V, 1600mAh battery at $44.95. They also show a charger, part number NC-72BA at $17.95 but they don't show it as a charger or a quick charger. Best to have the sales person match their part number for the item you want. Returning incorrect stuff sucks.

DaveInDenver
12-27-2011, 11:35 AM
Batteries America shows the battery for the VX-6R as part number FNB-80Li, it's a 7.4V, 1600mAh battery at $44.95. They also show a charger, part number NC-72BA at $17.95 but they don't show it as a charger or a quick charger. Best to have the sales person match their part number for the item you want. Returning incorrect stuff sucks.
The FNB-80LI is the right battery for the VX-6 and VX-7 (and maybe VX-5). Yaesu's is 1500mA-hr, so the Batteries America one is a bit better. The NC-72BA is a stock equivalent AFAIK, just the wall wart.

dr350jja
12-27-2011, 10:17 PM
Thanks for all the good info. I will check out those web sites. I was just curious to see if anyone had good luck using an aftermarket battery, as opposed to the Yaesu branded battery. Wasn't sure if the OEM battery would last any longer than the non-OEM. I would like to keep a spare back-up battery, ready to go.