When Should I Replace The Battery in my TK-3230 Radio?
This is a great question. Batteries tend to last roughly two years, depending on the frequency of use before you see any wear. One of the signs that a battery is worn down, and should be replaced is that a charge doesn’t last as long.
A “Best Practice” to do is to replace your batteries every two years. This ensures that you are running your two-way radios at their optimum performance level. And it will save you time and money in the long run.
How do I find out how old my battery is?
Every battery will have a “date code”. The date code is stamped on the battery itself and can be a white or grey ink.
On an Advanced Wireless battery the date code is four numbers, the first two being the year. So for example 1304 is a battery that was manufactured in 2013.
On a Kenwood battery the first letter of the four digit (X##Y) code will be the year.
Here’s a quick guide:
So for example if the date code is P15Y, the year it was manufactured is 2011.
You should consider replacing the battery if it is two or more years old.