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Re: Handheld VHF w/ USB Charging?

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Mebbe you missed this part;

or this part of the OP;

I have had to clean and re-bend the contacts on the cradle for the HX870 radio several times because it would not charge AT ALL. I have also had to tweak the 12VDC plug and outlet that it plugs into. After numerous fixes, while it works better, the cradle and the radio still do not engage to charge the radio (unless I tweak something) about 40% of the time.

so... no.
I definitely skimmed thru your post and missed the detail. My bad. I don't care for the cradle either... but I don't use it much and haven't had the problems you experience. That VHF needs the mating interface for charging I believe.
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Re: Handheld VHF w/ USB Charging?

For anyone else looking for a USB charged handheld I use an ICOM IC-M25. Works well on the smallish lake I sail on. Plus it floats.

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Re: Handheld VHF w/ USB Charging?

I would also like usb charging.
I couldnt find one 6 months ago that offered long battery life.

I need to create some kind of organized charging station/rack/box etc.
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I would also like usb charging.
I couldnt find one 6 months ago that offered long battery life.
My experience with the SH HX30 is that it will last OVER 6 hours on a single charge.
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Re: Handheld VHF w/ USB Charging?

What i had before was..i think...a 270. Had to live on a charger.
Finally got their 890 for long dinghy ride use.
I rarely use any radio

Makes sense for them all to go usb capable...gadget charging choice, even if slower
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What i had before was..i think...a 270. Had to live on a charger.
Finally got their 890 for long dinghy ride use.
I rarely use any radio

Makes sense for them all to go usb capable...gadget charging choice, even if slower
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How are you able to get internet access if your in the Bahamas?
I sense that you are fixated on me - on a personal mission.
You doubt that i am in the bahamas.
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Re: Handheld VHF w/ USB Charging?

I get pretty good battery life out of my Hx280s. Really pretty hapoy with it.

My brother bought an Hx870s (I think) that has a battery tray so when the Lithium Ion dies he can switch to triple aaas. Really nice unit from what I have seen.

One concern I would have with Micro USB is xharging time. Seems like it would be slow?
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Re: Handheld VHF w/ USB Charging?

Slow but getting some juice.
I have a 12 ft usb cord i use on the tab a tablet in the cockpit.
Can do fone too, but i run a chart on the pad in case the garmin pod blinks.
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Re: Handheld VHF w/ USB Charging?

A bit of a tangent, but still relevant I think. I have a Standard Horizon that I'm very happy with. Last year the battery failed while we were cruising in Maine, or at least, so I thought. Long story short, it turned out to be the cradle that stopped charging due to corrosion inside. The battery was perfectly fine. I leave the cradle on board and the salt air got to it. The radio is great, but the cradle leaves to be desired.
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