Don't put your phone back in the charger until the batteries are almost dead
or dead and you will get a longer talk time.
We buy the cheapest cordless we can find. Always under $16.00 and we get
about 2 years out of them with good sound quality and no problems. I don't
talk on the phone much but I do have two teenage daughters who can talk for
We used to buy more expensive phones and they were no better and sometimes
worse than the cheap ones we buy now.
Can you point us to some details. So many cordless phone product listings
make NO MENTION of the battery type.
To me, as familiar as I am with the FAILINGS of cordless telephony, the
biggest issue/concern/problem is the battery - "memory" in Ni-Cads in
particular. If/when I break down at get a cordless, I want to do the battery
I'm really paranoid about the care and feeding of expensive batteries: I
bought a 9.6V cordless drill with two battery packs. Probably due to having
NOT RTFM, (user error) they never saw much real use and now have about two
minutes of half-power. Ni-cads stink.
Sorry for the omission. The phone I bought is a Uniden TRU-9480-3,
which I got at Wal-Mart. This one comes with 3 handsets (there is a
2-handset version). You can get extra handsets for about $30 each. Up
to 10 can be made to work with the same base. The base includes an
answering machine, which can be operated from the base or any handset.
The base and all handiest flash and beep when you have a (answering
They don't. I looked at the battery on the one I just bought. I
suppose I could have returned it, if it had NiCd. I think some
manufactures put that information on their websites.
I mean to fully discharge them once a month, but usually forget.
Yes, they do. That's what happened with my earlier cordless phone, the
battery lasted over 7 hours (talk time) when new, that had decreased
Apparently, you can get plenty of use out of them if you use them
regularly. So cordless tools (Ni-cad batteries) work well for
professionals, but poorly for homeowners (occasional use).
A few suggested I use lithium batteries, but I don't think I can just switch
from NiCad to Lithium right?
For example, two of my phones are:
Panasonic and it uses a PQP85AA3A battery or a P-P508 (3.6V 850mAh) as a
Motorola MA356 and a D-AA600BX3 battery (3.6V 600mAh)
Both of these are NiCd and looks like I can get new batteries for:
If you like to gamble, go ahead. Li-ions are required to be
proprietary along with their charging circuit. They can turn
into a bomb without these industry standard safe guards.
I bought this one over a year ago and I love it.
The second phone doesn't need to be plugged into a phone jack so you
can put it anywhere with an electrical outlet.
I have the second phone in the bathroom. This is now where I make all
my calls to the utility companies and such. You are already on hold.
I see that they are selling 3 phone models for about 30$ more.
On Thu, 23 Nov 2006 11:51:54 -0500, "MiamiCuse"
With all these battery problesm, why don't they make the phones so
that you can turn them off?? They used to. Then you could hear the
regular phone ring, and answer it with the cordless phone, or you
could place a call from the cordless phone.
But you wouldn't use the batteries at all when the phone was off.
I have a phone old enough to be made that way, and the battery will
last a week without being recharged, less the longer I actually talk
on the phone.
Why did they stop making them right?
My grandmother used to have one with a switch. Of course it also had a
nonreplacable NiCd battery that had poor performance after a year or
It's possible that the standby current the phone draws is
insignificant compared to battery leakage (self discharge with no
load). That would be a possible experiment. See how long a
filly-charged battery works in the phone, and disconnected.
That's what you're doing wrong. My old Radio Shack (at least 5 years, not
sure how much more) is still on its original batteries (4 handsets). I
put them in the charging stands before I go to bed and take them out when
I get out of bed. The only times I've ever run out of battery were on
really long conversations (over two hours) and only when I forgot to charge
the phone over the previous night.
"A man\'s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and
woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle."
Look for a set that uses NiMH (nickel metal hydride) or Lithium Ion
batteries. These are the type of batteries used in cell phones and
don't have the memory effect that makes NiCad (nickel cadmium) so
annoying is cordless phones.
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