Yaesu-Vertex Two Way Radio Charger Tips
What's the best charger for Yaesu-Vertex two-way radios?
Most Yaesu-Vertex two-way radios use Nickel-Cadmium (NiCD) or Nickel-Metal-Hydride (NiMH) chargers. These chargers are durable and forgiving if abused. The recommended alternative is NiMH, a two way radio charger that has higher energy density and contains no toxic metals.
Comparing the two, NiCD two way radio chargers has an advantage of a high number of charge/discharge cycles, if properly maintained, nickel-cadmium provides over 1000 charge/discharge cycles. A nickel-metal-hydride two way radio charger, on the other hand, starts with good capacity, but the performance starts to deteriorate after 200-300 cycles if repeatedly deeply cycled.
NiMH two-way radio chargers are less prone to memory effect than NiCD, requiring fewer exercise cycles. Nickel based chargers require regular full discharge to prevent crystalline formation. NiCD should be exercised once a month, NiMH once in every 3 months. NiMH chargers are environmentally friendly, contains only mild toxins; profitable for recycling.
Can I Substitute Li-Ion for NiCD/NiMH Two Way Radio Chargers?
If you are thinking of substituting your NiCD or NiMH chargers with a Li-Ion charger you would need to refer to your Yaesu-Vertex two-way radio manual or manufacturer. Since li-ion chargers have a higher energy density usually two-way models are specifically designed to be used with li-ion chargers. However, more often than not, manufacturers are sticking to NiCD or NiMH chargers since they are less expensive to manufacture.