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Waveband Continued Support for Discontinued Motorola Handheld Radios

Taylor Thomas May 17, 2021

What's going on?

With new models of two-way radios being released each year, Motorola has slowly been discontinuing their older model radios. Most recently (as of May 2021), Motorola has discontinued supporting some of their XTS and XPR two-way radios listed below.

  • XTS 2500
  • XTS 5000
  • XPR 6300
  • XPR 6350
  • XPR 6380
  • XPR 6500
  • XPR 6550
  • XPR 6580

Alongside this discontinuation, Motorola’s Intrinsically Safe (IS) batteries for the above handheld radios will no longer be sold by Motorola Solutions, Inc.

 

Why?

The reason behind no longer supporting IS batteries is due to the cost of the certification process with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and wanting to continue certifying radios and accessories for the newly released Motorola two-way radios.

 

What this means for you

This means you will no longer be able to buy Motorola batteries and ensure they are intrinsically safe for these older two-way radio models. Firefighters and other hazardous environment workers, partially due to budget constraints, cannot afford to purchase these newer radio models.

Often times local, state, and federal agencies phase in newer two-way radio models over a longer period of time due to these financial limitations. During this transition departments still need two-way radio accessories that are certified as intrinsically safe to ensure the safety of public safety personnel.

 

How we can help

Understanding that many departments still use these popular radios to communicate during emergencies every day, Waveband will continue to support these radios by still providing Intrinsically Safe two-way radio batteries.

Our batteries are certified through FM Approvals and go through rigorous tests to be certified Intrinsically Safe. You can trust that our IS-certified batteries can be used in fire and hazardous environments.

 

List of IS Batteries

The part numbers below are compatible with the discontinued Motorola XPR and XTS models and are certified as intrinsically safe.

  • WV-M9857XTIS
    • 2700 Mah Ni-Mh Battery for Motorola XTS2500
  • WVX-4069IS
    • Intrinsically safe battery for Motorola XPR6300, XPR6350, XPR6380, XPR6500, XPR6550, XPR6580
  • WM8923-NI-MH-IS
    • 3600 Mah NiMH FM Approved Battery for Motorola XTS5000

 

What is SGS Approval?

SGS Approval tests equipment to make sure they really are Intrinsically Safe. They ensure that the equipment is constructed so that the electrical energy is below a certain limit that it will not cause spark or heating that could cause ignition.

FM-approved certified equipment can be used in Class I, II, III Division 1 and Class 1, Zones 0, 1, and 2, and Zones 20,21, and 22.

Shop Intrinsically Safe Two-Way Radio Batteries

Waveband Communications for over 20 years has been providing OEM comparable two-way radio accessories to public safety and the critical communications industries. Waveband batteries are designed to give the radio user a long-lasting life between charges and keep you powered when it matters most.

Need a quote? Contact us at 800-991-4569 or sales@wvbandcoms.com

Topics:  intrinsically safe, Discontinued Radio Models, Intrinsically safe testing, firefighter safety, intrinsically safe battery

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