commercial grade two way radios with rechargeable batteries come with a
charging unit of some type. Depending on the battery type used, it may
be a wall transformer that converts AC to DC and then plugs directly in
to the radio, or it may be a drop in charger that the radio sets in.
The advantage of the drop-in charger type is that it provides a place
for the radio to sit in an upright position instead of just laying down
on a surface. The drop-in charger provides a less cluttered appearance.
Some drop-in chargers also have a slot to charge a spare battery so you
can quickly swap out a battery should your radio run low on power.
There are also drop-in chargers that let you charge multiple units at
one time. This is good when you have staff that all carry radios that
need to be charged at the same time. If you had a separate charger for
each unit, you'll need a lot of power outlets to plug all of them in. If
you have a six unit multi-charger for instance, you only need one outlet
to charge all your radios. This also gives a less cluttered appearance.
The multi-unit charger may not have a slot for a spare battery so this
is something to consider if your frequently use your two-way radios so
much you run the power down.
Author: David Onslow