5 Tips for Long Lasting Two-Way Radio Accessories

Two-way radio accessories need proper care to ensure long-lasting performance. Although accessories are made to be durable and perform in any environment, they still require proper maintenance to keep them running smoothly.

Follow these 5 proven ways below to improve the life and performance of your two-way radio accessories.

  1. Store in a safe place
  2. Replace acoustic tubes and ear inserts
  3. Inspect radio battery frequently
  4. Don't pull or tug on wires
  5. Lightly dust or clean your two-way radio accessories


1. Store in a Safe Place

Your radio and accessories should be placed in safe storage when not in use. Store them in a cabinet or locker until you need to use them again.

Your two-way radio should be kept in a holster. Holsters help hold the radio to your side and protect the radio from weather like rain and dust, scratches, and drops. You can find holsters on Waveband with genuine cowhide leather that fits practically any model and type of radio.


2. Replace Acoustic Tubes and Ear Inserts

Over time, acoustic tubes and ear inserts can have wax and moisture build-up, blocking you from hearing conversations. Replacement tubes and ear inserts are available to purchase and are easy to remove and add to your existing receive-only earpiece and surveillance kit.

Acoustic tubes can be cleaned gently with soap and water. It’s recommended to replace these acoustic tubes and ear inserts every 3-4 months.

For instructions on cleaning and replacing earpieces visit our Earpiece Troubleshooting & Maintenance Guide.


3. Inspect Radio Battery Frequently

Batteries are long-lasting and with the help of charger analyzers, they can help improve your battery's performance. Batteries should be checked for leakage or damage often to prevent the battery from damaging your radio. Turn your radio off when not in use. This will help preserve the battery life and radio.


4. Don't Pull or Tug on Wires

Most radio accessory damage is due to pulling and tugging on wires and cords. Accessories are built tough for any environment but messing with wires over time can make accessories not work. For example, If you pull on your two-way radio accessories headsets wires, the headset will begin to lose connection and might leave you without critical communication with your team. This also means you’ll find yourself replacing accessories more often, costing you more money.


5. Lightly Dust and Clean Your Two-Way Radio Accessories

If your radio or accessories become dirty from dust or normal use, clean lightly with a damp cloth or duster. Avoid soaking equipment in water or using chemical cleaners. This can damage your equipment acoustics and electronics.


Follow the 5 simple tips above to care for your 2-way radio accessories. Even though two-way radio accessories are designed to last for everyday use, they still need to be taken care of. Remember, taking the proper care and precautions can help save and protect your accessories saving you time and money with replacements.

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Accessories

Waveband Communications is a manufacture of durable Motorola accessories, Harris accessories, BK Technologies, Icom, and Kenwood two-way radio accessories. Waveband can help you and your team communicate clearly and effectively. We provide radio accessories to public safety, law enforcement, fire departments, U.S. Military, and more to help improve their communication.

Taylor Thomas is a Marketing Manager at Waveband Communications. With her experience in critical communications, she helped public safety clients enhance their team communication through the help of two-way radio accessories.

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