Primary Non-Rechargeable Batteries

Primary batteries are non-rechargeable which means you use them once and when fully discharged, you can't recharge and use them again. The other type of battery is a secondary battery, which is rechargeable. Using non-rechargeable two-way radio batteries might not seem practical but they fill a critical need in situations when reliable power and charging are not readily available.

Primary batteries are constructed with high-energy lithium cells and enclosed in an impact-resistant case to ensure your radio stays powered. You usually find primary batteries as your traditional alkaline and dry cell batteries.

You might be thinking, are non-rechargeable batteries worth it? These batteries, even though you only use them once, will give you the same high-quality performance as a rechargeable battery can. Non-rechargeable batteries often have higher capacities too.


What are some advantages of non-rechargeable primary batteries for two-way radio?

  • Grab and go convenience

  • Up to 10-year shelf-life

  • Lithium cells deliver dependable, superior performance compared to alkaline.

  • The color of the battery is can be a different, more bold color, like purple, to help them be easily identified against rechargeable batteries.

A disadvantage to primary batteries is they are usually more expensive than secondary batteries for only using them once. These batteries can be priceless in many situations like for use during natural disasters when power is down or locations where you might not have access to a charger. Even though you can't use non-rechargeable batteries again, you still get days of use.

Primary batteries are good to have stocked in your supply because you'll never know when they may be needed. In addition to a readiness supply, you should consider keeping primary batteries in vehicles to support extended operations if you don't have an in-vehicle charger.

If you are looking to add primary non-rechargeable batteries to your supply, Waveband Communications offers OEM comparable two-way radio batteries for Motorola, Kenwood, Harris, ICOM, and BK Technologies. Shop our website or contact us at 800-806-1076, via chat, or email at


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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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