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Hey! These batteries won't recharge!


Okay, all AN/PRC-148 MBITR MBITR Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (US military)  or JTRS JTRS Joint Tactical Radio System
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 enhanced MBITR (JEM) users, let's get straight on which rechargeable batteries you can use and which ones you can't.

You CAN use, and should use, batteries built by Thales, NSN NSN National Stock Number
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 6140-01-487-1153. These batteries have "4.8" and "Thales" written in white letters on the battery case.

You CAN use, but for training only, batteries built by Thales but without "4.8" and "Thales" written on the case and all batteries by RACAL. These batteries are well past their useful life, but may have enough life left to serve in training situations. In the long run, to prevent future confusion, you need to dispose of To determine the fate of; to exercise the power of control over; to fix the condition, application, employment, etc. of; to direct or assign for a use.

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 these batteries in accordance with local regulations and order the newer battery.


You CANNOT use batteries without "4.8" and "Thales" written on the case that are supplied by other vendors that have part number PRC148LI. Common sense would say to use them. But common sense lets us down this time. These batteries cannot be recharged in the Thales battery chargers and vehicular battery charger CHARGER, Scotch law. He in whose favor a decree suspended is pronounced; vet a decree may be suspended before a charge is given on it. Ersk. Pr. L. Scot. 4, 3, 7.  adapters! In reality, they become non-rechargeable batteries!

Are there safety issues to the user or the MBITR with these CANNOT use batteries. No. Not on the surface. But underneath the surface is the issue of trying to recharge these batteries and finding you can't after having planned on using them operationally. Now you do have safety issues!

You CAN and SHOULD submit a product quality deficiency report (PQDR PQDR Product Quality Deficiency Report ) Form SF 368 on all the PRC148LI batteries you have. You can do this electronically.

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Publication:PS, the Preventive Maintenance Monthly
Date:Jun 1, 2009
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