Thunderpole T-3000 First Impressions

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Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:13 pm

Hello you lot!

Today I got my T-3000! I was extremely excited to get home from work to have a look at it, I had made my Wife stay at home to make sure it was delivered haha :lol:
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So, as you can see by that lovely photo the box is quite nice, the usual smooth and well printed and well made box you normally get from Thunderpole, sadly my one had been beaten up in the post though which is a shame because I keep my boxes for collectable reasons. But! That's not anything you lot will worry about, I'm sure you're more interested in what's inside the box right?

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Well that's what greets you when you open it, I have a full video unboxing the radio completely here: ThunderPole T-3000 Unboxing

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You can see from the two photos above it's a fairly nice looking radio I mean they have clearly aimed it at the mobile market because of the design. It comes with a full cage so you can replace your head unit in your car with it, or if you have a double din head unit you can have both! It also comes with the normal breaket so you can mount it like you would an ordinary radio.

The Microphone is the new one they have recently released to replace that older light weight one. I'll have a comparission video of that coming up in the next few weeks too!

The radio is mostly made from metal, the screen seems good quality and the over all feel is good! There is some weight to it which is good, I hate light radios!

I used it for about an hour in the shack, now this radio isn't meant for shack use it's meant for mobile use, so the overs aren't supposed to be very long. It does get very hot if you speak with overs more than about 20 seconds. I use radio as a hobby so I talk to people for long periods of time and sometimes my overs do get quite long. I spoke to my friend for about half an hour with an average over of about 20-30 seconds and the heatsink got to over 50 degrees C, but like I said it isn't designed to be used in this way. In a car used for off roading I would say it would stay quite cool. The friend I was talking to was over 15miles away, you can see in the video I linked above my signal report as well. The antenna was an iMax2000 on the roof of my Bungalow. Power was 4 watts from the radio.

All in all I would say from my first look and first go of this new little radio it is alright, it's well made which considering it's made in china is quite good (Why they make stuff in china I'll never know)

I will now use this radio in my Van, mobile and report back in a few weeks to tell you all how it is to use daily!

Take care!
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Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:10 am

Seen your Youtube review on the T-3000. God, you waffle on :lol:

At least the heat off it will keep you warm in winter :wink:
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Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:50 am

Lol well thanks for having a look 👍🏻
Sorry for talking a lot, I just enjoy it.
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Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:23 pm

Nothing wrong with your YouTube presentations mate, I enjoy them
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Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:11 pm

Thank you :)

P.S Scotland are bloody strong to me this evening, you're all knocking the local people off that are like 2 miles away lol.
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Ah, I’m still not getting anything. Joys of living on an island
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Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:26 pm

I live on an island too.
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AppleTree wrote:
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I live on an island too.
Yeah but I live on an island off of your island. Lol
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:28 am

Well over a week on and apart from over heating a few times this radio is working well!
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:46 pm

Is it worth it mate ?
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:57 pm

That overheating issue would concern me greatly. The rig looks too small and if it was mounted in a DIN mounting plate or direct into a cutout in a car, that heat has nowhere to go. I wouldn't risk having a T-3000 mounted in my car. Best avioded then.
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:51 am

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Well over a week on and apart from over heating a few times this radio is working well!
We have spent hundreds of hours testing this radio in development and haven't experienced any issues with overheating during normal use.

The radio has a small design, but it has an extremely big heatsink and when mounted in a vehicle there should be plenty of free space behind it.

Although this issue hasn't been reported by anyone else, we would like to investigate so could you give us an email with more details please?

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blueovalcraig wrote:
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Is it worth it mate ?
I would say yes, it is!
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That overheating issue would concern me greatly. The rig looks too small and if it was mounted in a DIN mounting plate or direct into a cutout in a car, that heat has nowhere to go. I wouldn't risk having a T-3000 mounted in my car. Best avioded then.
Hmm, the thing is this radio isn't meant for a lot of talking I don't think.
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We have spent hundreds of hours testing this radio in development and haven't experienced any issues with overheating during normal use.

The radio has a small design, but it has an extremely big heatsink and when mounted in a vehicle there should be plenty of free space behind it.

Although this issue hasn't been reported by anyone else, we would like to investigate so could you give us an email with more details please?

Andy.
Well Andy, what I say is over heating is when I have been talking for about 10 minutes the heat sink gets too hot to touch and the whole radio is very hot, according to my contacts the signal gets weak as the same time, but the power output according to my meter is still 4 watts. If I turn it off for a few minutes and talk to the same person they report to me that all is normal again.

Please keep in mind Andy I bought this radio to do tests of my own and I understand that you haven't designed it to be used in long conversations but more so for short overs when off roading or such.

I must say though, it does perform bloody well every report I've got has been good, clear audio as well nice and bassy.

I'm compiling my opinion ready to do my review video probably after this week.
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Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:30 am

Sometimes 'overs' can be long winded, get a few of these in short sequence and the heatsink will soon get hot, still doesn't excuse a 'very hot heatsink'.
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Here is my video review>>> My Review on the T-3000!
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