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Own MX-980-Universal Remote Inc wants $51 for replacement battery - do I buy another remote?
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Post 1 made on Wednesday November 21, 2018 at 18:39
plefkow
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I have a MX-980-Universal Remote Inc, and the battery has been actually swelling, so I need to replace the batter. I called URC Inc and they want $51 for replacement battery - do I buy another remote? Already paid an installer to have programmed the MX-980 (7 years ago), but I am pretty technically inclined and now have the time to dedicate reprogramming. Don't have too much connected - Spectrum DVR Box, Xbox One, Apple TV connected to Samsung UND60D6450 (2012).

Just seems like why spend $50 buck on a battery when I can maybe get something new. Not sure what is new these days as I have been out of the remote market for about ten years. Any suggestions appreciated.

I would prefer to spend $200-$500 on new better remote than waste $50 on a battery for a ten year old remote!

Last edited by plefkow on November 21, 2018 19:14.
Post 2 made on Wednesday November 21, 2018 at 19:40
JoeFlabitz
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It's very likely you can find a 3rd party replacement battery for a lot less, no need for a new remote. Google usually works well, however 3rd party will void the warranty of your MX-980 (if there's any left).
OP | Post 3 made on Wednesday November 21, 2018 at 22:02
plefkow
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Thank you for the suggestion. Reading a few reviews on the Amazon seems that 3rd party are hit or miss and possibly could damage the unit, although unlikely to probably cause any issues.

I guess the question I have is really "Are there better remotes now available that are superior to the MX-980" that I should consider upgrading to at this time?
Post 4 made on Thursday November 22, 2018 at 13:13
Trunk-Slammer -Supreme
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Just buy any 11N09T battery and go.

URC doesn't make batteries. The make remotes, and get batteries from someone else (we may never really know where).

End of story.
Post 5 made on Thursday November 22, 2018 at 21:27
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I'd keep your remote. The newer version the MX-990 is nicer but it really doesn't add much functionally. It does have a nicer screen and a nicer look and feel but you don't gain much in functionality. So $550 is lot to spend instead a $50 battery. I wouldn't hesitate in buying an aftermarket one for even less.
Post 6 made on Friday November 23, 2018 at 11:55
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On November 21, 2018 at 22:02, plefkow said...
Thank you for the suggestion. Reading a few reviews on the Amazon seems that 3rd party are hit or miss and possibly could damage the unit, although unlikely to probably cause any issues.

I guess the question I have is really "Are there better remotes now available that are superior to the MX-980" that I should consider upgrading to at this time?

If you're truly thinking of an upgrade, you could consider their MX-HomePro product. The hard key remote is somewhat of a step back from your MX-980 at first glance, however it does add some 2-way functionality for entertainment and home automation products, and it comes with all the phone and tablet licences you would need. It required a good network as the remote communicates via wi-fi, and the hub can be either hard-wired or wi-fi. Add a Z-Wave processor, and you get lighting, locks, and even IP camera on screen of the remote.
Post 7 made on Friday November 23, 2018 at 15:59
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The battery can be replaced by a Fugi camera battery #NP-60. Quite a few members use one from Ultralast. I just ordered 2 of them from Newworldvideodirect.com at a price of $20.00 each.

Forget this place. I waited 11 days and heard nothing. I sent an e-mail and they told me that they were having overheating issues with the battery. I canceled.

Last edited by KenSmith58 on December 3, 2018 19:32.
Post 8 made on Friday November 23, 2018 at 17:21
DJ Garcia
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Here's another possibility ...

[Link: amazon.com]
MX-990
OP | Post 9 made on Wednesday December 5, 2018 at 11:11
plefkow
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Thank you. If I wanted to replace this remote with a Logitech, what would be a comparable model and what are the pluses / minuses about switching over to logitech?
Post 10 made on Wednesday December 5, 2018 at 13:39
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I don't think they make a comparable model. the Logitech Harmony Elite or 950 if you don't have a base station and everything is line of sight IR controlled, would be the closest to your 980. The big advantage of the elite is IP control for some devices and timers. But in many ways still not as customizable as the 980 you own.


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