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Panasonic KX-TG6513B

Expandable cordless phone system with three handsets and Caller ID

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by Ralph Graves
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Panasonic's KX-TG6513B phone comes with three handsets, and you can add up to three more for a total of six. The base station adjusts its power consumption when handsets are close to it to avoid wasting costly energy.

Put unwanted callers on the phone's Call Block list, and when they call they'll simply get a busy signal. If you want to turn off the ringer when you go to sleep, just switch the handset to "Silent Mode" and you won't hear a sound. But don't worry about missing an important call if you forget to turn the ringer back on — the handset's light-up indicator will still alert you when a call comes in.

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DECT cordless technology
The KX-TG6513B uses DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) 6.0 technology for clear conversations with reduced noise and excellent cordless range. It operates in the 1.9 GHz frequency bandwidth, so it won't cause problems with Wi-Fi® computer networks or other common wireless devices.

Highlights:

  • uses DECT 6.0 cordless phone standard
  • 1.9 GHz frequency range avoids interference with Wi-Fi networks
  • multi-handset operation (add up to 3 optional handsets for a total of 6)
  • includes three handsets and one base
  • Intelligent Eco Mode adjusts power consumption based on handset proximity
  • 1.8" white, backlit LCD display on handset
  • lighted handset keypad
  • any-key answer
  • 50-entry Caller ID memory and 50-entry phonebook memory
  • 30-entry Call Block list
  • 3-way conferencing between outside line and up to two handsets
  • handset speakerphone
  • voice paging (base to all handsets)
  • jack for optional headset
  • wall mountable base
  • NiMH rechargeable batteries (two AAAs)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Type of Cordless DECT 6.0 Plus (1.9 GHz)
Caller ID Yes
LCD on Base or Handset Handset
Directory Capacity 50
Speed Dial Memories None
Hold Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Flash Key Yes
Ringer off Yes
Base Keypad No
Illuminated Keypad Yes
Headset-Compatible Yes
Base to Handset Paging Yes
Digital Answering Machine None
Wall Mounting Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • KX-TG6511B base unit with integrated wall mount/desk stand
  • Three KX-TGA652B handsets
  • Two PNLC1010 Battery chargers
  • Six HHR-55AAABU "AAA" Ni-MH batteries (1.2V/550mAh)
  • Three PQLV219 AC Adapters each with attached 6' DC output cord (DC output: 6.5 V/500mA)
  • 6' Telephone cord
  • 3 Belt clips
  • Operating Instructions

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Telephone Features

DECT 6.0 Plus: DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) Plus technology improves on the original DECT 6.0. The error correction frequency is increased up to 80x, which increases the range and improves the transmission quality. Operating in the 1.9 GHz frequency range, the KX-TG6513 phone will not conflict with other wireless devices such as computer routers, wireless keyboards, microwave ovens and other common household devices.

Expandable Cordless System: In addition to the three included cordless handsets, you can add up to three more KX-TGA651 (133TGA651) handsets, for a total of six.

Intelligent Eco Mode: The phone's Intelligent Eco mode automatically reduces handset power consumption when you're using the handset close to the base unit. This feature extends the available talk time by suppressing the power it takes to transmit to the base unit. The "ECO" icon appears in the handset display when activated.

Handset Speakerphone: The cordless handset can double as a speakerphone for hands-free conversations. The handset is squared on the bottom, allowing you to stand it up on a table top while you talk hands-free.

Non-Slip Handset: The KX-TGA652 handset has a rubberized surface on the back panel to help prevent slipping, especially when you cradle it on your shoulder.

Headset Compatible: The handset has a 2.5mm sub-mini headset jack to allow you to plug in a headset for hands-free operation. Compatible headsets include: KX-TCA400, KX-TCA60, KX-TCA93, KX-TCA94, and KX-TCA430.

1.8" Backlit LCD: The cordless handset features a backlit 1.8" LCD screen which displays Caller ID information, battery strength, Caller List, Directory, plus the Function Menu table. You can adjust the contrast of the LCD from 1-6.

Navigator Keys: The four directional navigator keys on the handset are used to navigate through menus and to select items shown on the display by pushing it up, down, left, or right.

Soft Keys: The handset has three soft keys which allow you to select the feature shown directly above it on the display. Some of the soft key functions include Mute, Phonebook, Menu, and Redial.

Caller ID: This unit is compatible with Caller ID services offered by your telephone company. If you subscribe to Caller ID, the caller's name and phone number will be displayed and recorded in the handset's Caller List.

Call Waiting Caller ID: If you subscribe to Call Waiting with Caller ID, when talking on the phone as another call comes in, the second caller's name and phone number will be displayed.

Ringer/Message Indicators: The handset has a ringer indicator LED on the top that will flash quickly whenever a call comes in.

Caller List: The unit records information for the last 50 callers and stores this information in the Caller List. The unit can show the number of calls you missed. You can call back any number in the caller list. Once a number is in the Caller List, it can be manually or automatically edited (to add or remove area codes or prefixes), saved in the Directory, or deleted.

Call Block: The phone can be programmed to reject unwanted calls. If you subscribe to Caller ID, the unit will reject a call that comes in without a phone number, including those that are labeled "Out of area", "Private caller", or "Long distance". Calls from a phone number stored in the call block list are also rejected. Up to 30 phone numbers can be stored in the call block list. When the call is received, the unit rings for a short time while the caller is being identified. If the phone number matches an entry in the call block list, the unit sends out a busy tone to the caller, then disconnects the call.

Shared Phonebook: All handsets registered to the base unit can use the unit's phonebook. Up to 50 names and phone numbers can be stored in the phonebook. You can enter names up to 16 characters, and phone numbers up to 24 digits. A pause can be entered in the phone number if required for dialing. Each pause is stored as one digit and the pause is approximately 3.5 seconds. The directory names are sorted alphabetically. You can also assign names to one of nine groups to help you locate entries quickly and easily. Groups can also be assigned a different ringer tone to help you identify who is calling.

Chain Dial: You can dial a number from the phone while on a call using Chain Dial. This can be used to dial a calling card access number, dial a PIN number, etc. without having to dial it manually.

Redial List: You can review a list of the last five numbers dialed, then call any of those numbers.

Mute: This system features a Mute key on the cordless handset. If you wish to temporarily mute the conversation, you can mute the handset so the other party cannot hear you, but you can still hear them.

Handset Locator: This feature allows you to locate a handset by paging it from the base unit. All registered handsets are paged simultaneously.

Silent Mode: You can program each handset to ring or not at your discretion. If you set a handset to Silent Mode, it will not ring when calls come in. A specific time period can be programmed ahead of time for the silent mode. Other handsets programmed to the phone are not affected, and will continue to ring when calls are received.

Intercom: This feature lets you set-up a 2-way conversation between two registered handsets.

Call Transfer: Calls can be transferred from one handset to any other registered handset.

Privacy Mode: You can prevent users of other handsets from joining your conversations by engaging the Privacy Mode in the Initial Setting menu. To allow other users to join your conversation (call share), you can turn the Privacy Mode off.

Call Share: Call Share allows a second registered cordless handset to join an existing external call by pressing one button.

Any Key Talk/Auto Talk: The Any Key Talk feature allows you to press any of the numeric keys, the * key, the # key, or the intercom button to answer a call. When the handset is on the charger base, the Auto Talk feature allows you to answer a call by simply picking up the handset. Auto Talk can be turned on/off in the menu.

Volume Controls: You have the ability to adjust volume levels for the handset and the handset speakerphone. Choose from four levels when holding the handset to your ear, and six levels for the speakerphone.

Ringer Options: You can select one of six ringer volume settings or Off. You can also choose between five ring tones and five ring melodies.

Temporary Tone Dialing: If you are using a pulse dialing system, you can temporarily switch to tone dialing to enter numbers for answering services, electronic banking services, company phone directories, etc. When you hang up, the mode switches back to pulse dialing.

Flash Key: If you have the Call Waiting service, you can use the flash key to put the first call on hold, allowing you to answer a second incoming call. You can adjust the length of the flash time if necessary.

Alarm: On the handset, you can set an alarm to sound for three minutes on a one-time or daily basis. With the date and time programmed into the phone, you can enter a desired time for the alarm to sound. Using a different ringer tone from the one used for outside calls is recommended.

Belt Clip: The included belt clip can be attached to the back of the cordless handset so that you can hook it onto your belt.

Security: A handset cannot operate unless it is registered with the base unit.

Voice Mail Services: The KX-TG6513 will integrate with your telephone company's voice mail service to make it easier to retrieve your messages. When you receive a new Voice Mail message, the telephone company sends special tones to alert you that a new message is available. The KX-TG6513 detects these tones, causing the message indicator on the handset to flash slowly, and by displaying "New Voice Mail" in the LCD. You can program your Voice Mail access number (along with your password and any necessary pauses) so you can dial it automatically to retrieve your messages.

Battery Information: The phone comes with six "AAA" rechargeable Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) batteries, two for each handset. A Ni-MH battery doesn't develop the "memory" effect like many Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cad) rechargeable batteries.

  • Initial Charge Time: 7 hours
  • Battery Talk Time: up to 13 hours continuous
  • Battery Standby Time: up to 11 days

Wall Mounting: The base unit and battery charger for the additional handsets can be placed on a desk or table, or can be wall mounted. The base unit has an integrated bracket that can be turned one way for wall mounting and turned the other way for placing on a desk. The battery charger has two keyhole slots for wall mounting.

Dimensions

Base Unit:

  • Width: 5.752"
  • Height: 3.25" (7.125" with handset in charger)
  • Depth: 5.125"
  • On Wall Mount: W=5.752", H=4.875", D=3.5"

Handset:

  • Width: 1.898"
  • Height: 6.288"
  • Depth: 1.205"

Battery Chargers:

  • Width: 2.817"
  • Height: 2.013" (7.099" with handset in charger)
  • Depth: 3.375"
 
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Panasonic KX-TG6513B

Written By GeneG, Pawleys Island, SC on Monday, March 31, 2014
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Good simple phone. Range works well in 3-story beach house using 3 units. Battery life has been good thus far.
Pros:
Ease of use, good range, holds charge, simple batteries
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Happy....so far.

Written By franksta, Marshfield, MA on Saturday, February 08, 2014
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Fast delivery. Phone seems fine in the short time I have owned it, that's why only 4 stars.
Pros:
Its many features.
Cons:
Non
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5 out of 5

Panasonic KX-TG6513B

Written By Carolyn, Sylacauga, AL on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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Awesome phones!Just what I needed for my wireless home phone service.
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5 out of 5

Panasonic Cordless Telephone System KX-TG6513B

Written By MJS, Houston, TX on Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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I have owned Panasonic cordless telephone systems for over ten years and they produce an excellent system. The DECT 6.0 technology is great and the clarity and reception is fantastic. I would recommend to everyone. Excellent value for the money.
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5 out of 5

Excellent

Written By BJ, Hanover PA on Friday, May 04, 2012
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No problems here. Setup was a snap, handsets are sleek and comfortable with clear displays. Clarity and sound quality are even better than expected. But hey, this is Crutchfield, I knew the product would be top notch!
Pros:
Easy Set Up Sleek, Attractive and Comfortable Handsets Awesome Clarity
Cons:
NONE
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5 out of 5

Very Good Phone

Written By Middle of the Pacific, Saipan MP on Sunday, October 02, 2011
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I have only had the phones for a few days but I think the other reviews are accurate. They were easy to set up and work well. I have not had time to learn all the features yet.
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Very Happy!

Written By Candy, Ashburn, VA on Wednesday, June 08, 2011
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Very happy with this product. I especially love the call blocking feature and being able to purchase 3 handsets without having to purchase the digital messaging feature!
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5 out of 5

Easy to use & fantastic range

Written By Anij, Boston, MA on Monday, February 21, 2011
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The Panasonic KX-TG6513B is a great phone system, and it saved me hundreds of
dollars. I have a separate phone line that runs from the modem in my basement
to the third floor, where my mother lives. That line stopped working. Comcast
said that the problem was with the internal wiring, and that I would have to
hire an electrician to find the problem. Obviously, I would like to avoid that
extremely expensive option. I took the phone that I had up there (V-tech 6141),
and hooked up the base unit directly to the modem in the basement, and put two
handsets on the 3rd floor. That didn't work. The phones received the signal,
but would lose power after only a few minutes & you could not use speaker. I
thought I'd have to call the electrician, but wanted to give it one
more try so bought the Panasonic KX-TG6513B.
THESE PHONES WORK BETTER THAN I EVER DREAMED THEY WOULD!
The base unit is plugged directly into the modem in the basement, and I have
three handsets upstairs. The reception is flawless - voices are very clear and
easy to understand (even on speaker). I was on hold for over 40 minutes with
Barnes & Noble, and there was no problem. In addition, the features like
Phone-Book, CID and Voice-Mail are so easy to access that my mom, who is in her
70's and is not a techie, has no trouble doing so. I absolutely would
recommend this phone to everybody!
I am happy to say that it lives up to all it's claims!

I only wish I could give it 10 stars! Thank you!
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5 out of 5

Just what I was looking for!

Written By wingate, Richland, on Thursday, September 23, 2010
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It was hard to find a cordless phone with all the features and NO answering machine.
The set looks good and sounds even better. Couldn't be happier!
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