What do I mean by that? Simply put, a high capacity Baofeng extended battery could make all the difference in some situations. When radio communications might be most important, the last thing you want is a fading battery pack.
This particular genuine extended battery is for Baofeng radio series UV-5R, BF-F8HP, and the UV-5X3.
It is a Lithium-ion battery. Its voltage is 7.4V, its capacity is 3,800mAh, and total watt hours is ~ 28Wh.
It has built-in over charge protection, over discharge protection, over current protection, over-heat protection, and short-circuit protection.
It does add 1.5 inches of length to the radio (and 3 extra ounces of weight). Whereas some people may find the extra length to be advantageous (easier handling), for those who don’t – its a small price to pay for more than double the battery life from the original.
Authentic BTECH Baofeng Extended Battery
(BTECH is a USA company, providing US warranty and support)
This is the OEM (Authentic Genuine BTECH) extended high-capacity battery for BaoFeng BF-F8HP, UV-5X3, and UV-5R series radios.
It works on:
- UV-5R variants such as the UV-5Rv2+, UV-5RTP, UV-5R+ Plus, and more
**It is not compatible with the UV-5RA or other radios like the UV-5RA which do not conform to the base UV-5R style case guidelines.
The BL-5L (this particular Baofeng extended battery) is designed for the Original UV-5R Series. It is designed for the original case style on the UV-5R series radios. This includes the original first and second generation UV-5R*, the third generation BF-F8HP, and with the new BTECH UV-5X3.
*It is compatible with variations of the UV-5R such as the UV-5RTP, UV-5R Plus, and others. It is not compatible with the UV-5RA or other radios like the UV-5RA which do not conform to the base UV-5R style case guidelines.
BaoFeng 3800mAh Li-ion Battery Pack
(view on amzn)
Will the Baofeng extended battery charge on the original stock base unit charger?
Multiple Charging Options
The BL-5L charges on the stock CH-5 battery charger that already is included with the UV-5R, UV-5X3, and BF-F8HP series radios.
The BL-5L also allows for direct DC charging in the 2.5mm barrel plug on the side. Pair with the BTECH BT1013 USB Charge cable for easy charging:
USB 2.1A, 1A, and .5A transformer compatible.
Advantages of the charging cable instead of stock battery charger
This method is ideal for easier, smaller packing if on-the-go. Takes up less space. Compatible with typical USB wall chargers. And, you could charge your Baofeng radio this way along with a solar panel (one with a built-in USB charger). As well as via a computer USB, car USB, or any USB slot.
If you’re going to use the charging cable instead of the stock base charger, I do recommend a good quality higher power USB charger like the ANKER brand: