Baofeng extended battery for UV-5R, BF-F8HP

This Baofeng Extended Battery For Mission Critical Operations

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-5X3
  • BF-F8HP
  • UV-5R
  • 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
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Genuine Baofeng extended battery

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:

BT1013 BL-5L Power and Charging Transformer Cable
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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.

[ Read: Charge AA Batteries – And More – With A Portable Solar Panel ]

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:

Anker 18W 3Amp USB Wall Charger
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[ Read: Best BaoFeng Antenna Upgrade for Ham Radio or GMRS, FRS, MURS Bands ]


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15 Comments

  1. We purchased two of the newer battery packs for the F-8 model. As these are a backup to the original that was supplied with the unit. Time for a charging the batteries before being store away for the next 6 months.

  2. 100% agreed on the MEGA Batteries
    Add that 18″ antenna and your set to go get lost in the woods…. 😳😳😳

      1. To ‘Always Learning’,

        It’s not just about antenna length. It’s about what it is designed / tuned for (frequency).

        Your antenna choice depends on what frequencies where you intend to operate. Antennas are designed for specific frequencies or range of frequencies. Therefore operating (transmitting) on a frequency outside the antenna’s design parameters will produce poor results.

        So, before your question can be answered, one would need to know what frequency band(s) you intend to use this for (transmit / receive).

        For example,

        VHF (Ham band) 144-148 MHz (2 Meter band)
        UHF (Ham band) 420-450 MHz (70-centimeter)

        GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) are a set of frequencies near 462 MHz and 467 MHz (some shared with FRS).

        FRS (Family Radio Service) are a set of frequencies near 462 MHz and 467 MHz.

        PLMRS (Private Land Mobile Radio Services) / Commercial bands, are within the spectrum between 150 and 174 MHz. It’s also generally known as the business radio band.

        MURS (Multi Use Radio Service) is a set of five frequencies near 151 MHz and 154 MHz.

        Maritime Mobile or the Marine radio band falls on frequencies within the spectrum between 156 and 162 MHz.

        (Frequency matters when it comes to antenna design)

    1. @NRP, I think I found it in the previous article – the one recommended is 15.6″, correct?

  3. The BAE Fong’s were to complicated to operate so they are sitting on a shelf. I would love a recommendation for a less complicated radio with the same range. Really don’t need ALL of the functionality as our main objective is long range communications with just 3 people within 30 miles. I am fine with a large base station model for really long range comms out of the house.

    1. RTW…..
      You left out some critical information in your requirements.
      1) Are these people within line-of-sight?
      2) Are these people within a 90 degree arc of your location?
      3) Which Baofengs do you have?
      4) Is that a 30 mile radius from your location?
      5) Or a 30 mile diameter circle that all four of you are in
      6) Are you at the higher altitude of the other three?

      My suggestion is to obtain the following:

      An omnidirectional, vertically polarized antenna. Look at the Diamond X700HNA. They are proud of it, but all I have is are still operating. I put up the first one, a previous model, 16 years ago and it is still working like day one. At 140 MHz (VHF) it has 9.3 Db gain. At 400 MHz (UHF) it has 13 DB gain. Meaning more can hear you further away and you can hear more from further away. (I get absolutely no kick back for saying that. Dang it.)

      Use DECENT coax. Such as RG-400. Again, ‘they’ are proud of it……but it is very good.

      Get a 30 to 40 ft telescoping pole to put the antenna on. And guy it properly. The higher the antenna, the better the line-of-sight and the better the reception…..on both ends. Just MHO… _._

    2. RTW,
      Go back into Ken’s archive of articles. Minerjim wrote a good one. Perfect for your situation. Time is short.

    3. I’ve been using Yaesu FT-60’s for years, and have only had one fail. That one developed a scratchy spot on the volume control. I keep three on hand and switch between them every week or so. I don’t want o come off as a “snob” ham here. The Baofeng radios have their place. They’re good entry-level radios, allowing people to get into ham radio even if money is tight. That being said, Baofengs fall into the “disposable” radio category. In short, you get what you pay for. I am NOT impressed with their quality at all, and as you mentioned, they’re a hair-bear to program! I would not want to trust my life to them unless they were all that was available.

  4. i have one each for my four radios, standby mode is about 4 day’s with the larger batteries. not to bad. i keep my originals charged for backups. running 8 rs

  5. Some years ago I purchased a battery pack case similar to the ones shown that allowed you to add in AA batteries, which was great for me as I have plenty of lithium AAs. The problem was that when I used that battery pack it didn’t allow me to transmit only receive. I figured it was just a pin or setting that I had to change, never really investigated it further.

    Let that be a lesson to buy genuine baofeng battery packs.

  6. I went down the HAM radio rabbit hole about 3 years ago. Started with a couple Boafeng UV-5RTP. Now have 6 of them that are programmed and ready to pass out to neighbors if the SHTF. Also have several Yaesu C4FM capable radios both HT’s and mobile/base rigs and a couple Anytone DMR radios.

    The thing I have learned is “Height is Might”, The higher you can get a quality antenna the better your transmit/receive capabilities. I have hit repeaters 40 miles away on 2-1/2 watts with my HT WHEN it is hooked to my Tram 1481 antenna that tops out at 42′. The repeater antenna is about 450′. You can make or buy wire antennas properly tuned to the frequency you want to use, attach it to some 50 ohm coax and raise the antenna up a tree and greatly increase the range of your HT.

    As for extended batteries, don’t be put off by the little extra weight or size. The extra transmit/receive time they give you could be a lifesaver.

    Boafeng radios are entry level radios but they do work. In fact most models will work on VHF, UHF, GMRS, FRS, MURS, Marine Bands, Commercial Bands, and bands used by the Civilian Air Patrol.

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