Product Comparison: BaoFeng UV-5R vs BaoFeng BF-F8HP

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General Specifications
About the Product
BaoFeng Introduced the UV-5R Dual Band, Dual Display radio in 2012. Since its introduction the UV-5R has seen a massive success.
The BF-F8HP is a dual band handheld radio that improves on the UV-5R with more transmit power based on a new generation chipset - along with new concierge service.
Key Specs
Packaged Quantity
Frequency Band
Frequency Range
136-174 / 400-480 MHz
136-174 / 400-520 MHz
Communication Range
25 miles
25 miles
Number Of Channels
What customers say about "Key Specs"
BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio
  • Was averaging about 6 to 7 miles with the antenna that came with the BaoFeng UV-5R radio.
  • Great thing about the Baofeng as opposed to ones like the Midland, is that all frequencies from 136-174 and 400-480 are fully programmable.
  • Reception and transmitting are both good with the stock antenna.
  • Solid radio. construction is very good. reception is great with an aftermarket 14.5 inch antenna.
  • Great coverage area. Crisp and clear TX and RX.
BaoFeng BF-F8HP (UV-5R 3rd Gen) 8-Watt Dual Band Two-Way Radio
  • This is a very nice radio for the money. I live in close range to some local repeaters, so I'm not really challenging the radio's receive capabilities.
  • But I have two of these radios and they work great over about a 2-4 mile effective range.
  • With 8 W vs 5 W you can expect ~125% the range of of the UV-5R (sqrt(8/5)=1.26). The flashlight is a little silly and unnecessary, but w/e. The speaker is nice and loud.
  • I have found it to be a good, reliable radio transceiver with pretty good function sets, as well as excellent frequency ranges for the various U S radio services bands.
  • I was hoping to improve my range in my rural environment with the advertised 8 watts of transmit power but my watt meter showed that although the radio had the advertised 1 watt on the low setting and almost 5 watts on the medium setting it had less than 1 watt on the high power setting.
Size & Weight
4.33 in.
4.3 in.
2.28 in.
2.3 in.
1.26 in.
1.3 in.
0.29 lb.
0.47 lb.
Display Type
LCD Display with backlight
Tri-Color LCD
Keypad lock
Accessories Included
Power Adapter, Earpiece, Belt Clip, Hand Strap, Battery Charger, Antenna
V-85 Antenna, Power Adapter, Earpiece, Belt Clip, Hand Strap, Battery Charger
VOX, Flashlight
A new 76 Page In-Depth User's Guide, Versatile for Amateur USE, Dual Watch Receiver, FM Broadcast Station, Group Tones supported, Internal VOX function, Flashlight
What customers say about "Features"
BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio
  • Nice to have the flashlight and the key and display backlight. Overall great radio for the price.
  • The BaoFeng radio is solid, small, comfortable to use, has cool voice menu operation, supports FM Broadcast frequencies.
  • Astonishing performance for the money. Simple to program and simple to use.
  • Had no trouble programming the channels I needed without the USB cord or software.
  • The radio is extremely easy to program with CHIRP software.
BaoFeng BF-F8HP (UV-5R 3rd Gen) 8-Watt Dual Band Two-Way Radio
  • First of all, the SMA connector is likely opposite of what you would expect. I had several high gain dual band antennas from my previous HTs, and the connector on the Baofeng is the opposite gender.
  • I like the colored screens, as the black stand by screens that the GT-3 have are hard to read.
  • It's tough. You can view the screen well. Volume is very good for the price it is a out standings value.
  • The speaker quality is not that great - again, comparing it to some other portable radio of the same price range, it's below the bar.
  • The screen backlight goes off based on what you set in the menu, 10 seconds is longest. At first, the backlight going off in 2 seconds while I was transmitting was a bit confusing.
  • The readability of the color screens are a bit of concern. Once the back light goes out, It's very hard to read.
Battery Type
1500mAh Rechargable Battery
2000mAh rechargeable battery
Battery life
16 hours
24 hours
What customers say about "Power"
BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio
  • Another plus is the battery life, so far I am on the initial charge and I still have 3 out of 4 bars after 5 days of fairly heavy use.
  • The unit itself has felt solid and performed well, with the stock battery offering days of monitoring and learning worth of charge.
  • It feels well made, the battery life is fantastic.
  • Battery is inasanely good and will go all day with normal usage on a single charge.
  • The construction is solid and the battery life is excellent in standby and about 4-8 hours with normal use.
BaoFeng BF-F8HP (UV-5R 3rd Gen) 8-Watt Dual Band Two-Way Radio
  • The included battery holds up well, I've had it mostly on for days, listening with a few minutes of talking here and there as something piques my interest, and only had to recharge it twice since I've had it.
  • The optional battery and mic/speaker are identical for both BF-F8HP and the UV-5X3.
  • Battery life is unsurpassed and the added broadcast FM band quality is a nice touch. At the price, a ham needs one if only for a spare..
  • All in all it feels like and so far is a well-bought radio that works great, has excellent battery life and is easy to learn and use.
  • The dock station included in the box is very cheap. I don't like it has an external power charger and when the radio is docked, the radio is not firm like any other dock station I've seen for radio.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
1 year
1 year
Other Information
62.89 $

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