Product Comparison: BaoFeng UV-5RA vs BaoFeng UV-5R

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General Specifications
About the Product
The BaoFeng UV-5RA is a compact, economical HT covering 2 meters and 440 MHz. It has special VHF receive band from 65 - 108 MHz which includes the regular FM broadcast band. Dual watch and dual reception is supported. You get up to 128 memories.
BaoFeng Introduced the UV-5R Dual Band, Dual Display radio in 2012. Since its introduction the UV-5R has seen a massive success.
Key Specs
Packaged Quantity
Frequency Band
Frequency Range
136-174 / 400-520 MHz
136-174 / 400-480 MHz
Communication Range
10 miles
25 miles
Number Of Channels
What customers say about "Key Specs"
BaoFeng UV-5RA Dual Band Two Way Radio Ham handheld Walkie Talkie
  • Once everything is up and running, the radio performs very well.
  • Radio is good. Basically solid, no real issues with performance.
  • I'm so surprised with how good the sound quality and reception is, and I have received good reports of my audio quality.
  • Sounds great and has good receive. Got into a local 440 machine that is about 20 miles away.
  • It has handled all my needs running on a straight simplex system with no repeaters. Range is about a mile in very rough terrain. All audio is sharp and clear.
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.
Size & Weight
3.94 in.
4.33 in.
2.04 in.
2.28 in.
1.26 in.
1.26 in.
0.55 lb.
0.29 lb.
Display Type
Tri-Color LCD
LCD Display with backlight
Keypad lock
Accessories Included
Antenna, Earphone, Hand Strap, Belt Clip, Adapter, Desktop Charger
Power Adapter, Earpiece, Belt Clip, Hand Strap, Battery Charger, Antenna
VOX, Flashlight, NOAA Weather Channels and Alerts
VOX, Flashlight
What customers say about "Features"
BaoFeng UV-5RA Dual Band Two Way Radio Ham handheld Walkie Talkie
  • There are features found on this radio that would put it in a bracket with much more expensive radios.
  • Lots of memory channels and a strong signal.
  • This are great lower cost full featured radios.
  • Great radio has all the bells and whistles without the sky high cost, great value!
  • Great radio with lots of features, including low power consumption, flashlight, alarm and durable.
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.
Battery Type
1800 mAh rechargeable battery
1500mAh Rechargable Battery
Battery life
16 hours
What customers say about "Power"
BaoFeng UV-5RA Dual Band Two Way Radio Ham handheld Walkie Talkie
  • Great buy for the price. Long lasting battery.
  • Battery lasts a long time and love the drop in charger.
  • It comes with a re-chargeable battery that is good for an average day of use and 'spare' batteries are very in-expensive.
  • The charger takes about 4 to 5 hours to fully charge a "dead" battery.
  • When it comes to the battery life I am pretty amazed I was using it all day.
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.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
1 year
1 year
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