Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Baofeng UV-3R: Comparison

Geoff (N3OWJ/4X1GM) provides a great summary of the differences between the UV-3R Original/Mark II and the UV-3R + Plus models. I added the links to his original text.

"From the specs and advertisements, the Mark II and the Plus are thesame radio. The changes are external.
The Mark II takes an antenna with a pin in the SMA connector, the PLUS
takes one with the pin in the radio.
The Mark II uses a 4 conductor earphone plug for the speaker/mic andprograming. The PLUS uses a Kenwood/Woxoun speaker mic connector (2separate plugs).
The PLUS shares antennas, earphones, speakermics and progaming cableswith the Wouxoun and if you have both an original or Mark II and aPLUS you will need two different sets of each.
The Mark II uses the same battery as some of the Nikon and othercameras (but not any Canon), the PLUS uses a special battery.
The Mark II battery has to be taken out of the radio to be charged in the external charger, which is why no one ever does it, they leave itin the radio to charge.
The PLUS has charging contacts on the back and it looks like you charge the battery by dropping the radio into the external charger.
There are videos on YouTube of a car running over the PLUS and it falling from 5 meters with no damage. I would not expect a Mark II tosurvive.
The PLUS is significantly bigger and heavier.
Yaseu AA battery packs for similar radios work on the original and Mark II and there are cheap knock-offs. There are currently no AAbattery packs for the PLUS."


  1. Good post!

    BTW, Just appeared at 409Shop today:
    NEW BAOFENG UV-5R 4W 136-174/400-480Mhz
    Item ID: UV-5R+E1K


    * Dual-Band Display, Dual Freq. Display, Dual-Standby (I hope U/U V/V is possible as well).
    * Channel Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25KHz = Good for FCC part 90..
    * 7.4V 1800mah Li-ion Battery Pack = Decent capacity!
    * Output power 4W / 1W (Max 5W) - ??
    * Member Price: USD 56.00 * Shipping Cost Included


    Can't wait for some reviews.


    1. Nate,

      Thanks for the info... PA2OLD and an anonymous commentor had let me know earlier. There were storms in the area and I have been trying to post about this for hours! If I had hair, I would have pulled it all out. I was about to drive to work just so I could get online for a few minutes.

      Exciting times for cheap radios!

    2. You know how we say... almost doesn't count.. :-P
      I'm just happy I was able to post it first in your blog.
      (I usually get my Baofeng news on your blog, so it is nice to contribute something back).

      It is all so exciting, I can barely contain myself.
      I guess if I had your e-mail address, I would have sent you the stuff earlier.

      All in good ham and spirit.


    3. You can get e-mail me at brick at the blog domain. The world was against me last night as far at getting info and acting on it. Writing up a post now.

  2. Have you seen this radio?

    It's a TYT-UV3R

    It has a full 0-9 keypad. I just stumbled upon it today.