Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Baofeng UV-3R: Battery & AA Battery Case

Alternate Batteries
The UV-3R comes standard with a 1500 mAh battery with a stated run time of 10 hours. There are reports that this a common camera battery and you can use the NP60 and SLB1037 as a replacement. I will verify once I can lay my hands on the parts.

AA Battery Case
Some people have had good luck using an AA battery case for the Yaesu VX-3R, part #FBA-37, with their UV-3R. I've got the Yaesu part and have ordered another knock-off one from eBay. RPComms43 posted pictures indicating that a small modification had to be made to the plastic case before it would fit. Again, once I have the parts in place I will update and show how it worked for me.

I will once more suggest joining the UV-3R Yahoo Group. These guys are smarter than me and have been really great at getting answers to those that ask.


  1. I retrofitted an FBA-37 to my UV-3R last night. Used the original back plate to trace the "U"-shape on the FBA-37 and then used a Dremel tool to cut it out. The pack fits very tight and it was difficult, but not impossible, to slide back plate latch on the bottom to the locked position. Added a belt clip onto the back of the FBA-37 from an old BlackBerry case.

  2. Glad you got it to work. I have heard from others that it is a tight fit.