New Baofeng models: UV-B5, UV-B6

New and all improved? The UV-B5 features a channel selector (nice) and an alarm button (who cares) on top, but lacks a flashlight. The UV-B6 features a flashlight but lacks the channel selector and alarm button on top. All other specs are identical.

The batteries look very similar to the ones we know from the Baofeng BF-666/777/888 series, but the shape of the contacts is different. I’m pretty sure they’re not interchangeable.

Prices vary from $53 for the UV-B5 version to $58 for the UV-B6 version (409shop, shipping included).

Place of Origin China (Mainland)
Brand Name BAOFENG
Model Number UV-B5
Type Handheld
Dimensions 116.2mm * 57.9mm * 35.7mm
Frequency Range 136-174 & 400-480mhz
Memories 99
Talk Range 5-10km
Product Name radio transmitter
Model NO. BF UV-B5
Color Black
R.F. Power Rating 5W
Operating Voltage 7.4V
Standard Battery 1800MAh Li-ion
Standard Accessory Radio, charger, battery, dual band antenna, strap, belt clip
Weight 0.8kg

Place of Origin China (Mainland)
Brand Name BAOFENG
Model Number UV-B6
Type Handheld
Dimensions 116.2mm * 57.9mm * 35.7mm
Frequency Range 136-174 & 400-480mhz
Memories 99
Talk Range 5-10km
Product Name 2 way radio
Model NO. BF-UV-B6
Color Black
R.F. Power Rating 5W
Operating Voltage 7.4V
Battery Capacity 1800MAh Li-ion
Standard Accessories Radio, charger, battery, dual band antenna, strap, belt clip
Weight 0.8kg
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2 comments on “New Baofeng models: UV-B5, UV-B6

  1. My guess is that the UV-B6 version, is the safest bet, because it has no rotary for the channel/frequency tuning, sometimes one which does, fails easily, due to hf.

    • Mine is getting plenty use, and no problems.
      How should RF get in the encoder ? I don’t QSY when key’d. ;-)

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