BaoFeng Dual Band Two Way Radio

Last updated date: April 5, 2019

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In our analysis of 60 expert reviews, the BaoFeng BaoFeng Dual Band Two Way Radio placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
3,451 user reviews
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What experts liked
Combines wonderful functional and operational features with a reasonable price.
- Best Advisor
Going for just $24, you get 128 channels and a frequency range of 136 to 174. You can customize the names of the channels and monitor 2 different frequencies.
- List Outdoor
This handset is strong and sturdy and has been built keeping in mind rough usage. The device’s ergonomic design and respectable looks are one of the best features.
- Walkie Talkie World
The build quality is quite solid. This device has survived 3-4 drops so far, and it is still working fine.
- Walkie Talkie Reviews
It has three-way (FM, VHF & UHF) radio wave reception with complete frequency coverage.
- Sea Slug Team
What experts didn't like
This device might make an impression of being too complex to use.
- Best Advisor
Can be difficult to program.
- List Outdoor
Manual programming could be a lot better.
- Walkie Talkie World
This has its downsides as well. For example, one option the software has that is not available through manual programming is to disable a stored channel for the scan function.
- Walkie Talkie Reviews
The only drawback we found in BaoFeng UV-5R is, it’s battery power. It can run in 1500 mAh batteries, which can last for 12-18 hours based on the power mood.
- Sea Slug Team

From The Manufacturer

The BaoFeng UV-5R is a compact hand held transceiver providing 4 watts in the frequency range of 136- 174 MHz and 400-480 MHz. It is a compact, economical HT that includes special VHF receive band from 65 - 108 MHz which includes the regular FM broadcast band. Dual watch and dual reception is supported. The transceiver is a micro-miniature multiband FM transceiver with extensive receive frequency coverage, providing local-area two-way amateur communications along with unmatched monitoring capability.

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Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 10
2. Uniden HomePatrol Series Handheld Scanner
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 7
4. Uniden 500 Channel Scanner
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
5. BaoFeng Dual Band Two Way Radio
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 5
6. Uniden 300-Channel Base/Mobile Scanner
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Whistler Analog Desktop Scanner
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
8. Uniden BearTracker Scanner
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 4
9. Whistler TRX-1 Handheld Digital Scanner Radio
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 4
10. Whistler WS1010 Analog Handheld Scanner
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 5

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