Baofeng UV-5RE+Plus Review | Is It Worth It?

If you are planning to take a trip off into unchartered territory, then you will need a walkie talkie. The walkie-talkie, also known as the two-way radio, is an indispensable tool for anyone who wants to keep in touch, especially in areas with no cell phone coverage.

Baofeng UV-5RE+Plus

Aside from a satellite phone or messenger that helps communicate anywhere globally, the two-way radio is the only other device that can be used to communicate without cell reception, albeit over shorter distances and at a significantly lower cost. If you are planning a long hike in the mountains, a camping trip, or a safari, then you should consider a walkie-talkie as part of your kit to help extend your range of communication.

Meet the BaoFeng UV-5RE+, a superb VHF/UHF dual-band two-way radio. It boasts 128 channel group storage, A large LCD Display, dual frequency display, and a hard-hitting design, among other excellent features.


Features of Baofeng UV-5RE+Plus

  • 25KHz Wide Band and 12.5KHz Narrowband (Switchable)
  • UHF/VHF
  • 5-Watt Power output
  • FM Radio Range of 65.0MHz to 108.0MHz
  • Large Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
  • Flashlight (LED)
  • High Power RF and Low Power RF (Switchable)
  • Voice-activated Exchange (VOX) Built-in
  • Support for up to 50 CTCSS and 104 DCS Tones
  • Searching and Scanning for Tones
  • Dual standby
  • Programmable Via PC or the Keypad
  • Transmitter time-out timer (TOT)
  • Busy channel lock-out (BCLO)
  • Emergency Alert
  • Channel Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25KHz

What is in the BOX?

  • One BaoFeng UV-5RE+
  • One 1800mAh Battery
  • One Antenna
  • Power Adapter
  • One hands-free Earpiece
  • Belt Clip
  • Hand Strap/lanyard
  • One Desktop battery Charger with a wall adapter
  • User Manual

What Do Owners Say?

The reviews for the BaoFeng UV-5RE+ are all positive. Users loved it. All the users that reviewed their units praised the rugged premium build of this two-way radio, with one user having owned his UV-5RE+ for more than two years. The device is light, weighing in at only two hundred and fifty grams. (this is with the battery and antenna attached.) Beginner users pointed out the controls, and the large LCD Display made their ownership and user experience easy.

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Other users praised the upgraded, unique design of the UV-5RE+, describing it as “tactical.” Some active users also praised the VOX feature for the fact that it allowed hands-free usage. A user loved adding a flashlight to the UV-5RE+, stating that it was a handy feature, especially at night.

Another owner prized the fact that the Baofeng UV-5RE+ can either be programmed using a personal computer or only by using the keypad. All the users who left reviews stated that the UV-5RE+ is much more precise more understandable than the competition and the older UV-5R. They also affirmed that the device’s volume levels were sufficiently loud for every use case, whether law enforcement, car racing, hiking, or even on road trips.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Durable, Solid, rugged metallic build quality suitable for heavy-duty usage, built to last
  • Simple and straight forward interface makes it easy to use, even for newbies
  • Offers up to 128 group channels storage
  • Built-in Flashlight for night time usage
  • The large backlit LCD provides easy to read information at a glance
  • Dual-Band switching at the touch of a button
  • Easily program frequencies using the keypad or optionally using a personal computer
  • It comes with multiple included accessories out of the box
  • If you like scanning the UV-5RE+ allows you to search or browse frequencies
Cons
  • All the buttons can be confusing at first glance, so I’d suggest reading the manual first
  • In some regions, a license is required to operate some of the supported frequencies (144 MHz and 440 MHz bands 2 meters and 70 centimetres)

Is Baofeng UV-5RE+ Plus Worth It?

Our rating: 4.5 / 5

The BaoFeng UV-5RE+ packs a punch. It ticks all the necessary boxes when it comes to walkie talkies. The rugged metallic build, the ease of use, and the multiple accessories that come in the box make this two-way radio a prime pick for any user.

The addition of various features like the emergency broadcast to let your team know when you are in distress is very handy. It is not surprising that most of the reviews on the UV-5RE+ are positive, and none of the owners left a scathing review. If you are starting in the two-way radio scene, then the UV-5RE+ is an excellent place to begin your radio journey.


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