Multiple ways to charge your BaoFeng & BTECH Radios

Solar power charging Baofeng radio

Multiple ways to charge your BaoFeng & BTECH Radios

In our age of technology, we continue to produce more and more gadgets that just make our life, a little easier. This also brings new sources of power, or to be more precise, additional ways to convert energy to power all our devices, including your favorite BaoFeng or BTECH radio. Let’s look at a couple of our most popular power adapting cables, the BT1013 and the 10V USB Smart Cable.

You’re probably aware of the BT1013’s use with connecting your BL5L 3800mah battery to USB, or the 10V USB Smart Cable’s ability to adapt your stock radio charger to use USB — BUT there is more than meets the eye with both cables. USB ports are now everywhere, from our homes to our cars, and anything in between. Most vehicles today now include USB ports, but even if they don’t you can easily use your 12V cigarette socket, which allows for a USB adapter to plug in, allowing you to not only power your radios, but charge them on the go! What about taking your radios on an expedition without AC or DC power? Whether it is a simple hike in the hills, an overnight camping trip, or an excursion off the grid there are several solar powered USB kits that allow you to charge your radio wherever you go.

Whether you’re traveling or going off the grid, the BT1013 and the 10V USB Smart Cable can be a great addition to your go kit, helping you keep your batteries charged and ready to go.

What are our recommended off-the-grid power accessories to pair with your BTECH radio? We recommend either the BT1013 or 10V USB Smart Cable, a 12V Cigarette Socket to USB adaptor, and a good solar powered portable battery with USB support. Now you can charge from AC, DC, Solar, and USB! With these accessories, you will always be able to communicate using your BTECH radios.

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Comments (8)

  • ted Reply

    How do i know when it is full charged?

    May 30, 2022 at 5:29 pm
  • Gabriel Ariaz Reply

    Will it hurt my battery if I keep my Baofang Uv5r on its cradle. Will the contact with the charger plugged in damage the battery? (3800)

    September 3, 2022 at 1:46 pm
  • btech.radios Reply

    When using the the BT1013 Cable, there is a red light on the USB end when you first plug in the battery; similar to the charging cradle. Once the battery is finished charging the light will switch to green, indicating that it is finished charging.

    September 27, 2022 at 10:31 am
  • btech.radios Reply

    No damage should happen to your UV5R 3800 radio battery if left in the cradle. The cradle itself should stop charging immediately once it senses that the battery is full.

    September 29, 2022 at 9:56 am
  • Ben Reply

    I just bought a BTECH GMRS-V2. I notice that the battery (BL-8 7.4V 1800mAh) has a USB-C port at the bottom. Does that mean I can charge the battery through the USB-C instead of the cradle? It is not mentioned in the manual or anywhere online.

    February 17, 2023 at 12:31 am
    • BTECH Radios Reply

      The USB-C is a new release, but you can charge both by USB-C or the included desktop charger

      February 17, 2023 at 11:01 am
  • dave Reply

    I am planning on using the USB charger cable to continuously charge the extended battery in our vehicles. However I see the dongle’s LED light up even if not plugged into a USB port. I suspect that this may be draining the battery when the vehicle is powered down. What am I missing? Is there an alternative to close the circuit only when powered by USB port?

    March 19, 2024 at 12:23 pm
  • jay p culver Reply

    i want to buy the DMR-6X2 but.. so when the grid goes down and were all on foot your saying i cant plug radio directly into a solar charger? i have to also carry around a base station? i hope im wrong theres no way any manufacturer could be this stupid.

    April 3, 2024 at 2:14 pm

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