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Great battery substitute on the UV5RA
on November 7, 2013
This tray installs with a nice firm click, and comes off with a nice clean release from the UV5RA that I have. There's probably some variation in manufacturing that won't guarantee for everyone this good of a fit between the two pieces, but I lucked out. There is no interference with the belt clip. In fact, it sits better on the belt when using the combination of a longer replacement antenna and this extended battery housing.
Some Customer Images show you what it looks like, installed, from various angles on the radio. Cosmetically the texture indentations don't match those on the radio, but that's not a big deal. For me, it's a great improvement to bulk up the radio with greater height and depth, making a better grip and a more substantial feel.
Among the Product Questions, we've discussed the matter of acceptable supply voltage to the radio. The factory specifications suggest an operating voltage range for the UV5RA of under 9 volts, yet, a fresh set (six) of lithium or alkaline cells will start at 9 volts and perhaps a little higher.
Two answers can solve the problem: use only NiCd cells, which are rated at 1.2V. Or, locate / make yourself a "dummy" cell that takes the place of an AA in the rows when installed. The total voltage supplied by the set is then about the same as the stock, original battery. Radio becomes happy.
Note: using a full set of six 1.5V cells in this tray will allow the use of the receiver portion of the radio, not including the FM Broadcast Band. The transmitter is disabled by circuitry within the radio that protects against overvoltage.
Why get this substitute tray? It's been my experience that manufacturers often come out with a replacement model that won't take the previous battery. This tray, and the widespread, long-term availability of "AA" cells, guarantees you'll be able to keep this radio powered up for years to come.