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I recently bought 2 Baofeng UV5RAs from the same vendor. Neither of the charging stations work. They both flash green/red immediately upon plugging them in--before any battery is seated! When I seat the battery they continue to blink the error code. I have swapped A/C connectors and even tried different outlets. Same problem.

And no, the batteries do not charge despite the error codes. They continue to discharge while in the cradle.

I am assuming defective charging stations -- but what are the odds both units would have the same defective parts? Am I doing something wrong?

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to ham.stackexchange.com! $\endgroup$ – rclocher3 Apr 20 '20 at 14:02
  • $\begingroup$ I seem to recall that flashing red/green is normal behavior before the battery is inserted. The problem most likely seems to be a lack of connection between the charging circuit and the battery. You might investigate whether the battery is making good connection with the spring-loaded terminals. Try cleaning the terminals with a pencil eraser. Of course the root of the problem could be a lack of quality control at the factory. $\endgroup$ – rclocher3 Apr 20 '20 at 14:08
  • $\begingroup$ Should the flashing stop (or turn to solid red) while the battery is inserted? $\endgroup$ – nich Apr 20 '20 at 14:23
  • $\begingroup$ The battery has been inserted for ~60 mins, shows no change in charge (battery icon still empty). Doesn't seem like a working charger to me. $\endgroup$ – nich Apr 20 '20 at 14:29
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    $\begingroup$ Must be faulty stations -- I am returning the items per the seller. $\endgroup$ – nich Apr 21 '20 at 15:34

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