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I have a Baofeng BL-5L battery for my Baofeng UV-5R transceiver, and I notice that it has a socket on the side: as in the image

Please, what is this socket for?

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  • $\begingroup$ It is a charging port, but it is not the same size as the plug on the stand-up chargers. Myself, I just charge them in the stand-up chargers, and even picked up a 12 Volt adapter for them. In any case, check out the answers below for further explanation. $\endgroup$ – SDsolar May 24 '17 at 20:52
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That's for charging a 3800mAh battery using the side jack. To charge the BL-5L 3800mAh battery you must purchase a: - TYT TH-UVF9 battery charger for 110VAC or - TYT TH-UVF9D for 12VDC.

  • These are fully regulated chargers
  • Plugs directly into side of battery, not a charger base
  • The AC wall wart has a charging indicator. Red while charging, Flashing Green Red when charged.
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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks to all for the responses. Unfortunately I can mark only one as the answer, but I have up-voted both. $\endgroup$ – Harry Weston Dec 4 '16 at 11:51
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Check point no 6.7 on this page - http://www.miklor.com/uv5r/UV5R-FAQ.php#Batteries

It talks about an extended battery like you have shown here. Also says that it uses a side jack. The port you see here is probably for the side jack.

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