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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Baofeng UV-5R Charger Modification

Hi all,
I've had my Baofeng UV-5R for a few months now and wanted to charge from my camper and car. Unfortunately I noticed the input voltage for the charger was 10 Volts DC in, very strange. Usually Chargers operate from 12VDC, so off to the internet I went.

I took the charger apart and found one IC (hxn-ws), so I tried finding the datasheet but could not, usually in the data-sheet it would give me the max voltage that I could apply in the specs.

Rather than risk the charger and put too much voltage and possibility blow the charger IC I decided  to place a linear regulator in. All I had on hand were some LM7805 and 5.1 Volt Zener so I came up with this.

By using this circuit my charger can now safely operate from 10-35VDC Input, at only 400mA max current the LM7805 is overkill. This was an easy mod drilling only three holes and scraping some solder resist off.