Baofeng and Pofung are the same company, so if you see this video or blog post that is talking about the Pofung UV-82HP, just be aware that is the same as a Baofeng UV-82HP. I’m told that the reason they changed it is because POFUNG is closer to the correct pronunciation of Baofeng. But who knows…
The UV82 is probably the best model of radio that Baofeng/Pofung has, to date. It has a better receiver than the UV5R, it is more durable than the UV5R, and the antenna actually works. If you have purchased a UV5R in the past, then you likely know that the antenna is garbage, and needs replacing. Once you put a real antenna on that radio, such as the Nagoya NA-701 or NA-771, then you can see a huge difference. If you haven’t tried that yet, do it now. But with the UV-82 series of radios, this isn’t necessary (although you would still get better performance with the NA-771 due to it being taller)
To date, Pofung has 3 models of the UV82 radio:
- The original UV-82, which is a 2M/440 dual band HT
- The UV-82X, which is the 2M/220 dual band HT
- The UV-82HP which is the 8-watt version of the 2M/440 HT.
There are sites on the internet where you will find the UV-82C or UV-82L. As far as I can tell, there is no difference in these radios, similar to the multiple names of the UV5R. You might also run across the UV-82DX, but this is the same thing as the UV-82HP. I’ve also seen some sites claim that the UV-82HP is a 7-watt model. It is possible that Pofung has released different versions of the same model of radio, a typical Chinese action, but this radio in my video is stamped 8-watts on the back of the radio, and transmits 8 watts. You can see both of these facts in the video below.