BF-F8HP and Counterfeits: Their differences and how to spot a counterfeit BF-F8HP
The BaoFeng BF-F8HP has been an extremely popular entry-level amateur radio ever since its debut. Unfortunately, due to their popularity; there has been a huge influx of counterfeits and knock-off BF-F8HPs. It is important to make an issue of these counterfeits as: they are not assembled by BaoFeng, they are not FCC certified, they are inferior in build and performance, and they carry no distributor warranty.
How do you identify a counterfeit BF-F8HP?
First and foremost, when purchasing a BF-F8HP – verify the source. This is important and although we will document some differences between different types of counterfeits and a genuine BF-F8HP — counterfeiters will:
- Adapt and change their listings
- OR simply mis-represent their product (by using stock photos, or content that does not represent what they will actually ship you).
The BF-F8HP is only sold by BaoFeng Tech and through our authorized distributors.
Some counterfeits are completely cosmetically different, and the reseller will try to hide it. Their listings maybe a mixture of genuine BF-F8HP photos along with the fake BF-F8HP that they will send. Some counterfeits have support bars along their speaker grill. The BF-F8HP does not have support bars on the speaker grill. Some counterfeiters will simply send a basic UV-5R with a BF-F8HP label applied to the radio.
Some counterfeiters will source generic batteries, user manuals, and boxes. A genuine BF-F8HP will be clearly advertised on the packaging. A genuine BF-F8HP user manual will actually refer to the radio as a “BF-F8HP” and will not be generic.