More Battery Power for the FT-817

I occasionally use the Yaesu FT-817nd on my SOTA expeditions if I want to use higher bands on the activation or for some odd reason want to operate SSB:-). I actually prefer it to the KX3 simply because it is less bulky and it performs well in the field. One of the concerns I have with taking the 817 is; should I take an external power supply since the internal, rechargable, battery can have a relatively short life span. This is due to the power required to operate the 817 versus smaller, CW only radios. I was looking for a higher capacity battery made for the 817 and came across an interesting offering on EBay. The link is

  The product is a 3000mAh LiPo battery that fits the 817, a replacement for the battery door that allows the battery to be charged by an external charger (included) and a nice stand for the radio. (The battery that comes with the 817 is 1400mAh) All this for $89. Now, it is a product made in China, so it is tough to determine quality, (that's also true for certain US producers as well). I ordered the package and will test it to see if it is as advertised. W4RT offers a similar product but it's priced at $150.00 and the battery is a NiMH.

I have no commercial interest in this product, but it seems worth the money if it delivers as advertised.
Mike Crownover, AD5A, is a regular contributor to and writes from Texas, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

6 Responses to “More Battery Power for the FT-817”

  • Matt/K0MOS:

    looking forward to your experience and review of this product

  • john mann KK4ITN:

    Walt,watch yourself on e-bay…. If you shake hands with a seller count your fingers after and make sure you still have 5.
    Don’t you just love those S+H charges…..Must drive to the USPO in a limo with a paid driver, then buy a box made out off gold and then tip the clerk at the post office…..I find QRZ better.

  • Rob Lindsay W8MRL:

    Did you check the voltage? I’m seeing LiPo batteries that are only 11.1 volts.

  • Robert AK3Q:

    I too will be anxious to hear your findings per the battery. Ebay is a mixed bag, to be sure, but I have had a lot of good experiences and no bad ones after 200 or so transactions.

  • Charles N1CAI:

    Mike good luck I bought the same set up from ham source T NEARFEST last spring and used it all summer long and into the fall on SOTA activations and Chowdacon in Portland me with New England Qrp worked great for hours at a time as my code is not yet up to par I was operating SSB and PSK31 WITH THE NUE PSK modem. Have fun and keep us updated.
    Charles N1CAI 73S

  • Richard Line KC8HMJ:

    Good deal and it’s nice that someone has had good use from one.
    It’s why we use this site!

    Rich KC8HMJ

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