So why order an FTA-550L? Well, for the same money as a Uniden, the Yaesu build quality is infinitely superior.
The FTA-550 also includes VOR and ILS navigation features plus NOAA weather band monitoring for those who can receive it. The radio can be programmed with up to 200 preset channels and quickly called up by selecting the station name. With the capability of using up to 15 alphanumeric characters per name, the FTA-550 allows for complete channel descriptions. The radio can be programmed on the user’s computer with the included USB cable.
Two versions of the radio are offered: FTA-550L comes with a Lithium-ion battery, 240-volt and 12-volt DC charger with cradle, alkaline battery tray, antenna, belt clip, headset adapter, and USB programming cable, while the FTA-550AA comes supplied with alkaline battery tray, 12-volt DC power cable and antenna, plus the belt clip, headset adapter and USB programming cable.
If you want the FT-550 with a lithium-ion battery pack and a desktop charger, you do have to pay more, but I think it's worth it for the much longer battery life and long-tern savings (good alkaline batteries are getting ridiculously expensive).