One thing is sure in the U.S., there are plenty of natural disasters happening every year, and the comfort of our homes is not always there to welcome us. The flashy ultra high-definition TVs or the latest smartphones are not durable or useful if the power is out. Therefore, if there comes a time when we need some good old reliable tech, we can use all the help we can get in the direst situations of our lives. Apart from a good and stable gas generator to power all your devices, you’ll need an emergency radio as a reliable tool to keep informed when disaster strikes.
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This time around, we are talking about the emergency radios, and we’re here to help you pick the best of the best – the radio that will not fail you no matter how bad the weather (or any other natural or human-made disaster) gets out there.
The Kaito KA500 is a portable emergency radio, with the option of being powered in six ways; 3 A.A. batteries, hand cranking, solar panel, the input of 5V AC/DC, the input of 5V USB, and a NiMH built-in battery, that is also rechargeable. In other words, you can recharge it in multiple ways, and it will never let you down. Now to the features, it comes with a telescopic antenna that can extend up to 14’5’’ to improve the reception, while the built-in speakers will deliver sound in brilliant quality. It also has seven pre-programmed weather channels that will alert you 24/7 about the weather forecast.
What We Like
When we talked earlier about how smartphones are very fragile and battery-dependent, the Kaito KA500 takes care of that, since it has a D.C. 5V USB built-in output port that will charge your smartphone, digital camera, etc. This will come in handy significantly if you live in a place which is prone to natural disasters, and charging your phone in those scenarios can be the most important thing. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg, the L.E.D. flashlight, 5-LED reading lamp, and the red L.E.D. S.O.S. beacon light, make this the ultimate radio that you need to have in your home to up your survivalist game.
What Needs Improving
The Kaito is reliably durable and can endure even harsh weather, but it’s not the cheapest around. However, it’s worth every penny – especially if you’re deep in a SHTF situation!
We highly recommend this emergency radio. Reliable, versatile and durable, the sheer amount of services that it offers makes it the best on the market.
Kaito KA500 5-way Powered Solar Power,Dynamo Crank, Wind Up Emergency AM/FM/SW/NOAA Weather Alert Radio with Flashlight,Reading Lamp and Cellphone Charger, Yellow
6-way powered portable emergency radio with hand crank generator, solar panel, compartment for 3 AA batteries (not included), 5V USB input, 5V AC/DC input with a wall power adapter (sold separately), built-in NiMH replaceable and rechargeable battery pack
Comprehensive coverage of AM, FM, 2-band shortwave and 7 pre-programmed NOAA weather channels for entertainment, sports, talk-shows, breaking news around the world, and 24/7 real-time weather forecast (USA and Canada ONLY) with PEAS (Public Emergency Alert System)
Works as an emergency mobile battery charger with built-in standard DC 5V USB output port for charging mobile devices, such as smart phones, GPS units, MP3 players, digital cameras, and etc. Other features include a 5-LED reading lamp, LED flashlight and a red LED S.O.S. beacon light
Telescopic antenna extends up to 14.5" for high sensitivity reception assisted by advanced semiconductor circuitry design and LED signal strength indicator for pin-point tuning accuracy, and built-in speaker delivers loud and crispy sound
Made of strong premium impact-resistant and water-resistant ABS material, suitable for both indoors home/office use and outdoors recreational activities
Information can come in handy at times of emergencies. Aside from your usual emergency light equipment, you should also get a portable radio that can help you keep updated in times of calamities. Get the FosPower Emergency Solar Hand Crank Portable Radio that includes AM, FM, and NOAA weather channels to keep you updated on the situation. It is also equipped with an alert function that will produce a siren sound when there is a warning coming from NOAA. It is equipped with a power bank where you can charge your other gadgets such as phones as well as a flashlight.
What We Like
It is fully equipped for emergency situations such as brown out and other calamities where you might need a source of light and power which it comes with. The audio is also clear and loud.
What Needs Improving
The battery will need to charge for up to 6 hours so you should charge ahead because it might take a while to be fully charged.
[2000MAH POWER BANK WILL KEEP DEVICES POWERED] FosPower's emergency radio incorporates a 2000mAh power bank capable of providing emergency power to any small tablet or phone.
[3 POWER SOURCES POWER WHEN YOU NEED IT] Use the emergency weather radio's 3 power sources when you need a boost of power or need to recharge the radio. The radio's crank lever and solar panel are both capable of regenerating enough power to keep the radio, lights, and SOS alarm ready to go when you need it most. AAA Batteries ensure you have power when not able to regenerate power.
[2 LIGHT SOURCES ALWAYS POWERED] The emergency crank radio can also provide light. The 4 LED reading light and 1W flashlight provides enough output to keep you and your loved ones out of the dark in an emergency situation.
[NOAA EMERGENCY WEATHER BROADCAST ACCESS] The radio will dependably receive up to the second emergency weather forecasts and emergency news broadcasts from NOAA and AM/FM stations.
[LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY] Includes a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Please visit FosPower's website for more information.
The American Red Cross Emergency NOAA Weather Radio comes equipped with a LED Flashlight, USB Smartphone Charger, and a Red Beacon. It can be your go-to emergency tool as it can help alert you with warnings and provide you enough power to survive the night.
What We Like
What is great about this is you can charge it through its installed solar panels so you will never run out of power as long as there is the sun.
What Needs Improving
It can only be powered by either lithium batteries and recharged via solar power. Either stock up on lithium batteries or be diligent in catching the sun.
A handy emergency radio and power supply for emergencies.
American Red Cross Emergency NOAA Weather Radio with USB Smartphone Charger, LED Flashlight & Red Beacon