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Midland HH54VP2 Portable Emergency Weather Radio with SAME (Black)
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2010
Edition: With rechargeable battery packVerified Purchase
I purchased the package with the rechargeable battery pack. Very impressed with the standby life of the battery. Took it on a 2 week trip, listened to forecasts a few times per day, left it on during 2 severe weather episodes, still had battery left at the end of the trip.

Why not 5 stars? There is an audio confirmation "beep" everytime you press a button, including the volume, that is WAY too loud. No instruction to shut this feature off, e-mails to Midland asking for a work-around have gone unanswered.
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93 of 98 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2010
Edition: With rechargeable battery packVerified Purchase
This is a good weather radio.

Pros:

- It allows you to program the S.A.M.E. codes for weather alerts for selected counties.
- The speaker can reach a good volume without distortion.
- Reception of weather signal is very good.
- Travel mode enables easy finding of strongest signal
- Alert can be display, tone, or tone followed by voice
- Rechargeable battery with dock
- Feels nice in the hand, good grip
- Strong belt clip

So why only 3 stars?

Any button press produces a loud beep. Even button presses to turn the volume all the way down produce loud beeps. There is no way that I can find to turn this "feature" off. This should be a no-brainer for Midland. All of my other electronic devices that have a beep option have the ability to turn it off.

If you wanted to listen to the weather forecast and had family or roommates sleeping and you wanted to turn the volume down to not bother them, in order to turn the volume down you would have to press the volume button several times, with each time making a loud beep.

If you wanted to set the alarm for the next day, and had family or roommates sleeping, each button press needed to set the alarm would produce a loud beep.

I hope that I am overlooking something and that there is a way to turn the beeping off. If that is the case, I will be happy to delete this review and post a 5 star review.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2012
Edition: With rechargeable battery pack
Numerous reviews complained about the annoying beep every time a button is pushed. On this unit just purchased yesterday, there is a setup option to deactivate the beep mode.

Having read many of the reviews, I was keenly concerned with issues others had with the unit, one of those issues with the charging cradle. Sure enough, I popped the unit into the cradle, plugged it in and no charging (there is a charging indicator light on the front of the cradle, which was off). After much trial and error, I finally discovered the rechargeable battery pack was not installed in the radio. It was hidden from me on the opposite side of the packaging and I hadn't noticed it. Installed battery and charging cradle works.

My only issue is the battery indicator, which I haven't yet figured out. With the battery not installed and operating from the power cord, the battery indicator icon was displayed but with an empty indication. With the battery installed the battery indicator is gone. I haven't yet run the unit on battery for any length of time to see if the battery indicator reappears.

At first I was frustrated with set up. I had tried to do it without reading the directions (a guy thing). Initially I couldn't find the operating instructions but I eventually found them tapped between the cardboard front and back panels in the blister packaging. I had heard they were microscopic to read so I downloaded the operators instructions from the internet and also watched an online set up video. Once reading the instructions, I found the set up procedures fairly simple and now repeatable without the instructions.

Within the first few minutes of opening the package, I was convinced it would be returned, based on the early issues mentioned in this review, but once getting it set up properly, it seems to be a nice unit. Will know more after some use.

Update 3/30/2012 regarding the battery indicator, I got this response from Midland: The battery indicator will display when the unit is being charged from the side plugin port and when the battery is nearly depleted. (I confirmed this) With the unit being charged in the cradle or when the battery is not low, the battery indicator is not visible.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2011
Edition: Base ModelVerified Purchase
This portable NOAA weather radio is a gem. It is robust but fits well in my hand. Construction seems to be sturdy. The LCD display is large and easy to read. Best of all, the broadcasts come in strong and very clear. It is no more difficult to program than any other weather radio (that is to say, not hard but keep the directions handy). I programmed in the S.A.M.E. codes for three counties surrounding my area, but really handy is the feature that lets the radio search for the nearest broadcast when I am on the road traveling or on vacation. I use low-discharge rechargeable NIMH batteries that offer long battery life. I've been using the HH54 for about six months now and continue to be pleased.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2011
Edition: Base ModelVerified Purchase
I have this unit because part of my job is monitoring weather conditions for my employer. This was a snap to program. It has the programming options that are really needed, with no extra options to confuse things. It's a convenient size and it's very ruggedly constructed. Battery life is appropriate to this kind of device. Highly recommended.

Updated: Well, I own 2 now. The first one, that prompted the above review, works great. The 2nd one has problems. It works on batteries, but not on the AC adapter. But, the problem isn't the adapter. Anytime you see a lot of 5-star reviews AND a lot of 1-star reviews, with not may in between, you got a product with a quality control problem.

ANOTHER Update: The AC unit no longer powers the 2nd unit. There's obviously a problem.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2010
Edition: With rechargeable battery packVerified Purchase
We bought this as a replacement for an older weather alert radio that was beginning to fall apart from old age. The charging base is nice, but even better, if you are travelling for an extended period, you can disconnect the AC adapter from the base and take it along to charge the radio directly. You can also use the supplied battery pack and standard AA batteries interchangably, The radio also offers several alert options that our old unit didn't have. We are impressed with the features Midland has included in this package!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2011
Edition: With rechargeable battery packVerified Purchase
I give this Emergency Radio the top rating becacuse it already woke me in the early morning hours (I sleep like a ROCK) and warned me of a severe thunder storm coming our way. This gave me time to unplug all my computer equipment before a lightning strike.
I'm sold.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2012
Edition: With rechargeable battery packVerified Purchase
As others have said battery life is extremely poor. Took it camping, we charged the battery pack and it only lasted a few hours. so we bought some AA batteries to put in. They lasted about 24 hours.
Reception was terrible, inside or outside the camper.
It has S.A.M.E. technology, what it does not tell you is you cannot customize what alerts will trigger an alarm. So every storm watch or flood watch will set it off.
Really not worth your money to buy.

On the other hand we also bought a Midland WR120 for the house together with this one. That one has done what was promised. Not much bigger than the "portable" and it will run on batteries. Great reception, S.A.M.E. technology, Customizable Alerts. We took that on our last camping trip. I'd recommend that radio any day over this one.

Kudos for Amazon's return process. After using it the first time it worked great and was pretty painless to use. Print a prepaid shipping label, put it in a box with some protection, mail, and few days later had my CC credited. Thanks Amazon.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2011
Edition: Base ModelVerified Purchase
This radio works quite well. I had it a week before I got the first warning. It will definitely get your attention. I recommend buying this radio with the optional rechargeable battery and charging cup (Alkaline batteries last about a week). Or do as I did and contact Midland and order the items from them @ 1-816-241-8500 Ext 289. 1 battery $14.95 or 2 for $19.95 charging cup $9.95 (on back order)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2011
Edition: With rechargeable battery pack
I bought this for my daughter who moved to Texas from the Mid Atlantic area. In her first week using this radio, while driving from Dallas to Houston, the radio alarmed with a tornado warning headed towards the section of interstate she was traveling. The warning gave her enough time to get off the interstate and into a local fire house to wait it out. The radio can be programmed with specific area codes for your county but you can also set it to scan ANY codes while traveling.

I like that it comes with a rechargable battery and can also take regular AA batteries. The AC power cord for the docker can also plug directly into the radio for traveling. I'd like to see them add a 12v car charging cord in the package.

Only down side to this radio is the annoying tone everytime you depress a button. Should have an option to deactivate that little feature.
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