Ambient Weather WR-335 ADVENTURER2 Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/SW/WB Weather Alert Radio, Flashlight, Siren, Smart Phone Charger
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- A must for any emergency toolkit, Bug Out Bag, or just hanging out at the beach, the WR-335 combines multiple emergency features into one compact package.
- The WR-335 is a Digital AM/FM/Shortwave NOAA Weather Alert Radio, a powerful LED flashlight, siren, and cell phone, MP3, MP4, Amazon KindleTM, Apple IpodTM, IpadTM, IPhoneTM and USB charger, all in one portable package. Also includes and AC adapter.
- The WR-335 is a six way charger - charge from a USB device (computer), AC or wall power (included), DC or car charger (optional), 3xAAA batteries (not included), hand crank, or solar panel.
- The WR-335 utilizes a powerful, non-proprietary LR18650 3.7V/2200 mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery to provide lasting emergency power. This battery can easily be replaced after years of service.
- The WR-335 high quality digital tuner provides assured access to news, weather information and illumination whenever and wherever you need it. Also includes five preset channels.
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The Ambient Weather Adventurer2 WR-335 Emergency Radio
The Adventurer2 is Packed with Features
A must for any emergency toolkit, Bug Out Bag, or just hanging out at the beach, the WR-335 combines multiple emergency features into one compact package. The WR-335 is a Digital AM/FM/Shortwave NOAA Weather Alert Radio, a powerful LED flashlight, siren, and cell phone, MP3, MP4, Amazon Kindle, Apple iPod, iPad, iPhone and USB charger, all in one portable package.
Also includes and AC adapter. The WR-335 high quality digital tuner provides assured access to news, weather information and illumination whenever and wherever you need it. Also includes five preset channels. The rubberized finish makes the WR-335 a robust radio for hiking and camping. Also included is an alert mode, which will activate the weather band while in standby mode when a weather alert is active in your area. The shortwave radio receives frequencies between 2.300 and 23.000 MHz.
The primary advantage of shortwave is their ability to propagate for long distances by bouncing off of the ionosphere, making it possible to listen to communications worldwide. Additionally, shortwave is used for two-way international communication by amateur radio enthusiasts for hobby, educational and emergency purposes. This dependable radio, with integrated LED flashlight, offers a choice of self-charge, solar and external recharge power options.
Powerful, Replaceable 2,200 mAh Rechargeable Battery
The WR-335 utilizes a powerful, non-proprietary LR18650 3.7V/2200 mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery to provide lasting emergency power. This battery can easily be replaced after years of service. The WR-335 is a six way charger - charge from a USB device (computer), AC or wall power (included), DC or car charger (optional), 3xAAA batteries (not included), hand crank, or solar panel. The WR-335 sets itself apart from other crank chargers - you can fully charge the WR-335 through the USB/AC/DC adapter, and when you need it, charge the cell phone/mp3/mp4/USB with no cranking.
Other crank chargers require continuous hand cranking to charge a device. The WR-335 delivers complete independence from wall power or disposable batteries, ensuring sustainable access to vital information and the peace of mind that you'll never be without power.
Ambient Weather's self-charge technology means unparalleled playtime performance
Ambient Weather's self-charge technology means unparalleled playtime performance, and the compelling design makes the WR-335 a great everyday radio, as well as the perfect companion in emergencies.
- Power Specifications:
- Dynamo Power: The hand crank generator charges the internal Lithium Ion battery.
- Solar Power: You can play this Radio with the direct Sun or charge the Lithium Ion battery.
- USB Power: With the included adapter, you can play or charge with USB power from a computer.
- Rechargeable Power: 3.7V/2,200 mAh Lithium Ion Battery Included (non-proprietary).
- Dry Cell Power:3 x AAA batteries (not included)
- Radio Bands:
- AM: 525 KHz to 1710KHz
- FM: 88MHz to 108 MHz
- Digital 7-Channel Weather Band
- Shortwave: 2.300 to 23.000 MHz
- Five Programmable preset stations.
- Weather Alert Mode with audible and visual indication.
Charging the Emergency Radio
The WR-335 will play for approximately 20 minutes at normal volume per 1-minute wind, and can be rewound at any time for as much playtime as you want. We recommend connecting to your computer, DC or AC power with the handy USB charger to fully charge the unit for a week's worth of radio play (typical for most applications).
In direct sunlight the WR-335 will charge itself and play continuously - the internal Lithium Ion battery can be fully charged from both the solar panel and an external USB charging adapter. The WR-335 will give days of playtime at normal volume, when fully charged. The WR-335 does not compromise on robustness and quality with mechanical components made from superior materials, specified to industrial standards for repeated use and long life.
Includes headphone jack for private listening (headphones not included) and audio input jack for personal media players, smart phones, IPods and mp3 players. Features temporary backlit display.
What's in the Box
The Adventurer2 includes the emergency handheld radio, AC adapter, USB power cable for recharging through a computer, and universal 10-in-1 charging cable for smart devices. Note: Apple users will want to charge directly from the USB port using the firewire cable that came with your iPhone or iPad.
- USB Charging Cable
- 10-in-1 Charger for multiple phones.
- USB power output port is compatible with Apple IPhone, Ipad and Ipod devices
- Bright LED Flashlight
- Flashlight provides flashing nightlight “beacon” when AC power goes out.
- Flashlight Intensity: 35 lumens
- Siren: 125 db
- Retractable Antenna
- Headphone Jack for personal listening.
- Audio input jack for listening to your media players (smart phones, Ipods, mp3 players).
- Wrist strap
- Dimensions: 6.0 x 3.25 x 2.0 inches
- Weight: about 1 lb.
|AM/FM Weather Band Tuner||Analog||Analog||Digital||Analog||Digital||Digital|
|Battery Type and Capacity||Rechargeable Ni-Mh / 300 mAh||Rechargeable Ni-Mh / 300 mAh||Rechargeable Ni-Mh / 800 mAh||Non-Rechargeable 4 X AA 5,000 mAh @ 3V (based on alkaline batteries)||3 x AA Back Up Batteries||3 x AA Back Up Batteries|
|Smart Phone Charger||✔||✔||✔|
|AC Adapter with Battery Back Up||✔||✔|
|Digital Shortwave Tuner||✔|
|Battery Type and Capacity||LiIon / 1,000 mAh||LiIon / 2,200 mAh|
|Dry Cell Battery Back Up||3 x AAA||3 x AAA||3 x AA Back Up Batteries|
|Smart Phone Charger||✔||✔|
|Auxiliary Input Jack||✔|
The rubberized finish makes the WR-335 a robust radio for hiking and camping. Also included is an alert mode, which will activate the weather band while in standby mode when a weather alert is active in your area.
The shortwave radio receives frequencies between 2.300 and 23.000 MHz.
Dynamo Power: The hand crank generator charges the internal Lithium Ion battery
Solar Power: You can play this Radio with the direct Sun or charge the Lithium Ion battery
USB Power: With the included adapter, you can play or charge with USB power from a computer
Rechargeable Power: 3.7V/2,200 mAh Lithium Ion Battery Included (non-proprietary)
Dry Cell Power:3 x AAA batteries (not included) Maximum Power Consumption: 0.5W
AM: 525 KHz to 1710KHz
FM: 88MHz to 108 MHz
Digital 7-Channel Weather Band
Shortwave: 2.300 to 23.000 MHz
Five Programmable preset stations
Weather Alert Mode with audible and visual indication
USB Charging Cable
10-in-1 Charger for multiple phones
USB power output port is compatible with Apple IPhone, Ipad and Ipod devices
Bright LED Flashlight
Flashlight provides flashing nightlight “beacon” when AC power goes out
Flashlight Intensity: 35 lumens
Siren: 125 db
Headphone Jack for personal listening
Audio input jack for listening to your media players (smart phones, Ipods, mp3 players) Wrist strap
Dimensions: 6.00" x 3.25" x 2.0"
Weight: about 1 lb.
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The radio has several methods of charging. It has an AC adapter for charging from traditional power outlets and also runs on regular AAA batteries. In addition, it has a USB plug, a hand crank, and a solar charging panel. The manual recommends keeping the radio plugged into a traditional power source at all times if possible so that you are assured it is fully charged in the event of an emergency. Then you can rely on batteries, the hand crank, or the solar charger when traditional power is lost.
As for using the radio to charge other devices, it comes with a very versatile dongle for doing so (again, see pics). I doubt there are any small, commonly owned electronics that this dongle would be incapable of charging. Given that you don't necessarily know what electronics you might need to charge in an emergency, this handy dongle has the versatility to keep you covered. I hooked this up to my iPhone and iPad and was able to charge both with no issues whatsoever.
(Note: In order to begin charging a device, you must hold the power button for 3 seconds until "Phone" appears on the screen. In other words, merely plugging in your phone to the radio will not begin a charge. My assumption is that this is because when the power supply you have is limited, you only want to leach power from the radio intentionally).
One thing to note is that the radio has to be off in order to use the charging function. According to the company, the reason for this is two-fold. First, some devices (think iPhones) need a higher charging current that might be compromised if you were running other operations on the radio while also trying to charge the phone. The other reason is simply one of priority: if you need a charge in an emergency situation, you want it done as quickly as possible. For that reason, ancillary features that might jeopardize the charge can't be used while the radio is charging other devices.
The flashlight is decent for a multi-function device like this. I would consider it more of a backup rather than a primary lighting option though. Nonetheless, good to have.
The radio came in clearly and quickly. You can preset the channels so that in the event of an emergency you aren't trying to find the right channels for the first time.
One thing that is not included, but that I think would be a fantastic addition, is a small carrying case of some sort. Between the radio itself, the AC adapter, and the various included dongles etc., it would be nice to have a small case to keep everything organized and in one place. This would be especially valuable for those who intend to keep one of these in their car.
Lastly, I would like to say that having owned products from this company before, they have fantastic customer service. If you ever have an issue, you can reach out to the company and be confident that they will work with you to rectify it.
Overall, from my initial observations, I am very pleased with this radio. It seems to have the features you need in a small, yet reliable package. The fact that it is made by a company that stands by their product is a bonus. I will update this review down the line as I become more acquainted with the nuances of the product.
Remember - Shortwave only works at night, so if you hear nothing during the day - that's normal.
If you want to increase the run time of this little radio by 50% for only $5, simply upgrade the 2,200 mAh battery for a 3,400 mAh battery from Panasonic (B00CAD6AUE).
I would suggest using your own device's usb cord (iPhone Lightning for example), and not the messy octopus cable that it comes with. They suggest keeping this plugged in all the time. It will also charge via USB using my iPhone's AC adapter and the supplied Mini USB Cable.
If you use a cheap pair of ear buds, you will also extend the life of the battery, because this cuts out the built in speaker, and thus draws a lot less current.
This was recommended on http://www.The-Ebola-Survival-Guide.com/ and http://www.Economic-Collapse-Survival-Guide.com/ as part of their emergency survival kit.
The telescopic antenna works fine, but wobbles due to the way it is attached on the inside of the unit. I’m not sure if this is deliberate (I had two units behaving the same way). For AM reception there’s no need to use the external antenna, only for FM, Shortwave and the Weather Band. The unit does not feature SAME technology, but it does feature a “General Alert” function that leaves the radio in standby, receiving your local weather station with the speaker muted, and it kicks in when an emergency alert is broadcast for any region in the vicinity (SAME would narrow this down further). Since this function uses up a good amount of power, I’d recommend to leave the unit plugged in while using the alert function.
The integrated solar panel tops up the radio when it’s in the sun, but as the manual states it won’t fully charge the battery. That’s where the excellent Solar Bag comes in handy which does a great job at this too. You can even charge smaller, less power hungry devices directly with the solar bag, although it’s not enough to power an iPhone 5s or iPad 3 (which - as the manufacturer recommends - you should charge up from the radio). The hand crank has a solid feel to it, but it will take your forever to crank for any usable charge to build up. It’s much easier to use the Solar Bag for charging.
The shortwave tuner was clearly an afterthought and isn’t very useful in my opinion. While it’s theoretically great to have, it doesn’t work very well. That’s because most of the shortwave transmissions I’d like to listen to - now or in a crisis situation - broadcast using SSB rather than AM, an option not available in the Adventuerer 2 (and perhaps it’s too much to ask for this price too). As implemented here, the device will pick up strong shortwave stations, but only very garbled and it suffers from strong overcrowding: you either get static, or you listen to three stations at once. As much as I like the continuous scanning range from 2300 to 23000 kHz, it does take a solid 2 minutes to move the tuner 5 kHz further up or down the band, during which time you have to depress a small button. I can’t help but wonder how long it will last with prolonged use. As it is, the shortwave option mainly generates white noise and lots of it - so if you’re in the market for a dedicated shortwave radio, this unit is not for you. We’d need different controls and better filters for it to make this a usable feature.
The Adventurer 2 however shines in every other respect, and I’m super happy to have one. Definitely recommended as an emergency weather radio and for outdoor trips, even as an everyday listening companion if sound quality isn’t essential to your ears.