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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Then, 'Lo and Behond, I notice a year later that those ingenious inventors over at AW realized that many, like me wanted the Shortwave and Pre-Set Station buttons in their Radio and came out with the Adventurer2. It has the same components as my old WR-334U, along with: Shortwave, Pre-Sets and an upgraded, more powerful Battery. Wow. Exactly what I wanted. So I bought the bundled package (Adventurer2 + Solarbag) and put my old WR-334U p for Sale.
Here is my review of my new Radio: I love it. Extraordinarily well thought out design and construction. This is, by far, the most compact, well-made and complete Emergency Radio of this type I have ever seen. With it's all black small presentation it strikes quite a handsome appearance sitting on the counter-top in my kitchen. The reception is excellent: clear and crisp on both AM and FM. Surprisingly good reception at night on the Shortwave. I love the fact that these radios have electronic "seek" tuning, especially when on the Shortwave. The availabe Station Pre-Sets make life easier (I was actually fine without them in the WR-334-U model. I only listen to a few AM/FM stations anyway. With the Shortwave however it makes an enormous difference ((in fact I wouldn't mind having even more available pre-sets here)).
I have only a few complaints (but they do bother me):
1) My previous Radio came with both Wall and Car chargers. For some reason, in this, their new top of the line Unit, which includes every available options present in all the others, there is No Car Charger? You went all this way and created a Fantastic Product. Then, right at the end, you go "cheap" and leave this out? I don't get it. If you needed to go ahead and charge an extra $5 for the radio, at it's already high price, it would barely be noticed. In including a Car Charger you've got a Complete Product Package. It just hits me as...well...a "cheap" move. Surprising and out of line with the Company sentiment I sense.
2) This is more personal: I love the handle on the WR-334-U. Solid feel. Easy to hold while walking. Great tension Spring Clip for use on backpack or belt. I assumed this new Unit would come that way also and was surprised when I opened the box. The Adventurer2 comes with a Lanyard. Far cry from the WR-334U. No way you can hang this on a back pack. What can I say? I miss it. I will admit that the new Radio looks MUCH better sitting on my counter-top. However, after all, this is an Emergency radio and it seems the practicality of the Spring Clip might win out over the Lanyard. As I said, I do realize this is a personal preference.
3) Shortwave Radio reception is skimpy with radios this size at best, One reason is the size and design of the antennae. This is not the Radio's fault. You simply need a large, sophisticated antennae in order to make best use of Shortwave Reception or Transmssion. Along these lines an extended antennae for a small radio can make some difference. There are clip-on extended antennaes that can help some. They are inexpensive, cheap and poorly made but not much else is out there. AW might have included one in the package for minimal cost. I think it would have been a nice gesture and considerate of the situation with a Radio of this type. Also an additional accessory opening might have been included in the body of the radio for the addition of an even better quality accessory Antennae.
4) The Solar Bag: I had thought, when ordering this as a bundle, that I would be getting a soft bag, that held the radio and accessory equipment, that would fold out into a larger Solar Cell Charger. It is not even remotely like this. This is a solid, plastic type device which has a fishnet bag attached to the back to hold the Radio, etc. If you leaned on this Unit it feels as if it would crack right in half. There is no way you could shove this into your pack. It would need to be carefully placed along the back of the frame. In a non-framed Pack I have serious questions how this would make it thru even a minor disturbance without breaking.
I'm glad that I now have a larger, Solar charging Unit. I had given thought to getting one before. This Bundle, however, does not work. It seems as though bruising, while hiking thru even minor rough terrain, could damage this Unit.
My advice: Buy the Radio. It's GREAT. My complaints are all about accessories. The Radio is simply THE BEST of it's type out there. Well-worth the extra money. The Solar-Bag, however I would skip. There are other similar devices out there of various sizes and shapes and you might just find one that does this one's intended job of holding the Radio and Supplies, while being able to be folded into a Pack of varying dimensions with greater security and safety.
My 4-Star rating reflects the above mentioned decisions by Ambient Weather.
The Adventurer2 WR-335 Emergency Radio itself I give it a wholeheartedly 5-STAR rating.
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.