- Brand Name: C.Crane
- Model Number: COBS
- Power Source Type: Kinetic
- Item Height: 5.5 inches
- Item Length: 7.25 inches
C Crane CC Solar Observer Wind Up Radio with AM FM Weather and built in LED Flashlight COBS
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- Solar with led flashlight
- Wind up emergency radio
- Good AM Reception
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This item C Crane CC Solar Observer Wind Up Radio with AM FM Weather and built in LED Flashlight COBS
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|Item Dimensions||2 x 7.25 x 5.5 in||2 x 2.5 x 2 in||2.3 x 8.3 x 5.3 in||2.25 x 9.5 x 5.5 in||2.75 x 11.4 x 6.9 in||4 x 12 x 7 in|
|Power Source||Kinetic||Corded-Electric, Battery||Solar||Corded-Electric, Solar, Battery||AC, Battery||Corded-Electric|
The easiest way to use the Solar Observer is to put it in the sun with the solar panel up. After charging for 8 hours in full sun, the Observer can play for about 4-6 hours depending on volume. Please keep in mind the melting point of the plastic is about 194° F. It should not be charged in a hot car or any other unusually hot places. The plastic can melt under these circumstances. No sun? No problem. Crank the handle moderately for about 90 seconds to get approximately 12 minutes of radio play, or purchase the AC adapter to charge the battery pack. If you purchased the AC adapter it is best to cycle the battery by plugging the radio in, charging the battery overnight and then unplugging it. It is also a good idea to “cycle” the battery pack every 4 to 6 months if you are going to store the radio and use it only for emergencies. This keeps the rechargeable batteries conditioned to take a charge once you are ready to use the radio.
Don't want to crank the radio? You can insert 3-AA alkaline batteries for power.
Listen to the Observer through its built-in 2-inch speaker or headphone jack for private stereo listening. The radio is tuned by a simple needle and dial, and the display is easy to read. The display light can be turned on or off or to flashlight by the same switch.
Charges iPhone® and other phones with included standard USB port adapter and a full Observer battery or by cranking. This will allow for up to 40 minutes of talk time.
Weight: 1 lb. Size: 7.25" W x 5.5" H x 2" D
Top Customer Reviews
1. There's no indicator of any kind to let you know the Solar panel is charging, NOT GOOD! "An emergency radio
you have to HOPE it's doing what it's suppose to do!"
2. If you can believe this, you can buy the optional wall charger BUT! they don't tell you, you can't run the radio with
it plugged in, it's for charging purposes ONLY with the radio off! So you can't even use it till it's fully charged and
that requires over night charging and that's as specific as they get. If you would like to know what happens if you turn on the radio while it's plugged in there's a very loud buzz and no signal of any kind comes over the speaker. As an added punishing bonus if you forget and leave the radio plugged in "too long" it will damage the internal battery pack.
3. Also they included a single 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper telling you as of Jan 2013 they have added a new chip for better
radio reception which makes all the claims of run time meaningless in the manual. The chip is a real power drain and
you get one minute of power for one minute of crank time. This makes the dynamo virtually useless unless you plan
on turning the dynamo almost constantly. Who's arm can crank for 30 minutes to get 30 minutes of play time?
IF none of these things matter to you then this is the radio for you.
So the bottom line is that the pairing of the non-Crane adapter with the Crane Solar Observer Radio in the Amazon store is a serious mistake. If you can avoid that, the radio has been producing nice clear sound and picking up our hard-to-get stations just fine. So radio good, xuuyuu adapter bad. And shame on Amazon for producing that unauthorized (by Crane) pairing. I presume it is a bit cheaper, though I haven't double-checked that. Cheaper, but with no value for the intended use.
November 16th -- added star to five stars: with more experience, with the correct battery charger this radio works as expected -- for our use, at least a week between charges. It has a good clear sound, which makes it easy to listen to. I would also like to re-emphasize the quick, easy communications with the Crane customer service people. It was a pleasure to have my problem solved.
As always, Amazon was excellent in making it an easy return, and refunding my money, but because it came from C Crane direct, I was stuck with the orginal shipping charge, when the radio was delivered to me.
I want a radio like this, so I will try one more time. Hopefully this time I will get a "Made in China," product that works!
A few quick notes:
- In my tests the radio reception has been very good... even with the antenna down.
- The flashlight is decently bright and has a moderately narrow beam at close range.
- Note that this unit does not come with the charging adapter for plugging into your wall. It is not strictly needed, so they don't include it. If you want one, purchase any adapter with the following specifications:
- 5V, providing at least 300mA DC output
- Negative tip polarity