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La Crosse Technology 810-106 NOAA/AM/FM Severe Weather Alert Radio with Solar
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- All 7 NOAA weather, and high quality digital AM/FM channels
- Mini USB port
- Solar panel for recharge
- High-intensity LED flashlight
- Cranking time of 1-minute equals 30-minutes of use
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Stay abreast of weather developments with the NOAA Solar Weather Radio. The NOAA weather radio with an AM/FM solar panel has a mini USB adapter, an LED flashlight, and mini USB port. The blue backlight changes to red during weather alerts, and the radio includes an LED flashlight. A cranking time of 1 minute equals 30 minutes of use, and a solar panel will power the radio all day in full sunlight. The radio includes a 3.5mm headphone jack.
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All in all I really like it. It's much less of an eyesore than most emergency radios, the battery lasts a very long time with it just sitting there displaying the clock most of the time, and it feels sturdy and well built -- Even the crank. Also, the flashlight is noticeably brighter than on the crank radio/flashlights I keep in my bug out and get home bags, though theirs are perfectly adequate. Note that the black portions of the case are rubberized plastic and the silver face plate and flashlight button are painted plastic but the decorative pull handles/face guards are actually metal.
This unit is downright excellent for home emergencies IMHO. If you're shopping for an emergency radio to toss in your bug out bag, however, I recommend going with an analog radio that accepts extra batteries. Kaito's KA-350 line is my favorite for that. If you chuck this in a bag and forget about for a year or two the battery will have been drained by the clock by the time you need it. If you're looking for a home weather alert radio, note that though this radio can receive NOAA alerts and sound an alarm should that happen, it doesn't have S.A.M.E. programming and might just wake you up at three in the morning to alert you to a flash flood warning three counties over. I have a Midland WR300 near my bedside, programmed to my location and to leave me alone unless there's a tornado warning or civil emergency. Anything else, I'll deal with in the morning!
Also, you'd have to keep it plugged in to use the alert feature, which is probably bad for its battery's longevity. One neat thing about it being plugged in, however, is that if the power goes out the flashlight turns on automatically. Clever!
At any rate, this thing's perfect for when you have to find shelter from a tornado. The flashlight helps you collect family members and herd them to the "interior room on the bottom floor", all the while continuing to inform you with the NOAA broadcast. And if you end up heading for the hills, the solar and crank should keep the radio and especially the flashlight, powered up and ready to help out at all times. It's my favorite implementation of the internals used in several other digital emergency radios, like some by Ambient Weather.
Note that I've owned this radio for just over two years as of the time of review and used it a handful of times over that period, all for late night tornado warnings. Also note that if you operate any crank radio or flashlight you should operate the crank *smoothly* and for no longer than a minute or two at a time, then let it rest for a few minutes so that the gears can cool down. Plastic gears + heat from friction = broken generator transmission. Jerky cranking = broken crank.
However I have only cranked it a for a couple turns. My desk at home has a window behind it. The sunshine that come in on these wintry days has been enough to fully charge it. I played around with it for about a week before I put it away next too my battery powered lantern.
The flash light is much dimmer than my regular flashlight but it is still useful and it never runs out of batteries. I tried walking around the house at night with it. It was entirely adequate.
The radio picks up all the weather channels and plenty of AM and FM stations. I was a little surprised by that. I never considered my house to be situated in good reception zone. The sound of the radio is loud and clear. I found Rush Limbaugh on the dial. It was entirely adequate.
I don't think it will charge my Samsung Galaxy tablet which has odd connectors. So when the quake hits I won't be able to play solitaire. Solitaire doesn't require an outside Internet or phone connection. Just about everything else that runs on the tablet does. With the power off my Wifi router will be off too, and the only things on my tablet that will work will be stored programs like solitaire.
Other than losing solitaire after a day or two it is entirely adequate as an emergency device.
-Small and convenient
-Good alternative backup rotating charging option and sunlight option
-Wide range radio connectivity
-Acceptable speakers and good range of sound's amplitude
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-Not the best in high quality music, but that's expected for emergency radio.
The alarm also has no settings, so if the radio is turned off it won't alert you when there is a watch or warning. You have to have it on, then hold down a button to silence the weather radio. Also you can't set it to ignore watch alerts, so this thing goes off all night when there isn't a warning. It also doesn't silence it self so you have to get up and disable it.
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