|Item Weight||10.1 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||6.2 x 2.2 x 2.2 inches|
|Item model number||KA404|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Type of Bulb||LED|
Kaito KA404 Emergency Hand Crank Dynamo 5-LED Flashlight with AM/FM radio
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- Super-bright 5-LED flashlight, 1-LED/5-LED selectable
- Charge by easy hand-cranking action, lasts 30 minutes cranked 1 minute
- AM/FM radio with Siren
- Hand crank rechargeable, no need for replaceing batteries or bulbs
- USB cable included for charging cellphones with USB connections.
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- Power Source Type: Battery-Powered
- Item Height: 2.25 inches
- Item Length: 6.25 inches
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Last night, after 4 months of solid use, the plastic handle of the charging crank snapped right off. I wasn't turning the crank particularly hard. I don't suppose this device was engineered for as regular use as I put it through. It's probably perfect as a storeaway for emergenices type use. In any case It's cheap enough that I won't hesitate in buying another.
One other small reservation, and again it would only seem to be an issue in the case of heavy use: The plastic body casing seemed to regularly buckle ever so slightly during cranking, so much so that I figured the case might eventually crack open due to wear before anything else would go wrong. Also when gripping the unit for cranking it's difficult not to mash (and turn) the control dials during the act of cranking. On my unit the light switch seems to be spring loaded and switches and locks itself into the on and off positions. It was very common for the light to activate due to incidental squeeze pressure during cranking, then the switch failing to 'catch' when pressing the button to turn off, leaving the light stuck on 'on', only turning off finally after multiple forceful presses.
Again I never expected to enjoy this little gadget as much as I did. As a kid, another L.A. radio icon, Dr. Demento would open each show with his signature schtick: "Wind up your radios boys and girls...!". I never had a wind up radio until now.
I didn't order it at all for the radio and cell phone recharging capabilities which are nice, I suppose. Kaito makes another, cheaper 5 LED crank light I wasn't aware of at the time. Anyway, it is bright and gives off a very white light that makes the inspection process much better and easier. I was told these crank light weren't as bright as their regular battery counterparts but I've not found that to be so. Maybe the last generation lights exhibited this, I don't know.
I have another 3 LED crank light that was fine, of course, until I found this 5 LED which I probably won't like as much as a 7 LED if I had one of those. This is just the nature of things.
Well made with a flat base so it can be stood up vertically and help to light an area without holding it or propping it against another object. It's easy to wind since the mechanism for that is in the base and you can easily grasp the body while cranking. Yes, it may change the radio channel and volume knobs while cranking but so what? That will happen in the drawer you keep it in anyway. I do wish the lens bezel was surrounded with rubber instead of hard plastic and maybe a couple of rubber inserts to help with grip a bit but this is a competitive field, I know.
One more thing, I like the small, red LED charging indicator light. It's amazing how slowly you can crank this and still get a proper charging cycle going. The cranking movement is very quiet, too. Not loud as other units I've used. This may be an indicator of better engineering and, thus, value for the money.
Well, enjoy. I have and it gets regular business-environment useage.
This unit is about 7 inches long and the crank is in its tail end. The crank is VERY sensitive and delicate. You have to turn it gently - but quickly - to get the unit to wind up. This is probably its most serious flaw because if you're in an actual emergency you're probably not thinking about delicate and gentle. You're probably thinking about "I need this thing to work NOW!!"
It has a flashlight, an AM/FM radio and a siren. It also says it offers cellphone charger tips but there is no easy way to get your hands on them. They don't come in the package and, unlike many of their competitors, they don't offer easy information on how to order them or get them.
Yes, the flashlight works fine. The radio works. So in those senses the unit does what it says it will do. However, as you might imagine, once you break that crank, the unit is worthless. So it all comes down to the crank quality.
I just don't see any good reason to buy this when there are so many other options on the market that work well. Everyone should have an emergency hand crank radio and flashlight in their house and in their car. Batteries die, power goes out. Your hands (hopefully) will always work. This just isn't the one to have.
Rating: 2/5 stars for poor cranking. I'll give it those 2 stars since it does actually work if you treat it tenderly.
UPDATE: After owning this for three years I went back to test it again. Now it won't even hold a charge. So if it HAD been an emergency, I'd be out of luck.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like that it works as the seller said. The radio is actually more clear than my clock radio at home.Published 2 months ago by R.S.
Works well. Saved my bacon a few times already. I keep it in my glove box in my car. Makes for great gifts too!Published 10 months ago by shasta burton
Perfect for an emergency kit!
It's very easy to crank, flashlight works well, the radio works fine, and it actually charges your phone (I was skeptical about the... Read more