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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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  • Brand Name: Kaito
  • Model Number: KA404
  • Power Source Type: Battery-Powered
  • Item Height: 2.25 inches
  • Item Length: 6.25 inches
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The Kaito KA404 combines a sturdy 5-LED flashlight with an AM/FM radio, giving users a handy versatile camping accessory, job site companion, car gadget or in an emergency situation, such as a hurricane or an earthquake. Made of durable, high-impact plastic, the rugged device features 5 super bright LEDs, each of which is rated at 15,000 MCD, and it can last for 10 minutes if cranked for 1 minute. The flashlight is great for illuminating a campsite or dimly lit work area, campers will also enjoy the FM radio and its built-in speaker and telescoping FM antenna, which improves reception in out-of-the-way locations.

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The Kaito KA404 combines a sturdy five-LED flashlight with an AM/FM radio, giving users a handy and versatile camping accessory, job site companion, car gadget, or emergency device. Made of durable, high-impact plastic, the rugged unit features five super-bright LEDs, each of which is rated at 15,000 MCD, and it can last ten minutes for every one minute it's cranked. The flashlight is ideal for illuminating a campsite or dimly lit work area, and campers will also enjoy the built-in radio and speaker, and the telescoping antenna improves reception in out-of-the-way locations.

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Technical Details

Part Number KA404
Item Weight 10.1 ounces
Product Dimensions 6.2 x 2.2 x 2.2 inches
Item model number KA404
Size Small
Color Grey
Style AM/FM Radio
Material Plastic
Shape round
Power Source Battery-Powered
Item Package Quantity 1
Type of Bulb LED
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? Yes

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ASIN B000LQL3JU
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4.0 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews

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Shipping Weight 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available August 8, 2004

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By Steven Stiles on July 20, 2007
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I loved this little device! I'm a baseball fan and used this on nearly a daily basis, since April, carrying it from room to room in the evenings. I'd wind up my radio, pull up a chair and let the scene unfold before me as told though the poetic musings of Vin Scully and his beloved Dodgers, each broadcast the elocutionary equivalent of a Norman Rockwell masterpiece.

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.
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I ordered one of these out of a bit of need and curiosity. It's currently being used in an inspection environment and to supplant the Maglites I have my people using now. I've converted the Maglites to triple LED bulbs (kits are $4.92 at Walmart) which gives a very bright bluish/white light instead of the normal yellowish light.

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.
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Ok, I was reading reviews of other products from Kaito. I had my misgivings, but for the price I figured oh what the heck. Let's get it and try it. Well it works great! Light is really nice and the radio works great. Can't go wrong for the price. Funny thing is it arrived the day that we had a black out and had to use it right away. Perfect timing!
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Unbelievable! I've only had it a few months and the wind-up handle broke off which pretty much renders it useless since there is no way to crank it. I initially really liked the flashlight but I think I'll be investing in one with a metal crankshaft. This one was made of very fragile plastic.
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I have numerous emergency radios in my house and cars. I like trying different brands to see how they perform. The Kaito is one of the cheapest of what I own, and that pretty much explains how it works.

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.
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