|Item Weight||8 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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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.
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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* Small and lightweight
* Double-intensity light: one or 5 LEDs, depending on need
* Crank or wall-wart rechargable (very nice feature)
* Can charge cell phones on-the-go in an emergency situation
* Emergency siren that lasts for hours. That's better than a whistle and one of its best features.
Those things are why I give it 3 stars. That's viable enough to warrant the purchase.
* The crank is a doozy. The instructions recommend 130 rpm. That means 2+ turns per second. I'm not sure the plastic crank will stand up to that for very long. I think it should be up-geared a bit better than that so one can turn more slowly. The charge rate is about 10 to 20 minutes for every 1-2 minutes of cranking. Believe that cranking for 2 minutes at 130 rpm will give you your daily wrist-exercise. ; )
* The FM radio got zero reception where I live (and I live in the middle of town, about 12-20 miles away from several FM stations.) The AM reception was okay and since many emergency weather bands are AM just because of that, I'm not worried. But don't count on this for FM reception. It's very doubtful you'll get anything unless you're within a mile of the station. For many that would be a deal-killer. For me it's a "meh, the other stuff works well enough".
* No regular battery backup ability. Some people might prefer to use regular batteries rather than the crank. My opinion: they may be right.
Overall... if you can afford it I'd recommend a better unit. Or if you don't mind carrying batteries, a battery-operated unit might be preferable. But at this price if you want a generator-crank unit and pretty good flashlight, this is okay.
1. An emergency light kept in the trunk of our car
2. In a pinch - if the lights went out (snow storm, heavy rain, ice storm, etc).In fact, this is so small that I keep it next to the bed. If the lights go out, this would get me to the rest of our supplies. No fiddling around with matches in the dark or worrying about a regular flashlight being out of batteries- but you do have to take the time to crank it. Of course, the battery does recharge as you crank it but the battery won't last forever. Test it regularly.
3. Perhaps as an addition to an emergency camping trip survival items.
You don't have to crank it long, only about 2 minutes, to get plenty of light. The light is NOT super bright but it does the job. The siren is NOT extremely loud.
You'll want to be very careful with the crank. If handled roughly, it could snap right off. For the price, however, you get a light, a siren, a radio and a cell phone charger. That is a lot packed into a very compact hand cranked light (and radio).
By the way, when you fold up the crank you have to make sure it goes into a special slot or you'll never get it closed tightly against the radio again. Instructions which come with this are not too informative.
So what do you get from the $14.99 price minus $2 you can get for a dollar LED flashlight and a dollar radio? Well first, it doesn't use disposable batteries. You can charge the inside battery using a USB connection or use the crank handle. Rechargeable and crank handle makes up at least $10 to $13 for this functionality. What else do you also get? A siren. The built-in siren is pretty good, it's loud enough if you need help. You can also supposedly charge or provide energy to anything that accepts a USB port. The device comes with a cable that connects to the flashlight/radio with a pin outlet on one end of the cable and a USB port on the other end of the cable. With a mobile phone, you'll need your phone charger cable to connect to the USB part of the cable that comes with the device. You also need to use this cable that comes with the flash/light radio to charge the internal battery. Hence, do not lose this USB cable that comes with the flash/light radio for it serves two purposes as I described above.
Please note: there are two outlets on the flashlight/radio. One outlet is to charge the flash/light radio itself. The other outlet is to use the flashlight/radio to charge (or to provide electricity to) other device. Do not get these outlets confused.
Lastly, if the flashlight/radio is fully charged when the lights go out, I'm sure itself it could charge or provide electricity to something else for about 5 minutes. I'm also sure if the internal battery is low, the crank handle will be sufficient to charge the flashlight and radio within a reasonable time (5 to 10 minutes). However, I have no idea if the internal battery is low, how long you will need to crank the crank-handle to charge a mobile phone, tablet, or netbook/notebook computer. I'm guessing that a mobile phone, tablet or netbook will need at least 30 minutes of cranking. A full notebook computer? Who knows, maybe an hour for 10 minute use of the Notebook computer?
This is a device that should be used for emergencies at home when the electricity is knocked out or something like within a tent when camping (you better hope there is a radio-tower nearby to provide radio reception).
I would suggest this product for urban, suburban and possibly rural life.
I would not suggest getting this product if you want a powerful (i.e. roadside) flashlight to light-up the forest (that you can get at Pepboys for about $10, which I have two of), or a high-power radio one would need if up in the wilderness in Alaska.