Kaito KA500 5-way Powered Emergency AM/FM/SW NOAA Weather Alert Radio with Solar,Dynamo Crank,Flashlight and Reading Lamp, Color Black
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- A perfect radio for emergencies and disasters, it comes with all the features that you need in any emergency situation. It comes with a High quality AC type brushless generator.
- The solar panel powers the radio by itself and charges the built-in batteries as well.
- To maximize the sunlight's rays, the solar panel is designed to tilt with the suns position to receive the energy during the day time.
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- Brand Name: Kaito
- Model Number: KA500BLK
- Power Source Type: Solar
- Item Height: 5.3 inches
- Item Length: 8.3 inches
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This item Kaito KA500 5-way Powered Emergency AM/FM/SW NOAA Weather Alert Radio with Solar,Dynamo Crank,Flashlight and Reading Lamp, Color Black
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|Item Dimensions||2.3 x 8.3 x 5.3 in||2 x 2.5 x 2 in||2.25 x 9.5 x 5.5 in||2 x 7.25 x 5.5 in|
|Power Source||Solar||Corded-Electric, Battery||Corded-Electric, Solar, Battery||Kinetic|
The newly released Kaito Voyager KA500 is a sister product of Kaito's widely praised emergency radios KA007, KA008 and KA009. With its revolutionary design and versatile functions, it's an ideal companion for emergency preparedness purposes, outdoor activities as well as traveling. Specifically designed for emergency situations, the KA500 offers different methods to power itself. Those methods include AC/DC adapter (not included), three AA batteries (not included), the built-in rechargeable Ni-MH battery which can be recharged from the AC adapter, by hand, by solar panel or by a PC, and the dynamo hand crank which not only can recharge the built-in battery but provides power even when no battery is installed. At the heart of the KA500, there is an internal generator that recharges the internal replaceable Ni-MH battery pack and powers the radio, flashlight and reading lamp. Also, by plugging your cell phone into the jack on the back of the radio, you can use the crank to power your phone. Not only that, this radio also features a USB port, which you can use either to charge your radio with a PC or charge other electronic gadgets with the hand crank. You can use the KA500 to receive a wide range of broadcasting including AM, FM, shortwave and NOAA weather stations. The 7-weather channels are pre-programmed and numbered from 1-7, you can easily and conveniently tune into the stations by turning the switch, no more guess work involved. Compared with any other solar-powered emergency radios, the KA500 has its unique 180-degree adjustable solar panel, which can maximize sunlight exposure to power up the radio or charge the internal Ni-MH batteries. On the back side of the solar panel, there is a super-bright 5-LED reading lamp. Standard accessories include earphones, user manual.
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UPDATE: The good news is that I received a prompt response from the Kaito email contact. The bad news is that I received an unprofessional and condescending response which I will share here. Botton Line; Completley check out your product immediately and know that purchasing from this company can be a crap shoot!
On 11/30/16, george<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I am afraid that your item is out of warranty. This is an electronics
product. You can't just store it in somewhere in years without any touch and
expect to use it like a new one when you need it. Normally, you have to test
it periodically to at least keep the built-in battery alive. I would say our
warranty won't cover it because of the user error. If you have any question,
please feel free to contact our service team at 909-628-6088.
Sorry about that and thanks for your understanding.
I've taken this sucker camping 12 times and never been disappointed. I've left my car phone charger home by accident twice and the KA500's dynamo charged it (motorola razor) with ten minutes of cranking. I've dropped it, kicked it, even left it out in the camper in sub-zero temperatures for a week and it still works like new.
My girl likes to have a radio or tv on while she's falling asleep and the same ten minutes of cranking put out 40 minutes of shortwave or FM radio for her to fall asleep by, in the middle of the Wisconsin north woods far from any other person.
Three times since I bought this product the power has gone out in my area, and twice it was because of weather-related emergencies. This radio brings the NOAA weather alerts right to us during blackouts and keeps us up to speed.
More than a few times I've stretched out the shortwave clip-on antenna and have been able to listen to radio france or argentina simply by clipping it on and throwing it over a tree branch.
Most of the bad reviews of this product are due to user error; you need to crank the dynamo for more than two minutes to charge the battery, you need to read the packaging or advertised product description to know what's in the box, you need to crank it in small, tight and steady turns - just like any other dynamo-charged product - and not be overzealous and rip the crank handle off. It's very durable as long as you don't act like your trying to power a full-sized refrigerator. Don't let a few ignoramuses spoil you on this really good deal on a very good emergency radio.
I like that this has all the bases covered with being able to power up the radio but I think a great enhancement would be to have a gauge to show the present power level. Without a gauge you don't know how fast you're draining the batteries or if it's setting in the corner waiting to be used you don't know if the batteries need charging.