Kaito V1 Voyager Solar/Dynamo AM/FM/SW Emergency Radio with Cell Phone Charger and 3-LED Flashlight, Red
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- The newly released Voyager V1 is a portable emergency radio with AM, FM and shortwave bands
- It can be powered by replaceable internal rechargeable battery pack(included), AAA size batteries, Solar panel, hand crank, or AC/USB power.
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This solar-powered radio can also be hand cranked for power to keep you connected and informed. Also runs on 3 AAA batteries (not included). 1 Minute of cranking powers up to 15 minutes of radio listening or 1 hour of light A built-in USB port lets you charge your small USB-rechargeable device like smart phones (Does NOT charge apple products) Bands include AM/FM, and Shortwave Super-bright, 3-LED flashlight Built in HD speaker and earphone jack
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It would have been given 5 stars if I could figure out how to attach the strap. I see the two holes but cannot get the small end of the strap pulled through to loop over. The radio does as it says: rechargeable battery worked out of the box, 3 AAA I inserted worked fine, the flashlight, etc. just work as they should. Connecting the rechargeable battery was not easy for adult fingers to do. Exactly what I wanted to keep in my vehicles in case of a major earthquake, albeit with a most important strap to free my hands to carry the supplies. If the seller lets me know how to accomplish this I will then change it to a 5 star.
The reason I did not give it 5 stars is that this unit does not come with the USB cable, so I had to track one down. . . . which isn't hard to do (and I found one for under a dollar) but it would have been much easier and appreciated if the manufacturer had included one and charged me another 60 cents. The solar panel and the usb cable charge the unit very well (which, btw, should be done every 2-3 months, to keep the internal NiMH battery charged. If you fail to do this, that internal battery will not function as well down the road. It just won't hold the charge it could, had it been kept in good shape.).
The unit seems solid. Reception is good. The antenna feels solid. I love that it has a 'charging' light that tells you when the solar panel is getting enough light to charge (as well as when you are cranking or charging through the usb cable). The flashlight isn't super bright, but it seems just right for this unit. Meaning, if it were much brighter, it would use the internal battery much faster than I'd want. Shining it next to a 9 LED flashlight you get at HF for a dollar, it is not quite as bright. So, maybe 15-20 lumens.
It also has shortwave radio capability. I learned recently that through shortwave frequencies you can pick up Ham radio talk. So, in an emergency you can listen to those channels for even more information in addition to what your local radio station is providing.
The USB cable will charge phones (mine is an older Tmobile phone and works) but it won't do Apple products (iPhone, iPad) as they require more power than this puts out.
The internal NiMH batter is accessible without opening the whole radio. This is thoughtful, as the day may come when I'll want to replace it. This is just a very well thought-out and crafted gadget. It covers all of the basics (that I think are nice to have) and works. And, for the price, it can't be beat. It will go toe to toe with the larger Eton, etc radios that are twice the money. Can't go wrong with this unit. Just wish they had included the usb cable. 4.8 stars.
The radio works well.
The crack charger everything works well.
But looking it over I noticed that the LED button is on top and very easy to push. So before stuffing it into my pack I had to make a cover so the button does not get turned on in my pack. Thats it. Nice little radio for 25 bucks. enjoy
Also don't crank too fast. It's probably made out of little plastic gears inside and it charges plenty well even while cranking slow.
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