Midland ER200 Emergency AM FM Digital NOAA Weather Radio with Cree LED Flashlight and USB Charger Output
- AM/FM NOAA Weather Emergency Crank Radio
- Extremely Bright Cree LED Flashlight 130 Lumens
- USB Output for charging other Portable Devices
- Replaceable 2000 mAh Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
- SOS Flashlight beacon that flashes Morse code
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From the manufacturer
The Midland ER200 is built with emergency situations in mind. The hand crank digital weather alert radio and flashlight are perfect for severe weather situations or daily use. It’s important to be prepared. Go with Midland, a proven leader in weather radios… Because early warning is your best protection.
Large LCD Display
Cree LED Flashlight
Information When You Need It
The ER200 is a Compact AM/FM NOAA Weather Alert Radio. The NOAA Weather Band receiver brings you weather forecasts, severe weather alerts, or other civil emergencies. The AM/FM channels gives access to the news to stay informed or listen to your favorite radio stations.
Multiple Sustainable Power Options
With a long lasting 2000mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery, the ER200 can give you up to 25 hours of normal use. The Lithium battery may be charged with the Solar Panel, Hand Crank or with the Mini USB Cable
Extremely Bright Flashlight and Emergency Signaling Options
The ER200 uses a Cree LED producing 130 Lumens of light. Select Low to conserve battery life or High for maximum illumination. The Flashlight may be used as an SOS beacon that flashes a Morse code distress signal.
Large LCD Display
The LCD display is backlit and can show radio station, Time, or Weather Channels. The backlight option maybe set to on, off or to automatically turn off after 5 seconds. The clock may be set in either a 12 or 24-hour format. The weather channel display may be set to show the weather channel frequency or the channel number.
Charge External Devices
Charge External Devices
Cell Phones and other USB powered devices can be charged using the USB charging cable for that device. Simply connect the charge cable to the outlet port on the side of the ER300 labeled “USB Out”. If the radio is on, it will automatically turn off and go into charge mode.
- AM/FM NOAA Weather Alert Radio
- Charge 3 Ways, Hand Crank, USB or Solar Panel
- Rechargeable Lithium Ion 2000mAh Battery
- Powerful Flashlight with Cree LED
- Charge External Devices
- SOS Morse code Flashlight beacon
- Digital Clock
- Rotatable Telescopic Antenna
- Large bright Backlit LCD
- Headphone Jack
This compact emergency crank radio with weather alert is perfect for both emergency preparedness and everyday use. It features multiple power sources, an ultra-bright LED flashlight, AM/FM radio and NOAA weather radio with alert function, helping you to stay safe when disaster strikes.
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Overall, the unit performs well enough and I *do* recommend it. It is at a great price point (price vs features and quality).
First off, I am happy to say, this product charged my iPhone4 from 12% to 100% in 2.5 hrs! The ER200 radio battery went from 100% to 4% during this time. I am impressed and happy that the unit was capable of fully charging my iPhone 1 time.
I am also happy to say that the flashlight *does* work with NO battery installed. For emergency situations this is comforting to know. I could also get the radio to work with NO battery, but only sporadically, and with great difficulty (hand cranking ~5 cranks/sec and with the assistance of a partner to push the buttons to turn on the radio and select the station). So, the flashlight IS practical with no battery, the radio is NOT.
Solar charging note:
Due to the extremely small surface area of this solar panel on the radio, I have calculated that it is considered to be only a 0.18W solar panel. Even under the absolute best of conditions, at the equator, on a bright sunny day, at continual noon, it would take 47.7 hrs for this tiny panel to fully charge this emergency radio from empty. If you want realistic solar charging, you really need to spend $20~$50+ for a good, large, 5W+ foldable solar panel. Search "solar charger" on Amazon. I recommend a panel that is 10~15W OR GREATER, so that you can get it to charge this radio (or your phone) even on cloudy or overcast days.
Now, for my analysis, I will present various charge and discharge currents, and the corresponding charge or discharge times associated with these currents. I used one or two techniques for each measurement, but not necessarily both. One method involved putting an ammeter in series with one lead of the battery, to measure current. The other method involved measuring the starting voltage, performing a charge or discharge for some period of time, measuring the ending voltage, using equations to determine the estimated % charge gained or lost, and backing out current from that. Both methods produced similar results, so I am reasonably sure my numbers are correct, despite how dismal some of them may seem.
The charge or discharge times are assuming you are going from 0% to 100%, or 100% to 0% charge, respectively. All numbers are approximate. Fluctuations did occur.
Activity, net charge current (mA), charge time (hrs)
1) USB charging, 364mA, 5.5hrs (the current here was calculated based on the 5.5hr charge time documented in the manual on pg. 6)
2) hand cranking (2 cranks/sec, pretty easy to do), 60~80mA, 25~33.3hrs
3) hand cranking (4 cranks/sec, pretty fast, would get your arm tired after a while), 200mA, 10hrs
4) hand cranking (~6 cranks/sec, very vigorous, not sustainable), 290~330mA, 6.1~6.9hrs
5) solar charging (unit sitting in a windowsill, canted towards the light, on a sunny day with some clouds; I'd call this "indirect sunlight"), 0.60mA, 3333hrs (139 days of continual light)
6) solar charging (scientifically calculated ABSOLUTE MAXIMUM CHARGE RATE, UNDER *OPTIMAL* CONDITIONS, at equator, sea level, directly perpendicular to the sun rays), 41.9mA, 47.7hrs <--do NOT downrate the product for these numbers. This is simply science. Only a larger solar panel will fix this.
Activity, discharge current (mA), discharge time (hrs or days, as specified)
1) standby current (battery plugged in, light off, radio off, but clock and battery indicator on [you can't turn this off unless you unplug the battery]), 0.159~0.173mA (depending on battery voltage), 482~524 days (~500 days avg) (note: placing the unit in your windowsill would keep it always topped off for emergency use, and make this number indefinite, however...but might also sun-damage the plastic on the radio over months or years, who knows...)
2) light on ONLY (low setting), 33~55mA (depending on battery voltage), 36~60hrs (~44hrs avg)
3) light on ONLY (high setting), 85~130mA (depending on battery voltage), 15.4~23.5hrs (~16.7hrs avg)
4) radio on ONLY, 40~120mA (depending on volume), 16.7~50hrs
5) radio + light on low, 76~140mA (depending on volume), 14.3~26.3hrs
6) radio + light on high, 136~170mA (depending on volume), 11.8~14.7hrs
Summary: with vigorous hand cranking, you could theoretically keep the unit running continuously with both the radio on and the light on. This is a good thing, but your arm will get lots of use. I *do* recommend purchasing this unit. The included solar charging feature is a nice break if you're stranded at the equator on a bright sunny week (not day). :) In all honesty though, even as it is, the tiny solar panel is better than nothing. Realistically, if you want a practical solar charger, you need to spend $20~$50+ on a large foldable solar panel alone. They exist. Search for "solar charger" on Amazon. Any power >2.5W will be able to charge this Midland ER200 emergency radio (or your iphone) in 5.5 hrs or less, under optimal conditions. Since optimal conditions rarely exist, however, I'd recommend buying a solar panel that is rated at 10~15W or more, so that it works on overcast or cloudy days too.
-FM/AM radio (clear music signal)
-Bright Flashlight (3 settings)
-Charges any usb device (iphone, go pro, etc)
-1/4 jack output for headphones/bigger speakers
-Hand crank for emergencies
The included cable connects the unit to a powered USB hub for charging the onboard battery, and this same cable can charge any device with a stand mini-usb input socket when flipped and connected to the unit's full size USB port and the phone's miniUSB port.
The weather radio is clear as a bell - nothing to sneeze at here in the Florida hinterlands, let me tell you! You're more likely to hear a bear/panther/gator fart than a clear radio signal here.
The light is nice and bright with a high/low setting and the SOS strobe.
The quick start instructions get you going fast, though there is a full manual too. All this thing lacks is a little sack to keep it with the quick start sheet and the cable.