Midland - ER310, Emergency Crank Weather AM/FM Radio - Multiple Power Sources, SOS Emergency Flashlight, Ultrasonic Dog Whistle, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Red/Black)
|Power Source||Solar Powered|
|Radio Bands Supported||FM, AM|
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- MULTIPLE POWER SOURCES - The ER310 features 3 sustainable power sources to recharge your radio: Solar Panel, Hand Crank, & Rechargeable 2600 mAh Battery. SOLAR PANEL - Simply recharge the internal lithium ion battery with direct sunlight. HAND CRANK - Recharge the radio during a power outage or anytime away from a power source. RECHARGEABLE 2600 mAh BATTERY - The rechargeable & replaceable long life battery provides up to 32 hours of radio operation. The ER310 can also be powered by 6 “AA” Batteries (Not Included) as a backup power solution.
- EMERGENCY FLASHLIGHT - The SOS FLASHLIGHT BEACON flashes Morse code in an emergency scenario and the Bright CREE LED (130 Lumens) can be used to signal for help. Select the Low brightness setting to conserve battery life or the High brightness setting for maximum illumination.
- NOAA WEATHER SCAN + ALERT - NOAA Weather Scan will automatically scan through 7 available weather (WX) band channels and locks onto the strongest weather channel to alert you of severe weather updates. NOAA Weather Alert will sound an alarm indicating that there is a risk of severe weather in your area. AM/FM radio is also available.
- CHARGE EXTERNAL DEVICES - Quickly charge your portable devices (cell phones, tablets, etc.) using the USB charging cable (included).
- ULTRASONIC DOG WHISTLE - Use the dog whistle to assist search and rescue teams in locating individuals during an emergency situation.
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-digital station finder
-crank, USB, & battery power source
-battery life indicator
-ear bud jack for private listening
-battery capacity to charge a smart phone (at least 2000 mAh)
This radio has every on my ideal list. This Midland ER310 doesn’t technically have a memory settings feature. However, there is one button that switches quickly between NOAA, FM, and AM. As long as the battery doesn’t die, it will stay on the last station I was on in each of the three bands. For example, I can toggle between three set stations of my choosing as long as they are on the three different bands (NOAA 162.550, FM 101.1, AM 590). It took 6 hours to charge connecting the radio using a USB to my computer. It also takes 6 hours using the solar to charge. The radio and flashlight can be used at the same time which is nice.
* The solar charging to too weak to even maintain a charge while sitting in a west facing window.
* Hand crank no where near efficient enough to charge internal battery enough to charge a phone (I tried running down the internal battery and cranking and it was hopeless).
* No way to disable the Required Weekly Test as other radios have. This means if you keep the weather alert feature on, you'll hear a loud siren and strobe light every Wednesday between 11 am and noon.
I have poured over and over the descriptions & reviews for an addition to my emergency kit. I have had a Realistic DX-440 for many years, but wanted one with alternative power.(The DX-440 takes 6 D Cells + 2 AA cells)
I pulled the trigger on this one, and an very happy!
For me this size is just right. the buttons are spaced nicely apart, and large enough to easily operate. the display is readable, and backlit in 5 second/ after button pushed, always off, or always on. The battery gauge gauge blinks w/ charging either from cranking or solar power. An LED also indicates that the unit is charging.
The crank works easily, is not so small that it is like a hamster cage, but seems sturdy enough as long as it is not abused.
The solar panel charges even in suprisingly lower (Cloudy / sunset to dusk) levels.
The FM band came in very clear, and the sound quality is good. On AM, the reception is of a lower quality, but adequet for getting information and basic listening. The WX band came in clear with minor adjusting of the aerial on several of the frequencies. (7 Frequencies)
The aerial itself could be easily bent, but taking normal care should be fine.
The Flashlight is quite bright, even on the low setting. The blinking mode is a bit of a gimick, but OK. Dog whistle - an Icon shows up when the whistle is activated, I'll have to see if the neighbors dog goes nuts when I try it again!
The supplied cord does not fit my phone, but did fit my Kindle, and charged that device. Also wrapped neatly, the cord fits where the AA Batteries go.
The case is plastic, of course, but doew not fee chintzy. It's not waterproof, but stick it in a ziplock if you expect any water. The Handle on the end is a nice thought.
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I took one star off for the following reasons:
1) Solar power - not sure if it works at all; after few days of standing at a sun-lit location, battery indicator is at just one bar
2) Cranking - it is probably great where electricity is absent, yet in most cases, there are no FM stations at those places, either. Cranking seems to only make sense as exercising, for my device for sure
3) Flash light - the device's ergonomic is not exactly great for use as a flashlight
4) I would prefer to have a memory on a digital radio, as a minimum, that keeps setting after power is off.
In spite of above minor inconveniences, the device does a good job at my dusty (sometimes a bit wet) worksite
(In comparison, I had bought a pocket radio for $22 a couple months ago that picks up these same stations clear as a bell, regardless which way the radio was facing.)
I didn't test any other features of this radio as there was no point. I packed it up and shipped it back the next day. Fortunately returning items via Amazon is painless.