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[Upgraded Version] RunningSnail Emergency Hand Crank Self Powered AM/FM NOAA Solar Weather Radio with LED Flashlight, 1000mAh Power Bank for iPhone/Smart Phone
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- New Design: 1000 mAh power bank for charging your iPhone & cellphone via Micro-USB cable directly, no need of adapter anymore;
- A Must For Emergency: Keep this AM/FM & NOAA weather radio with your family, get up to date with the latest weather and all hazard information for your area;
- More Than A Radio: Compact sized flashlight radio with 1W longer lasting powerful LED can be with you in camping, backpacking, hiking or any other outdoor activities;
- 3 Rechargeable Ways: Micro USB charging, Solar charging, Manual hand crank to wind up the internal battery;
- What You Get: RunningSnail emergency radio, Micro USB cable, instruction, appreciation card, our worry-free 12-month warranty and friendly customer service.
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MD-088s Crank radio receives AM/FM/7 NOAA Weather channel to get up to date with the latest weather when tornado, flood, storm is around the corner; 1000 mAh battery for charging your phone in case of the emergency, bright long lasting 1W LED flashlight to keep you safe in case power outage.
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The flashlight is not real bright, but good enough for most general tasks in the dark. There are no brightness or flash modes, just simply on or off.
The radio works well enough - the volume goes up very rapidly with the volume control - at 10% of the way, it's already quite loud. I haven't tried it all the way up. The tuning is quite sensitive (tuning changes quickly with slow turning of the dial), but not too sensitive to be able to tune to stations when you're careful. Sound quality is thin and bright, but who cares - this isn't for music listening. There is no headphone jack. The antenna works fine for FM and Wideband, it's kind of short, but helps with reception.
The charging crank turns fine, but it takes work to do so. One minute of cranking makes my hands tired and a bit sore. Five minutes of cranking is alot of work! Part of the problem is that it is hard to find a good place to hold the unit while cranking without having to grip it harder than you should have to. Also, the knob that you hold on the crank is somewhat small. But for a minute at a time it's all fine.
You can charge the unit via USB with the included cable, which is definitely the easy way to accomplish that. You can also charge external devices from the internal battery. I don't know the output current that it provides, but it charges my iPhone 5. More details below.
I made a few tests for your info:
With the unit completely drained, I cranked 130 revolutions (about 1 minute) and then turned on the flashlight. The first 20 minutes shone normally, then started to get dimmer and dimmer. But it kept shining. And shining. And shining. Finally, after over 9 hours of constant dim light I turned on the radio at the same time and very shortly everything went out. Who knows how much longer it would have shone on. Bear in mind almost all of those 9 hours were very dim light, but in total darkness, still very useful to not trip on things when pointed at your feet and do normal tasks when pointed at what you're doing. Good for emergencies.
Then with the unit completely drained again, I cranked 130 turns and then turned on the radio. With moderate volume, it played for 12 minutes before dying.
How about charging phones? I have a rather old iPhone 5. With the flashlight completely drained, I cranked 1300 turns (10 minutes) - no small feat! Then I plugged in my phone to charge from the unit. It added about 2% to my phone battery before it stopped charging. I then placed a phone call (all with no cellular data, wifi, or location services on, and in low battery mode). My call lasted for 5-6 minutes until those 2% had been used. Bear in mind that my phone battery is not what it used to be so your mileage my vary.
I also tested the capacity by charging the unit fully via USB. I'm not sure how long that took, but for sure less than 6 hours. Then I charged my iPhone 5 (again with the battery saving settings in place). It raised my phone battery level by 75% before it stopped charging. That took just over an hour.
Another thing I tested: with the unit fully discharged, I connected my phone and started cranking. While cranking it was providing charge to my phone.
I haven't specifically tested the solar charging, but I did set it in the sun and it looked to be charging. Actually, even under bright indoor lights it shows as charging.
So within 24 hours a representative from Running Snail was in contact with me, and within seven days I had a replacement one delivered to my house free of charge. This flashlight was in full working condition. I'll put it in the closet and test it in another six months. I can't vouch for the quality of their product as of yet, but they do have outstanding customer service.
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I bought this as part of my hurricane preparedness kit. Out of the box it worked just fine; cranked it up and the battery worked, as did the flash light. Six months later I take it out of the closet again and I crank it up and it doesn't hold a charge. If I turn the light or radio on while cranking it'll flicker for a moment or two, but after that it goes completely dead. I tried winding it strait for five minutes and nothing.
Thankfully I re-tested this before ever having an emergency. Relying on a poor product like this in an emergency situation could be disastrous, or even life threatening.
Due to coupon promo on this unit, I also purchased the MD-093 unit in red from Runningsnail which is larger and heavier, with a bigger battery, clock with screen display(also displays radio station), and metal clip to hang from a belt. This unit was more complicated and didn't seem to work, had to read directions several times and finally figured out you need to switch the small switch on bottom from AAA to LI-ION. Not good in an emergency, especially if someone needs reading glasses and doesn't have them with them in emergency situation. I prefer the 088 because it is smaller, easier and more intuitive to use, and seems to receive AM signal better than the 093. Also the 093 has button tuning instead of a dial which makes it much harder to find a signal as you need to stop at every station to see if there is signal, whereas with dial you can listen for signal while turning dial. Plus there is no tuning light on the MD-093. The 093 includes a micro USB cable and iphone adapter which fits my 5SE, which is nice but does not outweigh the the negatives. I was afraid the smaller 088 unit wouldn't charge well enough but it will be adequate. I ordered both to decide which I like best before ordering more, and while I am not returning the 093, I will be buying more of the 088's.
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We got it yesterday and I used it a bit today. The LED flashlight is really bright and local radio comes in clear. The crank is easy to use and it is easy to plug in to my phone to charge it. You can also plug this device into the wall using a phone charger to keep it charged until you need it. Hopefully we won't have to use it for an extended period any time soon, but I am really glad we now have it.
Running Snail Customer Service reached out to me and offered to refund/replace the radio based on my review. I politely declined.
I just want to make it clear that the radio/flashlight/charger works well as-is but with a design review/feature "fine tuning" (no pun intended, see my review below) the product will only get better.
The feature set is nice. Super easy to operate.
Only gripes are the flashlight with its big dark spot in the center of the beam pattern and the selectivity of the tuner (ability to discern and tune into various stations) makes station selection "interesting", to say the least.
Otherwise, I'm happy with it.
Now let's talk about the radio, as mention it's a charged with a hand crank, solar or light, and plug in charged, 3 ways to charged to your likings. Radio reception it's very good, standard AM or FM, built in flashlight (very bright). Love it... Bring it along in your next camping trip, it could be fun and helpful. Hope you find interest in my review, if you good give me a like.....
The second radio works 100% after a couple weeks using it. VERY pleased and will most likely order another as a Christmas gift.
REALLY GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE!
About one week after sending my second email, I have the new radio in my hands. I charged it using the USB port and IT WORKS! The problem with the other one must have been the cord. I'll pursue that as I did not have to return the old phone.
Second review; after several weeks:
UPDATE: March 10, 2019 The company says a replacement is on its way!
For a few days this radio was everything I wanted; but after charging it using the USB drive it stopped working completely. I emailed the company over a week ago, but no reply.
First review: I just purchased this, so can't yet comment on battery life. As for durability, it certains seems durable. The sound is great for such a small item. Extremely pleased and will probably order another one or two as gifts next Christmas.
Can’t comment on longevity or battery life because this went into our emergency kit as soon as we charged it.