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244 of 253 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A practical gadget to have on hand for power outages or other emergency situations, June 29, 2013
This review is from: Epica Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Digital Radio, Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger with NOAA Certified Weather Alert & Cables (Electronics)
Length:: 4:26 Mins

There have been several times in my life where I was without power in an emergency situation and had no radio, no light and no idea of what was happening. This is exactly the type of situation that having this Survival Radio can be helpful.

Most important is that you do not have to worry about replacing batteries. Have you ever found an old transistor radio and tried to turn it on only to find that the battery is dead. Then when you open the battery compartment you discover that the battery has leaked inside the radio? That can't happen with this radio.

There are three ways to charge the battery in this radio: by USB, by solar power, by using the built-in hand crank. That is immensely useful.

Another practical feature is that you can use the survival radio to provide enough current to your smartphone to allow you to make an emergency call. It is not designed to fully charge a smartphone, only to charge a dead battery enough to enable you to make an emergency call. A 2.5mm plug and adapter with three different tips are included to assist in this (microUSB, miniUSB and USB female.)

The Survival Radio has three bands: WX (NOAA), FM, and AM. A collapsable antenna helps with reception and the sound quality is what you would expect from a small transistor type radio. It's actually decent sound and very easily understood with regards to listening to Weather Forecasts on the WX band. A backlight is available for the radio LCD display.

This is lightweight, compact and extremely useful device to have in your home, RV or while camping. It seems to be relatively durable and I feel more secure knowing that I'll have a reliable way to have a flashlight, radio and emergency charging device for my smartphone in case of emergencies or power-outages.

I was provided a complimentary Survival Radio for testing and review purposes. I have attempted to review it fairly and honestly. If you have any questions please leave a comment and I'll try to answer as best I can.
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Initial post: Sep 14, 2013 7:27:47 PM PDT
James K says:
How does it do re-charging tablets? I have a Nook Color (a fairly high current device) that I take everywhere, and have several Survival Manuals on it. Of course, it's useless without power, so I'm hoping to find a crank / solar charger that I can use with it. The Nook Color uses a special proprietary USB cable to quick (~4Hrs) charge, but can also be charged via a standard USB cable (8-10Hrs).


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2013 7:38:58 PM PDT
M. Erb says:
@james: This is not designed to charge or power a tablet. I'ts only going to give you a small amount of current to give you emergency smartphone charging capability... enough to enable you to make an emergency call. Sounds like you need a batteryapck with good capacity instead of something like this.

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 12:53:07 PM PST
paul says:
is aaa user replaceable? Can I use generica rechargeable aaa?


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2013 10:19:58 PM PST
James K says:

It says it has a NiMH battery, but does not mention the type. That means that a couple of things. First that the battery(s) are not user replaceable, and second, that it probably has a battery pack, or a specialized battery. At the very best, it may be made up by welding what look like regular off the shelf batteries together. The main difference for you will be that you won't be able to weld off the shelf batteries into a battery pack.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2013 7:22:50 PM PST
M. Erb says:
@Paul: I think James K pretty much nailed it. This does not have a user replaceable battery although an industrious person might conceivably be able to open the case and replace the batteries. But it is not designed to have user replaceable batteries.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 8:48:52 AM PDT
Al S. says:
Mr. Erb,

After watching your review of the Epica WR-257 emergency radio I placed an order at

The radio works as designed.

However, I have a question. Do you know how to replace the internal battery once it has reached the end of its life cycle?

There is a door on one of the narrow sides of the unit that is secured with a Phillips head screw. Is that the battery compartment?

I removed the screw, but found it impossible to open that compartment's lid.

Also, the instructions show that the internal battery is a AAA 800Mah 3.5V Ni-MH. I have searched for a replacement and cannot find one.

Any thoughts on these 2 questions??

Thanks for your efforts.

Al Sorensen - Guest Services and Product Evaluation Mgr.
Bobby Likis - Car Clinic Network

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2014 8:59:37 AM PDT
M. Erb says:
@Al: The battery is not intended to be user replaceable. As I mention, the industrious person may be able to accomplish replacing the battery but I cannot provide any advice on that. You might want to contact the seller or the company that manufactures the radio.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 6:50:54 PM PDT
Trevoc says:
My compliments to you for a very well done video! It was clear and very informative. Unlike most videos people put out on Amazon or even YouTube, this is first rate. Thanks for making it, it helped me decide to add the radio on my wish list.

Good job!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2014 6:59:00 PM PDT
M. Erb says:
@Freeman1776: I appreciate that you would comment positively. It means a lot to me. Thanks.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 8:39:02 PM PST
No expert says:
Mr. Erb: why did you give it 4 stars? Not 5 stars? Thanks.
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