This is an excellent portable radio to have during power failures or whenever you're off the grid. In addition to its digital AM/FM tuner, it has the same weather-band channels as radios on marine vessels. This lets it receive signals from climate monitoring centers throughout North America* to provide forecasts as well as official weather watches, warnings and advisories for your area, 24 hours a day. Its integral rechargeable lithium-ion battery has an impressive 2000mAh capacity – enough for up to a week of continuous radio play, or to charge a cell phone or other small electronics in an emergency (2 amp output).
The battery is recharged using the crank-operated internal dynamo, or by using the included USB cable to draw power from a PC or USB AC power adapter (the same supplied with most cell phones). The built-in LED flashlight has a phosphorescent frame that glows softly, just enough to help find it in the dark.
The compact 5-1/4" x 2-3/8" x 2" radio has an LCD screen that shows the time and battery level, a 3.5mm earphone jack, a telescoping antenna and a nylon wrist lanyard.
* In Canada, the Meteorological Service of Canada provides weather bulletins on the Weatheradio network (www.ec.gc.ca/meteo-weather). In the U.S., weather information is broadcast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (www.nws. noaa.gov/nwr). Check for availability of service in your area.