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Running on solar and dynamo power, this portable radio doesn’t require batteries or an electrical outlet. The rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) power cell is replenished by the small solar panel on the top of the radio or by an internal dynamo operated by a fold-out hand crank.
The radio receives AM/FM frequencies and, as with radios on marine vessels, its seven weather-band channels receive signals from climate monitoring centers throughout North America*, providing up-to-date forecasts as well as official weather watches, warnings and advisories for your area 24 hours a day. Its two USB ports and included adapter cable let you charge a cell phone or MP3 player in an emergency. It has a built-in LED flashlight with a phosphorescent frame that emits a soft glow, just bright enough to make it easier to find in the dark. In our tests, 10 to 12 hours of sunlight provided about 3 hours of radio play at low volume; 5 minutes of cranking allowed about 30 minutes of radio play or 1-1/2 hours of flashlight use.
A compact 5-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 2-1/2", the radio has a 3.5mm earphone jack, 10" telescoping antenna and nylon wrist lanyard. Great for camping, boating or other adventures beyond the power grid, it is also useful at home in case of power outages or hazardous weather conditions.
* 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.