Any update since the issue #98 article on picking the right emergency radio?
I’m leaning toward a crank job, but when I read reviews on Amazon, etc., they’re all over the field. Add to that that every schlock outfit that can cobble together a radio sells them with all kinds of useless do-dads. One criticism of the Sangean was that it runs for progressively shorter durations after cranking each time it runs down.
All of the hand crank radios I have tested have not been very good with many broken cranks and other failures. I have, however, tested many small radios that require very little battery power and it’s just as easy to keep a pack of spare batteries nearby.
I am not a big fan of rechargeable batteries as then tend to play out when you really need them and the older they are the shorter they hold a charge.
The Sony radio I have shown in several articles has AM, FM, Weather, and TV-sound bands and will fit inside your fist. Since it can use an earphone, it requires very little battery power to operate for very long periods. A spare pack of batteries should give you weeks of operation during an extended power outage.
When I buy LED flashlights and other battery powered equipment, I try to standardize on only 2 battery sizes, then its easy to keep refreshing my spares as the older ones get used for everyday use.
I’ll take a Sony earphone radio and a pack of 16 AAA copper-top batteries any day instead of one of these hand-crank specials with no batteries.
Hope this helps,