View Full Version : Hand Crank Radios
04-15-2008, 10:12 AM
Is there a particular brand of hand crank(battery-less) radio that is better than the rest?
Also, what features are important to have?
Solar panels, two-way, NOAA capabilities, cell phone charger capability,flashlight, siren, etc, etc.
I've been looking at one from Cabela's, but know nothing of them or their reliability.
04-15-2008, 02:45 PM
I bought one from Sportsmans Guide that had a solar cell for internal battery charging, a hand crank, and it also worked with AA batteries. Oh yeah, it also came with an AC adaptor. It receives AM/FM/SW/AIR/TV. Works pretty good.
04-15-2008, 03:51 PM
Yeah, I was looking at the Eton FR400.
FR400 AM/FM Radio (Hand-crank) (http://www.redcross-salem.org/catalog/fr400_am_fm_radio__hand-crank__5364902.htm)
I picks up a smorgasboard of radio frequencies and NOAA(all 7) and it has gotten the best reviews across the few websites that I've found reviews for this radio on.
The little things...for example-it'll charge MOST cell phones VIA a USB only!
The older models had a "fine tune" knob, the new ones DO NOT.
broadcast capabilities would be nice, but in a platform this small, range would be SEVERELY limited...I suppose a two way would be better?
Solar powered flashlight?? isn't there a joke in there somewhere?
04-24-2008, 01:56 AM
This is the one I use.
Freeplay Summit Radio - Review Update (http://www.unpluggedliving.com/freeplay-summit-radio-review-update/)
04-24-2008, 01:35 PM
I have a couple tube type radios for Am and shortwave. Still I keep these with some other battery powered ones in a steel box. A little 9v AM radio is wrapped in foil inside this box better still.
If we get to a point that the enemy sets off an EMP over us, we won,t be worrying about carrying a lot of radio equipment. Just something that can get you some news.
05-13-2008, 08:07 PM
C. Crane Company, Inc. (http://www.ccrane.com/)
Freeplay Plus Emergency Wind-up Radio (http://www.ccrane.com/radios/wind-up-emergency-radios/freeplay-plus-radio.aspx)