Weather radio is special kind of the radio that is designs to receive public broadcast service from variety of national stations and weather radio reports on a continual basis, routine weather reports are interrupt with emergency weather report when needed. Weather radio service broadcasts non weather related bands with other emergency information like natural disasters, child abduction alerts or terrorist attacks and other problems that might appear. In some locations weather radio can broadcast that can be re-transmitted on AM of FM broadcast stations on terrestrial television stations or local public, educational and PEG cable TV channels.
There are two types of weather radio receivers home or stationary and portable use. Portable models commonly offer extra features that makes them useful in emergency moments. Some of weather radios are hand crank powered, some are mainly electrical, others use batteries in the moments when power is out.
Furthermore, small hand held weather receivers do not support same alert type encoding but will help hikers and explorers to listen weather reports without taking bit radio station bases on the hike. Some of the weather receivers have built in flashlight and USB port for the device charging. Weather radios can have built in two way communication possibility. Scanner radios are designs to monitor VHF FM public service band and are able to receive weather channels.
Moreover, newer weather radio receivers include visual alerting elements like multicolored LED indicator lights that will allow you to use external devices like pillow vibrators, strobe lights, bed shakers, loud sirens and much more plugged into accessory USB port to help you alert body disabled persons.
Desktop weather radio Midland WR400
Same Technology, public alert certified, powered by AC, four AA batteries
Best NOAA weather radio that is available, doubles as an AM and FM alarm clock and has large bright screen display that shows time, battery life and alerts if there are any. Also, this device has four radio presets for tuning. You are able to connect to the external alerting device and you can make customizable alerts.
Positive sides: Excellent sound quality, large clean display, good reception and customizable alerts.
Emergency radio Midland ER 310
This radio has wide selection of powering such as rechargeable lithium ion 2600 mAh battery, hand crank powering, USB port and solar system and can also be powered by 6 AA batteries.
This emergency radio has 2600 mAh capacity with rechargeable battery with different powering ways. Midland ER 310 emergency radio supports AM and FM radio signal and also NOAA weather radio band. Midland has built in 130 lumen flashlight and USB port that gives you opportunity to charge your devices. Battery life is 32 hours in working radio mode. When battery is empty, it needs only one hour of sunlight to power radio to work 45 minutes.
Positive sides: great audio quality, multiple charging options, large battery capacity, strong flashlight with SOS strobe light and it comes in compact size.
Midland WR 120 EZ radio
This radio has built in Same Technology and public alert Certification, comes with power sourcing for AC and 3 AA batteries.
This device is desktop weather radio and you can find it in local stores. This radio has great features and affordable price. Display can screen alert messages in three different languages (English, French and Spanish) and have built in loud 90 dB siren and LED flashing light warning to show you when device has received alert. This device uses Public Alert certification.
Positive sides: affordable, text alerts in few languages, easy to use, powerful.
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Hand crank radio Eton FRX 5 BT
This is a Hand cranked radio that uses Same technology, does not support public alert certification. This radio is power by 2000 mAh rechargeable lithium batter, solar system, trough USB port and hand cranked.
This device has additional features such as USB port for charging other devices. Actual crank on this radio is the largest from the all models on the market; and that makes him easy to charge and to use. Eton FRX 5 BT hand crank radio has Bluetooth functionality; that allows you to connect the device to the smartphone or some other device that has Bluetooth functionality.
Sangean CL 100
This emergency and weather radio have Same technology and public alert certify and is powered by DC and 4 AA batteries.
Sangean is high quality shortwave radio that has AM and FM RBDS and weather clock radio with CL 100. This is desktop weather radio is only one that supports FM RBDS – text messages that that appear on the car radio that tells you what song is on the radio at given moment. Also, the clock radio is handy and features HWS Human wake up system. Everything that is played on the radio gradually gets louder to wake you up.
Positive: high quality speakers, RBDS function and good reception signal.
Eton Scorpion 2
This hand crank emergency radio can be powered from various sources like 800 mAh rechargeable lithium battery and hand cranked, via solar system and USB port.
Eton Scorpion 2 is lightweight and weatherproof hand cranked emergency radio that includes half watt LED flashlight and USB charging mode. This Eton Scorpion works with AM and FM and also NOAA weather band support. Internal battery can be charge over solar panels or hand cranked.