The Katahdin Sports Hand Crank Radio is my pick for the best all-around model because it covers all the most vital bases, is intuitive to use, and the sports hand crank power is adequate (although it does take a little work).
It is smaller in size than you might expect, about the size of an Apple Mobile Phone, making it convenient to carry around, which we appreciate.
Features Katahdin Sports Hand Crank Radio
It received FM and AM broadcast and NOAA weather updates, and people have noted how sensitive it’s to tune, which lights up when you have found the extreme signal.
A complete charge, this hand-crank radio is an acceptable substitute for a power bank, but it would not quite as well as it is running on the hand crank charge.
Speaking of a sports hand crank, it is strong enough to give good battery life to keep the elaborate emergency weather radios on the market.
We do not think you would need something more than this compact model can deliver.
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- Self-charged through built-in solar – place radio in average sunlight for almost 10hrs, the red power indicator illuminates when charging starts.
- Sports Hand Crank – for subsequent charges, turn the sports hand crank for 1 minute to produce seventy minutes of non-stop flight for the 3 LED, 15 to 20 minutes of non-stop radio charge usage, and 3 to 6 minute talk time.
- USB Power – insert the last of the charging cord into the Mini USB port and put pother side into the PC USB port. The red power indicator illuminates when the Ni-MH battery is being charged.
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What we like
- Small in size but delivers superb power
- Solar power feature
What we don’t like
- A hand crank is slightly awkward to use
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