Just because a hurricane has knocked out your power does not mean that you can not stay up to date and develop bad news with one emergency radio. That's why I put together this short list of three well-received recipients.
For the young: Not all radios are emergency radios. You see, in the 90s people used radios to listen to music (and baseball). We all had radios, and not just in our cars. Now, portable radios are a bit less and farther apart, but they are just as useful in natural disasters or man-made disasters as they were once, as radio waves can continue to be sent, while more complex media and utilities in the fog are drowning out of uncertainty (or even fog ̵
These radios are specialized and all have one thing in common: a wide range of charging options. You can charge these radios via USB if you are able to do so. If not, they have solar energy. Oh, the sun exploded. what now? Good that these radios also have cranks. Other helpful tips and tricks include emergency flashlights, emergency signals, and phone charging ports. Seductive extras, though I'm not sure how easy it is to charge a smartphone with a hand crank. If you spin a phone battery for 45 minutes, you will get enough juice to make an emergency call. Enter an address and end the call. That could be worthwhile. Just do not expect Fortnite Mobile to play over the end times.
Best value: Kaito KA500
When it comes to recharging my fragile human form, there are some precious things to eat and drink, sleep, maybe an EpiPen, when I get one in my hands. However, the Kaito KA500 is not a frail human, but rather the opposite: an emergency radio that can draw its energy from five different sources.
The usual suspects – hand crank, solar panel and USB – are all there. But there are also a few new features: a 5V AC / DC input with power supply (but you have to buy that yourself) and a built-in rechargeable / replaceable NiMH battery.
This old girl also works as a mobile charger with built-in 5V USB standard output. There are also lighting options: LED flashlight, red LED SOS light and a 5-LED reading light if you want to try reading a book while waiting for the return of the power.
The case is shockproof and waterproof-resistant ABS that is cool and the telescopic antenna opens up to 14.5 inches for increased sensitivity. We could all use a bit more sensitivity.
Best Bonus: Midland ER310
If you've read other lists I've written, then you know a little secret: The article "Best Premium "is always the most expensive. The Midland ER310 fits this bill for this list (prices can be found at the link). That does not mean that it is necessarily better than the others, and let's be honest: these are all plastic radios, none of which is terribly expensive.
In other words, Midland has been active in radio technology for more than 50 years. You're based in Missouri and have a phone number so you can talk to someone when there's a problem (or at least a call center voicemote). Of course not during a natural disaster where you need the radio. Take it (and all other emergency electronic devices) for a test drive before using it in a life or death bond.
As The ER310 shamelessly has a 2600 mAh rechargeable battery, a solar panel, a hand crank, and up to 32 hours of air (eg, listening to the radio) at full charge. Even if this is a perfect scenario number and you only have 28 hours, for example, this should be enough to catch up with the weather forecast. Or listen to two baseball games.
This baby has an emergency flashlight with an SOS beacon. This is a good option if you want to see what you hear in the dark. I would still have another dedicated flashlight in your hurricane kit (or whatever), but it's nice to have a backup.
Best Budget: RunningSnail MD-088s
"Look buddy: I do not have about 40 extra bucks to blow up a potentially life-saving emergency radio hunt. "I hear you. I have no numbers in front of me, but it feels like life is getting cheaper over time. With that in mind, I can not blame you for spending less on your own survival. The market dictates etc.
Then you might want the RunningSnail MD-088. It has similar power supply features: a hand crank, a micro USB charger and solar panels. You may or may not be charging your phone (I can not stress enough how much this depends on the make and model of your phone, and how much patience do you have?) This little guy has a 12 month warranty if you hate him.