Baile Portable Emergency Radio Review

Baile Portable Emergency Radio Review

Man-made and natural disasters are inevitable. In fact, news of flooding, wildfires, tsunamis, earthquakes, and power outages are recently becoming everyday news. While some of these will catch us off-guard, a good number of them allow us a window to react accordingly if we are equipped with the right tools.

An emergency radio is one lifesaver if we’re talking about bad weather. It comes in handy even for non-weather related incidents such as a power outage.

So, if you’re taking a proactive approach to such events by preparing your hurricane kit or generic emergency bag, an emergency radio deserves a spot in there. If you’re an outdoorsman just looking for information access to the outside world while hiking, camping, or boating, an emergency radio will also prove to be a good companion.

Without further ado, let’s weigh in on Baile’s portable solar and hand-crank emergency radio.

 

Features

The Baile Portable Emergency Radio features:

  • a signal range of 87MHz to 108 MHz on FM, 520 to 1620 KHz on MW, 5.8 to 10 MHz on SW1, and 11.60 to 18.20 MHz on SW2
  • a 5” x 2.5” x 2” measurement
  • a net weight of 2.1 ounces
  • a built-in speaker
  • a flashlight with 3 LED lights
  • a red beacon light
  • an alarm siren
  • a USB charge port
  • a 5-pin mini USB jack
  • a world band radio receiver
  • a four-way charging system: hand-crank generator, solar cells, rechargeable and AAA batteries, and USB cable

And, it comes with a cell phone charging cable and user manual.

Pros

  • It is lightweight and compact yet serves a lot of purposes.
  • For a small radio, it produces crisp and clear sound. It gets a decent signal even without the antenna up. It also picks up a lot of stations with no static noise.
  • The light is dual purpose: one is for regular illumination, and the other one is for the emergency signal.
  • The siren is loud.
  • It can be powered in multiple ways. Best of all, this emergency radio has a hand-crank generator.
  • The battery holds a charge for a very long time.

Cons

  • It does not support NOAA bands.
  • The station numbers are hard to read because they are too small.
  • While it comes with a USB cord, there is no adapter for wall charging. Having an adapter in the kit would have been convenient.

Summary

DESIGN:

This green Baile portable emergency radio is compact and lightweight with a solid feel to it. It does not take up much space in a bag, allowing more room for other supplies or tools.

RADIO RECEPTION:

For its small size, this radio is phenomenal in picking up a lot of stations sans the distracting static noise. The biggest lowdown for this device though is that it does not support official “weather bands.” So if you’re counting on this for that, you might need to look elsewhere.

POWER GENERATOR OR SOURCE:

One of the most important features an emergency radio should have for it to be considered a real survival tool, is the hand-cranking generator. In the absence of electricity, batteries, or direct sunlight, the dynamo is a lifesaver.

Thankfully, this particular Baile portable emergency radio can generate power through the hand-crank dynamo. How much power it provides though is not quite clear.

Just for comparison, Kozo and ELECLOVER dynamo weather radios can support 18- and 20-minute power for radio play with just a minute of cranking. But others like OUTAD can only generate a meager 5-minute radio play with the same effort.

Aside from the hand-crank generator, Baile can be powered through its power cell or via USB cable. While most emergency radios have this three-way charging system, Baile goes one notch higher in this department because it can also be powered by standard AAA batteries.

ADD-ON FEATURES:

Needless to day, the Baile Portable Emergency Radio is almost all that you need in a survival kit rolled into one. Apart from a radio reception, crammed in its little body is a 3-LED flashlight, a red beacon light, a siren, and a phone charging capability.

It is a cheaper version of the XLN Crank Dynamo radio, which shares almost the same features as Baile’s. At its price point, it’s good to know it offers more, whereas other emergency radios only have the flashlight and power bank as add-on features.

If you’re looking for more and don’t mind paying a little extra, Compass Culture Brand Solar and Hand Crank Radio is definitely worth a look. First and foremost, it has the basic hand-crank power generation capability and NOAA station access.

For the extras, it has an adjustable flashlight, a reading lamp, an alarm with flashing red light, and a 2000 mAh power bank. And like Baile’s emergency radio, it can be charged in four ways. Then, it also comes with a survival Paracord bracelet fitted with a compass, a whistle, and a fire starter.

PRICE:

Baile’s portable emergency radio is definitely affordable. It may not be a steal, but you sure get your money’s worth from it and a little more.  

Verdict

Overall, Baile Portable Emergency Radio is a great survival tool. Does it belong to your emergency evacuation bag? Maybe. Adventure or camping bag? More of.

While the Baile portable emergency radio certainly is handy for lighting, phone charging, and distress call or signaling, it definitely needs to work on fulfilling the main purpose for getting an emergency radio—that is to be able to tune in to NOAA stations.

But, if you’re definition of emergency radio does not necessarily include that requirement, then this emergency radio offers you a bargain for all its nifty features, size, and weight. No need to get an individual flashlight, power bank, etc. It is a Swiss Army radio!

The need for an emergency alert radio though can’t be stressed enough. If this thing impresses you, it is still is a good buy.

But you do need a dedicated weather radio to provide you with NOAA warning and weather updates. After all, forewarned is forearmed.

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