Best Weather Radios

Best Weather Radios

There are a lot of things in life that catch us off-guard. But while these things are beyond our control, we certainly can take a pro-active approach towards them. One of these unpredictable things is natural disasters.

Storms, tsunamis, blizzards, tornadoes, and floods are not welcome news. But they are situations we can considerably prepare for.

Although notice may still come a bit short, a weather radio can provide enough information to guide us. It will give us ample warning to run to the nearest emergency shelter or to evacuate. If you’re intent on being emergency ready, allow us to walk you through some of the best weather radios. 

Kozo NOAA Weather Radio for Emergency

This black and blue weather radio by Kozo is designed with a long antenna for better reception on FM, MW, SW1, and SW2 stations. It stores power in four ways: through a rechargeable built-in battery, a hand-cranked generator, solar power, and three (3) AAA batteries. Its hand-crank generator can provide 18-minute radio and 30-minute light power with one-minute of cranking.

Kozo emergency weather radio is also equipped with a power bank, a flashlight, SOS red light alarm, a siren, and an AUX input for a speaker or headphone connection. 

Pro

  • Sound quality and reception are good, the light shines bright, and the siren is loud. 

Con

  • It may not be able to survive rough handling. 

ELECLOVER Portable Dynamo Weather Radio

It plays AM, FM, and NOAA weather band stations. It also has a 60-lumen flashlight and a 1000mAh power bank. It stores power through a rechargeable Li-Ion battery power, solar energy, or hand cranking generator. One-minute cranking can provide 20-minute power for radio or 30-minute fuel for a flashlight.

It is also fitted with a bright LED flashlight. You can also choose between all-black, red and black, or yellow and black designs. Furthermore, it comes with a DC cable, USB charging cable and converter, and a user manual.

Pros:

  • AM, FM, and WB frequencies have good reception.
  • Light is very much brighter than the built-ins of most weather radios.

Cons:

  • The solar panel isn’t very sensitive. You need strong, direct sunlight.
  • You may need a number of adapters to use the mobile phone charging feature. 

C. Crane Pocket AM FM and NOAA Weather Radio

This grey and black, pocket weather radio can run on two (2) AA batteries for around 75 hours of play. One can listen to AM, FM, or NOAA bands with company through its built-in speaker or by oneself with the earbuds that come with the radio.

A switch on the side locks in your choice of station. It also has a backlight, a sleep timer, a clock, an alarm, and a removable belt clip. Five memory preset buttons run along the LCD screen.

The battery and signal meter, station of choice, time, and sleep timer and alarm status are on display. Rubber coating runs on its sides for easy grip and protection. 

Pros:

  • Its sensitivity and selectivity can compete with some of the best tabletop radios.
  • It has a solid feel to it and can survive rugged use.
  • It has well-thought-out and unique features. There’s a station lock to avoid accidental changes, a backlight that comes on automatically, adjustable frequency increments for finer tuning, a switch for stereo/mono or speaker mode to avoid accidental broadcasts when the headphones comes unplugged, and a sleeper timer with 15-, 30-, 60-, or 90-minute settings that’s perfect for night time listening.

Cons:

  • You need to use headphones or earbuds to pick up remote stations. A built-in telescoping antenna mast could have solved the problem.
  • The buttons are not intuitive. You need to refer to the printed manual from time to time.
  • The volume button can be tiny. 

Summary

RADIO STATIONS:

The most important and basic feature of a weather radio is its capability to tune in to weather bands. Thankfully, all three radios are emergency-ready in this respect.

As a bonus, they can provide AM and FM entertainment as well for everyday use.

HAND-CRANK GENERATOR:

Of the three weather radios, only C. Crane Pocket Weather Radio is not built with a hand-cranking mechanism, which is very useful especially during power outages. If you can store some batteries though, it will provide trusty weather information and help pull you through a tough time.

In terms of power generated by the hand-crank generator, both ELECLOVER and Kozo provide a generous supply of power radio or flashlight with just a minute of cranking.  

ADD-ON FEATURES:

Depending on what you are looking for, either Kozo or C. Crane wins in this department. As an emergency weather radio, Kozo has the most useful add-ons.

Aside from the radio reception, it is engineered with a power bank, a flashlight, a distress red light, and a siren; whereas, ELECLOVER only has a 60-lumen flashlight and a 1000mAh power bank.

Compared to C. Crane, which is basically used as a weather radio, the other two will do more than just provide you access to weather reports.

But, C. Crane is a league of its own with its well-designed and unique features as a pocket weather radio. It has a sleep timer, an alarm, a clock, a station lock switch, and a stereo/mono or headphone switch. 

PRICE:

C. Crane’s Pocket Weather Radio is almost the triple price of the either ELECLOVER Portable Dynamo Weather Radio or Kozo Emergency Weather Radio. Being more of a transistor radio than an emergency radio in terms of its added features, you might need to seriously evaluate why you’re getting C. Crane’s.

OVERALL:

All three weather radios make good choices. Whether you’re getting one for emergency or everyday use, you may find your perfect match in any of the three.

If you’re looking for a multi-purpose emergency weather radio, Kozo will provide you with the most useful add-ons and ELECLOVER the basic ones. But if you just want a nifty pocket weather radio to keep you company every day, C. Crane may be the one for you.

As always, when you’re buying to furnish an emergency kit, have your gadgets tested and used. Nothing can be more frustrating than getting an emergency weather radio that will die on you when you need it the most or finding out too late that you need certain adapters, for example, to access power in the power bank.

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