Esky Solar Hand Crank Self Powered Emergency Radio with LED Flashlight Review

If it’s small and does everything you need, it’s probably good to have in your emergency bag. That’s exactly what the Esky Solar Hand Crank Self Powered Emergency Radio with LED Flashlight and 1000 mAh Power Bank is.

Esky Solar Hand Crank Self Powered Emergency Radio with LED Flashlight is small and it does practically everything and more.

Features

  • Can pick up AM/FM/NOAA weather signals
  • Doubles as a flashlight
  • Can charge other USB enabled devices, like mobile phones, with a 1000 mAh capacity
  • Chargeable in three different ways: solar panel, hand crank, and DC charging using a mini USB jack
  • Built tough for emergency uses

Pros

Just because it’s small doesn’t mean it can’t do much of anything. The Esky Solar Hand Crank Self Powered Emergency Radio is a testament that small things can do big jobs. There’s more to the Esky Emergency Radio than meets the eye.

First, it’s small, light, portable, and comes in an attractive red color. So, even if it is small and can be misplaced, the color will help to spot it easily. It’s also built to withstand touch conditions so it won’t break on you on your first day out.

It’s built small and light so that you can carry it around with you, especially during emergencies; it won’t be an additional weight so that it can weigh you down. It’s even small enough to fit in your pocket, so it’s hard to leave it behind.

More importantly, it can pick up not only AM and FM signals but also NOAA weather alerts so you can listen to weather updates and the latest hazard information. When you’re trying to survive, this will be extremely important.

Powering the radio is not a problem. When you run out of batteries and there’s no USB port nearby or the power is out, you have the option to charge the battery using the solar panel or the hand crank.

With the solar panel, simply place the radio under direct sunlight to get it fully charged. The hand crank may not be as convenient but a few minutes of cranking will power your radio long enough for you to use.

The radio can also power USB enabled devices with a 1000 mAh power bank capacity. When all else fails, you have the radio to help power up your phone and contact people and agencies you need to contact.

If ever you find yourself in a dark place or you’re still out in the dark of night, the Esky Solar Hand Crank Self Powered Emergency Radio can also act as a flashlight to help light up your way and leading you to safety.

When you want to get better reception, you can pull the retractable antenna up and you’ll get a better signal.

Cons

For the price you really can’t expect too much. Although it does do well, the battery and the build can be better. A Li-ion battery would’ve been better compared to the Ni-MH and can certainly pack more power to serve as a power bank.

Aside from solar and hand cranking, you don’t have the option to plug the radio in a wall socket, because it only has a mini USB jack.

Comparison

There are plenty of small and portable emergency radios in the market that can compare to the Esky Solar Hand Crank Self Powered Emergency Radio. One such product is the Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio for Emergency by RunningSnail. It’s small, light, and portable, and comes in a bright green color.

Aside from doubling as a flashlight, it can also act as a reading lamp. It’s not only capable of getting AM and FM channels but also the NOAA weather for updates. Unlike the Esky which has a 1000 mAh power bank, the RunningSnail emergency radio has a 2000 mAh power bank, so it is able to charge more, and for longer.

It can also be powered in three ways: AAA batteries, solar panel, and hand crank. Its retractable antenna comes in handy when you want to get better reception.

The 2016 Upgraded ELECLOVER Solar Crank AM/FM/NOAA (WB) EWS Alert Weather Radio is also comparable to the Esky emergency radio. This particular product even comes with a bonus multifunctional bracelet that can come in useful during emergency situations.

This radio boasts a brighter flashlight and higher batter capacity. These are important features to have in an emergency radio and with its added capacity to capture AM/FM/NOAA signals, it becomes a valuable product to consider.

Verdict

The Esky Solar Hand Crank Self Powered Emergency Radio is good enough to handle your needs for the outdoors or in emergency situations. It can update you on the news and the weather, which are important during an emergency. For that, the radio gets a 3.5 out of 5 rating.

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