Horizons Tec HT-747 Emergency NOAA Weather Radio Review

If you know anything about 747s, you’ll know it’s a big name to live up to. But that doesn’t stop Horizons Tec from naming their emergency radio after it. The Horizons Tec HT-747 Emergency NOAA Weather Radio has all the good stuff packed in a little package and more.

Starting from the digital display, down to the bonus paracord survival kit bracelet, the Horizons Tec HT-747 Emergency NOAA Weather Radio’s design meets the need of consumers when disaster strikes.

Features

  • Multi-band tuner capable of capturing NOAA/AM/FM
  • Backlit digital display for precise frequency and channel selection
  • Bright 3 LED flashlight to use in dark situations
  • 1000 mAh power source for charging mobile phones and other USB enabled devices
  • Chargeable using hand crank, solar panel, and USB connection
  • Fully charged battery can provide up to 10 hours of power
  • Paracord bracelet is equipped with compass, fire starter, whistle, and an 11’ rope
  • Attached carabiner clip at one end to secure radio and avoid misplacing or getting lost

Pros

There are so many good things to say about the Horizons Tec HT-747 Emergency NOAA Weather Radio, but let’s start with the radio itself. Most models like these come with analog displays, but the Horizons Tec stands out by placing a digital display on their portable radio.  Because the size of the radio is quite small, the digital display is limited in terms of what it can show you.

It can, however, show you the exact channel you’ve tuned into, hence eliminating the guessing game that comes with analog display radios. The digital display is also backlit, which makes reading it in dark places a lot easier.

The radio features a multi-band tuner that allows you to listen to AM/FM/NOAA weather and get updated with the latest news and weather conditions, which is very useful in emergency situations. It doesn’t have a direct entry keypad because of its size, but it does have a very easy to use tuner.

When you’re in the dark, you can also use the radio as your flashlight. It has a bright LED flashlight that can easily be powered using the hand crank. 1 minute of hand cranking can give you 20 minutes of flashlight power.

When all power sources are out, you can rely on the Horizons Tec HT-747 Emergency NOAA Weather Radio to power your mobile phones and other USB enabled devices. It has a 1000 mAh power bank capacity when fully charged.

Your phone won’t have to die on you and make it harder for you to reach loved ones in times of an emergency. The radio itself can be charged in multiple ways. Aside from USB charging, it has a solar panel, which when placed under direct sunlight, can charge your battery.

You also have the option of charging your battery through hand cranking. It does require your physical energy but it powers your radio quite well.

The Horizons Tec HT-747 Emergency NOAA Weather Radio also comes with a paracord bracelet that is equipped with a fire starter, compass, whistle, and an 11’ rope. It’s a thoughtful addition especially when you’re talking about life and death situations.

Cons

As good as the Horizons Tec HT-747 Emergency NOAA Weather Radio sounds, it does not have the capability to capture shortwave signals. Shortwave radio signals are a great feature for emergency radios, because you can reach out and contact other shortwave radio users.

A bigger digital display, and even a clock function that can be set to UTC would also be an added advantage if it were present, but then again, it would drastically alter the size of the radio.

Comparison

The Tecsun PL-660 Portable AM/FM/LW/Air Shortwave World Band Radio is an example of a portable radio with shortwave signal capabilities. Compared to the Horizons Tec HT-747, it is a lot bigger and more expensive.

It does have an advantage in terms of communication and signal reception but it does not have the features of the HT-747 such as the LED flashlight and power bank charging capability. When opting for this model, make sure you have the budget as well as an extra light and power source for when your other gadgets have emptied their batteries.

The Eton Mini Compact AM/FM/Shortwave Radio is quite a surprise, considering its size. It is extremely portable and can fit easily in your pocket. What’s more is that it has a digital display which many prefer, and it has shortwave signal capacities.

It’s pretty easy to function but it does not have the features you liked in the HT-747, most especially the paracord bracelet, the flashlight, and the power bank. As far as communications goes, this is a good buy, as long as you have an extra flashlight and self-powered power bank on hand.

Verdict

The Horizons Tec HT-747 Emergency NOAA Weather Radio is a good addition to your emergency kit. It deserves a 5 out of 5 product rating.

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