Kaito KA500 5-Way Review

Now is always the best time to prepare for emergencies. In preparing for an emergency or disaster, there’s one thing you should never forget to pack and that’s the emergency radio.

Along with your other survival gear, your radio will help you keep up to date with the weather updates and predictions, and even listen to news of safe places to go, as well as advisories. One such radio that can come quite in handy during these situations is the Kaito KA500 5-way Powered Radio.

Features

  • Dynamo cranking power feature will help power the radio’s built in Ni-MH batter pack when used with 120 turns per minute of cranking
  • Solar panels help power the radio when placed under direct sunlight
  • 3 AA batteries will help power the radio
  • Comes with a built-in rechargeable battery pack
  • Can be charged using a USB port
  • Analog display system
  • Captures AM/FM/SW/NOAA weather alert frequencies
  • Flashlight and reading lamp to help light up dark spaces
  • Functions as a cellphone charger

Pros

The best thing about the Kaito KA500 5-Way Powered Radio is that it can be powered through multiple methods. When power is out, you can use the solar panel and place the radio under direct sunlight to charge the inside battery pack. You can also use the dynamo cranking power using 120 turns per minute to charge the battery.

There is also the option of using 3 AA batteries to power your radio and still get great reception. You can even use a USB port to power up your radio. Being able to charge an emergency radio in a variety of ways is a good feature you should look for, especially when it comes to portable radios.

Talking about portability, the Kaito KA500 5-Way Powered Radio is light, small, and portable, and simply taking it with you will not a problem; it even has a dedicated handle for easy carrying.

It features a detailed analog display so tuning in to different frequencies is easy. It comes with a retractable antenna as well so you can adjust the reception of your radio.

Aside from that, the Kaito KA500 5-Way Powered Radio provides you with additional light with this built-in feature; it offers both a flashlight and a table lamp. Both are of use in a dark situation when you have no other means of light aside from a dedicated flashlight.

This radio not only captures AM/FM and NOAA frequencies, but it can also capture shortwave radio signals. Shortwave radio signals can come from hundreds to thousands of miles away, even halfway around the world. This is great for both entertainment and also in keeping up to date with the happenings far from home.

Cons

As good as the Kaito KA500 5-Way Powered Radio is, it does not have a digital display. Digital displays have always been favored over analog displays because it helps pinpoint specific signals rather than rely on a guess or an approximation.

Comparison

If you’re looking for something more, but the Kaito KA500 5-Way Powered Radio doesn’t just cut it for you, you can spend a bit more and go for the Kaito Voyager Pro KA600 Digital Radio. It addresses what was lacking in the Kaito KA500, but can still be powered multiple ways.

It features the signature Dynamo cranking power, solar panels, and can even receive AM/FM/LW/SW as NOAA weather frequencies. It has a backlit digital display that displays your battery power. The radio also comes with RDS and real-time alert.

It comes with a keypad where you can key in specific channels. The 335 memory is very impressive, but what’s more is that it has an added calendar, alarm clock, sleep timer, thermometer, and even a humidity meter.

When it comes to being thorough, the Kaito Voyager Pro KA600 Digital Radio is a clear winner. It’s still just as small, light, and portable as the KA500 and even has a dedicated handle for carrying.

For a few more dollars, you can also get the C Crane CC Skywave AM, FM, Shortwave, Weather, and Airband portable travel radio. It also comes with a clock and alarm, a digital display, 400 memory presets, direct-entry keypad and more.

However, it lacks some of the features that are offered with the Kaito KA600, and it can only be powered in two ways—through plugging in and with the use of AA batteries.

Verdict

The fact that the Kaito KA500 5-Way Powered Radio can be charged multiple ways, it gets a rating of 4 out of 5.

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