RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio Review

There’s nothing more comforting in an emergency situation than to have a charger, light, and a radio with you. When you have these, your chances for survival won’t be as bleak as you think.

The RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio for Emergency is a great product to store in your emergency kit. It’s not only portable, but it’s an all-in-one radio as well.

Features

  • Can pick up AM/FM stations
  • NOAA weather alerts for weather broadcasts
  • 1W LED flashlight for lighting your way in the dark
  • 1W table lamp which comes in handy to light up your space
  • Hand crank for self-charging comes useful when there are power outages
  • 2000 mAh rechargeable battery can charge your mobile phone, give 12 hours of light, or 4-6 hours of radio
  • SOS alarm with flashing red light helps people locate you or indicate that you need help
  • Multiple charging options include 3 AAA batteries, solar charging, USB cable, and hand cranking

Pros

The RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio for Emergency is nothing like a snail when it comes to performance. This is an all-in-one portable emergency radio which is useful when you want to pack a radio with your camping equipment or when you’re out hiking, biking, riding, off-roading or any situation that might place you in danger.

It’s very portable as it is only roughly the same size as your mobile phone. Its portability makes it easy to carry without adding any extra weight. It also has a wrist holder for you to just wrap around your wrist and carry it along with you, taking portability to another level.

Listen to entertaining programs, music, the news, or weather broadcasts through this one radio. It is able to pick up AM and FM stations as well as NOAA weather alerts.

Tuning in to a specific signal is easy and you can track the stations you’re picking up through the radio’s analog display. It also has a retractable antenna which you can make longer to pick up stronger signals and simply retract when it’s time to put the radio away.

It’s getting dark and there’s no other light source? The RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio for Emergency is prepared just for that. Not only does it have a flashlight, it also has a table lamp.

The flashlight is great for when you’re on the move. When you’re camping, you can use the table lamp. It offers pretty good lighting without exhausting your battery since it’s only a 1W light.

Another wonderful feature of this radio is that you can charge it multiple ways. If there’s no power source, you can simply use the sun through solar charging. At night, or when you’re faced with no auxiliary power source to recharge, you can use the hand crank for manual charging.

You can also use 3 AAA batteries to power the radio; just make sure you’re using either rechargeable ones or you have extra batteries with you. The radio also functions as a 2000 mAh power bank. It can power your mobile phone and lighting and can provide up to 12 hours of light or 4-6 hours or radio use.

When you’re in a pickle and in need of rescue, the SOS alarm with flashing red light is ingenious and can be a lifesaver in such situations. It’s waterproof level is IPX3, which means it can be used during rainy weather without it breaking down on you.

Purchase of the RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio for Emergency also entitles you to a 45-day money back guarantee, a 12 month replacement warranty, and a lifetime support guarantee.

Cons

It’s very hard to find a disadvantage with the RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio for Emergency. However, if you prefer a digital display, you might not like this radio in particular as it only has an analog display available.

When it comes to fine tuning or pinpointing a specific signal, a digital display will come in handy. An analog display takes a lot of guessing on your part as to which signal you’ve locked on to.

It also does not have a clock, which might be useful especially if you don’t have a watch or mobile phone with you.

Comparison

If budget is not a problem for you, you can get the C Crane CC Skywave AM, FM, Shortwave, Weather and Airband Portable Travel Radio. It is light, small and portable much like the RunningSnail radio, and it can pick up shortwave and air band signals which is a plus.

It also has a clock and alarm as added features that are missing in the RunningSnail emergency radio. What’s more it features a lighted LCD display with 400 memory presets, direct entry keypad, signal meter, and auto-scan tuning.

A disadvantage this radio has is that it can only be charged through 2 AA batteries or through an AC adapter. For longer emergencies, you might want to stock up on plenty of AA batteries, but it does run for 60 to 70 hours when on moderate volume with just 2 AA batteries, so it’s pretty impressive.

It also includes earbuds, a carry case, and a fold-out back stand along with a 1 year warranty upon purchase.

Verdict

The RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio for Emergency is a pretty good product and a must have for your emergency kit. For the price and its corresponding features, the radio deserves a 5 out of 5.

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