5 Best emergency radio reviews-Buyer Guide 2020

American Red Cross Radio Review

The American Red Cross FRX3 Hand CrankThe American Red Cross has high standards for emergency radios. That’s why I decided to review this emergency radio and see how good it really is.

The FRX3 weather alert radio is made to the American Red Cross’s high standards by the Eton Corporation and is considered by radio-heads (like me) to be one of the best non-specialty weather alert radios available on the market today. AM/FM stations and all seven NOAA stations can be accessed through the FRX3. The radio also has an alert system that issues all emergency weather alerts for your local area. Most importantly, the FRX3 has several power options and can be used to charge other devices, including smartphones.

American Red Cross Emergency NOAA Weather Radio

Power Options
The FRX3 can be powered in several ways. It contains its own special battery, included with the radio, which is the main power source. This battery can be recharged via solar energy and by hand cranking the radio’s turbine. The radio can also accept AAA batteries as a back-up to the main battery, although these batteries are not included with the product and must be purchased separately. The radio is designed to be portable and does not have an AC adapter.

In addition to charging the radio’s battery, sunlight and the turbine can power the radio functions themselves if necessary. By cranking the radio for one minute, you will power the radio for ten to fifteen minutes’ worth of radio listening time. For solar energy, simply place the radio face-up in sunlight (solar panels are located on the radio’s front) and monitor the battery charge on the read-out screen.

Charging via solar power or cranking will recharge the main internal battery, although the optional AAA batteries cannot be charged this way. But that it can even accept batteries in addition to the other power options makes this a very good radio for emergencies.

Thanks to this variety of power options, using your FRX3 to recharge your smart phone or other devices is less risky than with other radios. Any phone that can be connected via the radio’s USB cord (included) can charge via the radio just as it charges through AC outlets in your home. It is best to charge a phone when you have reliable access to power. One minute of hand-cranking will power your phone enough to make a phone call lasting approximately thirty seconds. Good enough for an emergency, I say.

Radio Speaker Quality
The speaker quality of this emergency radio is high-quality for alert stations, but less so for listening to music. One reviewer of the FRX3 on Amazon writes, “The speaker performance is better than I expected but not the exception.”
Radio Station Reception
Reception has been rated quite high, with one reviewer stating, “All three bands, AM, FM and the weather band have excellent reception.” But please check it out yourself prior to an emergency – radio reception can vary greatly from place to place. Some of the reviews were mixed on this aspect of the radio.
Additional Features
In additions to its radio functions, the FRX3 Hand Turbine NOAA AM/FM radio has a built-in LED flashlight and a red light which emits a flashing beacon in order to indicate emergencies. This is important in case you are disabled in any way. There is also a headphone jack, enabling you to listen to music and alerts individually. There is even an AUX-input so that you may play your own music from your mp3 player or another device.

With its multiple power options, phone charging abilities, and glow-in-the-dark locator, the American Red Cross FRX3 can be depended upon to help keep you safe in an emergency. An overall good choice with a lot of bells and whistles. But check reception in your local area to make sure it is up to par.

Midland ER102 Emergency Radio

The Midland ER102 emergency radio is the latest offering from the company. It has some features that I like more so than some other radios. Probably the best thing is that it actually has all my favorite features in one radio! Midland is known for their quality electronics.

They’ve been a leader in the radio industry for decades. Probably best known for their outstand Citizen Band Radios (CB Radios), Midland’s quality shows in the ER102.

It’s one of the few water resistant radios on the market and it carries a 3 year warranty, which a majority of emergency radios on the market don’t.

Midland ER102 Emergency Radio Features

  • 3 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty – One of the best in the Industry
  • Dynamo Crank to charge the great NiMH battery pack
  • Can also be powered with 3 AAA batteries or AC Adapter (which is included unlike the Grundig Emergency Radio)
  • Water Resistant Design
  • Ability To Recharge Items like Cell Phones through an USB port
  • A Clock with Alarm function
  • It has all 10 NOAA Weather Bands
  • Weather Alert function
Midland ER102 Emergency Radio

First Alert Public Alert Radio

First Alert Public Alert Radio

The First Alert Public Alert Radio is a great addition to your emergency preparedness supplies. This radio will monitor the NOAA Weather Radio Band which has 24/7/365 coverage and a 79 civil and severe weather messages. With the S.A.M.E. technology built in, this means you’ll only get the alerts that pertain to your immediate local area, not some place halfway across the State!

From what I can tell, this is the same radio as the Sima WX-200 Emergency Alert Radio. This emergency radio is ideal for your home. It can continuously monitor NOAA and alert you the instant an alert is issued. No matter if it’s 2 a.m. in the morning and your in a deep sleep, this radio will give you a heads up to an impeding emergency.

Features of the First Alert Public Alert Radio

Here are some of the features of the First Alert Public Alert Radio

  • Automatically alerts you to a wide variety of severe weather and civil emergencies in your area
  • Monitors NOAA weather band day and night, receiving a total of 79 emergency civil and severe weather messages
  • Utilizes S.A.M.E. to help you avoid non-local alerts, and is programmable to receive warnings for emergencies specific to your area
  • Easy-to-read digital LCD screen shows you time and date, and scrolls through message information during emergencies
  • Wall mountable, with a battery back-up for power outages, and a manufacturer’s 90-day warranty
First Alert Public Alert Radio

Eton American Red Cross ARCFR160R Emergency Radio

Etón American Red Cross FR160 Microlink Self-Powered

The Eton American Red Cross ARCFR160R is an economical emergency radio that comes with many features built in. It can do a lot of the same things that other emergency radios can do, but in most cases, it does them better. The Eton Microlink FR160R is a AM, FM and NOAA weather radio that comes with a built in flashlight, solar charger and cell phone charger as well. This is a palm sized emergency radio that really packs in the features.

The Eton emergency radio has all the features that one needs in a weather radio. It can be powered several different ways, including a hand crank to charge a built in rechargeable battery, a mini solar panel built in on the top of the unit to keep the batteries charge and it comes with an usb charger so you can charge you cell phone when the power goes out.

The Eton FR160 is constructed ruggedly so you can take it with you wherever you go. Whether you’re camping on the beach or driving cross country, add an extra measure of security by taking your Eton along. The case is designed to protect the analog controls. There are also rubber gaskets and plugs to help keep water out of the unit. This is a huge feature if you happen to be caught out in a storm.

Also when you buy an Eton American Red Cross radio, Eton will donate a portion of the proceeds to help victims of natural disasters around the Country. Now that some serious giving back to the communities.

 Etón American Red Cross FR160 Microlink Self-Powered

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