This emergency radio delivers a superior combination of sound quality, playback time, and reception. Its superior audio quality provides clear, crisp sound that allows you to hear every word of a NOAA Weather Band, unlike other models that produce distorted, static-filled audio. Its superior battery provides 8.7X longer playback time than lesser models. Its large, ergonomic hand crank requires little effort to turn and, unlike other radios with analog tuners, it has an easy-to-adjust digital tuner that receives radio stations. Additional superior features include an integrated LED flashlight, USB port for charging smartphones, mini-USB cable, and a built-in solar panel for supplemental power. 5 3/4" H x 7" W x 2 2/3" D. (1 1/4 lbs.)
“Just gotta love this radio. It does so many different things. Brings clear sound on the speaker, charges cell phones, tells you the time. What more could you ask for in an all weather radio? Simply put this one has it all!” - P. Mississippi
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(47 of 54 customers found this review helpful)
from New York City, NY
My wife and I live in New York City. As an immediate consequence of Hurricane Sandy, we were without power for five nights. We limited our smartphone use to conserve our smartphone's battery power. When I subsequently saw THE BEST EMERGENCY RADIO (JT-82978) in the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog I got excited. Here was something we could depend on in a weather emergency: a hand-crank radio and smartphone recharger all in one. After studying the catalog and calling the Hammacher Schlemmer information phone number, I walked to the Hammacher Schlemmer store on 57th street. I talked with a sales associate in the store and studied the radio/recharger in person. I was impressed. I bought the radio/recharger. At home, when I opened the box and studied the instruction booklet more carefully, my excitement turned to disappointment. See for yourself. Study the booklet carefully. Under DYNAMO POWER you will see this sentence: The rechargeable battery will eventually lose its ability to hold a charge over time. That's true. That's a feature of Ni-MH batteries. But that limitation is not mentioned in the advertising so I did not think about it. I did not ask how the radio stored its hand-crank generated power. There is no way to tell how much "ability" the radio/recharger's Ni-MH battery has left. I cannot depend on an emergency system that may fail the moment I need it most. Under CHARGING SMARTPHONES you will see this sentence: Disconnect the USB cable (to smartphone) before using the hand turbine. You will also see: Not following these instructions may cause damage to your cell phone. Now look at the box. You will see this sentence: Instantly charge your smartphone via the Hand Turbine generator. You will see a picture of a smartphone connected by cable to the radio/recharger while a person's hand turns the turbine. The booklet and box contradict each other. Which should I trust? I followed the booklet. With the Ni-MH battery at full charge (three bars), I subsequently connected my smartphone to the radio/recharger. My smartphone battery happened to be at 80%. I hit the CELL button on the radio/recharger. For several seconds, my smartphone switched from a discharging state to a charging state then it switched back to a discharging state, still at 80%. Would you trust this radio/recharger in an emergency? I repacked the radio/recharger inside its box. I do not know when the next weather emergency will hit our area. I need to be ready, which means I need to do more research. In choosing emergency equipment, confidence is number one on my list. I have lost confidence in the BEST EMERGENCY RADIO. Its presentation and recharging feature are its Achilles' heel for me. I walked back to the store on 57th Street and returned the radio. Hammacher Schlemmer credited my charge card. They're good about that.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Hammacher Schlemmer Response: Thank you for your feedback. While we regret that this product didn't delight you, we are gratified that you took advantage of our unconditional Lifetime Guarantee. Although our goal is your complete satisfaction with every product, we understand you may encounter the rare occasion when an item doesn't meet your expectations. That is why we make it easy to return an item. Please note, while cranking, the Dynamo Power will show full, however after letting the radio sit for a few minutes, the dynamo power icon will show how much charge is truly held by the battery. It requires less cranking to produce long radio and flashlight than to charge a phone. If cranking isn’t providing the required power we suggest using solar power to charge the batteries and using disposable batteries to provide the necessary power.
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(28 of 30 customers found this review helpful)
from Cape Hatteras Banks North Carolina
Being without power for over a month last year ! THis radio served me very well. I was lost until the national guard saw my Emergency radio's bright LEDS shining ! i was alble to charge the cell, my hand held radio,and a small light with the hand crank charger. I have a back up generator at home, but it ran out of fuel after 4 days! This device is the best !
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)
My main complaint is that some of the control buttons are located beneath the carry handle, making them hard to read. Ended up giving to my son-in-law - who has much younger eyes!
(17 of 20 customers found this review helpful)
By Money Waster
from Mesquite, Texas
I was looking to replace a wind up radio I had for 15 years. You wind it up, it played for 45 minutes. I am still looking for one like that...
Hammacher Schlemmer Response: While this product has received positive feedback from other customers, it clearly did not measure up to your expectations, and for this we sincerely apologize. Please note, this product can also be charged by USB and disposable batteries which are the best options for long play time. Although you can crank it to listen to the radio, it will take a lot of cranking to achieve the results you are looking for. Please remember, you can always order from Hammacher Schlemmer with confidence knowing that if you are disappointed with a product—for any reason—you may return it under our lifetime guarantee. Please contact our customer service team at 1-800-321-1484 and they will be happy to assist you.
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
I would buy this product again
By Mrs. B
This emergency radio is fantastic and I highly recommend it. I purchased a couple for my adult children also who just went through a power outage due to the Snowmageddon this winter. Storm and tornado season is approaching and we'll be prepared.On the downside, the picture on the box showing a smartphone being charged by cranking, that is actually warned against to not do in the instructions. DO READ the instructions thoroughly.
(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
"First time buyer"
from Atlanta, GA
We had a tornado in our area but didn't have an emergency radio. Also, our electricity was off-- that woke me up to how unprepared we really were. Now with our radio we are not left in the dark about the status of the storm.
(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
from Cookeville, TN
We connected the battery that came with the product, gave the handle a mere 9 cranks and were immediately able to pick up a weather station. We also installed the AAAs and then tuned into an array of FM stations without having to crank. When the product is registered, they ask your brand of Smart phone so that they can send the appropriate cable to charge the phone with. Very good product.
(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
from Big Spring Texas
I live in tornado ally, having a emergency radio is essential, unless of course you like to fly without a plane or a cape. I have several other brands but, they are VERY,VERY hard to understand. This one is crystal clear on all the stations. This radio is well designed and engineered.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
The Best Emergency Radio
By Jim the explorer
from Toronto, ON
I listen to the radio with headphones at night to go to sleep - the reception is really great. I love that it can be powered by either the hand-crank or solar-powered. As I live in an older house without uv protective elements in the window glass - the radio will actually charge when the sun shines in the window - I finally lost the full charge and wasn't home to place it in the window-well at the right time - so I charged it up in 1 hour and 15 mins with my laptop. I love this item.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
from Lima, Ohio
An AC connection for daily use would be great.I am very pleased with my choice
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