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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

TURN ME ON - ALL-IN-ONE COMPACT SOLAR HAND CRANK RADIO, FLASHLIGHT, AND SMART PHONE CHARGER

I love gear that has more than one purpose.  The more multi-purpose, the better.  Recently, I stumbled across a nifty little piece of equipment that serves just that purpose.  

The Ambient Weather WR-089 compact emergency solar hand crank AM/FM/NOAA weather radio, flashlight, smart phone charger is a very handy, lightweight, durable multifunction unit. 



The unit weighs just 7.8 oz.   
The cords and the attachments together weigh 1.4 oz.  
The unit measures about 5" long, 
2 1/4" wide, and 1 1/2" thick. 
When I bought them in recent past, I was lucky enough to find a 2-pack for about $25 on amazon.com (total steal!).  
Now however, due to their growing popularity, especially in the "prepper" world, they are running about $20-25 each.
(photo courtesy of amazon.com)

The unit comes with a variety of attachments to 
accommodate a multitude of mobile phone models.

These are the cords and attachments that are included.

The housing is made of a quality rubber-like material that offers splash-proof protection.  
The battery icon with the small red LED light above the radio switch indicates that the unit is being charged.
The 3 LED flashlight is quite good.

A small solar panel is encased in the top of the unit.   
In direct sunlight, it will fully charge itself. 

Radio antenna extended to full length.  
The radio controls are a tad sensitive but it does pick up a multitude of radio stations and the audio quality is actually pretty good through the single speaker.  
The radio bands include AM, FM, and WeatherBand.

The hand crank is one option to recharge the unit.  
A one minute wind will allow about 20 minutes 
of play time on the radio.  
As long as the unit is wound, listening time is unlimited.

The hand crank tucks and locks nicely into  
itself and out of the way.

The ports are securely sealed from dust and water with a rubber cap that seats into each port. 




I have been very satisfied with this unit.  It is durable, lightweight, and reliable.  Due to its compact size and weight, I have kept it in my pack that I often keep with me for my outdoor outings as a backup charging unit.


"By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail."  

--Benjamin Franklin