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Can anyone recommend a portable radio?

Asked by LostInParadise (29150points) July 14th, 2021

I checked the reviews for several portable radios on Amazon and they were all mixed reviews. I have a small radio that keeps fading in and out. I don’t need anything fancy, just something that could be used if the lights go out.

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Call_Me_Jay's avatar

C Crane, Sangean and Eton are all quality brands. For almost 20 years I have been using something extremely similar to this: CC Skywave AM, FM, Shortwave, Weather + Alert and VHF Airband Small Portable Travel Radio At $89 it is probably in your fancy range.

I have not tried this model but it is very well reviewed on Amazon. Eton Elite Mini Compact AM/FM/Shortwave Radio $24.99

Here are some NY Times Wirecutter recommendations: The Best Emergency Weather Radio

Inspired_2write's avatar

https://www.canadiansafetysupplies.com/searchresults.asp?Search=radio&Submit=

I got the survival emergency kit with that red radio.
It has solar power,
crank power,
USB phone slot to recharge cell phone,
flashlight
flasher mode to signal someone where you are located.
AM/FM
Emergency station to hear alerts
Cost me $19 CDN
But also purchased the three day emergency survival backpack with supplies included ( for single person)
There are other larger survival backpack packages avail for families as well.
Food supplies good for five years.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Look up phase-locked loop and decide if your radio is worth the effort to correct the frequency drift.

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Call_Me_Jay's avatar

This question made me curious (I have always been into radios) and I googled around some more.

The Panasonic RF-2400D seems expensive for a super-basic radio ($27 to $32 US online), but 13,000 Amazon reviews give it an average 4.5/5.0. It is mono only, so if you want stereo music with headphones, this is not for you.

Whatever you get, I recommend something that uses standard batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, etc.) More and more models now come sealed with rechargeable batteries, which have a limited life.

Also, don’t store the radio with power cells inside. I think we’ve all opened an old device to find acid-encrusted batteries. Since you want this for “when the lights go out”, keep it battery-free with a stock of fresh batteries alongside.

If you use the radio regularly, change the batteries every year. One good strategy is to change all your batteries on the same day – start of Daylight Savings, January 1st, whatever. This applies to smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, too.

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