Camping And Emergency Radios
A Practical Gift for Travellers, Camping and Emergency Situations
Weather is unpredictable, it may be mild or there could, just as easily, be violent storms. A crank-powered or solar powered radio, like the Eton Solarlink radio, is a useful and practical gift for a loved one who wants to be prepared for emergency situations. For someone who lives in an area with power outages or dramatic weather conditions, this unassuming radio could be a life-safer in an emergency situation.
Summer is coming. So, a hand cranked or solar radio could also be a perfect gift for anyone who travels or likes camping.
It is a small, light-weight and compact product with multiple uses: radio, alarm, torch, emergency beacon and phone-charger. It also has multiple power options, which is ideal for an emergency radio.
This photo shows my radio, hanging from a tree branch on a camp-site. I really like my Eton radio, but further down this page, you can discover some other options for wind-up and solar power radios.
American Red Cross Version of the Radio
My eton solarlink radio radio is the UK version - identical to the American Red Cross version except that mine is black, and the shortwave channels are labelled differently. This photo, cropped from an Amazon photo, shows the ARC version. Maybe it's a little more photogenic than mine.
My Views On The Radio
I bought this radio for a camping trip. I chose it for its multiple power options and compact size. It also features a digital clock and alarm. The flashlight and emergency light options are an added bonus for me.
It is a durable little radio - I took it on a cold, wet weekend, camping in the Peak District. It was October, I woke to find ice on the inside, as well as the outside, of my tent. It was very cold and damp atmosphere. The radio was unphased by this, and worked without any problems. The manual tuning knob is a little slow, but it also has a scan function built into the tuner - use the "MIN/DOWN" and "HR/UP" buttons to digitally scan up and down the scale quickly.
Another thing I like is the USB cellphone charger. You need to handcrank while charging a cellphone, but in case of emergency, this is a very useful feature.
I'll be camping in the Dales in April. The Eton will definitely be coming along again.
Photo of my tent : I took this at 7am, temperature -2C, on the camping trip.
The Eton Didn't Mind A Bit Of Contact With The Grass
Although it wouldn't be wise to drop electronic equipment in a pool of water, the Eton camping radio stood up well to contact with wet grass and a cold humid tent.
Other Wind Up and Solar Power radios
Of course, there are other makes and styles of radio available. The important thing is that you can have confidence in your radio - I have confidence in mine.
Remember that wind-up radios do require a bit of work from you. Usually, one minute of cranking gives between 10 and 30 minutes of light, depending on the make and model.
My Eton can recharge on a sunny day using its solar power panel. If you are an area that gets plenty of sunshine, solar power is a good option.
This a small handheld radio, with built-in solar panel, is great for emergency use indoors or outside. It can be used to charge up small electronic items, like mp3 or mp4 players, mobile phones, iPods, iPhones, iPads and more. It is supplied with standard/mini and micro USB jacks, a DC cable, and a standard USB to mini USB cable.
This smart red and black digital radio has a high quality AM/FM NOAA Weather Alert tuner. A smart phone charger and a powerful LED flashlight are also included. To charge up the radio, you have five choices: AC, DC adaptor, charge from USB device, solar power or hand crank.
Emergency Preparedness Packs
Some people have "emergency preparedness" packs containing food, water, batteries, radio, flashlight... Are you prepared? Or is it too much hassle?
The Bear is bright yellow which makes it easier to find than some darker colored models. It can be operated with a crank dynamo or solar power. It has an FM/AM radio, and also features an LED torch, a blinker and a siren. The Bear can give emergency charges to cellphones, and comes with charging tip and ports that covers most cellphones.