A good hand-cranked emergency radio can come in handy when you’re traversing off-the-grid backcountry — and can be essential equipment anywhere during prolonged power blackouts or natural disasters. Such radios allow you to receive vital information, including important weather notifications and disaster alerts/updates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Weather Service (NWS).
With consistent high ratings, the Midland ER310 Emergency Crank Radio is an excellent choice. It features a weather band with NOAA Weather Alert Radio capabilities, along with digital AM/FM (NOAA alerts are broadcast via AM radio). The ER310 also sports a built-in flashlight with a continuous SOS Morse Code beacon to visually signal help; a high-frequency dog whistle provides an auditory assist for search and rescue teams. Other features include a built-in antenna and a headphone jack.
The ER310 runs on a rechargeable/replaceable 3.7 VDC 2600mAh Li-ion battery for up to 32 hours of continuous use. The battery can be recharged by using the included micro USB cable to attach to a USB power source, by turning the hand crank, or by exposing the built-in solar panel to sunlight. It also runs on 6 AA batteries, and will recharge USB compatible devices. Weighs 1.46 lbs. $69.99. midlandusa.com