One of the things I appreciate about my husband is that he always wants to make sure his family is safe. A few years ago, he met with a state representative who was also on the committee that is in charge of planning for disaster related events in our state. Specifically, the west coast is expecting “the big one” to hit us at any time, since a major earthquake is way overdue. After that meeting, he was convinced that we needed to be more prepared to face a disaster.
Besides water (which is vitally important) and food, one of the major areas that we needed to work on was communications. If you think about it, it just makes sense. If we are hit with an earthquake, there is a great probability that our electricity would go down, which may not allow for easy communication. One thing that will remain, however, is radio waves.
A portable, rechargeable radio is very important to everyone who wants to receive communication in an emergency situation. You need to know what is going on in the outside world. When will help arrive? Where can I get food and water and medical care (if I am not already sufficiently prepared myself)?
One of our first purchases for our emergency stash was a portable, rechargeable hand crank radio that doubles as a flashlight and cell phone charger for our home. We soon realized that we would need more, so I bought another for my husband for his vehicle.
Last month, I was given the opportunity to check out the Elevclover Solar Crank AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with LED Flashlight, Cell Phone Portable Charger. I purchased the charger at a significant discount in exchange for an honest review.
Here it is!
The description says:
ELECLOVER Solar Hand Crank Radio is a compact multifunctional device that provides assured access to AM or FM radio, weather information and illumination whenever and wherever you need it. Micro USB, solar and manual hand cranking recharge options powers the radio to provide informative listening enjoyment and emergency illumination in your daily life.
It comes with the hand crank radio, a DC cable, a USB charging cable, a USB converter, a user manual, and a warranty card. Basically, all I have to supply is a lightning cable for my iPhone.
What I love: It is teeny. It literally fits in the palm of my hand.
I cranked the crank on the backside for about 30 seconds (I counted) and then turned the radio on and plugged my iPhone it. It totally worked! I was listening to music and charging my iPhone! I turned the flashlight on (located on the front in the black) and it was nice and bright. Just the coolest little device. Even cooler is that I can put it on my window sill and it will charge itself with the little solar panel located on the top!
My plan is to keep this radio in my car with more of my emergency supplies, just in case I’m stranded somewhere and need to be able to communicate or at least hear communications from the outside world. It will fit perfectly!