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Product Review: Kaito Voyager Emergency Radio

The Kaito Voyager emergency radio charges your cell phone, MP3 player, has two lights, AM, FM and Short Wave radio, plus seven NOAA weather channels. All the unit needs is a few minutes of crank power and you have hours of alerts, radio and lights. It is perfect for blackouts, storms and other emergencies. One of my favorite features is how compact and lightweight the radio is. I suggest reading all the instructions first, as the ways it powers and charges your items works differently. Before the radio will work, you must plug in the rechargeable battery pack. Then crank it for two minutes to keep it powered. It will also work on three AA batteries, charged up via USB port on your computer, or has a tilting solar panel for power. However, the solar panel provides the least amount of charge and not recommended to charge your cell phone.

Right out of the box, I noticed the Voyager does not include a cord or tip to plug in my iPhone or iPod. Fortunately, I have a back-up cord. The radio does have a variety of cell phone tips for a variety of popular phone models.

Reception for FM and AM were spot on. I found plenty of channels to keep me entertained. I never did find any NOAA stations, though. We had no weather alerts during my initial review of the product. While indoors I found no shortwave stations.

On two minutes of crank, I charged my cell phone, listened to the radio, and had the reading light on for about 40 minutes before I turned the unit off. My low-battery indicator light never came on.

The radio has two different lights, a five-LED white reading light and a side-mounted white and red LED that has two modes: constant on and pulse. In total darkness, after two minutes of cranking and about 15 minutes of having the radio and the reading light on, the side-mount emergency signal light was incredibly dim.

It comes with a carrying strap, plastic handle, six cell phone adapters, earphones, and a USB cable. The earphones are typical inside-the-ear plastic, which I find a little uncomfortable. I used my own earphones to listen to the radio. The volume on the radio is consistent and gets very loud. You will have no problem hearing the NOAA weather alerts when they come through.

Pros: lightweight and compact, clear radio reception, crank power, weather alerts Cons: dim lights, no included iPhone charger

Specifications and Features

  • Includes high quality AC brushless generator
  • Tilting solar panel
  • Solar panel powers radio and charges built-in batteries
  • Five LED reading lamp
  • Multi function LED flashlight
  • Side mounted white and red LED light for white light or signaling
  • USB jack charges iPod and cell phones
  • Six cell phone tips
  • Seven-band weather radio
  • Weather alert feature
  • 8″x5″x2.6″
  • Earphone
  • USB cord

Five Ways of Power

  • Dyanmo cranking power: 120 turns per minute of cranking will power the built-in NiMH battery pack
  • Solar panel power
  • Three AA batteries
  • Built in rechargeable battery pack
  • Charge from a computer via USB port
  • Green

Lighting

  • Five LED reading lamp for camping and emergency use
  • White LED flashlight
  • Red LED blinking for emergency alert

Radio Reception

  • AM: 520-1717 KHz
  • FM: 88.00-108.00 MHz
  • SW1: 3.20-9.00 KHz
  • SW2: 9.00-22.00 KHz
  • Weather band, seven standard bands for all stations
  • PLL crystal control circuit for stable reception
  • Weather alert is activated by weather alert signals
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