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Kaito SB-1059 Mini Hand Crank AM/FM Weather Radio, Black
Powered by solar power or hand cranking, the Kaito mini-size hand crank emergency radio has a comprehensive frequency coverage including AM, FM and weather band, ideal for emergency preparedness, its compact size also makes it a perfect companion for outdoor activities. Other features include built-in speaker, earphone jack and charging indicator. Accessories include user manual and a 90-day manufacturer's warranty. The battery shown in the pictures are for size reference only, NOT included in the box.
AM/FM + NOAA Weather band
No battery needed, ideal for emergency applications
Charge by solar panel or hand crank
Compact size with built-in speaker, battery in the pictures is for size reference only
90-day manufacturer's warranty
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34 of 34 found the following review helpful:
Hurricane Irene no match for this radioAug 31, 2011
I received this radio the day before hurricane Irene struck the East Coast. We lost all power for thirty hours during and after the storm. I was able to clearly hear storm related information throughout these hours using the Kaito SB-1059. There is nothing fancy about this mini radio-no cell phone recharge or flashlight attachment. However, the sound quality is excellent and a one minute easy crank on the handle allowed us to receive several hours of local AM radio broadcasting. In addition, the weather channel came in quite clear during the duration of the storm.
For a price less than $15.00 this weather radio did all you can expect from a very small electronic piece of equipment. I don't think you can go wrong to choose the SB-1059. I put it in a convenient place for immediate use during the next emergency.
23 of 23 found the following review helpful:
Hard to beat for the priceAug 24, 2011
As far as I can tell, this is about the cheapest solar crank radio on the market. Yet, it seems to be of decent quality. It doesn't feel cheap to me. It is fairly heavy for its size, I suppose because of the rechargeable battery inside it.
The tuning dial is slightly awkward. Since the dial is small, it is sensitive and can take some adjusting to get a clear signal. But, all small dial radios are like this. The reception is pretty solid; it's no better or worse than a couple much larger radios I have...or my car, for that matter.
It will run indefinitely in bright, direct sunlight. There's an LED that tells you whether or not the battery is charging, so it can help you position the solar panel. I'm not sure how long it runs on a full crank charge, but I've gotten a few hours out of just a minute or two of cranking.
The instructions are ridiculous; half the words are wrong. But, you can get the general idea and you don't really need them anyway.
I believe the headphone jack is a split mono signal. It's not stereo, but it does come out both speakers.
Lastly, for anyone wondering, this is identical to the "Kikkerland Dynamo Solar and Crank Emergency Radio" that Amazon also sells, only this costs a third less.
It is a great buy, for what it is. Obviously, it is ideal for emergency kits, bugout bags, shelters and so on. It is not waterproof, however, as others have mentioned, so put it in a zip top bag, or something, if needed.
14 of 15 found the following review helpful:
SmallJul 03, 2010
This radio is truly small but perfect for the worst case. The solar power works great.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Great little Solar JuiceBox RadioJun 22, 2011
I have to say that I am impressed. This radio gets great signal. It is very loud. The battery last a while before it needs charging. You can't beat the price. Great for camping. All around a good little juice box radio. Kaito has been around for some time, Great Job!
This should be in every emergency kit or bug out bag!
I hope that the internal battery holds a good charge over time.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Great emergency radio. Sounds good and loud. Feels sturdy.Aug 12, 2013
By Pat Gomes
Excellent emergency radio. I wish they hadn't used a battery for scale on the main photo, since that could confuse people. To be clear: this radio does NOT take batteries as a power option. The radio is a little bigger than I expected it to be, even with the battery photo, but it sits comfortably in the palm of my hand.
- Good sturdy feel. It feels like a high-quality product. I appreciate the metal screen covering the speaker, instead of just plastic with holes. When you wind the crank, it feels solid.
- Strong AM and FM reception. Haven't tested the weather band, yet. Pull out antenna for FM, but it didn't make much difference, it still found all the stations I wanted.
- Surprisingly good sound! It only has a tiny plastic cone, but it sounds much larger. I tested it by dialing in a classical station and turning up the volume, and the sound filled my medium-size living room. No joke. There's no bass, naturally, but I was surprised by the sound quality for what it is. Oh, and about the driver being plastic, that's a good thing for a radio that might be used in a weather emergency.
- Charge lasts a long time. I cranked it for less than a minute and it played for over an hour before I turned it off. Since I turned it off, I can't really say how long it lasts, but it lasts long enough. In an emergency, I wouldn't mind having to crank it every couple of hours, for instance. I also didn't test if the charge lasts longer with AM versus FM.
- Status LEDs for charging (orange, on top) and tuning (red, next to the speaker).
- Headphone jack, so you can let others sleep during the emergency.
- Solar panel on top. Did not test if this charges the radio, since I'm indoors. I wonder if the orange LED goes on when the solar panel is charging the radio, like it does when I use the crank.
- Looks good sitting on the shelf. I have a couple of emergency radios at home, and they are big and red, which makes them easier to find in an emergency. I got this radio for the office, so I appreciate how it just blends into the environment. At work I want something more subtle and professional-looking.
- Everything is analog. This might be good if a station were to drift off its frequency in an emergency, but I doubt that would happen today, since everything is digitally-controlled.
- I wish there was a power LED instead of a tuning one. I can hear how well I tuned a station, but if the radio goes quiet for a while (weather band), it would be nice to visually confirm that the power was still turned on, instead of it need more charging, for instance.
This is an excellent buy, that I highly recommend.
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