Whether you’re hunkered down at home awaiting an impending hurricane strike or out on a long backpacking expedition, you’ll want to stay tuned to what’s going on with the weather, and today’s emergency radios do so much more. Many feature convenient hand-cranking charging in addition to using batteries or even solar power, so no matter what the conditions, you can keep up with what’s going on in the outside world. Look for the best camping radios features that are important to you, whether it’s portability, weight, two-way communications, an antenna for boosted reception or a USB port for keeping your phone and other devices charged.
ENHANCE Emergency Radio
Fully equipped with everything you could ever want in an emergency, this sturdy hand crank radio has a loud siren, a powerful flashlight with AM/FM/WB (Weather Band) modes and loads of radio capabilities. The highly efficient ENHANCE Weather Radio keeps you completely up to date on everything from hurricanes and tornadoes to major blizzards by providing access to FM, AM and WB frequencies. Compact design means easy storage and portability, so it’s handy whether you’re hunkered down in an emergency or listening to some tunes in your workshop. You can use the hand crank or charge using a USB charger or two AA batteries.
Ivation Water-Resistant Radio
More than just your standard emergency radio, the sturdy Ivation water-resistant radio can also crank out some powerful tunes. The Ivation is both solar and dynamo-powered and offers AM/FM/NOAA radio frequencies for everything from tracking a hurricane to charging your phone or rocking out to some tunes on the amazing Bluetooth speakers at your campsite. This little multi-tasker features Bluetooth audio, SOS alerts and a handy alarm clock. A telescoping antenna gives optimum reception remote areas. Charge your mobile devices at camp or enjoy private listening with the convenient USB port and headphone jack.
Midland Two-Way Emergency Crank Radio
With a powerful emergency featuring 22 GMRS/FRS channels as well as all ten of the NOAA weather channels, this popular two-way radio packs communication and emergency into one must-have package for emergencies in the wilderness, on the road or when the lights go out at home. Use with the microphone or hands-free with the VOX feature. Not just for emergency usage, the Midland also has an AM/FM radio, alarm clock and an LED flashlight. The rechargeable battery can be charged by hand crank or by AC or DC power adapters or AA batteries. Designed to be water resistant, this rugged radio is backed by a three-year manufacturer’s warranty.
American Red Cross Radio
Rugged, compact and reliable, the Red Cross Radio is easy to tote along on a backpacking trip or tuck away in the cupboard at home for emergencies. There are plenty of ways to charge up this little powerhouse. Use rechargeable batteries, the hand crank, solar power or AAA batteries to access AM/FM and Weather Band alerts or pull out the powerful LED flashlight and emergency beacon. You can even charge your smart phone on the trail or in the dark with the handy USB.
Kaito Portable Radio
A powerhouse of functionality perfect for emergencies or just listening to the ball game at the campsite, the Kaito Portable Hand Crank Solar Weather Radio has AM/FM and NOAA capabilities as well as a cellphone charger and brilliant three-LED flashlight. Compact and portable, the Kaito is the perfect addition to a well-stocked backpack with its five-way powered emergency system. A standard five-volt DC USB output can charge your smart phone, tablet or other portable devices. When everyone else is asleep, plug in the earphone jack for private listening.