Observer Solar & Self-Powered AM/FM Radio w/ NOAA Weather
The CC Solar Observer is a C.
Crane-designed, wind-up and solar emergency radio with AM/FM and Weather Band. They
made sure that it has good AM reception and an LED flashlight that is
built into the end of the radio.
It can be very important in an
emergency to have a way to get power to the radio - you can get power to this radio from many sources:
- No sun? No problem. You can insert 3-AA alkaline batteries for power
alkaline batteries? Still no problem. Crank the handle moderately for
about 10 minutes for one hour of radio play or purchase an AC adapter to charge the battery pack. If an AC adapter
is purchased, it is best to charge the battery overnight and then
unplug it. It is also a good idea to “cycle” the battery pack every 4 to 6
months if you are going to store the radio and use it only for
emergencies. This keeps the rechargeable batteries conditioned to take a
charge once you are ready to use the radio.
- The easiest way is to just put it in the sun. The radio plays for about the same number of
hours the radio is in full sun. Please keep in mind the melting point of
the plastic is about 194 degrees. Using the Observer directly behind a
window can potentially intensify the temperature and cause the plastic
In case you're wondering, along with good AM
reception, you also get FM and the Weather band — which comes in really
handy if you're using the radio during a power failure. The CC Observer
has a built-in 2-inch speaker, or you can plug in your headphones for
Weight: 1 lb. Size: 7.25" W x 5.5" H x 2" D
From C. Crane:
The Observer is a simple, affordable, and compact radio with enhanced reception and audio performance. For emergency use, it can be powered in four different ways and can charge many different USB-type devices such as cell phones.
In 1992, three earthquakes hit Humboldt County where we live. All
three hit within a 17-hour period with magnitudes of 7.1, 6.6, and 6.7.
Communication and services including electricity were hopelessly
In the Crane home, shards of broken glass were everywhere and so were
All of our flashlights had been overused by our blessed children. We
vowed to make a good emergency radio so this would never happen again.
This customer could not have said it better: "I have had only one, thank you Lord, occasion to use this in an emergency situation and it worked flawlessly.
(I was the) Only one in the area with radio for two days of power loss... Thank you CCrane!!" vpipes - Dupur, Or.
What's in the box:
- CC Solar Observer
- Standard USB Cellphone Adapter
- Instruction Manual
- One Year Limited Warranty
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