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
| Batteries (optional):|| 3 AA size|
| Internal Battery Pack:|| NiMH 2/3 AA 650 mAh|
| Battery Pack Charging Jack:|| Internal Battery Pack can be charged with optional AC Adapter 5V 100mA DC|
| Winding Generator:|| 475-500 mA DC|
| POWER CONSUMPTION AT MODERATE VOLUME|
| AM:|| 14mA|
| FM:|| 22mA|
| Weather:|| 22mA|
| Flashlight:|| 15mA|
| Display light:|| 4mA|
| FREQUENCY COVERAGE|
| AM Band:|| 520 - 1710 kHz|
| FM Band:|| 87.5 - 108 MHz|
| Weather Band:|| Ch. 1: 162.400 MHz|
Ch. 2: 162.425 MHz
Ch. 3: 162.450 MHz
Ch. 4: 162.475 MHz
Ch. 5: 162.500 MHz
Ch. 6: 162.525 MHz
Ch. 7: 162.550 MHz
| Speaker:|| 2.5"|
| Headphone Jack:|| 1/8" (3.5mm) Will accept stereo or mono jacks.|
| AM Band:|| Built-in Ferrite Bar|
| FM and Weather Band:|| Telescopic whip antenna|
| DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT|
| Dimensions:|| 7.25" W x 5.5" H x 2" D|
| Weight:|| 1 lb.|
| Note:|| Specifications are subject to change without notice.|
On a full charge, the CC Solar Observer should play for over 30 hours.
To achieve a full charge, the CC Solar Observer must be cranked
at a moderate speed (about two revolutions per second) for about 80
Two revolutions per second will produce good results.
Yes, but if you plan on using the optional charging adapter
for days to power the radio, we recommend unplugging the battery pack.
Constantly charging the battery pack for more than 12 hours at a time
will shorten its life.
The rechargeable battery pack may not be plugged in
completely. To check this, make sure the battery pack's white connector
is completely secured.
The rechargeable battery pack may be depleted. Charging the unit for a few minutes should clear up the sound.
The CC Solar Observer can charge an iPhone but the iPhone takes
much more energy to run than older cell phones. After the iPhone
battery is depleted, it requires a 5% charge before the phone is usable
again. Using the CC Solar Observer, it takes about 35 minutes of crank
time to charge up the iPhone to 5%. This gives you about 15 minutes of talk time before the battery is depleted again.
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