The CC Solar Observer is a C. Crane-designed, wind-up emergency radio with AM/FM and Weather Band. We 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 get power to the radio. You can get power to the radio from many sources:
- No sun, no problem. You can insert 3-AA alkaline batteries for power.
- No alkaline batteries, still no problem. Crank the handle moderately for about 90 seconds to get approximately 45 minutes of radio play, or purchase AC adapter to charge the battery pack. If AC adapter is purchased it is best to charge the battery overnight and then unplug. 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 just putting 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° F. Using the Observer directly behind a window can potentially intensify the temperature and cause the plastic to melt.
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 private listening.
We have included cell phone adapters for many popular cell phones and PDAs so you can charge them with the CC Observer. We are unable to supply adapters for any other models at this time. Certain models, like a Blackberry®, can be charged but doing so requires vigorous cranking for a second or two to initialize the charge circuit on the phone. After that initial effort, you can crank it a normal pace.
Weight: 1 lb. Size: 7.25″ W x 5.5″ H x 2″ D
What Comes In the Box?
- CC Solar Observer
- Five Cell Phone Adapters:
- Moto V3 (Mini-B USB)
- Samsung N630
- Nokia 2.0 mm
- LG KG90
- Instruction Manual
- One Year Limited Warranty