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It is rock solid....excellant reception in AM and FM. It also has presets which is rare among emergency radios. Yes I agree that the battery capacity is low if you intend to use this to charge a smartphone......but I would suggest most people have battery packs for their emergency kit. As an emergency radio which is the primary purpose of this product.....it is a gem!!!
Pros: Great little radio, sounds fantastic considering its size, pulls in great reception.
Cons: Solar charging doesn’t work, battery that comes in it isn’t very good as capacity is not what is claimed. Charged battery in a professional charger & capacity is only about 60% of advertised. Pressing buttons fir various functions sometimes activates other unintended functions (for example, adjusting volume sometimes changes the band). Strange choice of battery size (18350) to use as it’s not a common battery & tricky to find a good quality replacement.
It would have received a 4 but the battery life is really bad. Maybe 2-3 days before battery dead with minimal use on WX ALERT only. Tried several battery types and the same result. The weather alert is a bit clunky to use as you have to push and hold the WX button, then turn the unit off, than back on again with the correct input to switch between WX standby alert and broadcast stations. Forget hearing the radio or weather radio while charging as the ac charger, not adaptor, creates tons of distortion, while in use making hearing very difficult. Don’t expect to leave this charger plugged in for avoiding batteries because of the noise issues from charger. I would not buy this again for my needs.