As you know, September is National Preparedness Month. Accordingly, I have been taking the opportunity to do a little stocking up. My most anticipated purchase was a Kaito Voyager Radio from Emergency Essentials. I have wanted one of these radios for a couple of years now. I was excited to finally order one.
I wanted this radio because it can be charged up six different ways, including by solar and a hand-crank, it has an LED flashlight and reading light, and it gets AM, FM, shortwave, and NOAA. Also, you can use it to recharge cell phones and other small electronic devices. These capabilities would be pretty important in the case of an emergency or disaster. Plus, it would just be fun to use it to listen to the radio.
I was really looking forward to receiving my radio. Unfortunately, when it arrived, the battery cover was damaged. One of the pins (red arrow on left) had broken off, and one of the inner detents is damaged.
I really doubt that this happened because of anything Emergency Essentials did. The packaged the radio very carefully. This seems more like a manufacturer error.
I considered keeping the radio, since this breakage isn’t that big of a deal. But, since the radio is brand new, it shouldn’t be damaged. Also, over time, the detent will wear out (since it is damaged) and the batter cover will stop working well. So, I decided to send it back and ask for and exchange (when I feel up to getting out of the house in a few days). Emergency Essentials has always been great when I have ordered from them in the past, so I don’t anticipate any problems with the exchange. I just have to be able to drive to the post office, and I’m not quite up to that just yet.
After I get the replacement radio, I will use it for a couple of weeks and then post a review.
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