Remember how I had purchased a Kaito Voyager radio from Emergency Essentials® a while back? But, it was damaged and I sent it back. Well, I received a new one yesterday, and I could not have been more pleased.
First, let me say that the service at Emergency Essentials was fantastic. I called them and explained the problem, and they said that they would take care of it. They were very pleasant about it too. Since I still had the original shipping box, I repacked it and put it out on the front stoop. They called FedEx and made arrangements for pickup. I think it was picked up the very next day. Then after a few days I got an e-mail that they were sending me a package, which arrived yesterday. It couldn’t have been easier.
Now, let’s look at what I got.
The Voyager radio is compact, light-weight, and packed with cool stuff. It also came with lots of connectors and ear buds. Good thing it also came with instructions, because I would not know what to do with all of those connectors. The radio gets weather radio, Am, FM and two short-wave bands. It can be powered with regular batteries or rechargeable batteries that you can charge with a little solar panel that pops up from the back or with a hand-crank. I think you may be able to plug it in, but I haven’t figured that part out yet. I had better read the manual.
Here is what the back looks like. As you can see, there is a lot of stuff packed into a small space. On the back of the solar panel is an LED reading light. You can adjust the angle.
The radio also has an LED flashlight on the end opposite the hand crank. That is where the radio tuning dials are.
Now I have to decide what to do with this nifty gadget. It would be smart to put it into my 72-hour kit. Then if we have to evacuate, it will be there without me thinking about it. But, I would really like to use it. I have a window in the bedroom that gets lots of sun. I could put it there and let the solar panels keep it charged. Then I could listen to the radio with it. Also, I could use the NOAA weather alert feature, always a good think to have in Kansas. I just can’t decide. Maybe I should get a second one, and keep on in the 72-hour kit and the other out for daily use. It also would be handy for each person in the family to have one in their 72-hour kit. Then, everyone would have lights and be able to re-charge their phone if we evacuated.
For now, I am keeping it out. What would you do?