An emergency radio can be used in instances where there are power outages, natural disasters such as floods, landslides, avalanches or when one is injured or lost hiking. In some areas the use of a cell phone may fail especially when one is in the mountains or has taken a trip where there is no network and having an emergency radio will enable them to communicate with others.
An emergency radio is one of the survival tools that one must carry when they go camping or hiking. One can save their life and the life of others, when they use an emergency radio to call for help. When there is no electricity to charge an emergency radio, one can always use solar panels which are a convenient way of charging an emergency radio.
Another very useful charging method is using the hand cranking charging method. One may get a hand crank radio that does not require them to turn the hand crank continuously but will transfer power from the batteries to the radio. Emergency radios also come with provisions for battery charging as an extra power source.
One may also be near electricity and they can charge the emergency radios because they have an AC outlet plug in.
The two most common power sources for emergency radios are hand crank charging and the battery charging method. An emergency radio that is able to survive all sorts of power challenges is one that uses four power sources such as solar charging panels, batteries, hand cranking power, and an AC outlet plug-in. Emergency radios also come with Fm and Am capabilities. Another feature that is included in emergency radios is that one can charge their cell phone and play tunes from their MP3 player using their emergency radio.
Having an LED flashlight that can do an SOS Morse code in an emergency radio can help one during times of trouble. Emergency radios also come with ultrasonic dog whistles which can attract rescue teams in times of emergencies. Always look for an emergency radio that will keep power for a long time and will also have good reception.
Emergency radios come with USB ports and mini USB charging cables that are used to charge phones. People choose a small emergency radio for the convenience of carrying it or a bulky one if they have the space for it. Some brands of emergency radio also allow for weather alerts in tornado-prone areas or hurricane-prone areas.
Extra features that can be found in emergency radio include thermometers, a compass, water resistance radios and good audio quality.