Communication & Radios
Communications & Radios
If a disaster strikes some of the first systems to go will be the communications methods we are familiar with. Cell phones, land lines phones, television, and the internet will all likely fail fast. When these systems fail we are left without an effective way to communicate or receive communications. Emergency radio communications could become your lifeline.
The best emergency radios have built-in batteries that can be recharged in more than one way, receive transmissions from multiple bands as well as weather alert signals, and offer onboard emergency lighting (preferably LED) as well as emergency signal beacon lighting. Solar panels and hand crank (dynamo) powered radios are the most reliable and therefore a popular option. Other charging options for emergency radios include standard replaceable batteries, AC adapter electrical cords, rechargeable battery packs, and USB ports.
Kaito Voyager Emergency Radios
The Kaito Voyager emergency radios that you’ll find in our online store are of the highest quality and performance. These solarcrank emergency radios offer six (6) reliable ways of powering the machine:
- A hand crank mounted on the side of the radio allows you to manually crank power the machine through a high quality AC type brushless generator. This option is excellent for quick bursts of power needed if you don’t have time to fully charge the battery using another powering option. Two (2) turns per second will power the internal rechargeable battery.
- Adjustable solar panels mounted on the top of the radio are designed to be moveable so it can be positioned to catch the most sun at any time of day. The solar power accumulated through the panel can power the working radio as well as charge the built-in rechargeable battery.
- Three (3) AA Batteries can be used to run the radio for maximum reception. Batteries can be used sparingly when maximum reception is needed and removed to conserve them when alternate power sources are readily available.
- The built-in rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack can power the radio for more than 12 hours when fully charged by one of the other 4 powering options (crank, solar, AC adaptor, or USB)
- An optional AC Adaptor can be used to charge the internal battery pack if you have access to an external power source. Although unlikely in an emergency situation (and unnecessary considering all the other ways to charge) it may be useful for pre-charging your radio for weekend trips etc.
- A USB Cord can be used to connect the radio to a computer to power the radio and charge the battery pack. Additionally, the USB cord and included cell phone adapters can turn the radio into an emergency power station to charge other small items like a cell phone.
Two-Way Radios (Walkie Talkies)
Two-way radios (also commonly referred to as walkie talkies) are an excellent means of communication in an emergency or disaster situation as well as everyday situations and family outings. These compact and inexpensive walkie talkies will ensure you remain in constant contact with your party during an emergency. Two-way radios will allow you to freely communicate over considerable distances even when cell phone networks and traditional landline phones are no longer operational.
The best two-way radios are compact and lightweight and offer clear, static free reception. Rechargeable radios with the option for standard battery power are also preferable to strictly rechargeable or replaceable battery operated models. A lockable keypad is another feature to look for; this helps keep battery usage to a minimum and avoids accidental resetting of settings or false transmissions. A good two way radio has multi channel scan capabilities that effortlessly choose free channels for you as well as signaling or calling features to let you page the other radios in your party.