Our handy ‘green’ tip for potential power blackout victims!

Posted: August 12, 2019 by oldbrew in humour

Randomly selected wind-up or hand-crank radio

The Talkshop doesn’t normally do product promotions, but bearing in mind the recent traumatic (for some) power failures in England, and just for fun – don’t call it a wind-up – let’s take a look at this from Best Radios UK:
Best Wind-Up Hand Crank Radios (UK 2019)

Surely it’s good to know these subsidy-free items are, among their many virtues, described as ‘a good way to reduce your carbon footprint’? ‘Climate emergency’ miserablists would approve anyway.
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Roundup of the Best Wind-Up Radios in the UK in 2019. See the top AM/FM hand crank radios with additional features such as torches, solar and phone charging.

A wind-up radio is a handy gadget to have when you’re a long way from a power socket.

These radios are popular with outdoorsy people including hikers, campers, anglers and gardeners. They are also a good way to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on batteries.

Wind-up radios feature a hand crank that you turn to charge the radio. Most of these radios can also be charged using other methods such as with a solar panel or via a USB cable.

Many wind-up radios double up as torches and/or alarm clocks, and some can even be used to charge your mobile phone. This makes them very useful in emergency situations or when you’re travelling in a remote location.

There are lots of wind-up radios available, but which is the best?

Continued here.

  1. JB says:

    Like with any product of this sort do not neglect due diligence. The one and only wind up I bought had very poor image rejection, selectivity, and sensitivity in the radio. The batteries would not hold a charge for very long, the light was mediocre, and the hand generator took at minimum an hour of cranking to bring them to full charge after sitting for long periods. I sent it back without authorization I was so miffed with it and a note detailing what a poor product it was. Emergency items like this tend to be forgotten until needed, so the best approach is a situation where the batteries are kept in maintenance mode, either with an external adapter or built in solar cells. For the situations these devices are intended, something very durable and easy to operate with minimal maintenance are the most valued features. Definitely do not get one with the case made of acrylic/styrene (banned in some countries) plastic. Drop them in freezing weather and they go directly to recycle.

  2. oldbrew says:

    After the radio reviews there are FAQs, one says:

    ‘How long does a wind-up radio last?

    The amount of time you can listen to a wind-up radio before you need to wind it up again varies depending on the particular radio and how you use it. In general, 1 minute of winding should give about 15 minutes of radio play time when using the radios reviewed above.’

    Enough to get the latest power cut news – if anyone is still broadcasting 😊

  3. BLACK PEARL says:

    More useful would be recommended portable generators that can be connected to the house supply.

  4. Gamecock says:

    Exactly, Black Pearl. The radio is a half measure.


    As government screws over the electricity generation industry, you must take responsibility for your own power.

  5. oldbrew says:

    But if you’re stuck on an electric train, or waiting for one that isn’t coming, you won’t have a portable gennie to hand 😐

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    I bought the Red Cross approved version some decade back in Florida as it also got weather channels and alerts. Worked OK. HOWEVER: After setting in the sun to solar charge on and off during a year, the plastic started to sweat plasticizer and became sticky or tacky… batteries were often dead when you needed it to work (NiCad has a high self discharge rate).

    What works MUCH better is a very small portable radio with alkaline batteries stored in a separate pouch (so if they leak no damage is done ). They store well for years Then when the TV remote needs batteries, put the stored ones in it and new ones in the plastic bag…

    I now travel with a very small and nice Sony AM FM Shortwave. And carry a 2 AA cell LED flashlight.

    No cranking needed, works for lots of hours, and only once were my batteries flat when needed (sudden Road Trip to P.G.s place after a few years of no travel, and didn’t check at packing time).

    All the wind-up thingies I’ve bought needed at least 15 minutes of cranking to work before I got any result, and expired of age prior to any actual need. My mini flashlight and radio have often been used as they are very small and pack well.

  7. ivan says:

    Is a radio going to be any use when the power is out all over the country and the BBC is down because they can’t use standby diesel generators and also keep their green credentials.

  8. ivan says:

    Sorry, fat fingers.

  9. tom0mason says:

    No I’ve got 4 candles or maybe not …

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