(Pocket-lint) – Picking up a top emergency radio can help you in times of severe weather, where power may have gone down and you still need access to information from the outside world.
Since smartphones and TVs may not work during storms – and may not be your primary source of information – it’s incredibly handy to have a piece of kit on hand to let you know what’s rolling in. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best weather radios around, giving you access to the latest NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) reports as soon as they’re broadcast.
Some will go further by adding a flashlight, power bank and multiple methods of recharging, but, whichever you choose from our top picks below, rest assured that you’ll be receiving a top weather radio.
Best weather radios you can buy now
Midland is one of the biggest names when it comes to weather radios, and its WR120B is a great example of why.
It comes with an old-school, battery-powered design, but it’s ideal for those who just want something simple.
Users are able to tune into seven NOAA channels, allowing them to receive updates on floods, tornados, thunderstorms and other severe weather conditions.
Once set up, it’s also able to cleverly sound an alert for the specific counties that are affected – meaning you don’t have to panic over everything happening within your state.
In total, the WR120B can save up to 25 counties, with the 90dB siren, voice alerts and flashing LEDs ensuring you never miss an update.
FosPower Emergency Radio
While many weather radios are battery-powered, the more modern crop of solar-powered devices that can provide battery support to external devices if the power is out. And this FosPower option is one of the best.
It features a 2000mAh power bank that can be used to charge your emergency gadgets, as well as two more power sources to keep the radio, light and SOS alarm alive. In addition to solar, users can gain a boost of power from the crank-lever and AAA batteries, too.
For those who need a portable radio that can receive instant NOAA broadcasts, this is a very versatile pick.
RunningSnail Emergency Crank Radio
RunningSnail offers a similar design premise to others we’ve detailed on this list, giving you plenty of ways to keep receiving broadcasts and charge your devices.
It features a whopping 4000mAh battery, a three-mode flashlight and even a motion sensor reading lamp.
You can keep the radio charged via the crank mechanism, the solar panel, a Micro USB cable or an AA battery, too, meaning you’re always able to keep in touch with the latest NOAA broadcasts.
iRonsnow Solar Weather Radio
This pick may not look quite as heavy-duty as other weather radios at first glance, but it’s still an excellent way to keep safe in severe weather conditions.
There are multiple ways to charge – through the lever, solar power or Micro USB cable – with just one-minute of hand-cranking giving you five minutes of radio playtime, 30 minutes of torchlight.
The 1000mAh battery isn’t the biggest, but it does give you a way to charge your devices, which could be crucial in a crisis.
Greadio Emergency Radio
Greadio’s offering may be small, but that doesn’t mean it can’t offer those in need plenty of ways to stay powered and receive weather warnings.
Users can maintain charge by using the crank-lever, accessing the solar panel or by charging through a Micro USB cable, with the device’s 2000mAh battery also able to keep your additional gadgets powered.
As you might expect, there’s also a flashlight (which can provide 15 hours of light when the radio is fully charged), making it the perfect device to have nearby when the power goes out.
Vondior Weather Radio
Vondior’s device may not come with the ability to charge your smartphone or provide light when the power goes out, but it is ideal for those who just want a simple and portable weather radio.
Users can receive notifications when there are weather alerts in their area from NOAA broadcasts, with power provided by a pair of AA batteries.
No matter where you are, you’re also able to receive very strong reception, thanks to the 6-inch telescoping antenna and Vondior’s own DSP chip.
Tintec Emergency Weather Radio
Tintec’s weather radio follows the form of most modern devices, packing in a solar panel, three-mode flashlight and a whopping 4000mAh battery for external charging.
With four methods of recharging to choose between – be it solar, crank-lever, battery or Micro USB cable – you’ll find it tough to run this device’s charge down, even with consistent light use and access to seven NOAA broadcasts, which are automatically sent to your device.
In case you somehow miss an alert, there’s also an SOS alarm for severe weather warnings.
Writing by Conor Allison. Editing by Dan Grabham.