August 31, 2005
DISASTER KITS: Reader Brian Cook emails: "Prof. Reynolds, you mentioned that everyone should have a battery-operated radio in his emergency kit. I submit that one of these is an even better idea."
Actually, I have one. So does reader Andrew Centofani, who writes: "For emergencies I like the Grundig FR200. I just bought one a couple of months ago and thankfully haven't had to use it for anything emergency wise, but it works great -- about an hour with two minutes of cranking -- and has an emergency light built in. If I could add anything to it I would have some sort of DC out plug as so I could power/charge other small electronics and add Weather / Emergency frequencies." I agree.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Brian King emails:
have that same Grundig dynamo-powered radio, and I love it.
My wife has this one in her car: it's got a "mobile phone charger" outlet. Her phone cord doesn't fit the jack, but it is a DC out.
The Grundig FR-300 has a similar mobile phone charging jack.