We have had the worst weather and power outages in the last few months, this includes a tornado that struck the northern end of our property and another that touched down just south of us. During this time, our power was off quite a bit, and even when you thought it should be OK, the power would go off for
no apparent reason. I realize this was probably due to limbs, trees and wires that had been damaged in the storms.
I had picked up the Midland ER310 E+ Ready Emergency Crank Weather Radio during Shot Show, which is from their Emergency Solutions line. I never expected to have to use it as often as I have! During the first tornado, none of my daily electronics were charged, of course! I couldn’t even call the power company to report the electrical outage, or to report power lines down. I started to worry, when I remembered my Midland Crank Radio. I started
cranking, and soon the clock came on the radio. Before long, I was able to connect my cell phone and get enough juice to call and report the outage. Soon I had the radio turned on, and I was able to determine the worst of the storm had passed. It didn’t take long to realize that I had gotten of easy, there were many in the path of the storm that lost a lot. For the next 2 day the radio kept me in contact with the rest of the world, and became my constant companion! With lots of cranking I was able to charge my phone, use the light on the radio, and alleviate going stir crazy by listening to the radio, not a bad trade off at all!
Since that time, I have made a serious effort to keep all of my electronics, including the Crank Radio fully charged at all times, but I have to peace of mind to know that I have the ability to charge them myself. Having to crank the radio also gave me a purpose when I was sitting in the almost complete darkness.
The ER310 E+ READY Radio keeps you informed of emergencies, whether civil or weather. The radio had multiple sustainable power options, including using the hand crank, solar or recharging using the included USB cord. The battery life is up to 32 hours. The radio gives you the ability to recharge your USB devices; cell phone, flashlight, iPad, and many others. You can tune in to the NOAA Weather channel (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and your local AM and FM stations. There is also a Cree LED flashlight for power outages or low light conditions, and a high frequency dog whistle and SOS beacon which could help you be found in an emergency.
The MSRP is $59.99 and can be purchased at https://midlandusa.com/product/er310-eready-emergency-crank-weather-radio/. That is a small price to pay for peace of mind! Mine will be going on all trips with us, and be in my nightstand for quick use at home.
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