EZ to use, and portable.... straight from tornado alley
29 May 2014
Summary: I live in Tornado alley (for real) and this is the radio I depend on to save our lives. Its portable and works while underground in my cellar. I like it so much that I just recently bought another one and had it shipped to my parent's new home in another tornado prone area. I've had this radio for about 6 yrs, after I chunked a higher priced unit that was so complicated and bulky that I got very frustrated and just threw it out.
This radio has lots of problem issues that need to be fixed.
15 May 2014
Summary: I got this radio about 10 days sgo. The rechargeable batteries wouldn't work from the beginning. I called midland and they sent me new rechargeable batteries whi worked fine for several days.when I went to charge them in the charging cradle it wouldn't work. I called midland again and they will send me another charging cradle when they get one in..
Summary: I had a lot of trouble getting the rechargeable battery into the unit and the instructions just said to put it in - no other directions. It took my husband's brute strength to get it in; and it's in an awkward place due to the belt clip. I had trouble setting it up because the menu button didn't work consistently as it was supposed to. Once set up, it works great. Instruction booklet is in tiny print so it's hard to read.
Summary: So far it has alerted for a state drill and also an actual weather event while on a road trip. I did have a problem where the time and settings got way off. This was happening while it sat in the charger thing. I called Midland, described what was happening, they said the battery it came with was probably the issue, and a new one was in my mailbox by the end of the week (no charge for this). The customer service from Midland was outstanding. No problems since then.
Summary: Overall it's a decent weather radio, but there are a few drawbacks Pros: - Rechargeable battery / dock - Portable (Has Home/Away feature) - Loud - Uses SAME technology - Nice LED light that lets you know if you are in warning Cons: - Rechargeable battry is NiMH. It will burn out fast. Mine was dead when it arrived, but Midland sent me a new one at no charge.
Summary: I regret not reading more reviews before this purchase. The "low battery" indicator comes on within a minute of removing the radio from either the cradle or unplugging it from the charging cord. I didn't intend to use AA batteries as a primary power source. Otherwise, it works very well. Just keep it on the charger at home and use AA batteries on the road... Update on the battery problem: I called Midland customer support directly.
Excerpt: I live in a mobile home. So when the weather gets rough, I evacuate. Because of this, a portable Weather Alert Radio suits my needs better than a fixed base radio. Before I purchased this radio, I was concerned that I would get NO reception inside my mobile home - because it's wrapped with metal sides. I was very pleased to find that the reception is very clear in most parts of the house.
Pros: Easy to program, Fantastically Easy To Pro, Great Reception, Very Rugged Build