Excerpt: Metal body, higher wattage transceiver, increase the power output of the hand-crank generator to speed the power storage/charging ability and keep the price where it is and you'll sell a million/billion in no time!!
Pros: Inexpensive, self powered or solar. Once charged fully, the rechargeable battery lasted over 12 hours of camping enjoyment. Has a standard CB 2 Way Radio Transceiver that has a good 15 mile LOS distance (verified on the river/highway). Easily recharges cell/sat phones.
Cons: Not a metal (aluminum/magnesium) housing. Has to be stored in a box to protect it from storage damage. Estimated 4-7 wattage 2 way is good for highway or flat land emergency use. But if you need to increase this do what I do and replace a few components to peak it out to 47 watt. I range Dallas f...
Pros: THIS RADIO CAME WITH ACCESORY MIC + AC/DC ADAPTER PLUG. SOMETHING THE OTHER RADIOS FOR MORE $$ DOES NOT!! ALSO HAS A BACK LIGHT!! RADIO HAS VERY GOOD RECEPTION AS WELL. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS RADIO. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!!
Summary: The Midland XT511 GMRS Two-Way Emergency Crank Radio is a power packed radio full of functionality. You get GMRS/FRS with privacy codes, FM/AM radio stations, NOAA weather radio with alerts, clock with an alarm, VOX, and a flashlight.
Not the greatest if buying ONLY for emergency communication
David Russell, Amazon
19 August 2012
Summary: This unit arrived as advertised - the "range" mentioned on the product description is HIGHLY misleading - we've tried to send / receive as closely as less than 2 miles with ZERO luck (in fairness we're in a neighborhood environment with houses and trees rendering no clear 'line of sight') We'll try...