Best emergency crank radio
The Eton Microlink FR160 is one of the best crank radios available, reviewers say. Even though it isn't SAME capable or Public Alert certified, most owners don't count these shortcomings against the unit. Features aren't plentiful, but do include reception of AM/FM and weather band broadcasts, a flashlight and an emergency cell phone charger. The FR160 can't be powered by standard batteries or electricity, but most users say the crank-powered dynamo and solar cells do a good job of juicing up the internal rechargeable batteries, which provide plenty of run time. While the Microlink FR160 is a potential lifesaver in emergencies, its light weight and compact size make this weather radio a great hiking or camping companion, as well. It's also sold under the American Red Cross brand.