AcuRite Portable Weather Alert Radio 08550

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AcuRite Portable Weather Alert Radio 08550
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  • Easy to transport
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    About this item

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    The AcuRite Portable Weather Alert Radio uses SAME technology to ensure that you are getting the most up-to-date weather information and alerts for your area. Features of the Emergency Weather Alert Radio include a base stand that provides AC power for continuous weather monitoring and a back-up battery power option that allows you to take the radio with you when you need to. The SAME Weather Alert Radio broadcasts severe weather alerts, natural disaster advisories, Amber Alerts and public announcements, and it has color-coded LEDs that indicate the advisory, watch or warning type. An integrated belt clip is included with the Emergency Weather Alert Radio for hands-free use. With simple location setup and strong signal scan, the AcuRite Portable Weather Alert Radio is for campers, hunters or anyone who wants to stay on top of the weather.

    About this item

    Important Made in USA Origin Disclaimer: For certain items sold by Walmart on Walmart.com, the displayed country of origin information may not be accurate or consistent with manufacturer information. For updated, accurate country of origin data, it is recommended that you rely on product packaging or manufacturer information.

    The AcuRite Portable Weather Alert Radio uses SAME technology to ensure that you are getting the most up-to-date weather information and alerts for your area. Features of the Emergency Weather Alert Radio include a base stand that provides AC power for continuous weather monitoring and a back-up battery power option that allows you to take the radio with you when you need to. The SAME Weather Alert Radio broadcasts severe weather alerts, natural disaster advisories, Amber Alerts and public announcements, and it has color-coded LEDs that indicate the advisory, watch or warning type. An integrated belt clip is included with the Emergency Weather Alert Radio for hands-free use. With simple location setup and strong signal scan, the AcuRite Portable Weather Alert Radio is for campers, hunters or anyone who wants to stay on top of the weather.

    AcuRite Portable Weather Alert Radio:

    • Simple location setup with strongest signal scan
    • Broadcasts severe weather alerts, as well as natural disaster advisories, Amber Alerts and public announcements
    • Uses Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME)
    • Color-coded LEDs indicate advisory, watch or warning type
    • Backlit display
    • Battery operated or line powered
    • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    • Compact design increases portability
    • Base stand provides AC power for continuous monitoring
    • No subscription fees
    • Integrated belt clip for hands-free use
    • Black finish
    • Base and AC adapter included

    Specifications

    Color: Black
    Condition: New
    Manufacturer Part Number: 08550W
    Model: 08550W1
    Brand: AcuRite
    Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 2.75 x 9.00 x 10.50 Inches
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    Customer Reviews | 21 reviews | 3.2 out of 5

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    21 reviews | 3.2 out of 5

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    21 reviews | 3.2 out of 5

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    1-10 of 19 total reviews
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    Great equipment
    11/2/2011

    Customer review by Fire11Rescue

    4.0 stars 11/2/2011 by Fire11Rescue
    by Fire11Rescue

    This is great weather radio! I bought this after a tornado hit my home this year to keep my family safe when I'm not home. I set it up and showed them how to do the same. Preparation is key, because I'm a fire fighter. I recommend this unit to the public for one reason and thats its ability to take with you to your safe area or lowest part of your home during certain types of emergencies with power outage. I had this model for 6 months now and i'm just now charging the batteries for it to be on the safe side just in case we have to grab & go with it. It recommends to not use rechargable batteries, but i do to save on battery cost. You just have to recharge them outside of the unit. Very good price considered most other units are not mobile for around the same price.

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    Fire11Rescue
    Georgia
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:35 - 44
    Ownership:5 - 6 months
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Every day
    Very pleasantly surprised!
    5/2/2012

    Customer review by WeatherGeekTammy

    5.0 stars 5/2/2012 by WeatherGeekTammy
    by WeatherGeekTammy

    This radio was SUPER EASY to set up. My 7 year old helped me do it. I just bought it today and there are storms in my area tonight. It has a small light that indicates if there's a watch, or warning current... and you can keep it silent if you want, where it will only sound if there's a warning... so you can go to bed and not have to worry if there is a "high wind watch" or anything.... OR if you want it to sound when there is a watch or warning, you can. I have waited for years to get the right weather radio for me... and I've found it!

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    WeatherGeekTammy
    Omaha, NE
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:25 - 34
    Gender:Female
    Ownership:1 week or less
    The best of several weather radios I've tried!
    11/1/2012

    Customer review by TheRealElbadoo

    5.0 stars 11/1/2012 by TheRealElbadoo
    by TheRealElbadoo

    I've tried all sorts of weather alert radios over the years and have learned to hate them with a passion. They /all/ have user design problems I haven't been able to ignore: loud beeping keys that you can't quiet, misspellings on the display ("tornato alert"? really?), AC adapters that disable the batteries so the radio turns off when the power is out, and heart-attack-inducing alarms that sound off at FULL SCREAMING VOLUME - for a thunderstorm watch. Seriously? The people who design these things obviously don't actually take them home and use them for a month or they'd never release a product like that. This one is different. Oh, the menu-based user interface is still a bit of a pain to navigate, and I don't especially like the always-on (when you have it on its powered stand, which is the way you'd generally use it at home) blue display backlight. Other than that, they've generally done things right with this radio. The big difference here is that you can customize what levels will sound off the alarm. Don't need to hear an alert for a simple thunderstorm watch? You can disable it. You'll still see a very noticeable light indicator (there are three of them: advisory, watch, and warning), but you don't have to be woken up to hear that it's going to rain this morning. Required weekly test? Nope; don't want to hear it. My only complaint with the whole process of setting it up is that there are a LOT of classes of alerts you might get, and going through the list takes a while. Wow, I never thought of all the ways I can can die: chemical spills, dust storms, zombie attacks, etc. The batteries you put in it aren't charged, so you'll need to put in a good set of alkalines; better yet, use lithium cells, which won't leak and will last about forever. They'll only be used when you take it off the stand or when the power is out. All-in-all I've been very happy with this. I'm writing this because a co-worker asked me about it today when the one in my office went off because of an evacuation alert due to a chemical spill from a train derailment. This got me to thinking how much I like this one... and as a matter of fact I'm going to go buy another as a replacement for the crummy one I have at my house.

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    TheRealElbadoo
    Louisville, KY
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:45 - 54
    Ownership:Longer than one year
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Once per week
    Convenient little alert radio
    6/27/2013

    Customer review by WeatherChicken

    4.0 stars 6/27/2013 by WeatherChicken
    by WeatherChicken
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    This little weather alert radio does exactly what I need it to do. It informs me when there are warnings in the area. It can be set for advisories, watches and/or warnings and has a loud notification beep that would wake up even the deepest of sleepers. It's size makes it convenient to move from room to room. The only drawback would be that it uses battery power VERY quickly. A great price for a life-saving, no frills, weather alert radio. I highly recommend it.

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    WeatherChicken
    Mishawaka, Indiana
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:45 - 54
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Gender:Female
    Usage:Every day
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    Don't work
    4/15/2012

    Customer review by crickets

    1.0 stars 4/15/2012 by crickets
    by crickets

    This radio doesn't work. It is too late to take it back, over 30 days. I have set it up ,, it will run the set up and will not pick up any weather advisories or test or anything. I have set it to the weather service signal the recording says to ,, it don't work,, the radio will come on and say a different signal is stronger have let it switch to that signal and nothing. Every wednesday it is supposed to pick up on the test and it doesn't ,, it does nothing but sit on a shelf by my window,, the biggest waste of money I have ever spent. Also mine don't stay sitting in it's dock too good,, so if you don't sit it down exactly right it will drain the batteries instead of running off of the plug in .. so if it were to work and power go out I would most likely have to hunt for new batteries. Had a weather radio before that finally wore out and it worked here at our house, ,so why this radio won't pick up nothing but static I can't figure it out

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    crickets
    Would recommend to a friend? No
    Age:25 - 34
    Ownership:2 - 3 months
    Gender:Female
    Usage:Every day
    Wakes us up, and gets us prepared!!
    7/28/2014

    Customer review by RUSHgirl3

    5.0 stars 7/28/2014 by RUSHgirl3
    by RUSHgirl3
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    When we moved to Alabama, where they have pretty volatile weather at times, I bought this radio. It lets us know whenever we have bad weather coming, and is very informative. We especially like the battery backup feature, for when we have to go into our shelter. I have not had any problems with this radio, at all. After the initial set up, there is nothing to do. We have purchased 3 of these radios, all together. We bought one for my husbands mother for Mother's Day, and I recently ordered another one and had it delivered right to my Mother, when she told me, they had a tornado not far from her, and no sirens went off in their town, to warn them!! Both of our Mom's love their's too. What better gift to give to someone, but safety and piece of mind??!!

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    RUSHgirl3
    Montgomery AL
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:45 - 54
    Gender:Female
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    AcuRite Radio
    4/11/2016

    Customer review by partsbob

    5.0 stars 4/11/2016 by partsbob
    by partsbob

    Purchased two weeks ago,setup was simple.Came in real handy last week with Tornado warning. Definitely glad I bought it

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    partsbob
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    GREAT HEADS UP ON FOUL WEATHER
    6/9/2015

    Customer review by BobintheBurgh

    5.0 stars 6/9/2015 by BobintheBurgh
    by BobintheBurgh

    Works like a champ when you are done going through the set up procedures. I keep the warning features muted but keep in mind you will not have any control over this when a real warning arises, which is what you bought it for anyway. We had some violent warnings in the past couple of weeks and the warning feature went off like a charm. It'll freak you out with the sound at first until your brain recognizes what the sound is. The unit then gives the verbal weather advice. Neat unit, leave on its station or take with.

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    BobintheBurgh
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Great Weather Radio
    8/19/2011

    Customer review by lankyvision

    5.0 stars 8/19/2011 by lankyvision
    by lankyvision

    Great Weather Radio.. Easy to program!

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    lankyvision
    Jaffrey,NH
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:25 - 34
    Ownership:3 - 4 months
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Every few days
    Good little radio
    4/19/2015

    Customer review by Ruby64

    4.0 stars 4/19/2015 by Ruby64
    by Ruby64

    Bought this weather alert because my other one died. This is my first AccuRite brand. The price and size is what drew me to it originally. It was a bit confusing to program, but once I figured it out, it was a piece of cake. As another commenter said, I didn't know there were so many ways I could be in danger. Civil Emergencies, Biological Hazard, Contagious Diseases, Food Contamination, Industrial Fires, Avalanches, Boil Water Alerts, Coastal Flooding (not much danger of that since I'm in Nebraska), Landslides and even Icebergs....yes, Iceberg warnings is in the list. In all, there are 80, yes, 80, alert categories. I like the option to choose which weather/event watches I want to have the alarm go off about. Can't shut off the warning alerts, but I'm not too worried about volcanoes, hurricanes or avalanches. I'm can't remember if it's in the description, but it is S.A.M.E. progammable. That was very important to me. The text on the screen is nice and large and you can choose how fast the message scrolls. The reception is nice and clear, not much static at all. There are a couple of things I don't like, which is why I gave it 4 stars and not 5, the blue backlight of the screen does not shut off when the radio is in the charger base. It was kind of annoying since I have it next to my bed, but I just turned it away from me and problem solved. The other is the volume, there's no way to set the volume level, there is a volume control on the side of the radio, but everytime it went off, I had to adjust it down. Other than those two things I'm satisfied with the radio.

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    Ruby64
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
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