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62 reviews | 4.4 out of 5
Excellent! Only, why didn't somebody think of this sooner? After a hurricane, power can be out for weeks. And who keeps weeks worth of spare batteries piled up--or wants to pay for them?? By using the "armstrong" method, batteries need never be a consideration during an extended power outage. With this excellent product, we have unlimited GMRS talk-time power for emergency contact to other licensed GMRS users such as REACT & local CERT teams. And we can charge up our cell phones, for when the cell networks remain up and running. I am exceedingly pleased. Thanks Midland!
Have had 1-1/2 weeks. Shipping was timely. AM/FM radio, and weather radio, works good, has flashlight. In addition, it included ac/dc adapter and re-chargeable batteries. It also came with plug in microphone that works with a set of Motorola walkie talkies we already had. What with all the bad weather across the nation, and various emergencies that can come about, this is exactly what we needed.
It is portable (small enough) that we can pack and take with us when we go traveling. I am very happy with it, and feel I received what I paid for. One thing is You do need a battery charger for the re-chargeable batteries though.
I like the way the radio works and the size and feel, with two exceptions that are related.
One, to re-charge the battery manually, I must crank like crazy for a minute and I get only five minutes usage.
This may be related to the second exception. I don't know how to disable the clock display which uses electricity which I would like to save when I am manually re-charging the battery by cranking.
I bought this radio to have it available in an emergency. I especially liked the talk / receive capability. However, it turns out that you must previously arrange a talk privacy channel with those whom you wish to talk to. That means that you can't simply power up and talk to anyone in range, they must know the privacy channel that you want to talk on. Also, let me tell you, that the control buttons are way too multi-functional. That means you have to know far more about the button functions than the button labels state. I would bet that just about anyone would have to consult the radio's operating manual to do almost all of its functions. The problem is, if you buy this radio just for emergencies, you will not use it often enough to recall what every multi-function button does. Midland could have prevented this problem with more buttons or switches, but multi-function buttons saved them cost. Consequently, in my opinion, it is a nightmare to operate. Hope this helps prospective buyers.
am-fm-gmrs-weather all come in clear sends your transmission at high power giving you longer range strong light 5 different power sources
Pros: Built well, bright flashlight, charges my cell phone, good WX reception. Cons: Does not charge my iPod touch or Sony walkman mp3 player. Poor FM reception. AM reception and GRMS rx/tx is as expected. Overall it is really nice to have when camping/hiking or when the power get knocked out at home.
I found this radio to be a good value to have in case of an emergency. It receives AM and FM and weather well and has short range 2 way communication as well as a flashlight. Living in FL it will be stored in my emergency kit.
This interacts with our set of Midland walkie-talkies and is great for keeping in touch on our land. I can charge it even in power outages by cranking it. The weather alert is of great value to me.
Very nice product. I purchased to use with my two other midland hand held radios for emergencies and road trips. This radio does require a license to legally operate using the higher power channels! Only weakness is it's ability to receive a strong signal when switched to weather (WX) in some parts of the home. That said, we are a pretty good distance from the nearest transmitter (Mobile AL) so that's not surprising or any real problem. One feature I really like is the multiple power sources. I can set it to use regular 110V, set it to use the rechargeable batteries, or set it to use the standard disposable batteries also installed in the unit. The hand crank and USB port ensure we can keep our cell phones charged. Overall, I good deal and nice to have down here on the Gulf Coast.
I love this radio. YOu must be aware , however, that you must have an FCC license to use the high Power Channels. the License costs $85 but when coupled with some similar Two-Way hand helds it makes for a great private communications network. I live in rural Vermont on a lake and visitors can hike around and go for walks in the woods and stay in touch with the base station at the cabin. We often have power failures and as long as you follow the Midland instrutions regarding charging batteries you will always be prepared ..... I have a pair of Midland hand helds as well and they work quite well with the Base Camp Radio up to about 2-3 miles in the woods ..... the added WX/AM/FM radio , emergancy light and crank power are excellent additions for emergencies .... The radio can be powered by NiMh included battery and AA batteries as well as AC. I purchased some high capacty 2700 MA/H batteries and they also work well ........ just read the manual and follow the instructions realizing that in the real world you will get about 2-4 miles of communication range out of it in the woods and you will be happy with this product ......
Everything's great as expected, except the reception. You would think that for an emergency radio it would have good reception, but nope. I could barely get the regular statons that my car or portables could get easily.
this is something that everybudy needs whether or not you live in a area that may lose power. It is a life saver and helps when you can not see or talk to anyone else. I have two and just bought this one for my son.
We found the radio is great to have for numerous reasons. One night it set itself off during an alert, we did not have it on. But found that it is great to have an option for just this resaon. Normally most people don't have their radio on all hours of the day. We found the instructions to be easily understood. There are many options on this radio that most normal ones don't have. Check it out! We like it and will be happy to buy another one in the future. Price beats most other ones by about $30.00.
Nice emergency radio. Light weight with lots of functions. Good value. Bug outbag ready.
I have not used every fuction this product has to offer but what i used worked good.
Better in the open than in storm shelter but still working just have to find signal.
This will provide the intel needed during an emergency as well as the communication that will be a blessing.
I've had this product for only about three weeks but I like it! The sound quality is good, it seems well constructed and overhaul I believe it is worth the value for the money.
I was impressed, it's better than what the price would lead you to believe. My son has a much larger unit & we talked back & forth testing as I was driving. We were inpressed with the range & clarity. It is light & hollowey - has a cheap feel but one Heck of a radio for the money. Midland makes a nice line of inexpensive radios that are very reliable. I like it. It goes in the box with other emergency supplies.
This is a great FRS/GMRS radio by Midland with 5w output for GMRS. Lots of power options, flashlight. Great emergency or camp base radio. Everything rolled into one for under $60.
-small, light weight, yet seems durable
-has many needed functions all in one place
-relatively easy to use
-considering all the functions, this is a great price, buying all these features on individual devices would have cost hundreds of dollars CONs;
-the internal battery does not seem to hold a charge very long, maybe a week or less of shelf life
-I would have liked a 220V adapter for use in other countries, but I guess that is not what it is intended for
-if you ever have to use the crank for power, you will be doing a LOT of cranking, something like 1 minute of cranking for 5-10 minutes of use, but it does work
-not designed to be waterproof at all, would be great to have some thought given to waterproofing it