Ambient Weather WR-111B Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Digital Radio, Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger with NOAA Certified Weather Alert & Cables Reviews

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Ambient Weather WR-111B Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Digital Radio, Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger with NOAA Certified Weather Alert & Cables

Ambient Weather WR-111B Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Digital Radio, Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger with NOAA Certified Weather Alert & Cables

  • The ADVENTURER is a Digital AM/FM NOAA Weather Alert Radio and a powerful 3 LED flashlight, with smart phone charger, all in one portable package.
  • Five way charger – charge from a USB device (computer), DC, AC or wall power (optional), hand crank, or solar panel.
  • Sets itself apart from other crank chargers – you can fully charge the WR-111B through the USB/AC/DC adaptor with no cranking.
  • High quality digital tuner provides assured access to news, weather information and illumination whenever and wherever you need it.
  • This dependable radio, with integrated LED flashlight, offers a choice of self-charge, solar and external recharge power options.

Power Specifications: Dynamo Power:The hand crank generator charges the internal Lithium Ion battery

Solar Power: You can play this radio with sunlight or charge the Lithium Ion battery

USB Power: With the included adapter, you can play or charge with USB power from a computer

Rechargeable Power: 3.7V/800 mAh Lithium Ion Batery Included (non-proprietary) Maximum Power Consumption: 0.5W

Radio Bands:
AM: 525 KHz to 1710KHz
FM: 88MHz to 108 MHz
Digital 7-Channel Weather Band
Weather Alert Mode with audible and visual indication

Other Features: USB Charging Cable
Mini, Micro and USB charging tips included (Apple™ owners can use the USB cable that came with your IPod, IPhone, or IPad)
3-LED Flashlight
Retractable Antenna
Audio line out (headphone jack)
Wrist lanyard
Dimensions: 5.5″ x 3.0″ x 2.0″
Weight: less than 0.5 lbs.

Benefits • Ideal as an eve

List Price: $ 80.00

Price: $ 39.99

AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable (9.8 Feet/3.0 Meters)

AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable (9.8 Feet/3.0 Meters)

  • One 9.8-foot-long (3.0 meters) USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female high-speed extension cable
  • Extends your USB connection to your computer by 9.8 feet; for use with printers, cameras, mice, keyboards and other USB computer peripherals
  • Constructed with corrosion-resistant, gold-plated connectors for optimal signal clarity and shielding to minimize interference
  • Distributed by Amazon; backed by one-year AmazonBasics warranty
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

AmazonBasics products are quality electronics accessories offered at a great value.The AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable with Gold-Plated Connectors lets you extend your USB connection by 9.8 feet and offers full performance for all your USB devices. If you need a longer USB 2.0 cable to connect a peripheral that’s out of reach of your computer, this extension cable is just what you’re looking for.
High-quality, gold-plated connectors help resist corrosion for a long life and signal purity.
Recommended Uses: Extending USB connections by 9.8 feet between your computer and devices, such as printers, digital cameras, and external hard drives Gives you the added ability to move away from your desktop while using your VoIP phone or mouse
Technical Specifications: Connector Type: USB Type A Male, USB Type A Female Cable Length: 9.8 ft./3.0 m Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps Warranty: AmazonBasics 1-Year Limited Warranty [PDF] Docum

List Price: $ 5.99

Price: $ 5.99

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6 thoughts on “Ambient Weather WR-111B Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Digital Radio, Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger with NOAA Certified Weather Alert & Cables Reviews

  1. 1,472 of 1,490 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Product, January 30, 2012
    By 
    JET

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    This review is from: Ambient Weather WR-111B Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Digital Radio, Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger with NOAA Certified Weather Alert & Cables (Electronics)

    Finally, a small emergency hand crank weather radio that really works. I’ve owned several hand crank emergency radios and none of them have operated as advertised. In my opinion most of them are junk but in comparison this Ambient Weather WR-111 works great with only a few minor complaints that I will list below.

    The basic premise of an emergency radio is easy. When the crap hits the fan you need an emergency radio that you can count on to work off the grid. There are two things that this radio needs to be able to do to be useful in most emergency situations; (1) It has to be able to power up after being stored for many months without the luxury of being plugged into the electrical grid or an inexhaustible supply of alkaline batteries and (2) it needs to be able to receive radio transmissions a reasonable distance from the transmitter. Now that sounds simple, but it’s been difficult for anyone to get it right in the past while keeping the size, weight and price down. This one is very close to being done right.

    My Likes:
    (1)The price is great and the radio works extremely well.
    (2)The sound is very clear and crisp.
    (3)The digital tuner is awesome. I live 60 miles from the NOAA weather transmitter with a few mountains in between. When I first turned on the weather band in the house I could hear the weather report OK and I thought wow this is pretty good. But when I stepped near the window or went outside with the WR-111 I got perfect reception. I couldn’t believe it. It really worked. All of my other weather radios did not receive the transmission at all at this distance, inside or outside.
    (4)This is a great radio for an emergency preparedness kit but it would also be a very nice everyday solar powered compact radio.
    (5)When you get the radio even close to a window the solar panel starts to charge the battery which is indicated by the LED. Obviously outside in the direct sunlight will provide the best solar charging environment but that is not always an option. Just sitting inside on a widow sill should keep the battery charged.
    (6)This device will charge a cell phone. I tested the cell phone charging capability and it worked pretty well. I used an old cell phone just in case something went wrong. When I started the battery showed low on the phone. I left the radio and cell phone plugged together for about an hour sitting in a window so that solar charger was contributing. After a few hours my phone showed a full charge. I was surprised by this since the radio’s users manual says it will only provide a partial charge on your cell phone. Either way I’m sure the charge will be sufficient for an emergency call for help. I did not test the charging capability on an I-Pad, I-Pod or other device.
    (7)The buttons on the radio are straight forward and are easy to use. I was able to take the radio straight out of the box and make it work without looking at the manual. I did look at the manual to see how to set the clock which was also easy after reading the instructions.
    (8)The radio display is back lighted and is very easy to read in a completely dark room. I especially like that the display back lighting goes dark after a few seconds of no buttons being pushed. This extends the battery life and reduces the amount of light emitted at night.

    My dislikes:
    (1)It’s made in China. But that’s how they can sell a decent product this cheap.
    (2)The charging indicator LED is a little bright for me. The brightness may not matter to most people but if that is an issue for you, you could always cover it up with something to make it dimmer. I used one of those easy peel dots you get from an office supply store.
    (3)The WR-111’s box lists one of the radio’s features as a carabiner clip. Mine doesn’t have one that I can find so I’m not sure what it is talking about. I think it must be a typo on the box. It’s not mentioned anywhere in the users manual.
    (4)It would be nice if it included a small cloth bag for all of the plugs and cables. Until I think a better way, I will leave these parts in the zip lock bag in the bottom of the box. The whole thing is going in my primary bug out bag anyway.
    (5)The one thing that I think would improve the radios usability would be if the radio were waterproof or at least weather proof.

    My Tips:
    (1)Be sure to remove the little plastic tab from the battery compartment before using the hand crank. The manual states that cranking the radio without the battery in place or the plastic tab removed could damage the radio. And save that little plastic tab so that you can reuse it to extend the battery life while the radio is in storage.
    (2)To make sure that the battery maintains it full capacity you should fully charge the battery every few months. Every time you take the radio out of storage to charge the radio battery you need to remove the plastic battery tab before charging the battery…

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  2. 618 of 634 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    “Weather alert” mode drains battery, April 26, 2012
    By 
    lemon

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    Overall this is a good product. The radio itself seems sturdy. I’m a bit hard of hearing and the radio is loud enough for me. The radio stations and weather station both came in very clearly. The cell phone charger worked, as well. But the feature I was most excited about was the “weather alert” mode, and that is where a bit of disappointment settled in.

    When I first opened the box I removed the tab from the battery compartment and fully charged the radio with the USB adapter per the manual recommendations. I listened to the radio for 30 minutes and then set it on “weather alert” mode. I placed the radio in a sunny window so it would continue to charge through the solar panel. The next morning when I woke up I noticed the radio was no longer in weather alert mode and only the time was displayed on the radio. I turned the radio on and got about 3 mins of play before it shut off and flashed a battery warning.

    I was confused as to why the radio only gave me 30 minutes of play before quitting on me after a full charge. I suspected either I had a faulty product or the “weather alert” mode was a power drain to the product.

    I e-mailed Ambient Weather and got a very quick response from Ed, who confirmed my suspicion that the “weather alert” mode drains the battery. He recommended that I purchase a USB to AC adapter for when the radio is in “weather alert” mode. He also said that the solar charge feature wasn’t enough to keep up with the “weather alert” mode. He did say that they needed to include that information in the manual in the future.

    I am disappointed in the fact that I couldn’t just set the radio in the window and kind of forget about it until I received a “weather alert.” Other than that, I’m happy with the purchase.

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  3. 676 of 699 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Ambient Weather ADVENTURER Emergency Radio, February 6, 2012
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    This review is from: Ambient Weather WR-111B Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Digital Radio, Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger with NOAA Certified Weather Alert & Cables (Electronics)

    Customer Video Review Length:: 3:04 Mins

    I LOVE THIS RADIO!!! This is my review of the Ambient Weather ADVENTURER emergency radio. I left out in the video that the battery is removable and replaceable. If you live in an area that has earthquakes, tornadoes, floods or hurricanes you need this radio. In an emergency you should have 1) food 2) water 3) THIS RADIO!!!

    BE PREPARED!!

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  4. 64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    PS3 Compatible!, December 5, 2009
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    Koala1356 (FL, USA) –

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    This review is from: AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable (9.8 Feet/3.0 Meters) (Personal Computers)

    I bought this to extend the length of my existing PlayStation 3 DualShock controller cable. I prefer going wireless with my controller, but when the battery runs down the only way to charge it is to plug in the Sony-supplied cable. Unfortunately, that cable was too short for me to sit back in my chair away from the TV, so I always had to quit playing until it charged. I bought this cable to extend the original controller cable’s length, not as a replacement.

    This AmazonBasic’s USB extension cable is a good a quality cable for a low price, and the “frustration-free packaging” means the box the cable comes in is also the box it’s shipped in. It works perfectly for the purpose I bought it: extending the length of PS3 Dualshock controller cable, allowing me to continue playing while charging the battery.

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  5. 115 of 127 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good price, full Amazon support but be aware that this is an EXTENSION cable, November 17, 2009
    By 
    A. Dent “Aragorn” (Minas Anor, GD) –
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    Please be aware that this is NOT a longer USB cable. It is an extension cable with ‘Type A’ connectors at BOTH ends (male and female) – meaning that this cable will NOT connect 2 devices by itself. It will only work with and extend a ‘regular’ USB cable that has a ‘Type A’ male connector at one end. ‘Type A’ is the type of connector that would normally plug into your computer or laptop USB port.

    These being said, I found it quite useful with peripherals that come with permanently attached cables that are not as long as I wish they were. I am using mine with a Logitech Driving Force GT Racing Wheel and with a T-flight Hostas joystick on which we can use a longer cable.

    There’s not much to say other than everything is done right, including the price. It is USB 2.0 certified and connectors at both ends appear to be gold-plated and solidly built. This is important because, unlike a HDMI cable that you usually plug it in at the back of your equipment and it’s likely to stay there, USB cables tend to be plugged in and out many times and this is even more so the case with an extension cable.

    While USB cables are clearly a commodity item these days, AmazonBasics cables do have a couple of advantages over the competition.

    – EASY RETURN – I know because I had to return quite a few items for various reasons. Amazon makes it very easy and, if you are returning the item because it came defective or damaged Amazon pays for shipping.

    – WARRANTY – these wires come with a 1-year warranty.I am highly confident that Amazon will be around to honor its warranty and I’m not so sure about vendors I know less.

    – QUALITY ASSURANCE – I’ve never had any problems with ‘cheap’ USB or HDMI cables but it may be reassuring to have Amazon’s name on a wire. My assumption is that Amazon did insist on some quality checks before they stamped their logo on the product.

    – PRICE – This cable may appear more expensive than others but keep in mind that, unlike most, it qualifies for SuperSavers and Amazon Prime free shipping.

    I am awarding this item 5 stars for price and quality – there’s nothing to complain. There may be better deals out there, pricewise but I decided to go with the Amazon brand in this case for the reasons cited above.

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    Note:

    I ended up using the 9.8 Feet / 3.0 Meters version of this wire because the price difference is insignificant and, if you need it to be shorter, just make a little loop, no big deal but if you get a short wire the only way to extend it is to get yourself an… extension cable :)

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  6. 31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Well made, long-life cable, January 30, 2010
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    Steve Benner “Stonegnome” (Lancaster, UK) –
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    This review is from: AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable (9.8 Feet/3.0 Meters) (Personal Computers)

    The AmazonBasics range of USB cables are well-made and robust, with gold-plated terminals for better connection and longer life, while the cable cores and coatings are soft and pliable, ensuring that they will bend round any awkward corners without taking any damage. Connector shrouds are slim-line and so should not run the risk of fouling adjacent cables should your USB ports be close to other ports, as they often are. They do come at a higher price than budget brands so you may do well to shop around if you don’t need something this robust, but if you have a need for a long-life cable that needs to take some knocks without complaint then you will probably not find better.

    The “frustration-free” packaging is a large, easily opened box which while undoubtedly more environmentally friendly and less damaging to fingers than the standard plastic bubble pack generally beloved of cable manufacturers these days, is nevertheless excessive for such a small product. The biggest frustration is likely to be the fact that the box will not fit into a standard mail-box. A straightforward strong padded envelope would have sufficed.

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