The 10 Best Solar Radios

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This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in November of 2018. Technology may be improving at breakneck speed, but it’s still no match for Mother Nature when she decides to stir up trouble. One of these solar radios will be a huge asset in potential emergency situations, giving you access to weather updates and other key pieces of information during a time of crisis. They’re especially helpful in remote areas where traditional power sources are unreliable. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Eton Sidekick

2. Lukasa Portable

3. RunningSnail MD-090P

Editor's Notes

January 20, 2021:

A radio that functions only via solar power is somewhat one-dimensional, therefore the radios in this ranking have several additional features that come in handy when traveling or pursuing outdoor activities, and that could even be life-saving in the event of an emergency. By incorporating rechargeable batteries, many of these radios, such as the Compass Culture the Midland ER310, and the powerful RunningSnail MD-090P can also be used as power banks for charging mobile devices, and have enough reserves for bright flashlights and SOS alarm signals.

The ability to receive emergency weather reports from NOAA and SAME is a useful feature that is put to good effect in the Kaito KA500, the Esky Emergency, and the Eton Sidekick. The latter also features a large ambient light on the back panel and incorporates a flashlight and a red beacon to aid in emergency situations. The Lukasa Portable is the most powerful in the ranking, with a 5200 mAh battery and a large solar panel to charge it. It is also equipped with a high-quality Bluetooth speaker, allowing media to be played from mobile devices.

November 12, 2018:

Noted occasions where the crank function of the Midland ER310 was not able to produce enough power for prolonged use. Users indicated that the Sangean MMR-88 can withstand physical abuse in tough conditions, which is good to know for those who will be using it primarily outdoors.

4. Greeous Hurricane

5. Kaito KA500

6. VMEI Cell

7. Midland ER310

8. Sangean MMR-88

9. Compass Culture

10. Esky Emergency

Chris Gillespie
Last updated by Chris Gillespie

Starting his career in the building industry, Chris built and managed a plumbing and heating company in northern England. After 13 years, seeking a more fulfilling lifestyle, he moved to southeast Asia, eventually settling in Vietnam, where he teaches writing and comprehension at a number of international universities. Drawing on his previous experience, and his passion for kitesurfing and windsurfing, Chris is knowledgeable in all things water related both recreationally and within the construction industry.

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