This past spring hasn’t been too terribly bad, weather wise, right here at our home. But there are years when Kentucky really gets slammed with bad weather. We’ve had our fair share of tornadoes, flooding and wind damage. And areas near us have had some bad flooding this year. Not to mention, we had one heck of a storm last night. The lighting alone was terrifying! We live fairly close to a weather alert siren but you can’t always hear it when the wind is howling. If the electric is out, it can be hard trying to find out what the current weather pattern is. A weather alert radio can really come in handy. It can alert you when weather turns severe or when a tornado warning is in effect.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary Freeplay Encore Buddy Weather Alert Radio for review purposes. All opinions are strictly my own. Your results may vary.
I’ve been trying out the Freeplay Encore Buddy Weather Alert Radio with AM/FM radio. This weather alert radio is great! Not only is it a NOAA weather band alert radio, it also has a built-in LED flashlight, AM/FM radio and device charger. It has a digital clock so you can keep up with the time too.
I like that it can be charged in a few different ways. It has the ability to be solar charged by placing it in sunlight. You can charge it with a USB via your computer, via the USB and plug or you can crank the handle and charge it by hand.
It really comes in handy when storms are a-brewing. It’s great to have at home and also while traveling. We had a really bad storm once when we were in Tennessee. Gatlinburg was having hurricane strength winds and it was really scary in the mountains that night! We were able to keep up with the weather on our phones but I didn’t want to take a chance on running the batteries down so we couldn’t just keep the weather open all the time. It would have been so nice to have had the Freeplay Weather Alert Radio to alert us when severe weather was in the area as well as keeping up with the radar on the local radio station. The music from the radio would have really helped calm the kids down too when we didn’t need the alert system. Not to mention keeping me calm as well! I detest storms.
The LED flashlight is incredibly bright. We used it when the power went out here one night and it lit up the entire room. That was a great and handy feature to have when going the bathroom during a power outage. There’s nothing quite as hard as trying to take a kid to pee in the dark! :)
To recap: here are some of the features of the Freeplay Encore Buddy Weather Alert Radio with AM/FM radio.
- AM/FM Radio
- WB: 7 weatherband channels with weather alert
- LED flashlight
- Solar charging
- Hand crank charging
- Adapter recharging
- Replaceable LI-ion battery
- Telescopic antenna
- Mobile phone charging
- Headphone socket
- Digital clock
- Low battery indicator
It comes with a USB charging cable and two different sizes of mobile phone connectors. It has a built-in speaker or you can use headphones. This is great if you’re just using it as a portable radio. By the way, it is great to have out on the deck while we’re grilling, either at home or while on vacation at a cabin. The radio is really strong and picks up a good signal. So we can jam out to some music while grilling up a steak!
The device is very lightweight and portable. It’s not he least bit heavy. It has rubber grips on the bottom to keep it in place on a table top and has a strap that makes carrying it a breeze. So it’s super portable.