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Emergency Radio can be Charged via Solar or Hand Crank
C. Crane COBS CC Solar Observer Wind-up Emergency Radio with AM/FM and Weather Band, Black
C. Crane COBS CC Solar Observer Wind-up Emergency Radio with AM/FM and Weather Band, Black
C. Crane COBS CC Solar Observer Wind-up Emergency Radio with AM/FM and Weather Band, Black
Item# 97296BK
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  • Powered by batteries, hand cranking, or solar
  • Excellent AM reception with FM and the Weather band
  • Built-in 2-inch speaker or plug in your headphones for private listening
  • Included cell phone adapters for many popular cell phones and MP3 players
  • LED flashlight built into the end of the radio

Essential Info

The C. Crane CC Solar Observer Radio is compact in size, mid-way between a shirt pocket radio and the full sized CCRadio making it the ideal emergency-style radio to take anywhere. It can powered by the built-in solar panel, winding using the built-in hand crank, through the use of three AA batteries or with a plug-in adapter (batteries and power adapter sold separately). The real idea of this radio however, is to use the solar panel or hand crank as you would be using this radio in and area where power or new batteries are not readily accessible. Typical applications for this radio are for use while traveling, camping or hiking - and it would even be a great source of acquiring information during a black out or power outage. It also has a built-in LED flashlight. You can access AM, FM and Weather Band frequencies and dial it in with a backlit sliding channel panel. Use the radio out loud with the 2.5-inch speaker or you have the option to plug in some headphones. Lastly, included with the Solar Observer are five cell phone adapters* for many popular cell phones and PDA's so you can charge them anywhere.

* Adapters included are for the Moto V3 (Mini-B USB), Samsung N630, Nokia 2.0m, LG KG90 and iPhone.


What's Included

  • 1x - CC Solar Observer Radio
  • 5x - Cell Phone Connectors
  • 1x - Owner's Manual
  • More Info

    The CC Solar Observer can be powered in four different ways:
  • Power using the Solar Panel - Place the solar panel in direct sunlight. It is best to angle the solar panel so that it is pointed directly at the sun. The solar panel is hinged to allow for better positioning. In direct sunlight, the solar panel will provide enough electricity to power the radio on its own without additional charging. To charge the internal battery pack with the solar panel, it is best to leave the radio turned off. Sixty seconds of direct sunlight should provide about 60+ seconds of playtime at medium volume, depending on sun intensity. Set the 'Power Switch' to 'Dynamo' to play.
  • Power by Winding - Unfold the handle from the side of the radio and rotate in either direction. The green 'DYNAMO' light on the front of the radio will glow indicating proper winding speed. After 90 seconds of winding, the radio will play for about 45 minutes.

  • Specifications

    ManufacturerC. Crane
    Manufacturer Product No.COBS
  • Batteries (optional): 3x AA
  • Internal Battery Pack: NiMH 2/3 AA 650 mAh
  • Battery Pack Charging Jack: Internal Battery Pack can be charged with optional AC Adapter 5V 100mA DC
  • Winding Generator: 475-500 mA DC
  • AM: 14mA
  • FM: 22mA
  • Weather: 22mA
  • Flashlight: 15mA
  • Display Light: 4mA
  • AM Band: 520 1710 kHz
  • FM Band: 87.5 - 108 MHz Stereo
  • Weather Band: CH1-162.400 MHZ, CH2-162.425 MHz, CH3-162.450 MHz, CH4-162.475 MHz, CH5-162.500 MHZ, CH6-162.525 MHZ, CH7-162.550 MHz
  • Speaker: 2.5"
  • Headphone Jack: 1/8" (3.5mm), will accept stereo or mono jacks
  • AM Band: Built-in Ferrite Bar
  • FM and Weather Band: Telescopic whip antenna
  • Dimensions: 7.25" W x 5.5" H x 2" D
  • Weight: 1 lb.

  • Important notes:
    Defective exchanges for identical item within 30 days of purchase. After 30 days, please contact the manufacturer.
    Manufacturer contact information: C Crane Company Inc, Tel: (707) 725-0568


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    4 star: 20%  (1)
    3 star: 20%  (1)
    2 star: 0%  (0)
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    Share your thoughts with other customers
    LINDA -- huntington, WV   12/23/2013
    Good quality sound, like the flash light & dial light that is built in & that they can be turned off when not in use, saving the batteries. Haven't tried the solar part yet.
    JAMES -- ossining, NY   1/19/2013
    After waiting for the radio to be stocked again, it was delivered promptly as promised.
    SHAWN -- nassau, Bahamas   12/30/2012
    Nice radio
    SHARON -- brazil, IN   9/19/2012
    Love this radio. It is everything I wanted and needed in a radio.

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