For years, one of our dry-camping staples has been an ugly little yellow flashlight/radio/red emergency flashers dealie.
I don't even remember where I got my first one.
But over the years, it worked like a charm. I've NEVER
put batteries into it, yet we've listened to the radio for hundreds of hours. The flashlight's not too bright. And we haven't had to use the emergency flashers.
But the radio's always amazed me ... just leave it out in the sun or crank the handle a minute or two, and you got tunes battery
free ... which is why I started worrying about what I was going to do when the radio broke.
I'd really miss it!
So a while back, I searched high and low on the net and was shocked to find a place that sell sold it. Now, the guy wasn't too quick on the shipping ... but I ordered, and received two, figuring I'd keep one in the basement for tornados, the old one in the trailer, and have a spare, in case something happened to my first two. (Besides he was offering free shipping if you bought two!)
Shortly after I ordered from him, I saw the same thing cheaper in a magazine, but don't remember where. But the radio's something that I can vouch really works well.
The little solar/crank radio has bounced down 1,000's of miles in the trailer and still plays tunes.
Now, as I said, the guy wasn't too fast on the shipping. The flashlights not too bright. The radio isn't audiophile quality by a long shot. But hey, once you amortize the initial cost, the tunes are free!
Now, the funny thing is my son, the new sailboat owner, has stolen my "spare" for use on his sailboat. But that fact that a 20-something thinks the sound is ok, it must be ok, eh?