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The Observer is a simple, affordable and compact radio with enhanced reception and audio performance. For emergency use it can be powered in four different ways and can charge many different USB type devices such as cell phones.
In 1992 three earthquakes hit Humboldt County where we live. All three hit within a 17 hour period with magnitudes of 7.1, 6.6 and 6.7. Communication and services including electricity were hopelessly overloaded. In the Crane home shards of broken glass were everywhere and so were bare feet. All of our flashlights had been over used by our blessed children. We vowed to make a good emergency radio so this would never happen again.
This customer could not have said it better: "I have had only one, thank you Lord, occasion to use this in an emergency situation and it worked flawlessly. (I was the) Only one in the area with radio for two days of power loss... Thank you CCrane!!" vpipes - Dupur, Or.
Weight: 1 lb. Size: 7.25" W x 5.5" H x 2" D
|Batteries (optional):||3 AA size|
|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:||250-500 mA DC|
POWER CONSUMPTION AT MODERATE VOLUME
|AM Band:||520 - 1710 kHz|
|FM Band:||87.5 - 108 MHz|
|Weather Band:||Ch. 1: 162.400 MHz
Ch. 2: 162.425 MHz
Ch. 3: 162.450 MHz
Ch. 4: 162.475 MHz
Ch. 5: 162.500 MHz
Ch. 6: 162.525 MHz
Ch. 7: 162.550 MHz
|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 & WEIGHT
|Dimensions:||7.25" W x 5.5" H x 2" D|
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
On a full charge, the CC Solar Observer should play for over 15 hours.
To achieve a full charge, the CC Solar Observer must be cranked at a moderate speed (about two revolutions per second) for about 80 minutes.
Two revolutions per second will produce good results.
Yes, but you if you plan on using the optional charging adapter for days to power the radio, we recommend unplugging the battery pack. Constantly charging the battery pack for more then 12 hours at a time will shorten its life.
The rechargeable battery pack may not be plugged in completely. To check this, make sure the battery packs white connector is completely secured.
The rechargeable battery pack may be depleted. Charging the unit for a few minutes should clear up the sound.
The CC Solar Observer can charge an iPhone but the iPhone takes much more energy to run than older cell phones. After the iPhone battery is depleted, it requires a 5% charge before the phone is usable again. Using the CC Solar Observer, it takes about 35 minutes of crank time to charge up the iPhone to 5%. This gives you about 15 minutes if talk time before the battery is depleted again.
If your radio is left on for an extended amount of time after the battery pack is fully depleted, and your radio will not turn on, then it will be necessary to unplug the battery pack (and remove AA batteries if installed) for 60 seconds to allow a reset of the microprocessor.
The simple answer is exercising the batteries to condition for an optimal charge. To do this, charge the batteries to full and discharge them completely. Doing this procedure about three times or so will bring your batteries to optimal efficiency.
No. Lithium batteries can damage the radio.
|CC Solar Observer AM/FM/Weather Windup Emergency Radio Instruction Manual||2.06 MB||5:07 @ 56KBps|
Audio tutorial of the CC Solar Observer by Tim Hendel
Press the play (►) button above to stream the audio. To download the file, please use this link.
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