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CC Solar Observer and 5V AC Adapter
CC Solar Observer and 5V AC Adapter
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CC Solar Observer and 5V AC Adapter

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AM/FM Weather Wind-Up CC Solar Observer

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 a pinch. Many of our customers use it as their main radio.

The emergency radio was honestly born in 1992 when we experienced three large earthquakes in Northern California in 17 hours. 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 - Dufur, Or.

General Features:
  • Can be powered by wind-up, optional AC power, solar panel or 3 AA" Alkaline batteries (not included) and rechargeable battery pack (included)
  • In an emergency it can charge cell phones with included USB port adapter
  • Stereo headphone jack
  • Accurate analog tuning with digital signal processing
  • Lighted dial for nighttime use and power outages
  • Built-in LED flashlight

Weight: 1.5 lb. Size: 7.25" W x 5.5" H x 2" D

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Gordon
Mecca, California
March, 21 2018
Crank it up !
I bought this little jewel because I need some way to charge my phone in remote places. Both the AM and FM has above average reception, and from the desert I am able to pick up some of my favorite Los Angeles stations day and night, which I can't do with the other radios in my house. With the 3 aa batteries I can play this guy for several days nearly all day long. With the wind up charge it takes a good while to build up a nice charge, but I tried letting it fully discharge and then I cranked it hard to see if it would charge my phone. It made it possible to make a call once I wound it up for 10 minutes, so hopefully you have several folks who can help you hand crank this guy for even longer to insure a good charge. Weather station and flashlight works too, and I even hiked 5 miles with the radio inside my backpack playing the whole time. Overall a fantastic radio.
PROS
Size, price, reception, power source, one of the best little radios ever invented...period.


CONS
no stereo speakers, no meter to determine battery life, must hand crank for 80 minutes to get a max charge.


BEST USES
House, car, camping, backpacking, boating,

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Jason
Trinidad, California
December, 1 2017
Nice
Nice radio. Got this to have for the many power outages we have during the winters.
PROS
Great sound


CONS
Made in China...reason for dropped star


BEST USES
Listening to radio

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wayne new
lecanto fl
November, 16 2017
great little radio with many options
i really like this radio..
PROS
great reception on both am and fm


CONS
just getting used to where the dials and switches are


BEST USES
i listen to tak radio and its great fof that

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PBeverage
Gainesville, FL
September, 14 2017
Radio as Described. Charger defective.
too soon to comment until I receive replacement AC charger.
PROS
Radio exactly as described.


CONS
AC Charger used only once then failed.


BEST USES
Without charger I can't answer yet. Was ok in hurricane for brief uses.

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SNygard
Brooklyn, NY
September, 13 2017
CC solar observer and 5v AC adapter.
Good sound
PROS
Solar powered,wind up power,chargeable battery backup or your own battery's.


CONS
Haven't found any yet.


BEST USES
In an emergency such as blackout,There are 4 ways to power it.

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TKazinsk
Greenville, NC
May, 3 2017
Crank & antenna failed in 60 days of use.
I lived off grid for 2 years. I used this radio every evening. At the end of 30 days, the crank broke off. At 60 days, the antenna pulled apart.
PROS
Various ways to power the radio,Good features,Price is right


CONS
Won't hold up if you need it for an extended period of time


BEST USES
Weekend camping trips,Short term emergencies

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SLevine
Concho, Arizona
April, 11 2017
For off the Grid or traveling! SUPERB
Very handy in living situations like off the grid, and travelling. I can always count on my Observer to get me through coast2coast every night. Makes an affordable gift for wedding presents or housewarming or when you don't know what to get for somebody who has everything!
PROS
reliable,easy to use,batteries last a long time,emergency flashlight


CONS
The wind up is mediocre to poor time wise but OK in a pinch.


BEST USES
Off grid,camping,travelling,AM is great,handy,long life line (2 in 10 years)

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JZwahlen
95618
January, 10 2017
I like it but ...
This is a good radio except for this problem -wish I could solve it.
PROS
I have 3 of these radios and the same problem has happed in all of them.,When it dial the belt inside gets stuck and you can't move the dial to the other end -sometimes you can if you play with it.,.


CONS
I like to take them with me when I work in the garden and they are easy to charge -the dial problem happened after about 2 yrs. Other than that what you can dial to sounds great.


BEST USES
I have used them when the electricity goes off and when I work outside.

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LStutler
Plymouth Indiana
June, 24 2015
CC Solar Observer
I got this Radio for my 84 yr old dad for Fathers day. He loved it right off. we started it up and to my dismay the tuner stuck part way threw to dial. I sent an email to CC telling them what it did not expecting much. But they were right on it. within 4 days they sent me a new radio and postage to return the defective one. Great service. as far as the radio its self goes it works as expected. Thanks CC. you have earned a loyal customer.
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JTillman
Des Moines, IA
June, 18 2014
Most useful radio, ever!
I have owned one for over a year now. I use it daily. It works forever on the three batteries. Much longer than any other radio I have owned. The solar charger works well and the crank would be sufficient in an emergency. I have purchased the top of the line portable radios from you over the past many years. I used to travel a lot for many years. The radio was my main source of entertainment in the motels and hotels. This radio is small enough, light weight, and tunes in the good stations (AM & FM) very clearly. Which makes it easy to find the best stations. The other super radios tune in every station imaginable. I do not have to work to determine the true signaled good stations with this radio. The ear plug works very well, as well as the light. I bought two more for my childrens families to have and use in an emergency and/or for pleasure. I highly recommend this radio for anyone and everyone to have and use. Other than for short
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SThomas
San Francisco, CA
January, 23 2014

awesome ;)
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FAQ
How long must the CC Solar Observer be cranked for to fully charge it?
How long will the CC Solar Observer play for with a full charge?
How long will the CC Solar Observer run on a set of 3 AA batteries?
At what rate must the CC Solar Observer be cranked to achieve optimum charging?
Can the CC Solar Observer be operated using the optional AC power adapter?
When I wind-up my CC Solar Observer, the crank arm seems to rotate freely, and it does not charge the radio. Why is this?
Why is the sound garbled on my CC Solar Observer? How can I fix it?
Can the CC Solar Observer charge my iPhone?
My CC Solar Observer was working but now I have no AM/FM/WX but the LED functions work. How come?
How do I get the best runtime on the CC Solar Observer?
Can the dynamo be wound too fast?
Is there any way to tell how much charge is in the battery pack is?
Can AA lithium batteries be used in the CC Solar Observer?
Can I charge my cell phone while charging my CC Solar Observer radio using the AC Adapter?
In The Box
What's in the Box
  • CC Solar Observer Radio
  • Standard USB Cellphone Adapter
  • 5V AC Adapter
  • Owner's manual
  • One Year Limited Warranty
Specs
General Specifications

POWER SOURCE

Batteries (optional): 3 AA size
Internal Battery Pack: NiMH 2/3 AA 800 mAh
Battery Pack Charging Jack: Internal Battery Pack can be charged with optional AC Adapter 5V 300mA DC
Winding Generator: 250-500 mA DC

POWER CONSUMPTION AT MODERATE VOLUME

AM: 38mA
FM: 45mA
Weather: 45mA
Flashlight: 15mA
Display light: 4mA

FREQUENCY COVERAGE

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

AUDIO

Speaker: 2.5"
Headphone Jack: 1/8" (3.5mm) – Will accept stereo or mono jacks

ANTENNA

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
Weight: 1 lb.
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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