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Rechargeable Radios that Don't Need Batteries

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Updated January 25, 2014

These radios give you one of the most important commodities you can have in a disaster -- information. Best of all, they do so without needing batteries. That's important when we're talking about disaster kits, because you never know when you're going to need them and you don't want to have to remember to stock up on fresh batteries. As a bonus, most of these radios include lights.

Dynamo Hummer Portable Radio with Flashlight

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Hand-crankable and small, this radio includes a flashlight in an integrated design that looks good, too. It's perfect for a small disaster evacuation kit.
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First Alert CR-100 Crank Radio

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This radio listens to shortwave as well as AM/FM. It includes an emergency light, but no cell phone charger. Besides the crank, the CR-100 can also use 3 AA batteries or a DC adapter.
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Midland ER102 Dynamo Emergency Radio

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This radio operates as a flashlight as well and includes a USB port for charging cell phones. In addition to AM/FM, it includes NOAA weather alerts.
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