3 Best Emergency Radios For Around 50 Bucks…


If you don’t already have a battery operated portable emergency radio, you might consider one from the following three quality brand companies. While I cringe whenever I type the word, ‘best’, I do believe that these brands are indeed among the best, if not the best in this market.

I own radios from all three companies, and every one of them has been (and still is) quality.
Sangean, Midland, and C.Crane Co.

While there are portable radios in various price ranges, you need to spend around $50 to at least get something into the region of quality (generally speaking). While the $100-$200 range buys top-of-the-line, I thought I would look at the $50 range in this article…



What Is An Emergency Radio?

It’s what you would hypothetically use during a power-outage scenario or any other such time of emergency to gather information.

An emergency radio is battery operated (internal battery), and the battery may be charged by a number of mechanisms, potentially including a wall charger, solar power, hand crack, or external USB power sources.

The radio will have the ability to tune in AM radio, FM radio, and the Weather bands. Some radios have additional bands (e.g. shortwave) although you’ll generally pay more. In a general emergency situation (power outage) you will typically tune in AM or FM radio to discover local information regarding the situation. Additionally, since many emergencies are caused by weather, naturally you may also tune in the weather bands for latest National Weather Service information.



Sangean MMR-88


Sangean makes an outstanding product (including their desktop weather radio).
Sangean has a worldwide presence and have been around for more than 40 years.

Sangean MMR-88
Product Manual

Sangean Emergency Radio (major) Features

Dimensions, Width,Height,Depth (6″ x 3.25″ x 2.75″)
AM/FM bands (plus 19 Presets)
Public Alert Certified Weather Alert Radio
Charging modes (Hand Crank, USB, or Solar Power)
Charge external devices through USB connection
Rechargeable / Replaceable 850maH Lithium Battery
Built-in LED Flashlight (Hi, Low, Blinking, SOS Morse Code))
Loud Emergency Buzzer
Built-in Clock
90 Minute Auto Shut Off



Midland ER300


Midland is an international industry leader in radio communications and they’ve been around for more than 50 years. They too make an excellent weather radio…

Midland ER310 Emergency Radio

Product Manual

Midland Emergency Radio (major) Features

Dimensions, Width,Height,Depth (8″ x 3.5″ x 2.5″)
AM/FM bands
NOAA Weather Band w/siren alert & flashing LED alert
Charging modes (Hand Crank, USB, or Solar Power)
Charge external devices through USB connection
Rechargeable / Replaceable 2000 mAh Lithium Ion Battery
Additional Battery Backup Option with 6 ”AA” Batteries (Not Included)
Bright Cree LED Flashlight 130 Lumens
Ultra Sonic Dog Whistle for emergency canine rescue



C. Crane COBS CC


I have had (still have) several C.Crane radios over the years. They are known for not only great quality, but also their audio quality compared to other similar size radios.

C. Crane COBS
Product Manual

C. Crane Emergency Radio (major) Features

Dimensions, Width,Height,Depth (7.25″ x 5.5″ x 2″)
Simple to operate (dial tuner)
NOAA Weather Band
Charging modes (Hand Crank, Solar Power, plug-in wall charger)
Additional Battery Backup Option with 3 ”AA” Batteries
Phone charger USB socket


Once in awhile I post about ‘radios’, which I believe to be an important preparedness essential to have on hand. Given the large number of makes, models, and manufacturers, I hope this short list will help some of you who may be interested in this price range – to get a few ideas…

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