Best Cheap Portable Radio For AM/FM

Best Cheap Portable AM/FM Radio

I’ve had this ‘best’ ‘cheap’ (inexpensive) portable radio for several years and I’ve got to tell you that I still believe it’s the best little AM-FM radio for a survival-preparedness kit. That is if you’re looking for a small little battery operated radio that splits cost versus quality pretty well.

UPDATE: There is a newer model of this portable radio since I purchased mine:

Sony ICFP26


Sony ICFP26 Portable AM/FM Radio

It’s great for hearing news and information about what’s going on during an emergency or disaster. And it’s perfectly fine for just plain old listening.

When it comes to prepping beyond the basics of shelter, water, food, security, etc., communications and gathering of information is also important.

During a power outage or disaster a battery operated portable radio will help keep you informed about what’s going on.

Information is important to decision making during a crisis.

Think about it. If the power goes out, what’s one of the things you’re going to want to know? To find out the details about what happened, the cause, how long it might be, the affects, what’s happening in the region as a result, etc..

This will enable you to stay a step or two ahead of the rest who may be slow to react – or to simply make better decisions while adapting to what’s happening around you.


This Portable Radio Has Quality Attributes

It is remarkably priced, especially considering that it is made by Sony (who makes quality electronics).

It is small enough to easily fit in a pack or a kit while measuring only 4.69 x 2.74 x 1.50 inches. It’s a “pocket radio”.

When I first bought it after looking at reviews for the best but inexpensive small portable radio, I was quite surprised with it’s ability to pull in stations. And it has a decent sound for it’s small size.

One thing that I’ve always liked about analog tuners is the speed at which you can scan the dial. Although you cannot fine-tune it like a digital radio, it’s no big deal given it’s purpose.

Being an analog radio, perhaps it’s a bit more ‘EMP’ resistant than otherwise. There are still semiconductors inside the radio, and theoretically still susceptible to electromagnetic-pulse, but perhaps less likely to be affected than a digital radio.

If you don’t already have a portable radio for your home, preparedness kit, camping gear, or for listening while out in your boat fishing, this inexpensive small choice might be just right for you.

Or take it to the next level with a Shortwave Radio.

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