When it comes to receiving critical news about the world around you nothing quite beats radio communications. Radio is highly resistant to disruptions unlike the global network of cell towers which can go easily go down. Radio communication is like email, it’s never going to die despite new technologies seemingly coming out everyday.
Kaito has a number of emergency radios on the market with the KA700 being their top product. I have discussed in a previous blog post the differences between the various models but in this post I will focus specifically on the KA700 model.
Specs and features
- 5 methods of power (hand crank, solar, batteries, USB, AC)
- Rechargeable Ni-MH internal battery
- 3 x 5.4 x 10.5 inches
- 2 pounds
- Multiple Signals (AM, FM, NOAA, Short Wave)
- LED Flashlight
- Red Flashing LED for emergency signaling
- Low level Red LED for reading
- Cell phone charger
- Bluetooth capable
- MP3 player and voice recorder
- txt reader
- Alarm clock
- SD card storage
The Kaito KA700 includes all the features of the previous models plus Bluetooth capability and MP3 and voice recording. There’s a slot for an SD card where the Kaito can read through preloaded songs, recordings, and even display txt files on the digital screen. You can actually program the KA700 to record radio broadcasts directly to the SD card for later listening. Pretty cool stuff.
But perhaps the defining feature of all Kaito radios is the quality of radio signal and the number of frequencies you can tap into at a moments notice. The Kaito has excellent programming capabilities to access certain frequencies at the touch of a button. The Kaito can receive AM/FM signals as well as short wave and all 7 NOAA emergency broadcast frequencies. One thing to note is that the Kaito has been certified by the NOAA as an approved device. Sure, you can go and skimp out on a cheap radio that claims NOAA compatible but not all of them truly are. The Kaito KA700 is full fledged certified and you’re going to be surprised at how crystal clear the signal is.
Other features are the 5 way powering system allowing multiple ways to recharge the device. Even without power the Kaito KA700 can be charged via the solar panel or the hand crank. There are also options to charge via AC, USB, and batteries. You never see this type of versatility in other radios and that’s why Kaito is at the forefront of emergency radio systems.
As soon as you pick it up you feel the ruggedness. I wouldn’t have an ounce of worry if this thing happened to take a tumble off the table or even a roll down a steep hillside. Durability was baked straight into this thing so you can take it anywhere without worrying about something breaking.
The built in flashlight is surprisingly bright and doesn’t drain the battery as much as you’d think it would. On a full charge the radio will go on for roughly 30 hours before requiring a recharge. Of course, this will drain much faster if you’re also using the flashlight. I recommend if receiving critical radio broadcasts is your main goal then let the Kaito do its job and use a regular flashlight!
Lastly, there’s a USB charging port you can use to charge your smartphone or any other USB powered device. If your battery is dead on your phone this could be a true life saver.
Kaito makes the best emergency radios hand down. The Kaito KA700 is their top of the line model with features not found in any other radio. If you want solid radio and emergency reception AND all the bells and whistles, the Kaito KA700 is the perfect radio to invest in. Thanks for reading!