The Kaito Voyager Pro KA600 is a crank radio with three radio options – AM/FM, NOAA and shortwave. It also has three different lights to help illuminate the dark during a power outage or while you're camping. All these features make the Voyage a good emergency radio. The main setback with this product is the bulky design that makes it difficult to carry compared to other emergency radios.
Cranking the weather radio for a minute provides 20 minutes of playtime on the lowest volume level, which is average. For comparison, the best crank radio can produce up to two hours on a minimum charge. The crank tucks away when you aren't using it, making it easier to handle. You can also use the hand crank to charge mobile devices. The included cable has a variety of connection tips for various phone models.
You can also charge this emergency radio with the AC adapter, a built-in rechargeable battery pack, the USB port and a solar panel. It's one of the few solar radios with a solar panel that allows you to adjust it to find the optimal position for capturing the sun's energy. Using the solar panel to charge the radio takes a lot longer than the other charging methods, but it's the easiest charging method, especially while you're camping.
You can use this crank radio to listen to conventional AM/FM radio stations and access all seven NOAA channels. There is even a shortwave radio option, which you can use to listen to local stations around your area. These are invaluable stations to have during a disaster because they provide information critical to your area.
The crank radio has three lighting options: a reading lamp, flashlight and emergency alert bulb for the hearing impaired. The reading lamp is located behind the solar panel, and you can control all three lights with one switch at the top of the gadget.
One of the downsides to the Voyager Pro is the durability. While the casing can handle a little rain, it's not designed to handle significant amounts of water. And while the casing is a sturdy plastic, it lacks the hard rubber that you'll find with better emergency radios. If you're stuck in a severe storm, it likely won't survive.
The Kaito Voyager Pro KA600 is bulky and breakable, but it can still be a useful emergency radio when you are stuck in a precarious situation. It charges quickly and has five charging options. When you need an effective way to stay up to date during a disaster, this is an acceptable crank radio.
You can rotate the solar panel for the optimal position for the sun.
It isn't water resistant.
The Kaito Voyager Pro KA600 has a quick startup time and a good battery life but lacks a durable design.