C Crane CC Solar Observer Radio

Priced: $49.95 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 6 reviews.
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C Crane CC Solar Observer Radio -

No power? No problem. The C Crane CC Solar Observer radio runs on sunlight! No sunlight? No problem. It runs on hand-crank generated power, too!



  • Radio tunes in AM, FM and Weather bands and is perfect for use during camping trips, emergencies or severe weather when traditional power sources may be unavailable
  • The C Crane CC Solar Observer radio features an analog display with backlight, built-in LED flashlight, 3.5mm headphone jack, internal AM antenna and telescoping FM antenna
  • Play time varies based on crank speed, volume level and band selection; Battery achieves more play time after conditioning (charging and discharging several times)
  • Besides solar and hand-crank power, the radio also runs on 3 AA batteries (sold separately) or an AC adapter (not included)
  • Solar power offers approximately 4 - 6 hrs. of radio play time for 8 hours of charge time; hand crank provides about 15-30 minutes of play time for 90 seconds of cranking
  • Included radio-to-USB adapter lets you charge smartphones using the USB cord that came with your phone
  • Updated core radio chip achieves superior AM/FM reception and selectivity
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Review RatingNumber of Reviews
Analog or Digital:Analog
Dimensions:7.25 x 5.5 x 2 inches
Emergency siren:No
Power source(s):Battery / Solar / Hand crank
Weight:6.5 ounces

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C Crane CC Solar Observer Radio Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Love, Love, Love This Radio!

This radio moves around the house with me. I use it in the kitchen, bathroom, and dining room, and then I take it outside when weeding and watering the plants;in these instances I use the solar feature. When I go to bed, I give it a few cranks, place it on my nightstand and drift off to sleep without worrying about wasting power. All three bands -- AM, FM, and weather come in just great. The built-in light is a tad weak, but it will do the job in an emergency. I have not tried the phone charger yet, but at least it comes with the adapter! I bought 3 Red Cross (Eaton) crank radios for my auto emergency kits, sent in my cards, finally called the company and still NEVER received any of the adapters. Though the Eaton radio is much smaller, this C.Crane is far superior. I really do not think you will be disappointed with this radio, particulary if it was manufacturered after January 2013.
Mountain Hearted at REI on 06/06/2013

Retro look New age performance

Got this sweet radio with the intent of using it mostly at home. 911 but also to listen to the radio from time to time. The reception is amazing and I'll be listening to some BBall games for sure. The light is great for 911 and also helpful when camping. The charger really works. Both of them. I've never put in batteries and never had trouble. I really like the look of this thing too. Retro is such a good way but super light too. There are so many uses for this radio highly recommend it. High quality to the max.
Fire Bush in the Ocean at REI on 06/06/2013

Ballpark radio

It works well for what I wanted, which was a radio I could take to the ballpark so my friend and I can hear radio commentary from our seats. It's also sounded good when I've tested it by setting it on my dining room table.
miseenjeu at REI on 05/05/2013

emergency radio

got mine from ccrane.

used for CERT/FEMA and hiking.

i recommend.
John the camper at REI on 04/04/2012


It's a great emergency radio--and easy to use.
KATYA52 at REI on 05/05/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Fair but unpackable

I purchased this and an eton scorpion crank radio to potentially use for camping and hiking. This one had better reviews but they didn't address use for backpacking. The eton had mixed reviews but seemed more suited to backpacking.

This is lighter than the eton, but bulky --- difficult to pack.

I tested both at home and then again in Gunnison, CO. While in town they both performed well and got decent reception. However, when we got to our campground (about 15-20 miles outside of Gunnison)the day before heading out on the trail, the eton got better reception. I couldn't get any weather channel on the C Crane and only one FM station. On the Eton I got a variety of stations including the weather station.

This radio is reliable and the hand crank works well. It just works best in or near town due to its reception limitations and bulk. it may also work okay for car camping as long as you have strong radio signals. It's useful, despite its limitations, so we will be using it as part of an emergency kit. I would recommend this to friend but only if they weren't planning to take it far from town.
Carie at REI on 07/07/2013