CCRadio Solar Digital AM, FM, Weather + Alert Windup Emergency Radio


C. Crane

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Introducing The New CCRadio Solar

The CCRadio Solar is a small digital portable radio that is successful as an emergency radio but the form and format function invite you to use it daily. Placed in a sunny window it's perfect for the morning news. Audio is a surprise; it's accurate, pleasing and has two modes. A miser mode to conserve battery power in a true emergency and a high-power mode for an even better audio experience. Reception is good for the size. The almost brick size depth and unique UV resistant rubber perimeter is concave on the bottom which makes it inherently stable. The flashlight is above average in brightness and color because of the selected high-quality LED. The hand crank folded and inlaid on in the back is the only visible clue that it's an emergency radio.

The included lithium-ion battery can be recharged by wind-up, solar panel, your USB port, or optional AC power adapter (not included). When the lithium-ion battery is fully charged, the radio will run more than 50 hours or charge your phone from the approximately 50% level to 100% level. It can also be powered by (3) “AA” alkaline batteries (not included) for approximately 50 hours in low power mode or 35 hours in high power mode.

I brought the first CCRadio Solar home and my wife absconded with it until our designer/illustrator had to beg to get it back for documentation. To get it back from him was also overly arduous. I have never seen a radio so coveted. It is about hand size and it stays charged in a sunny window with an oversize solar panel which means it may not need a power assist for years. Bob Crane

Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Size: 6" W x 3" H x 2.25" D.
Patent # D 960,860 S.

General Features:
  • Five memory Presets per band
  • AM/FM and WX with NOAA Weather w/Alert
  • Audio tuned for voice clarity
  • Lighted display
  • Micro USB input charging port
  • Built-in LED flashlight
  • USB out port (for phone charging)
  • Line In jack
  • Headphone jack
  • Clock, alarm, sleep timer (120, 90, 60, 30, & 15 minutes)
  • 1, 9, and 10kHz tuning
  • Runs on included 3.7V Lithium-ion battery or (3) AA batteries

James Careless of Radio World Magazine takes an in-depth look at the CCRadio Solar. Read the full article here.

Review of the C.Crane CCRadio Solar by Jay Allen of RADIOJAYALLEN.COM

I have the radio in the sun but the battery icon does not blink.

The icon blinks when charging by using the micro USB input and the crank. It does not blink when charging in the sun. (sorry)

Why is it easy to crank the radio when the battery is fully charged?

When the battery starts to get low it will accept more current and it will become harder to crank.

Why won’t my radio power up when using the rechargeable battery? It’s new!

  • Make sure your battery selection switch is in the correct position titled “LI”. The battery selection switch is very small and located under the rubber flap.
  • Be sure that the battery is oriented correctly inside the battery compartment and that you have removed the plastic pull-tab that is included with the radio initially.
  • The battery may have a thin invisible coating over the positive and negative terminals that is diminishing the connectivity to the springs. Remove the battery and gently clean the positive and negative terminals with a little sandpaper or nail file for a few seconds.
  • If all else fails try charging the battery with the included USB cable for about 9 hours.

My radio will not charge when plugged into power.

Make sure that you have removed the small plastic pull tab between the battery and the contact. Also be sure that your battery is oriented correctly in the battery compartment.

How long will the CCRadio Solar play on a fresh set of alkaline batteries?

Approximately 35 hours of play on high power mode.

Approximately 50 hours of play on low power mode.

What type of lithium battery is used in the CCRadio Solar?

The battery included with the CCRadio Solar is a 18650 Rechargeable Battery – Protected 3.7V Li-ion 3400mAh.

How long will the CCRadio Solar play on a fully charged lithium battery?

More than 50 hours depending on volume level and power mode.

Can I have the weather alert set and listen to AM or FM at the same time?

Yes you can.

When charging in the sun using the solar panel, using the USB cable or the optional AC Adapter, does the switch need to be set to Li?


Will the battery indicator show full bars when charged in the sun or hand cranked?

Yes, once the battery reaches 4 volts. The following charge times are based on the mAh of the Li-On battery and the mAh of the charging systems for each method.

  • Charging in full sun can take approximately 42 hours
  • Charging with cranking can take approximately 10-12 hours
  • The fastest way to charge is to use the USB cable or the AC Adapter (sold separately). This method can take up to 9 hours

How do I restore the radio to factory defaults?

With the power OFF, press and hold the memory buttons #1 and #5 for five seconds. You will hear a tone to signify it has been done

My fully charged Li-ion battery does not power the radio. The screen is blank.

The radio needs a small amount of electricity to deactivate the protection circuit. Please rotate the wind-up handle a few times, or place the radio briefly in the sun. When the display appears, the radio should be ready for operation.

What's in the Box
  • CC Radio Solar
  • Instruction Manual
  • 12" Audio Patch Cable
  • 12" USB-A to Micro USB charging cable
  • Wrist Lanyard
  • Warrany Registration Card

Please Read Me First
CCRadio Solar - Battery Charging

The radio's Li-ion battery is shipped with a low charge. Please fully charge the battery before using the radio or placing into storage. When storing the radio it is recommended to recharge the Li-ion battery at least every six months. This keeps the battery healthy.

  1. Before charging please remove the battery cover.
  2. Remove the small plastic pull tab between the battery and the contact.
  3. Make sure the battery is pushed down to make contact with the battery terminal.
  4. Replace the battery cover.
  5. Connect the Micro USB charging cable or the optional AC power adapter (sold separately) to the radios’ charging jack under the flap.
  6. Connect the USB end of the charging cable to a USB wall charger or a USB charging device. If using the optional AC power adapter, plug into an AC outlet.

Charging can take 10-12 hours using the radio charging jack.

General Specifications
Frequency Range:
  • FM Band:
    • 87.5 - 108 MHz (Regular mode)
    • 76 - 108 MHz (Expanded Mode)
  • AM Band: 520 - 1710 kHz
  • Weather Band:
    • Channel 1: 162.400 MHz
    • Channel 2: 162.425 MHz
    • Channel 3: 162.450 MHz
    • Channel 4: 162.475 MHz
    • Channel 5: 162.500 MHz
    • Channel 6: 162.525 MHz
    • Channel 7: 162.550 MHz
Power Source:
  • 3,400 mAh Li-ion 3.7V 18650 Rechargeable Battery
  • "AA" size Alkaline Batteries (do not use Lithium "AA" batteries)
  • Solar Panel - 110mA (in full, unobstructed sunlight)
  • Dynamo wind-up generator: 300-500mA (at ≈ two revolutions per second)
  • 5V DC, 1000mA Micro USB
Power Consumption:
  • Low Power Mode: 40-100mA DC*
  • High Power Mode: 50-200mA DC*
* depending on headphone or speaker usage and volume level
  • Speaker: 2", 4Ω, 3 Watts
  • 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo headphone jack
  • 1/8" Stereo input jack
  • FM & WX Band: Whip Antenna
  • AM Band: Internal Ferrite bar
Dimensions: 6" Wx 3" H x 2.5" D
Weight: Approximately 18.2oz with Li-ion Battery installed
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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