Best Portable Radios 2017 – Buyer’s Guide

Best Portable Radios

Even after a lot of technological advancements in the audio and video market, portable radios still hold their value in the market. Portable Radios are devices that broadcast audio over the air. Radio broadcasts use AM/FM frequencies where AM stands for Amplitude modulation and FM stands for Frequency modulation. Today I am going to guide you about which are best portable radios to buy and points you need to keep in mind while looking for the portable radio that will suit you best.

Points To Keep In Mind While Looking At The Best Portable Radios:

  • Reception Quality of the Portable Radio.
  • Signal Strength of the Antennae of Radio.
  • Sound Quality and Volume of the Radio.
  • Availability of different wavebands and Channels other than the usual AM/FM.
  • Battery Lifespan of the product.

Types of Portable Radios:

There are two different types of Portable radios available including Analog Radios and Digital radios. The main difference between the two is that instead of sending complete information at once, the digital radio compresses the audio and transmits it from an antenna in pieces. At the receiver side, the captured pieces are decoded first, and then are pieced together for playback. Analog Radios do have their advantages like a longer range, but they are more prone to signal loss. Digital Radios on the other hand offer a higher bitrate, ability to record and rewind. They also offer searching via name instead of frequencies. However, the main issue with digital Radios is the lag caused due to transmission of data in pieces, as it requires reconstruction of the pieces before the start of playback.

Best Portable Radios

Join me as I share with you some of the best portable radios currently available in the market:

1. Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio

Sony ICF-S10MK2 Review

Sony ICF-S10MK2 is a beautiful Portable Radio enclosed in a very compact body. This Radio scores high due to its lightweight construction and small size. This product has powerful mono speakers and has a wide range of volume control. The range of AM frequency for this product is 530-1605 kHz and the FM range is 87.5-108MHz. The analog tuner supports a LED tuning indicator and also packs a headphone jack. This Gadget uses AA batteries for power and has an estimated battery life of 45 hours of listening. This product is priced at 39.97$ and is must buy for those looking for a lightweight and compact Portable radio with powerful speakers.


2. Midland WR120

Midland WR120 Review

Midland WR120 is an excellent security and safety oriented Portable radio. This product lets you stay up to date on all the latest weather, hazard, and civil emergency information. It features SAME localized Reception, 25 Programmable Counties, Color-coded Alert indicators and is capable of receiving over 60 Alerts. It has seven preset weather channels and is public alert certified as well. It also features an Alarm Clock with snooze features. The device is a bargain for 26.42$ as it supports more safety features than any other device in the price range.


3. Epica Digital Emergency Solar Hand Crank Radio

Epica Emergency Radio Review
As the name suggests, this product does all, this lightweight device holds some heavyweight features including a 3-band radio, a 3-LED flashlight, mobile phone charger and supports multiple ways of charging including charging through crank, plug-in and solar charger. One of the defining features of this product is its digital radio. The rugged body and solar panel are also waterproof, so you will not have to worry much about this product getting wet. A wealth of features and compact design make this device worth your hard-earned 21.95$.


4. Sangean WR-11SE AM/FM Table Top Radio 40th Anniversary Edition

Sangean WR-11SE Review

Sangean Table Top Radio is a treat for your eyes. It has classic wooden finish and setup by using a solid walnut veneer finish, gold face and rear plates. When you lay your eyes on this sitting in your bedroom, its attention to detail and classic nature will remind you of the Golden days of Radios. It has rotary dials with LED tuning indicators for controls. This Table Top Radio also has an auxiliary input and Headphone jack for communication with external devices. Priced at just 77$ this product will help you relive the glory days of classic Table top radios with a few modern features as an added bonus.


5. iRonsnow IS-088 Dynamo Emergency Solar Hand Crank Self Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio

iRonsnow IS-088 Review

This iRonsnow product has many features packed into a compact body including AM/FM NOAA Weather Radio and a powerful three LED flashlight. It also comes with cell phone charger. Charging the device is no issue as it has three different ways to charge it including via cables, solar power, and hand-crank. All these features, compact body and a price tag of just 19.90$ make it a must own emergency product.


6. RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio For Emergency, with 2000mAh Power Bank, Flashlight and Reading Lamp

RunningSnail Solar Crank Review

This RunningSnail product has a high price/performance ratio as it packs a bunch of useful features including a body that can fit in the palm of your hand,
Indicators for charging, the ability to pick up a wide variety of AM, FM and
Weather stations. The Audio quality of the device is also very good and the LED reading light and the flashlight are very bright.
The antenna can collapse inside the body for protection against the rugged terrain. The product supports AAA batteries that are easy to get hold of and are very cheap. The SOS emergency feature is also a nice addition that rounds up this package very well.


7. Sony ICFP26 Portable AM/FM Radio

Sony ICFP26 Review
Sony ICFP26 packs the best of old and new generation, all the features of a classic portable radio packed in a modern body. The professional and sleek looking design give it an edge over other boxy looking pocket radios. The device weighs just 167 grams, which makes it pocket-friendly. It has a loud built-in speaker and has a headphone jack as well. It has LED tuning indicators and LED Battery indicators. This gadget is battery powered and runs off two AA batteries. At the retail price of 19.75$, the Sony ICFP26 is the most beautiful and modern looking Portable radio available.


8. Sony Portable Mega Bass Stereo Boombox Sound System

Sony Portable Mega Bass ReviewThis portable Stereo from Sony brings back the Classic Boombox design to the new generation with a whole lot of modern features for ease of use. It supports NFC and Bluetooth Connectivity with devices. It also has a USB input, AM/FM Radio, Headphone and AUX Jack. The device has an MEGABASS Bass Reflecting Speaker System through which user can modify the sound to his own likings just by the touch of a button. It provides clear audio for Radio and its Digital AM/FM Stereo Tuner Provides the most accurate drift-free AM & FM radio station tuning. The 30-station memory pre-set allows you to customize and save settings for up to 20 FM and 10 AM stations. For 110$ it is a great throwback to the 90s with many modern features.


9. C Crane CC Skywave Travel Radio with Clock and Alarm

C Crane Skywave Review

This C Crane product is known for providing high-quality loud sound and best in Class reception in a well-built and very compact body. The device uses high quality and responsive keypad controls. This product has support for up to 400 memory pre-sets. It provides excellent performance on AM due to the inclusion of ferrite bar antenna. This tiny Radio only uses two AA batteries and provides an excellent battery life upwards of 65 hours. The included Aviation band lets you listen in on nearby air traffic controllers. Priced at 89.99$ this a nice little radio which offers excellent battery life and reception.


10. Panasonic RF-2400 AM / FM Radio, Silver

Panasonic RF-2400 Review
This classic looking Panasonic radio is a great product. It is easy to use, the dials are easy to read and the turning knob is of adequate size. The Volume Wheel is also well positioned for easy access. This is perhaps one of the purest Portable Radio on the market. The speakers of the device also produce crisp sound. The simple nature of this product has a certain charm that is most appreciated by seniors who mostly prefer to stay away from modern technology. Priced at just 31.99$, this would make a great buy for people who just want a simple and easy to use radio to listen to their favorite stations and are not much interested in any extra features.


Final Words – Wrapping it up

So there we have it. A good look at the best portable radios on the market which I hope has helped in your search for finding the top portable radio that suits your exact needs.