You never know when adverse situations or inclement weather might strike. In today’s digital world virtually all of our communication stems from Wi-Fi and is fed by power chargers, so in the event of hazardous conditions, if you are stuck somewhere or the power goes out you are out of luck once you are out of battery charge. Having a cheap, battery operated hand radio ensures that you can stay informed should the need arise.

One popular choice for a cheap hand radio is the Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM FM Radio. This handheld AM FM radio fits easily into a purse, briefcase or glove box. This radio is silver and has a simple easy to use design with a carrying strap. It has a mono jack for earphones, but the built-in speaker allows you to use the radio even if you don’t have ear buds on you.

Another great choice by Sony is the ICF38 Portable AM FM Radio. This black plastic radio is small, weighing only two pounds, and it measures 10.2 inches by 5.6 inches by 3.5 inches. It picks up AM and FM bandwidths and the LED indicator makes it easy to find the right station even in the dark. It runs on four AA batteries for up to 80 hours. It has a handy carrying handle, built-in antenna, earphone jack and built-in large speaker.

A third selection that is extremely handy in case of emergencies is the Esky ES-CR01 Multifunctional Dynamo Solar Hand Crank Radio. This great product has AM, FM and NOAA weather radio, an LED flashlight and built-in USB charger to keep your devices charged. This radio can be powered by solar energy, hand crank or by charging through a USB port.

Be prepared for anything life throws at you with one of these selections for a quality, yet cheap hand radio.