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C Crane CC Solar Observer AM/FM/Weather Windup Emergency Radio

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The Observer is a simple, affordable and compact radio with enhanced reception and audio performance. For emergency use it can be powered in four different ways and can charge many different USB type devices such as cell phones.

In 1992 three earthquakes hit Humboldt County where we live. All three hit within a 17 hour period with magnitudes of 7.1, 6.6 and 6.7. Communication and services including electricity were hopelessly overloaded. In the Crane home shards of broken glass were everywhere and so were bare feet. All of our flashlights had been over used by our blessed children. We vowed to make a good emergency radio so this would never happen again.


In the Box: CC Solar Observer Radio, Standard USB Cellphone Adapter, Owner's Manual


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• Emergency AM/FM/Weather Windup Radio

• Exceptional AM Reception

• Built-in 3-LED Flashlight

• Cell Phone Charging Jack

• Lighted Display




• Batteries (optional): 3 AA size

• Internal Battery Pack: NiMH 2/3 AA 650 mAh

• Battery Pack Charging Jack: Internal Battery Pack can be charged with optional AC Adapter 5V 100mA DC

• Winding Generator: 250-500 mA DC


• AM: 38mA

• FM: 45mA

• Weather: 45mA

• Flashlight: 15mA

• Display light: 4mA


• AM Band: 520 - 1710 kHz

• FM Band: 87.5 - 108 MHz

• Weather Band: Ch. 1: 162.400 MHz, Ch. 2: 162.425 MHz, Ch. 3: 162.450 MHz, Ch. 4: 162.475 MHz, Ch. 5: 162.500 MHz, Ch. 6: 162.525 MHz, Ch. 7: 162.550 MHz


• Speaker: 2.5"

• Headphone Jack: 1/8" (3.5mm) – Will accept stereo or mono jacks


• AM Band: Built-in Ferrite Bar

• FM and Weather Band: Telescopic whip antenna


• Dimensions: 7.25" W x 5.5" H x 2" D

• Weight: 1 lb.



How long will the CC Solar Observer play for with a full charge?

On a full charge, the CC Solar Observer should play for over 15 hours.

How long must the CC Solar Observer be cranked for to fully charge it?

To achieve a full charge, the CC Solar Observer must be cranked at a moderate speed (about two revolutions per second) for about 80 minutes.

At what rate must the CC Solar Observer be cranked to achieve optimum charging?

Two revolutions per second will produce good results.

Can the CC Solar Observer be operated using the optional AC power adapter?

Yes, but you if you plan on using the optional charging adapter for days to power the radio, we recommend unplugging the battery pack. Constantly charging the battery pack for more then 12 hours at a time will shorten its life.

When I wind-up my CC Solar Observer, the crank arm seems to rotate freely, and it does not charge the radio. Why is this?

The rechargeable battery pack may not be plugged in completely. To check this, make sure the battery packs white connector is completely secured.

Why is the sound garbled on my CC Solar Observer? How can I fix it?

The rechargeable battery pack may be depleted. Charging the unit for a few minutes should clear up the sound.

Can the CC Solar Observer charge my iPhone?

The CC Solar Observer can charge an iPhone but the iPhone takes much more energy to run than older cell phones. After the iPhone battery is depleted, it requires a 5% charge before the phone is usable again. Using the CC Solar Observer, it takes about 35 minutes of crank time to charge up the iPhone to 5%. This gives you about 15 minutes if talk time before the battery is depleted again.

My CC Solar Observer was working but now I have no AM/FM/WX but the LED functions work. How come?

If your radio is left on for an extended amount of time after the battery pack is fully depleted, and your radio will not turn on, then it will be necessary to unplug the battery pack (and remove AA batteries if installed) for 60 seconds to allow a reset of the microprocessor.

How do I get the best runtime on the CC Solar Observer?

The simple answer is exercising the batteries to condition for an optimal charge. To do this, charge the batteries to full and discharge them completely. Doing this procedure about three times or so will bring your batteries to optimal efficiency.

Can the dynamo be wound too fast?


Is there any way to tell how much charge is in the battery pack is?


Can AA lithium batteries be used in the CC Solar Observer?

No. Lithium batteries can damage the radio.



CC Solar Observer Instruction Manual


Product Details

• Item model number: COBS