10 Best

Portable Radios

of December 2022

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    • 【stereo earphone listen & clear speaker】 small but good sounds quality speaker built in this portable am fm radio, it can fill in room easily. you can not imagine this personal transistor radio has the stereo earphone sounds(earphone included). compact size and only 0.14lb allows you listen with you while running, exercise etc. keep yourself stay around with the stereo ...
    • 【multi function in one radio】 15-90 mins sleep time can be set in this transistor radio portable. you can enjoy the radio time before going to bed and don't worry to waste the power from the battery operated radio. 20 station preset allows you save your favor station and listen it very convenient. no need to select the station every time. alarm clock function also suppo...
    • 【newest version】 people always concern the reception of the simple am fm radio. it means that a good reception determines the success of a portable radio. professional aviation dsp chip inside the digital am fm radio can solve your concern problem well. just enjoy yourself for listening npr,country music, sport game and news without bother. the stretchable antenna can h...
    • 【large lcd screen & super long lasting time】 the 1.8*1.4 inches lcd screen in our pocket portable radio am fm is the biggest screen in the personal radio market. you can read the details on the screen clearly even your elder friends and parents. power by 2 aaa batteries which can be easy found in every family and can be used more than 100 hours in normal, never worry ab...
    • 【highly cost effective】 wanna a portable radio stay with you or consider a gift for your parents and friends? this portable radio am fm is your best choice. good quality and there is no risk for you to purchase since we guarantee to provide the world class customer service to you for 24/7. any needs please feel free to contact us.
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    • 【two different tone modes】 high/low two tone modes setting by the transistor radio will gives you different sounds experience. party time, camping, outdoor and noisy place with the portable radio high tone mode. leisure time, relaxing, sleepy with low tone.you just can find this special function with our am fm radio in the radio market.
    • 【big speaker&earphone jack】 big speaker with crystal clear and good sounds quality, even you still can listen the am fm radio while showering. 3.5mm earphone jack in this battery operated radio allows you to enjoy the music/story with the earphone anytime(earphone not included). satisfy your different needs in such a portable radio.
    • 【classical fm/am analogue tuner】 frequency range: 87-108mhz fm, 520-1730khz am. strong reception with this am fm radio(such as npr, classical music, baseball game, news station...). long antenna in this transistor radio will strengthen the fm signal in somewhere with weak reception. good quality of am receiver inside the portable radio.just keep one to take you to the o...
    • 【two types of power source】 ac-110v-50hz power of the am fm radio include the power cord, widely installed in room, kitchen and living room. 4x dc-1.5v batteries for emergency, camping, gardening and carrying around with your portable radio. low power allows this transistor radio to keep running for a long time(batteries not included). never worry about the power issue.
    • 【good quality and 12-month warranty】 the fm am radio at a good quality with sturdy and durable, black&grey color, 9.4*2.4*5.9 in. both large tune knob and volume knob with this portable radio allows you to use it easily. our world class customer service is waiting for you with 24/7 for any you needs.
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    • 【bluetooth speak】the built-in bluetooth plays music wirelessly from your phone/tablet or other bluetooth enable devices , so you can easily enjoy your favorite music, videos on this speaker. it is nice as both home speakers or office speakers.
    • 【two types of power source】this retro radio is powered by either 120v ac power or 2 d cell batteries. while you are indoor, the ac power for you to listen radio whole day (power cord included). when power interruptions occur, this am/fm transistor radio runs on 2 d cell batteries you can stay connected and get broadcast news in real time (battery not included).
    • 【simple to operate, easy to use】with an elegant classic simple look design, paired with modern features, no complicated technical operations. simple to use, easy to read dial, large precise tuning, easy to grip knobs. tuning in your favorite channel and adjust to your desire volume by the volume control, have a good rest!
    • 【classic retro am fm radio】with a big clear dial panel, you can easily and clearly to see each am/fm stations when tuning the knob on this retro am fm radio. equipped with an external antenna and dsp chip, making it has best reception to receive your favorite am fm channel.
    • 【usb and micro sd card music player】this vintage bluetooth radio can be used as a mp3 music player. it is support 1-32g usb flash drive and micro sd card/tf card to play music in mp3 format.
    • 【great quality sound】built in high performance large speaker ensure a clear and loud sound, it can easily fill a room with your favorite radio stations. lightweight and compact for carrying, suitable for desk, dining table, coffee table, sofa balcony, outdoor, car or walking, travel, camping, etc.
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    • 【perfect sound quality】 with 3w internal magnetic speaker, this small portable bluetooth radio provides a hi-fi sound quality with big sound. put on your earphone and plug it to the 3.5mm headphone jack, then enjoy your exclusive time
    • 【rechaegeable battery operated】 1) equipped with 1200mah replaceable and rechargeable battery, it can be played for more than 10 hours, quite durable. 2) supplied with a micro usb charging cable, it can be charged by charger with usb jack, like usb adapter, computer, car charger, power bank, etc. when the led indicator lights up, it indicates the am fm battery operated ...
    • 【christmas gifts for elderly and middle-aged people】this am fm radio is very popular with elderly and middle-aged people, that is one of the christmas gifts that will continue to bring joy to mother and father. if you want to express your love for them choose it!
    • 【portable design】1) the am fm radio with bluetooth size is lwh(126*59*25mm).the am fm digital radio weights only 126g with thickness only 25mm, quite easy to carry around; 2) equipped with a silver strap (also as a hidden antenna), the hand held pocket radio can be hung as you like. meanwhile, it’s either stylish or portable no matter you’re outdoors or indoors
    • 【excellent reception】 1) mini radio portable am/fm supports fm (76-108mhz) / am (522-1710khz), so you can easily listen to the local stations no matter which country you’re in. 2) no need to tune manually. a simple one-key operation allows you to search for all available radio stations. see manual for further details. up to 99 radio stations can be stored (note: no cloc...
    • 【built-in emergency flashlight】 the led charging indicator is also a flashlight. just press led button to turn it on. it’s perfect for camping or any other night time activities, or in case of power failure.bluetooth function: as a bluetooth speaker, play cell phone music.let you enjoy the beautiful music. [can't connect to bluetooth headset,earbuds and headphones]
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    • 【simple to operate, convenient to use】not like other radios which are too small to operate, our shortwave radio is big enough to use and easy to operate for both elder and children as the knobs are large to tune and the lcd screen is clear to see. a handle on the radio makes it not difficult to take outside. beyond that, a time setting is available for you to see on the...
    • 【good sounds quality & earphone jack】with a premium built in 2w speaker, this transistor radio offers a big great sound, it can easily fill a room with your favorite musics or baseball game. and you can choose high/low tune mode as you like to listen on the shortwave radio. a good choice for radio lover. moreover, an 3.5mm earphone jack here is designed for those who wa...
    • 【new upgraded: lcd display with best reception】equipped with a big lcd screen, you can easily and clearly to see each am/fm/shortwave stations when tuning the knob on this portable radio. the long antenna and advanced dsp chip ensure a ultra strong stable radio signal for you to listen to your favourite music, npr, sports and news stations no matter at home or outdoor. ...
    • 【2 powerful charging ways】this am fm radio is designed for two charging ways. while you are indoor, the ac power for you to plug the charging cable(include) in the wall to listen radio whole day. if there power outage, don't worry, inserts 4 d cell batteries(not include) in the shortwave radio that you can continue to connect and get broadcast news in real time. and the...
    • 【ideal christmas gift】with its classic appearance and simple operation, our portable radio is best sell on many countries. if you are distressing on what to buy to your parents, grandparents, uncles or aunts, this am fm radio is the best choice for you. it is a thoughtful christmas gift to fill their heart to joy and remember you! besides, we guarantee a 12-month warran...
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    • ★[mp3 design for exercise] small size am/fm radio with earbuds, this portable radio work with any 3.5mm earphone. this pocket radio does not have the speaker; you must wear the headset to listen. suitable for jogging, walking and other exercises.
    • ★[compact & lightweight] this little simple radio is around the size of a credit card, and can slip easily into any pocket, handbag or glove compartment. use it for jogging, walking around neighborhood, taking the dog for walk, workout at the gym, or running. it’s also an ideal gift idea for birthdays of elderly or kids, christmas, or ‘just because’.
    • ★[high quality reception am/fm radio] 64-108mhz fm; 520/522-1710khz am; 9/10khz am steps adjustable. the stereo radio can remember up to 58 of your favorite stations. long press "tuner +/-" and then it will automatically search effective station and stop. simple operation allows you to enjoy music, morning talk shows, sports games.
    • ★[lock screen saves power] lock switch design prevent accidental operation suggests the ideal behind this radio is primarily for put it in pocket; built-in 500mah rechargeable battery and long working time.
    • ★[what you get from us] not only muliti-function am/fm radio with 3.5mm earphones, lanyard, and a usb cable you get but also 12 month no-pressure product exchange and money back guarantee. if there are any problem or misunderstanding, please feel free to contact at anytime,we will be always here to assist you.
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Portable Radios for Clear Reception on the Go

Yehudah Posnick

With so many ways of accessing news, music, and information nowadays, whether by means of computer or by mobile phone, a radio may seem a bit anachronistic, almost “primitive”. After all, if you can get Internet access, there are websites that allow you to also get access to radio stations. And you don’t have to wrestle with an antenna or find the best orientation to get reception.

But there are still situations where a portable radio can be useful. There are emergency weather radios that use a battery that you can charge up with a hand crank or solar panels if you’re stuck without power. They hone in on particular stations to alert you about severe weather. And if you’re traveling, hiking, or camping, either within the country or abroad, there are portable radios that will help you pick up the local radio stations. Or maybe you just want a simple device that picks up AM and FM stations, without requiring an Internet connection or any hi-tech equipment.

We’ll go through some of the options in the Best Reviews Guide list of popular portable radios. Whether you just want something simple to take with you when going for a walk or trip or a more antique model with a classic wooden case, you can find the right portable radio here!

FAQ

Why would I want a portable radio?

A portable radio will allow you to listen to the news or your favorite music while you are on the go. Maybe you want a radio that you can take with you camping or hiking so that you can stay up to date on the weather forecast.

Which types of portable radios are there?

The most common type of portable radio is a handheld or pocket radio. Handheld radios are small and lightweight, making them easy to carry with you wherever you go. There are also tabletop radios, that are larger than handheld radios and are designed to sit on a table or other flat surface.

Types of Portable Radios

Looking over the Best Reviews Guide of the best portable radios, we can distinguish between two main types of displays:

  • Analog display: There are still radios with a classic look, with a tuning dial that runs through the stations. But that makes it a bit tricky to zero in on the station that you want. An example is the Jazmm AM/FM Portable Radio. It uses 4 “D” size batteries, but it can also use an AC power adapter.

Jazmm AM/FM Portable Radio

The Jazmm radio measures 9.4” x 2.4” x 5.9”. That’s certainly portable, but it won’t fit in your pocket. If you’re looking for a pocket analog radio, try the PowerBear Portable AM/FM radio. It works on two “AA” batteries, and measures only 2.7” x 1.1” x 4.6”.

PowerBear Portable AM/FM radio

  • Digital display: You’ll also see portable radios with a digital display. This makes it much easier to zero in on a particular radio station. Also, a radio with a digital display will allow for preset radio stations that you store in memory. You can access the station with just the press of a button! An example is the Sangean WR-2 AM/FM Digital Tuning Radio. It lets you store up to 5 radio stations.

Sangean WR-2 AM/FM Digital Tuning Radio

The radios we studied above are AM/FM radios. But there are also shortwave and long-wave radios, such as the Eton-Elite Traveler Radio. It’s a small model, only measuring 6.3” x 1.72” x 4.76”. It is also able to pick up overseas stations (even though the signal may be a bit weak). And it’s capable of storing 500 different radio stations!

Eton-Elite Traveler Radio

What reviewers say

Here are some of the impressions of customers regarding their choice of a portable radio:

  • Prefer rechargeable batteries: Some radios use as many as 4 AA or D batteries. Even listening only for 1 hour a day, you may end up finishing the batteries in two months. So it’s best to use rechargeable batteries to power your radio.

  • AM reception may not be so good: One customer noted that AM reception was weak on his device. It’s not necessarily a fault in the device, but rather because the signal environment for AM signals has to compete with WiFi and cellphones, so there is more interference. But, with a properly installed FM antenna, you should always be able to get proper reception.

Important Features

You can settle for a portable radio that has nothing more than a volume dial and a tuning dial. But there are also some tips and nice features to look for when selecting a portable radio:

  • Aux input jack: This will allow you to hook up an Mp3 player, iPod, or iPhone to play additional music content over the radio’s speaker. There will be a button on the front of the radio to select either AM or FM radio, or from an auxiliary source.

  • Headphone jack: This allows you to listen to the radio with a pair of headphones, instead of through the radio’s speaker. That’s good if you’re in a public place, and you don’t want to disturb people around you.

  • Line out/Aux output jack: This allows you to take the output from your radio directly into a recording device, like an Mp3 player, or to an amplified speaker system.

  • Clock radio: You can also find portable radios which allow you to use them as a sleep timer, to take a short nap (as long as 90 minutes!), or to use them as an alarm clock. The Retekess V111 Digital Radio has this feature.

Retekess V111 Digital Radio

  • Antenna: The antenna on a portable radio may be a bit tricky. The antenna for picking up AM stations is inside the device. You may have to rotate the device somehow to get better reception for the station you’re interested in. But, the FM antenna is a telescopic piece of metal on the outside. On some devices, it’s something that you screw on yourself. That’s the design in the Sangean Table Top AM/FM radio.

Back of the Sangean Table Top AM/FM radio, showing where to attach an FM antenna

Final Verdict

We went over some of the most popular portable radios on the market nowadays. Some models, like Sangean, are a bit nostalgic, with a real wooden cabinet, but with quality electronics inside as well. Other radios are smaller and more compact and are intended for taking them with you when hiking or traveling. Others can get you weather stations or shortwave radio. All told, you’re sure to be able to find a nice portable radio out there!

 

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