Emergency radio…the Sony ICF B01

Sony's emergency radio...a good addition to a prepper's kit
Sony’s emergency radio…a good addition to a prepper’s kit

When it comes to an emergency radio, my favorite would have to be the Sony ICF B01 FM/AM radio. It is compact, has the ability to charge itself (with my help of course) and comes equipped with some features  that would certainly appeal to a prepper. Here’s a closer look at the radio.

I have been hunting for a similar emergency radio for some time. Even this Sony ICF B01 radio is not an easy find since it has been discontinued.(Amazon has it listed as discontinued). There are plenty of other brands like Eton but I somehow prefer to buy a unit from a more known and reputable brand. This particular Sony emergency radio I purchased as used from an online auction site.

The discontinued Sony ICF B01 emergency radio
The discontinued Sony ICF B01 emergency radio

This Sony emergency radio will be a permanent kit in my go bag now. Although its a second hand unit, I have tested it with batteries as well as the hand powered generator and everything seems to be working well. The radio receiver is working. Although the light is not the brightest, its better than having no light at all I suppose.

Not the brightest light there is but something is better than nothing
Not the brightest light there is but something is better than nothing

I reckon the two best things about this Sony emergency radio is its ability to generate power and the fact that it is built to be splash proof. The hand crank generator is really cool and a continuous cycle for about a minute gives me a good several minutes of radio time. That alone is awesome.

The ability to generate power to run the unit is great. This feature makes this radio ideal for bug out kits
The ability to generate power to run the unit is great. This feature makes this radio ideal for bug out kits

Like most other makers of emergency radios, there is usually two sources of power for the units. This Sony ICF B01 radio accepts 3 units of AAA batteries as well. I can switch a dial on the back of the radio to select what power source to use.

A switch to select course of power for the unit is located at the back of the radio
A switch to select course of power for the unit is located at the back of the radio

This Sony emergency radio also boasts splash proof feature. I don’t really like to test how electronics stand up to their ‘splash proof’ or ‘waterproof’ claims, partially due to experiences like my fogged up Fenix. I doubt if I will ever need to use this emergency radio in the rain.

The battery compartment has a secondary white cover for water proofing perhaps?
The battery compartment has a secondary white cover for water proofing perhaps?

I am tempted to buy on of the newer and more current emergency radios that feature things like weather stations, clock, alarm and some even with USB charger. However, for the time being this Sony ICF B01’s compact size is still the big winner for me. It is not overly bulky and fits into my grab bag perfectly.

The radio is compact and fits into my palm perfectly
The radio is compact and fits into my palm perfectly

The Sony ICF B01 emergency radio is probably lacking in terms of features compared to what’s currently available in the market. In fact, it is probably outdated! But heck, it is still an awesome looking compact, fits in the palm, two power source emergency radio made by Sony. I am definitely keeping this radio.