Portable Emergency Weather Alert NOAA Radio with S.A.M.E. 08550
Availability: In stock
Handheld Radio: 7.5" H x 2.3" W x 1.5" D
NOAA RF (wireless) Range: Up to 50 Miles
Power: 4.5V DC adapter (included) or 3 AA batteries (not included)
Download Quick Start Guide: AcuRite Weather Alert Radio with Specific Area Messaging 08550 [PDF]
Download User Manual: AcuRite Weather Alert Radio with Specific Area Messaging 08550 [PDF]
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Outstanding!! Review by TexasBeau
Outstanding! I love this product. Best weather radio I have ever had, and I have had many over the past years. (Posted on 3/20/13)
Easy setup Review by Red Ryder
Found it to be very easy to setup. Feel safer knowing I will receive alerts while asleep. Plus, I can take it with me in case I have to bug out (Posted on 11/11/12)
Simple to use, but cannot turn it off Review by hcubed
I got this for evacuation during hurricane season - I probably could have found a way to use the home-based Midland radio in the car, but the portability with SAME capability really sold it.
The only "con" would be the lack of an on/off switch. I really don't need it 24/7 while I'm traveling, but if I pull into a rest area I can set the SAME for that area (already have a listing of the counties along the route), and feel safer.
I either let it run for the entire trip, going through several SAME areas, or re-load batteries when I pull off.
As another review said, if you let the batteries go till they're out, then changing the batteries the radio will lose some of it's settings - it remembers SAME codes, but the time, date are lost.
Again, a simple on/off switch could have helped. (Posted on 8/12/12)
Good Wx Radio Review by Dan
I bought 3 of these for my house and family's houses. We live in a tri-state area and the S.A.M.E. technology does a great job of filtering alerts that are not applicable to my county.
My only minor complaint/suggestion is the lack of a rechargeable battery option. Currently placing the unit in the base station only by-passes the alkaline battery and if you forget to place the unit back in the base station it will drain your alkaline batteries and they'll have to be replaced. (Posted on 6/30/12)
Easy setup Review by Rick
Setup was really easy, didn't even use the manual (although I did have to look up the FIPS code and freq online). The OS and Midland radios are more complicated, this seems intuitive. I also see it can 'scan' to get the strongest signal... that will work great when traveling. I like the blue backlight and the advisory/watch/warning colors are a nice touch. It doesn't charge batteries, but none of my other radios do either. Seems fairly solid for an inexpensive radio. (Posted on 5/3/12)
Worth it Review by tornadotom
NICE radio for the money! Ease of use is excellent. Features seem really good. I haven't had an alert for my area today so can't talk about the warning aspect of the radio yet.....
....Otherwise, so far I'm very happy with the radio and it is perfect in every way for my needs. Great value.
(Posted on 5/3/12)
Good little radio Review by Nate
I will follow this up with a video of the weekly test when I have the time to trim the video file down in size.
Please also understand that I am cross-posting this review on the various versions of this same radio as they have different listings that only very in color.
- Radio uses SAME codes to limit the alerts that you will receive to only the counties you want to hear alerts for.
- I was able to witness the radio activate for the weekly test today when I was home sick from work
- Radio emitted a loud tone prior to the test message, the tone is loud enough to wake you if it is in the same room as you
- Tone ended with enough time to hear the entire test message
- The radio recognized the end of alert signals and turned itself back off when the alert was complete. Some radio's do NOT do this and instead operate on a timer, this is an issue for two reasons:
- It's annoying to continue hearing broadcasts in the middle of the night if the alert is not something you want to wake for
- Sometimes messages can take more time than the radio's remain on for (i.e. warnings that cover many counties)
- As stated above, this radio does not have these issues.
- The radio remained in the "Advisory" status until the alert end time was reached, the radio itself does not continue to talk but it still has the "Advisory" light and continues to scroll what the alert is on the screen (i.e. Required monthly test until 1119am) until the end time.
- Is portable, very easy to carry around with you if needed --- Runs on standard AAA batteries (3) . I am using Eneloop cells in the radio as I tend to carry it around with me if I am out and about on bad weather days. Batteries will last a few days of use (listening to the weather on occasion, in standby most of the time). Note that the radio does not charge batteries when in the dock, it just does not use battery power when docked.
- You can select which alerts you want to hear, with the exception of WARNINGs... There is no way to turn off warnings on this radio (I believe they are not allowed to have this functionality)
- My belt clip broke after only 2 battery changes, the latch is quite weak and it no longer latches into the radio ... This is not a huge issue for me, but could be for some
- When changing the batteries the radio will loose some of it's settings, it remembers FIPS (SAME) codes, however you will have to reset the time and date any time you change the batteries. The time and date is important for the automated warning functions in the radio.
- The radio will keep the past 4 alerts in memory, and you can look at them... The weekly test is NOT stored in memory, so the only way to really determine if the radio is working properly is to be around when the weekly test takes place, or get an actual alert.
(Posted on 4/18/12)
Excellent+ Review by On_A_Journey
I have the portable radio + home dock/weather station combo.
For once... a user manual easy to use. Very straightforward, no nonsense. The entire setup (including local area FIPS code) was done quickly. Use the Quick Setup on the portable radio. Also, keep the backlight on low illumination, and set your portable radio to Auto On.
I had one issue... an "ID10T" error (that means "IDIOT" if you haven't seen it before) that was entirely my fault. After installing the batteries in the portable radio, the Low Battery strength indicator was on. The batteries were freshly bought, so I was at a loss initially. This situation annoyed me because when I took the radio out of the dock, it went blank... what good is a portable radio with no power?? I was going to replace the batteries, thinking I had a bad batch. it was then that I discovered my blunder. I had inadvertently reversed one of the batteries in its slot, putting the + pole where the - pole should have been.
Hey... don't laugh. It is easy to do!
Upon correcting the polarity (reversing the position of the battery in the slot), all was well.
Have a blessed day, everyone... (Posted on 3/6/12)
This NOAA Radio Saved a lot of people's Lives last night Review by Tnemtiv32
I bought this radio at Wal-Mart last night due to all the sever sotrms coming through East Tennessee last night. I was assiting with a shelter here in Greene County. TN and we had approx 250 people in the shelter and the radio went off for a Tornado Warning, we were able to get all 250 people in the basement within a 5 minute time frame and every one was safe. This little radio saved a lot of lives last night and after seeing it in action a lot of the people at the shelter said they were going to buy one of them. (Posted on 3/3/12)
GREAT Review by J.S.
very easy to set up. Stays plugged in has battery back up if power is lost. Great product. would recommend to anyone. (Posted on 8/17/11)
Saved my car from hail damage!!! Review by Jerry
I really like my NOAA radio. It's a great product. I can get the local forecast anytime I want it by putting the setting to the correct spot. I personally prefer the setting at storm alert so it only goes off when a storm is in the area. Just the other day it went off and said there were thunderstorms with high winds and hail so I put my car in the garage before it started storming and was glad I did because it sure did hail. (Posted on 8/5/11)
Worked from the Rockies mountain tops Review by Jim Samson
I absolutely recommend this weather radio without hesitation. Tested it in the Rockies on my sons Boyscout hiking trip - worked exactly as I expected it to, even up on the mountain tops. Highly recommended for any camping/hiking expedition. (Posted on 8/1/11)
Easy setup, relevant weather for my county. Review by Harry W.
This is my 3rd weather alert radio. The others I own all tell me weather for the surrounding counties, which really aren't relevant for the weather in my actual location. This radio, on the other hand, does exactly what I want it to do - tells me the weather alerts for MY county, so when it goes off I know it's not a false alarm. It's relatively light, easy to carry, docking station is great for "at home" use. (Posted on 8/1/11)
NOAA radio helps me feel prepared & know what to expect with the weather Review by Susan
This little radio has made me feel much more secure and prepared with what's been going on with the crazy weather this summer. Floods, lightening storms, tornados - I feel like my family is world's safer because we have access to emergency info when we need it most, especially when there's a power outage. The alert alarm is loud enough to wake us up in the middle of the night, and it automatically sounds when there are emergency warnings. When that alarm sounds I know I need to bring my lawn furniture inside! This product is a must have, I'm buying one for my elderly parents next. (Posted on 8/1/11)