Specially designed and engineered for emergency situations, the KA500IP offers different methods to power itself. Those methods include AC/DC adapter (not included), three AA batteries (not included), solar panel, the built-in rechargeable Ni-MH battery which can be recharged from the AC adapter, by hand crank or by a PC. and the high-efficiency solar panel not only can trickle charge the built-in battery but also provides power even with no battery installed. At the heart of the KA500IP, there is an internal generator that charges the internal replaceable Ni-MH battery pack and powers the radio, flashlight, and reading lamp.
Also, by plugging your cell phone including all generations of Phones into the standard USB female jack on the back of the radio, you can use the crank to power and charge your phone. The KA500IP picks up a wide range of broadcasting including AM, FM, shortwave, and NOAA weather stations. The 7-weather channels are pre-set and numbered from 1-7, you can easily and conveniently tune into the stations by turning the switch, no more guesswork involved.