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I also have an older model. Even with newer rechargeable batteries, the solar charging function will barely charge it enough to keep the clock running overnight, and will only play the radio for more than a few minutes even while it is in direct sun with a few hours charge. The crank charge function never worked well for me either. The radio itself tunes well, the alert function on the Weather Radio also functioned, and it is weather resistant.
I do set it out at scout camp so the boys have a clock to reference during the day, and if I think I need the weather radio functions at night, we have a car battery I will attach it to for power.
Is "Common Sense" really?