When you can't get onto the Internet, a radio becomes a critical source of information. The FRX3 picks up both AM and FM bands, as well as all seven of the NOAA weather frequencies. Its internal NiMH battery pack can be recharged using the hand crank or built-in solar panel. An integrated LED light helps guide the way, while a USB charging port can give your cellphone juice. [$60; etoncorp.com]
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