Product Comparison: Kaito KA500YL vs Kaito KA600


General Specifications
Brand
Kaito
Kaito
Model
KA500YL
KA600
Origin
China
China
About the Product
Introducing the Kaito KA500 Voyager, a portable receiver designed for both daily use & emergency preparedness applications.
The newest and most advanced model from Kaito’s Voyager radio family, the KA600 Voyager Pro is designed for both everyday use & emergency preparedness applications.
Key Specs
Frequency Range
FM: 88 ~ 108MHz, AM: 530 ~ 1710kHz, NOAA, SW1: 3.20 ~ 8.00MHz, SW2: 9.00 ~ 22.00MHz
FM: 88 ~ 108MHz, LW: 150 ~ 521KHz, SW: 2300 ~ 23000KHz, NOAA, AM: 520 ~ 1710kHz
Tuning Methods
Manual Tuning
Manual Tuning, Auto-scan tuning, Direct numeric key entry, Auto Tuning Storage
Controls
Weather Band Selector, Band selector, Power Selection, Lights Control, TUNING knob, Volume control
TUNING knob, Volume Knob, Flashlight button, ALERT button, Sleep button, Snooze button, Power button, M+/M- Button, Numeric Button, AM button, FM/WB button, Power switch, DELETE, MEMORY button, CHARGE switch, Alarm button
Antenna Type
External telescopic antenna
External telescopic antenna
Number Of Station Memories
115
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Kaito KA500YL 5-way Powered Solar Power,Dynamo Crank, Wind Up Emergency AM/FM/SW/NOAA Weather Alert Radio
  • The knobs and the dial tuner's frequency indicator matched up to their settings/position.
  • Ease of use, radio frequency, SW, and emergency weather notifications are clear, the ports for charging are convenient and work.
  • Reception on the frequencies I tried was very good. The ability to charge cell phones and computers is a big plus.
  • A teeny plastic piece held the antenna connection and that broke, so I had to toss it.
  • Both the radio and the antenna are overpriced versus performance/quality, imho.
Kaito KA600 Digital Solar Dynamo Crank Wind Up AM/FM/LW/SW & NOAA Weather Emergency Radio
  • NOAA Weather radio reception is just as good or better than two other units I have.
  • The radio is not the ultimate in shortwave portables on the market, but is does a great job pulling in the lots of shortwave broadcasts with a good antenna.
  • It meets its intended purpose by giving the user plenty of emergency lighting and ability to hear important local, regional and international information when needed.
  • Tuner knob is very sensitive. The overall compact design puts my big hands in contact with some of the knobs & buttons inadvertently, causing changes.
  • Telescoping antenna not flexible to rotate for better radio reception.
Size & Weight
Height
5.5 in.
5.5 in.
Width
8 in.
9.5 in.
Depth
2 in.
2.5 in.
Weight
1.8 lbs.
1 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Kaito KA500YL 5-way Powered Solar Power,Dynamo Crank, Wind Up Emergency AM/FM/SW/NOAA Weather Alert Radio
  • The Kaito Voyager KA500 World Receiver is a compact radio receiver with multiple power source options and emergency use features.
  • It has so many functions it will be hard to describe them all! I love how compact it is and sturdy.
  • With a big snow storm threatening, and living in an area with power outages thought it was time to invest in a weather radio. This one is so much more in a compact package.
  • If you’re looking for a versatile, compact weather radio, then this is a great choice.
  • This small compact well made radio does everything it was advertised to do.
Kaito KA600 Digital Solar Dynamo Crank Wind Up AM/FM/LW/SW & NOAA Weather Emergency Radio
  • A compact piece of emergency equipment that might conceivably save your life is a valuable asset.
  • Everything seems to work well so far. It is a very compact unit.
  • This is nice, lightweight, compact. Loaded with features for a great price compared to other radios in this price range.
  • It is compact and loaded with features. It arrived quickly and I have no complaints with the customer service.
  • It is small compact great for storms or the unexpected.
Features
Display Type
Dial scale
LCD
Audible Alarms
Yes
Yes
Speaker(s) Type
0.2W speaker
Internal speaker
Mobile Charger Ability
Yes
Yes
Integrated Flashlight
Yes
Yes
Accesories Included
18650 rechargeable battery
AC Adapter, Earphones
Interfaces
Earphone jack, USB Port
DC IN 5V, DC-IN 6V, Earphone jack, USB Port
Extras
5-LED reading lamp, Red LED SOS beacon light
180-degree adjustable solar panel with 5-LED reading lamp, Calendar, alarm clock with dual settings, sleep timer, thermometer & humidity meter
What customers say about "Features"
Kaito KA500YL 5-way Powered Solar Power,Dynamo Crank, Wind Up Emergency AM/FM/SW/NOAA Weather Alert Radio
  • The solar cells are attached to a rotating frame that folds flat against the radio body or rotates to most effectively intercept solar rays.
  • Power indicator lights on the front of the radio are a welcome feature. When the rechargeable batteries are low, a red LED lights.
  • The Voyager's output port can be used to charge other devices with a USB connection.
  • It functions well, and the speaker and reception are clearer than you would expect.
  • Unfortunately, when tuned to a strong radio station, a red tuning light is lit. It is positioned beside the low battery light and is easily confused with it.
Kaito KA600 Digital Solar Dynamo Crank Wind Up AM/FM/LW/SW & NOAA Weather Emergency Radio
  • Everything is here. Radio, flashlight, map light, charger, clock and alarm, weather alert, thermometer and barometer.
  • The built-in LED lighting can help find your way, read a map, or locate a missing item.
  • The radio has a nice display that shows when the NiMH battery is charging, it scrolls left to right during charging and when charged, all bars show and scrolling stops.
  • The LCD shows the time, date, temperature and humidity even when it is off.
  • The LCD was displaying unintelligible things, Clearly the LCD had been cooked after 2 hours in the sun.
Power
Power Source
18650 Lithium Rechargeable Battery
Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
Built-In Charger
Yes
Yes
What customers say about "Power"
Kaito KA500YL 5-way Powered Solar Power,Dynamo Crank, Wind Up Emergency AM/FM/SW/NOAA Weather Alert Radio
  • If the batteries are to low, you can hand crank continuously while listening to the radio. It only takes a couple minutes to build up enough charge to do this.
  • After letting the battery drained, I cranked the radio for 3 minutes and that was enough to re-charge the battery for 22 minutes of radio.
  • The rechargeable battery was included; and instructions indicated how to connect it easily.
  • We love how you can charge it via USB, use batteries, or charge by crank or solar.
  • Battery will not hold a charge. This is a toy that Mattel would have made better.
Kaito KA600 Digital Solar Dynamo Crank Wind Up AM/FM/LW/SW & NOAA Weather Emergency Radio
  • It can concevably function on solar power during the day with battery power at night, or if they fail, a hand-cranked dynamo.
  • Really nice, compact unit. It's nice to be able to charge it in so many ways.
  • The radio has two sources of power from batteries, a built-in NiMH battery (supplied) and provisions for AA alkaline batteries.
  • Modern NiMH (Nickel-Metal-Hydride) batteries are great compared to the older Ni-Cad rechargeable batteries.
  • The hand crank is effective for charging the NiMH or charging a USB powered device like a cell phone (not all cell phones will charge from the crank, such as the iPhone, according to other reviews).
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
CE
CE
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
59.95 $
89.95 $


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