Kaito KA500

The Kaito KA500 self-powered shortwave radio

The Kaito KA500 is a self-powered shortwave radio with AM, FM and weather band coverage. It also has a very good fold-out reading lamp and flashlight. Quality is mediocre (see SWLing.com review), but for occasional use, its receiver is above average.

Power Sources:

  • Dynamo Cranking Power: 120 turns per minute of cranking will power the built in Ni-MH battery pack with strong current and voltage.
  • Solar Panel Power: Under the direct sunlight, the solar panel will power the radio without a problem.
  • AA Batteries: You can use 3 normal AA batteries to run the radio for maximum reception.
  • A built-in Rechargeable battery pack.
  • AC adaptor charge from the 3.5 mm jack. (Optional)
  • Charge from a computer via USB port.


  • 5 LED reading lamp for camping and emergency use.
  • White LED flashlight
  • Red LED blinking for emergency alert.

Receiver coverage:

  • AM: 520-1717 KHz,
  • FM: 88.00- 108.00 MHz,
  • SW1: 3.20-9.00KHz, SW2: 9.00- 22.00KHz,
  • Weather Band: 7 standard bands for all stations, PLL crystal control circuit for stable reception,
  • Weather Alert: To be activated by weather alert signals.

Includes: 6 Cellphone Tips, Earphone, USB Cord


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