2018's Best Portable Shortwave Receiver Of 2018 (Buyer’s Guide)

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We wanted to make our buying guide as useful as it is possible, so we compared hundreds of portable shortwave receiver from various brands. That is why the top list of portable shortwave receiver available below features the best models available on the market.

We covered a bunch of factors during the creation of this top list of the best portable shortwave receiver. Our team had to consider price, material, brand, warranty, user score, and many more aspects of many portable shortwave receiver. Believe us: the list is not prejudiced at all since we used feedback from real users of these portable shortwave receiver. However, we recommend you to conduct your own research before making a choice if you want to get the most suitable portable shortwave receiver for you.

Our Favorite 5 Portable Shortwave Receiver of 2018

Name and Features Image Rating Details
1. Tecsun PL880 Portable Digital PLL Dual Conversion AM FM
Pll synthesized digital dual conversion receiver with unparallelled sensitivity & selectivity.
Tecsun PL880 Portable Digital PLL Dual Conversion AM FM
4.8
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2. Elpa World Band Receiver
Preset memory each mode 100 stations can be registered.
Elpa World Band Receiver
4.5
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3. Best NOAA Portable Solar Hand Crank AM FM
Comprehensive coverage of am, fm, shortwave and 7 noaa weather channels for entertainment, sports, talk-shows, breaking news around the world, and 24/7 real-time weather forecast (usa and canada only).
Best NOAA Portable Solar  Hand Crank AM FM
4.3
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4. TIVDIO V-116 Portable Shortwave Radio
Built-in green lcd back light for easy operation in dark.
TIVDIO V-116 Portable Shortwave Radio
4.3
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5. Starlight Mini Radio Portable Am Fm Telescopic Antenna Radio World Receiver
Compact.
Starlight Mini Radio Portable Am Fm Telescopic Antenna Radio World Receiver
3.8
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№ 1. Tecsun PL880 Portable Digital PLL Dual Conversion AM FM, Longwave and Shortwave Radio with Ssb (single Side Band) Reception, Color Silver
 

Ease of use
5/5
 

Versatility
5/5
 

Durability
4/5
 

Quality
5/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.8
Tecsun PL-880 7.6 x 1.3 x 4.5 inches 2.2 pounds
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24 hour alarm clock plus sleep timer from 0-120 minutes. Powered by one single 18650 li-ion rechargeable battery with built-in charger, battery included. 4 & 5 selectable bandwidth filters on am and ssb respectively plus single side band receiver with 10 hz tuning step. Full range coverage including am/fm, longwave & shortwave with single side band. Pll synthesized digital dual conversion receiver with unparallelled sensitivity & selectivity.

 

 
Pros
4 & 5 selectable bandwidth filters on am
24 hour alarm clock plus sleep timer from 0-120 minutes
Full range coverage including am/fm
Powered by one single 18650 li-ion rechargeable battery
Pll synthesized digital dual conversion receiver
Cons
I liked everything about it.
 

What factors did you consider while making the TOP list of the best portable shortwave receiver?

We sincerely wanted to help our readers, so our team spent many hours comparing various portable shortwave receiverfrom different manufacturers. It was not easy, since we had to find a way to include both cheap and expensive portable shortwave receiverin our rating list. That is why we decided to make the price/quality ratio the determining factor. No matter what your budget is, you can use our guide to choose the best portable shortwave receiver in the preferred price category.

 

 
№ 2. Elpa World Band Receiver Portable Radio Fm Am Air Er-c57wr From Japan
 

Ease of use
5/5
 

Versatility
5/5
 

Durability
5/5
 

Quality
3/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.5
ELPA 4331019391 1 pounds
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Easy-to-operate lcd with backlight even in the dark. Convenient time display and alarm clock and with sleep function. Preset memory each mode 100 stations can be registered. Auto scan function that can automatically tuning a broadcasting station. Squelch function equipped to shut off the noise at the time of no signal (at the time of air band). Mw (am), fm stereo, sw (short wave), lw (long wave), world radio that can receive air (air band).

 

 
Pros
Squelch function equipped
Preset memory each mode 100 stations can be registered
Easy-to-operate lcd
Cons
Similar products are much cheaper.
 

How did you make the list of the best portable shortwave receiver?

We compared hundreds of various portable shortwave receiver and chose TOP options with the best price/quality ratio. It was not easy, since manufacturers present new modes of portable shortwave receiverevery year. We made an unbiased review and used only important factors, such as prices, materials, weights, and many other things.

 

 
№ 3. Best NOAA Portable Solar Hand Crank AM FM, Shortwave and Noaa Weather Emergency Radio with Usb Cell Phone Charger and LED Flashlight (green)
 

Ease of use
5/5
 

Versatility
3/5
 

Durability
5/5
 

Quality
4/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.3
Kaito 5.2 x 2.5 x 2 inches 11.2 ounces
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Comprehensive coverage of am, fm, shortwave and 7 noaa weather channels for entertainment, sports, talk-shows, breaking news around the world, and 24/7 real-time weather forecast (usa and canada only). Palm-size and lightweight design for easy storage and carriage; made of strong premium impact-resistant and water-resistant abs material, suitable for both indoors home/office use and outdoors recreational activities. 5-way powered portable emergency radio with hand crank generator, solar panel, compartment for 3 aaa batteries (not included).5v mini usb input (usb cable included), built-in nimh replaceable and rechargeable battery pack.

Telescopic antenna extends up to 14″ for high sensitivity reception assisted by advanced semiconductor circuitry design; use built-in speaker for loud and crispy sound or earphone jack for private listening (earphones not included). Works as an emergency mobile battery charger with built-in standard dc 5v usb output port for charging mobile phones, compatible with both ios and android devices. Other safety features include a siren, an led flashlight and a red led s.

 

 
Pros
Telescopic antenna extends up
5-way powered portable emergency radio
Comprehensive coverage
Works as an emergency mobile battery charger
Cons
Not suitable for short people due to the enormous size.
 

What exactly I should pay my special attention to when choosing a portable shortwave receiver?

As you might have guessed, the weight of a portable shortwave receiver is one of the main factor to consider. Another important aspects is its material. If the portable shortwave receiver is assembled well, it will serve you for many years.

 

 
№ 4. TIVDIO V-116 Portable Shortwave Radio with Am Fm Transistor Support Micro-sd Card Aux Input Mp3 Player Speaker Alarm Clock Sleep Timer(black and Orange)
 

Ease of use
5/5
 

Versatility
4/5
 

Durability
5/5
 

Quality
3/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.3
TIVDIO 4331019216 7.1 x 4.7 x 2.8 inches 13.6 ounces
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Sleep timer; choice of 9k/10k tuning increment for am; built-in 5-mode eq; e-book; calendar of sorts support set the year month day day of the week & time it use in 24 hour format. Accepted max 32gb flash card; support all one folder random 4 repeat mode; the screen shows the song title and the album. Built-in green lcd back light for easy operation in dark; the digital readout shows the frequency you are on; rechargeable 850ma lithium battery included. Ideal for travel; 4.7 x 2.5 x 0.8 inches pocket small radios easily fits in a shirt pocket; the perfect combination of chips and lines design maximizes the reception ability; dsp radio chip is an outstanding idea.

International 24-hour alarm clock; alarm will wake you with a radio station memory card music or a buzzer.

 

 
Pros
Sleep timer
Built-in green lcd back light
International 24-hour alarm clock
Accepted max 32gb flash card
Cons
It is rather costly.
 

 

 
 

Ease of use
5/5
 

Versatility
3/5
 

Durability
3/5
 

Quality
4/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.8
StarLights 3.5 x 0.8 x 2.1 inches 3.2 ounces
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No complicated gadgety “interface” to learn; just three easy controls: on/off/volume, station selector, and am/fm switch. Listen via the built-in high-performance speaker, or with headphones or earbuds (not included) via the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Includes a telescoping antenna that extends to 11″ to pull in weaker stations, and a wrist lanyard to prevent drops and to hang it anywhere. Enjoy the classic listening pleasure of radio. Tune in all your local am and fm stations for news, live baseball games, talk radio, all styles of music, and more. Compact; portable and pocketable. Measures only 3.6″ wide.2.2″ high and .8″ thick; smaller than most smartphones. Fits in any pocket, handbag, etc.

 

 
Pros
Listen anywhere
Super simple to use
Cons
Starts to tear apart after a month of use.
 

Are there anything special that I should know before buying a portable shortwave receiver?

You can find out everything you need to know about any specific portable shortwave receiver at our site before buying it. That is why we like this marketplace so much: it offers a very convenient website with “Compare” feature, as well as hundreds of user reviews. Read them to understand whether a portable shortwave receiver is suitable for you.

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