Question about Vector VEC438 AM/FM/Weather Radio
Just bought the VEC438 and am trying to program it. But I can't get the power to stay on long enough for the ALERT message to come on. I did put the battery pack in and charged it for over 10 hours. The light stays on untill I shut it off.
Works great when it works, good reception, alerts work for county codes. Was terrible, terrible to program, never seen anything so bad. Took one back because I couldn't charge it, but bought another because of the $15 sale price. Everything I own charges on the left side, but this one charges on the right. I was trying to charge it in the headphone jack! With the second one, the radio went out in the middle of Gustav, but the flashlight worked if I hand-cranked it. Took it to the local Vector/Black and Decker/DeWalt service center and was sent a new one in about a week. I'm hoping it will keep working. It is really great for $15, but I wouldn't fool with it if cost any more than that. One thing, I keep seeing that it has a cellphone charging jack, but mine didn't come with any adapters. I have some universal charge adapters and I am wondering what would happen if put one in the DC jack . It is either that or the headphone jack; there aren't any other holes.
Posted on Sep 24, 2008
I myself own this product and have the SAME problem. Try charging it IN the cradle with the power on. Its good for the batteries! (And truly, Black & Decker a terrible company) But... I have a few suggestions for S.A.M.E. code problems: Extend the telescoping antenna for one to give it good reception and a station with a strong signal, allow 48 hours and make sure to experiment with different codes. If I may make a correction? It's not an "AM/FM/Weather Radio", this model (VEC438) respectively; is an FM/Weather Radio! And NOTHING else.
Posted on Feb 15, 2008
Home Depot recalled all of them for this reason. Great radio, just use reachable batteries instead of the charger stand. The stand and OEM battery is the problem. I kept mine and use rechargeable's instead.
Posted on Jul 01, 2007
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