Eton FRX3 Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Alert Radio with LED Flashlight and USB Cell Phone Charger
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- AM/FM/NOAA weather alert radio
- LCD display with illuminated buttons
- USB smart phone charger
- Hand turbine, solar, battery, or AC power options
- LED flashlight
- Glow-in-the dark locator
- Illuminated buttons
- DC input (mini-USB included)
- Headphone output
- Internal rechargeable Ni-MH battery
A solar and hand turbine powered AM/FM/weather radio with AC and battery power options (3 AAA batteries not included), the Eton's FRX3 makes a great addition to your emergency kit(s). This weather alert radio's LED flashlight, illuminated buttons, and glow-in the-dark locator guarantee you’ll always have access to light. The FRX3's built-in USB smart phone charger allows a 30-second emergency phone call with only one minute of cranking. Aux-input and headphone options let you hook up your MP3 player. 6.9'' x 2.6'' x 5.8''.
Manufacturer model #: NFRX3WXB.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 1
Rated 5 out of 5 by CatFinder A must-have for the avid outdoorsman!
I've only had this item for less than 24hours and I can already tell this will be an excellent addition to my fishing/outdoors collection.
The 4 ways to power this are what make this product so useful and unique. Let's say you haven't got any batteries in it. The crank is very useful because a minute of cranking will give you 5-10 minutes of radio and flashlight. The solar panel is awesome too. I'm currently charging it out on the deck, and I know that come tonight I'll have a radio that's fully charged, and will last a good 4 hours (EXTREMELY useful for camping also). If you're at home and plan to spend the night at the lake or campsite, a 2 hour charge with the convenient A/C adapter will give you a full nights use out of this thing. And of course it takes 3 AAA batteries if all of this is forgotten about, so it will always work no matter what.
On the back, you have an AUX port for mp3 player hook up, an A/C adapter port (as previously mentioned to charge the thing), a headphone jack and a USB port for phone charging. The only problem is you need it in dyno mode to charge, which sucks away all your "free" power, and you'll then have to use regular batteries after that, or recharge using the hand crank (if its at night). I wish they would have designed it to where phone charging used regular batteries, but maybe it's a good thing since that would drain the regular batteries. Nonetheless, the idea of a crank to get the radio going (if its dead) to where it will charge the phone for 30 seconds to make that emergency phone call is an awesome idea - so I guess even the only disadvantage with this is maybe a good thing anyway.
The radio has an above-average speaker, a good signal antenna (I'm currently up in the mountains and can get almost any station close to here) and it is digital on FM, AM and on all 7 weather channels. The 2 LED bulb flashlight and one LED flashing emergency light are certainly bright enough to do the job, and the glow in the dark top to this thing make it easy to find in the dark. Also, one cllick of any button on the radio will illuminate it for 5 seconds - long enough to do what you wanna do. It also comes with a very convenient hand strap for carrying it when yourr hands are full. Lastly, it has the time on it (digital of course), alarm, and the Crank handle stores out of the way. The modern design and lack of weight to this thing just add the icing on the cake.
I know I sound like a kid at Christmas, but I find it hand to believe I'm the first to comment on this: so either I'm one of the first to get this thing, or people haven't been impressed enough to write a review. Maybe I'm a little behind in time? Lol...but to cap it all off is it was a gift - even better. If you know anyone out there who loves the outdoors, and need a gift idea, this is the one! VERY impressed!
P.S. - had a power cut last night after those bad storms (in Tennessee) and pretty much paid for itself - charged the phone a little, had a light, and had a little bit of music to pass the time...(all without having any batteries)
July 6, 2012
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