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Etón Solarlink FR360

Hand-cranked, solar-powered emergency radio

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Item# 710FR360
 

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by Ralph Graves
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The Etón Solarlink FR360 emergency radio was made for outdoor use. Its built-in solar panel conveniently powers the radio and recharges its battery pack, even when skies are overcast. And when it's dark, you can charge the FR360 in less than two minutes using its hand crank. You can also power the radio with three "AAA" batteries. And the water-resistant casing means you can use the radio in inclement weather.

A digital tuner pulls in AM and FM stations, as well as shortwave broadcasts from around the world. And it receives all seven NOAA weather bands, so you can monitor changing atmospheric conditions. An LED flashlight in the radio's side provides illumination in the dark, and there's also a flashing red light to help others locate you in an emergency.

Highlights:

  • mono AM/FM/NOAA radio
  • built-in AM antenna
  • external extendable FM antenna
  • receives 7 NOAA weather channels plus NOAA alerts
  • digital tuner
  • built-in LED flashlight
  • flashing red LED emergency light
  • digital alarm clock
  • built-in cell phone charger (charging cable and adapter tips not included)
  • minijack headphone output
  • built-in rechargeable NiMH battery pack
  • hand-cranked dynamo
  • can use 3 "AAA" batteries (not included)
  • water-resistant casing
  • weight: 1 lbs.
  • 6-1/4"W x 6-1/2"H x 2-3/4"W
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio
  • Ni-MH battery (3.6V/600mAH)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Limited Warranty/Product Registration sheet
  • Battery note

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Features

Overview: This is a portable AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio. The FR360 can be powered by five different sources; an AC adapter (optional), three "AAA" batteries (not included), the rechargeable Ni-MH battery (included), the hand crank on the left side, or using Solar power. The hand crank provides emergency power. The unit also has a built-in light.

AM/FM Channels: The FR360 receives AM (520-1710 kHz) and FM (87.5-108 MHz) stations.

Weather Channels: This radio allows you to select any of the seven NOAA weather broadcast channels. These broadcasts are found in the public service frequency band, and include 162.400MHz (Channel 1), 162.425MHz (Channel 2), 162.450MHz (Channel 3), 162.475MHz (Channel 4), 162.500MHz (Channel 5), 162.525MHz (Channel 6), and 162.550MHz (Channel 7).

NOAA Alert: This function turns off the radio, but continues to monitor the NOAA frequency. If an alert is broadcast, it turns back on, enabling you to hear the alert broadcast.

Antenna: This AM antenna in built into the radio. The 6.5" telescoping antenna covers FM bands.

Clock with Alarm: The unit features a built-in 12/24-hour clock with a built-in alarm.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer can be activated with the ratio turn on or off. Activating the sleep timer enables the radio to play for 90, 60, 30, or 10 minutes then shuts off automatically.

Light: The built-in light has two modes; two white LEDs stay lit constantly to serve as a flash light, or a single red LED flashes as a beacon.

Headphones: On the back of the radio is a 3.5mm (1/8") headphone jack.

Audio-In Jack: The unit features a rear-panel 3.5mm (1/8") audio-input for connecting an external audio component.

Cell Phone Charger: The phone charger output (USB type-A) is also on the back or the radio. Phone specific adapters are available directly from etón. You can charge your cell phone using the hand crank.

Note: Currently (December 2011) etón doesn't claim iPod or iPhone charging compatibility in the manual or on their web site.

Battery: The rechargeable Ni-MH battery capacity is 600 mAh at 3.6 volts DC. It can be recharged by the optional AC adapter (sold separately) or the hand crank.

 
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4 out of 5

A bit pricey, but very good

Written By tlhamon, Flat Rock, MI on Monday, March 07, 2011
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Although this radio is a bit pricey for the size, it is a quality piece of equipment. Unlike
some cheaper radios, Eton used very good components that actually work. I bought it
because I wanted a radio that I could move from room to room and take outside without
needing to plug it in. The solar panel and hand crank make that a breeze. The tuner
works very well (although there are no preset buttons so you will have to spin the tuner
knob a lot if you change channels). The weather radio picked up a signal immediately.
Easy to carry and very light.
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