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Etón Microlink FR160
Hand-cranked, solar-powered emergency radio
Item # 710FR160K | MFR # FR160
This item is no longer available.
Our take on the Etón Microlink FR160 by Crutchfield's Ralph Graves
The rugged Etón Microlink FR160 emergency radio is ready for your next outdoor adventure. A built-in solar panel conveniently powers the radio and recharges its battery pack. And if there's not enough light, you can charge the FR160 in less than two minutes using its hand crank.
An analog tuner pulls in both AM and FM stations. 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.
What's in the Box:
- AM/FM/Weather Band radio
- Owner's Manual
- Limited Warranty/Product Registration booklet
- mono AM/FM/NOAA radio
- splash-proof casing
- built-in AM antenna
- external extendable FM antenna
- receives 7 NOAA weather channels
- built-in LED flashlight
- built-in cell phone charger (cable and adapter tips not included)
- minijack headphone output
- built-in rechargeable NiMH battery pack
- solar powered
- hand-cranked dynamo
- can be powered through USB port (cable not included)
- weight: 8.5 oz.
- 5-1/4"W x 2-1/2"H x 2-1/16"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Overview: This is a portable AM/FM/Weather Band radio. The FR160 can be powered by four different sources; an AC adapter (not included), the rechargeable Ni-MH battery (included), the hand crank, or the built-in solar panel. The hand crank provides emergency power and will charge the battery. The unit also has a 3 LED flashlight.
- Volume/Power: rotary knob adjusts volume; power turns off when rotated fully counter clockwise
- AM/FM Tuning: rotary knob adjusts AM and FM frequency
- Band: slide switch to choose AM, FM, or Weather Bands 1-7
- Light: On (three white LEDs constantly on), Off
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).
Battery: The rechargeable Ni-MH battery capacity is 350 mAh at 3.6 volts DC. It can be recharged by an optional AC adapter (not included) or the hand crank.
Antenna: The AM antenna is built into the radio. The 10" telescoping antenna covers the FM and Weather bands.
Headphones: On the right side of the radio is a 3.5mm (1/8") headphone jack. The FR160's tuner is monaural, but sound is output to both the left and right headphones.
Cell Phone Charger: There is a phone charger output (USB type-A) on the side of 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.
Flashlight: The FR160 features a built-in flashlight to help you see in the dark when the power goes out.
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