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Etón FR160R Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Red) Reviews

Etón FR160R Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Red)

Etón FR160R Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Red)

  • AM (520-1710 KHz) and FM (87-108MHz)
  • NOAA weatherband ? all 7 channels
  • Built-in 3 white LED light source
  • Powered by solar or dynamo both of which charge internal Ni-MH battery
  • USB cell phone charger

Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power, and Cell Phone Charger

List Price: $ 40.00

Price: $ 40.00

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10 Comments/Reviews

  • Mark Fellows "Gadget Guy" says:
    261 of 266 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Cheap and high quality emergency radio, August 23, 2009
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    Mark Fellows “Gadget Guy” (Baltimore, MD) –

    This radio is a great little investment. It does exactly everything it states it should. On a 60 second crank I got hours of play. I ran the radio completely dead by leaving the light on and the radio playing at half column. I let the radio play like this with the light on for at least an hour before it went dead. I then put it out in the sun and let it charge with the solar charger for about four hours and then turned the radio on and let it play for only about an hour and then just didn’t want to complete the experiment. I am very pleased with this radio. 60 seconds of cranking for hours of play is very reasonable. Letting it charge out in the sun and getting hours of play is very reasonable. I have other brands like this in the past that you would crank for 5 to 10 and get maybe 10 minutes of play.

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  • Amazon Feedbacker says:
    207 of 212 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very good product for what it’s designed for, July 10, 2009
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    Amazon Feedbacker (CA & TX) –

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    This review is from: Etón FR160R Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Red) (Electronics)

    I read numerous reviews about this product and had concerns re: people’s feedback — quality, lack of A/C power adapter, time/effort to recharge a cell phone, USB charger which is useless when there’s no power, etc. But I decided to buy one just because I’ve got a young family and it’s my responsibility [gulp] to be at least minimally prepared. You got to admit that these storms in recent years (not to mention tornados, earthquakes, fires, and other disasters that occur constantly) demonstrate that help may take days or weeks to arrive. That’s a long time when you remember that lights, ATM’s, radios, etc don’t work when bad things happen.

    So I pulled the trigger w/ low expectations and am I glad I did. These FR-160’s are ideal for their purpose: they provide basic lighting & communication (read: radio/weather) in case of emergency. The quality was shockingly good for only $30. And they’re small — pretend your hand is in a mitten and subtract your thumb…about that size. They’re not meant to provide music for a party so don’t expect it amazing quality sound. They’re not designed to be used on the ocean as your boat’s only radio. Don’t drop it off a cliff and expect it to be good as new. They’re designed to be a compact combination radio/flashlight that can be a lifesaver if you ever need it.

    Keep safe…

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  • Mark Wagner says:
    87 of 89 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Pleasantly surprised with the battery life, November 29, 2009
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    This review is from: Etón FR160R Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Red) (Electronics)

    This radio is an excellent radio for the price. No, it is not a top-end emergency radio, but it should work rather well for anyone looking for a basic AM/FM/Weather radio with both a solar and hand-crank charging option. I purchased mine about a year ago and used it only occasionally for the first few months. Then I placed it on a shelf with limited light and there it sat for about six to eight months. About six weeks ago I dusted it off and it actually worked for about an hour or so with no hand-crank charging. Later that day I sat it in the front window where it would get plenty of direct sun light. A couple days later I picked it up from the window and have been using it a few hours each day since; some of those days it was used for more than six hours in the basement. I have not needed to crank it at all, but did crank charge it for about one minute total just while playing with it – for the record. Since then, I have been keeping it on the shelf out in the open where it is exposed to normal room daylight, no direct sunlight. The charging light does not light up in this setting, and I would not expect it to. I have occasionally taken it out on the front porch to sit a listen where there is direct sunlight, but only for about an hour or so each week. I really like the idea of not having to buy batteries, and the convenience of knowing I always have a charged radio.

    The flashlight is minimal, but I would not expect more from an LED light source. I have my 6-D-Cell Mag light if I need a powerful (luxury) light source.

    Tuning the radio is a bit sensitive and can be difficult to fine tune. I would consider this to be a SIGNIFICANT problem for an elderly person or anyone without the use of fine motor skills in their hands; but for me it is a minor hassle I am willing and able to deal with. I have considered getting the Eaton FR600 for its digital tuner. The reviews for that model suggest the battery life is pretty bad, so I have decided to wait for an improved model. For now, my FR160 is just fine. I would consider giving this 5-stars if the fine-tuning was much easier.

    The USB charge does work, but know that it will not charge an iPhone 3Gs. This is more a problem/restriction of the iPhone 3Gs (a widely discussed complaint across the Internet for many-many generic charging devices) and is not because of the radio. Charging my old Samsung phone was not a problem.

    The weather bands do pick up a signal, but to be absolutely honest, I have not used it much to provide any real opinion.

    The hand-crank charger feels solid enough (I wouldn’t abuse it) and tucks away securely when not used. I have found the manual crank-charger will provide about 25-30 minutes of radio time (at about 1/4 to 1/3 volume) for every minute of crank-charging. I average about 2 cranks per second or about 120 rotation per minute. Now I just count to 120 or so instead of watching the clock. This play-time per craink-time yeild has been very acceptable for me. After two minutes of crank-charging my hand does begins to tire a little, but just a little. If I leave the radio in a place with good direct sunlight when not using it, changing via the crank is never even needed.

    In short, it works for what I want – a radio that that can be charged by sunlight or by hand-crank when absolutely necessary. If you want the construction and feature-set of a $100+ radio – buy a $100+ radio. But, for $30 (or less), I am pleased with the FR160.

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  • Sarah Ariel Lewis says:

    Everything I have learned in science class makes it seem like there needs to be many different variables that line up exactly at the right moment for any chance of fire, like water hitting the charger etc. It just doesn’t make any logical sense to me that a cell phone charger would catch fire randomly. Also why would clocks, and other devices that are necessary to be plugged in 24/7, not catch fire?

  • AdamWaitheHD says:

    Is it wise to unplug a cell phone charger when not in use?Does it use energy even though a cell phone is not being charged?

  • Becca Wray says:

    The phone isn’t always charging!
    I am just wondering if it’s bad for the car battery or if it will cause problems for the vehicle to leave the cell phone charger always plugged in.
    Thanks!

  • Lolla says:

    I pluged my ipod cords USB part into the USB part of my cell phone charger and then pluged that into an outlet. It charges my ipod but im wondering if its the wrong voltage or something. There is a very high pitched noise coming from the ipod cord to charger connection. Is that bad? Is this a safe way to charge my ipod? Thanks.

  • BEVBEVboo says:

    I lost my camera for 2-3 years and found it and lost the charger. I hooked it on a cell phone charger because it was my only hope will it charge or should I disconnect it?

  • jackiiiiee says:

    I’m looking for a battery charger for a cell phone battery where you can charge battery outside of the phone. Does this exist? To elaborate, my cell phone charger piece is broken, I need to charge the battery, but obviously can’t do it via the phone. So, wondering if there’s a device out there where I can charge the batter outside of the phone.
    It’s a Verizon EnV
    What electronics store, please? I went to Radio Shack, they didn’t have anything.

  • Junior Mendoza says:

    Does the iPod need to connect to a wi-fi access point to use FM radio? How does it work?

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