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Ambient Weather Emergency Solar Hand Crank Weather Alert Radio, Flashlight, Smart Phone Charger

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List Price: $90.00
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  • The WR-333 is a Digital AM/FM NOAA Weather Alert Radio, a powerful 3 LED flashlight and cell phone, MP3, MP4, Amazon Kindle, Apple IPod, Ipad, IPhone and USB charger, all in one portable package
  • The WR-333 is a six way charger-charge from a USB device (computer), AC or wall power (with optional converter), DC or car charger (with optional converter), 3xAAA batteries (not included), hand crank, or solar panel
  • The WR-333 sets itself apart from other crank chargers-you can fully charge the WR-333 through the USB/AC/DC adaptor and when you need it, charge the cell phone/mp3/mp4/USB with no cranking
  • The WR-333 utilizes a powerful, non-proprietary CR123A 3.7V/600 mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery to provide lasting emergency power. This battery can easily be replaced after years of service
  • For IPhone users, connect directly to the WR-333 USB port
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Ambient Weather WR-333 Emergency Solar Hand Crank Weather Alert Radio, Flashlight, Smart Phone Charger + Ambient Weather WR-AC1 Mini-USB to AC Adaptor for Small Electronic Devices + Ambient Weather WR-BATT 3.7V / 800 mAh Rechargeable Battery (LIR123A)
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Product Details

Style Name: WR-333
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 9 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Imported (China)
  • ASIN: B009NUK6S4
  • Item model number: WR-333
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,355 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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Product Description

Style Name: WR-333


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Digital Tuner
Weather Alert
Crank Power
Solar Power
USB Charger
Rechageable Battery
Battery Capacity (mAh)
Dry Cell Batteries
Smart Phone Charger
LED Flashlight
Flashing Beacon
Emergency Siren
Preset Channels
Headphone Jack
Auxillary Input Jack

Product Description

Power Specifications:
Dynamo Power: The hand crank generator charges the internal Lithium Ion battery
Solar Power: You can play this Radio with the direct Sun or charge the Lithium Ion battery
USB Power: With the included adapter, you can play or charge with USB power from a computer
Rechargeable Power: 3.7V/600 mAh Lithium Ion Battery Included (non-proprietary)
Dry Cell Power: 3 x AAA batteries (not included) Maximum Power Consumption: 0.5W
Radio Bands:
AM: 525 KHz to 1710KHz
FM: 88MHz to 108 MHz
Digital 7-Channel Weather Band
Weather Alert Mode with audible and visual indication
Other Features:
USB Charging Cable
Mini, Micro, Apple and USB charging tips included
3-LED Flashlight
Flashlight Intensity: 15 lumens
Retractable Antenna
Headphone Jack
Carbineer Clip
Dimensions: 7.75" x 3.75" x 2.0"
Weight: less than 1 lb.
Ideal as an everyday radio, MP3/MP4 USB dock and an essential part of any preparedness kit. Always ready to provide vital information and illumination in any emergency.
Rubberized finish makes the ADVENTURER comfortable to grip.
Green energy-a sustainable product that's built to last.
The WR-333 offers a real alternative to grid electricity or fossil fuels, so you can feel cleaner about your nature experience. Never worry about buying, carrying or disposing of batteries again.
The WR-333 self-charge mechanism converts over 70-percent of your kinetic energy into stored electricity.
Self-charge while playing anytime to top up the power.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Solar panel which charges battery by sunlight!
Don Jones
Seems to work just fine, haven't needed to use with a power outage or camping yet.
jill gundler
Radio reception is good and the sound quality is good for a radio of this size.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

184 of 190 people found the following review helpful By SH on October 26, 2012
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After using this several months, the USB charging circuit and solar charging doesn't work any more, although the hand crank does work.

I replaced the broken Ambient Weather with an Eton FRX3, which is running off the same charger as the defunct Ambient Weather. The price fluctuates up and down on Amazon for the Eton by about 10 bucks. So if you want this one, you might watch it a day or two in your cart and buy when it bottoms out in price. I got the Eton for around $52. The couple of extra bucks was worth it. It has more features - red flashing LED light, alarm, infinite volume control, two tuning options, etc. It comes in red or black as well as a Red Cross model.

Eton FRX3 Hand Turbine NOAA AM/FM Weather Alert Radio with Smartphone Charger - Red (NFRX3WXR)

I was happy with the Ambient Weather while it worked properly. But if I was making a suggestion to a friend, now that I've used the Eton, I feel it's superior.
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142 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Robert David on November 15, 2012
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After Sandy, I realized I needed a portable emergency radio and I bought this unit because it can be used to charge up a cell phone (20-30%) in a real emergency and also because the rechargeable battery that powers the radio is completely replaceable. This increases the lifespan of the product compared to many other hand-crank emergency radios whose batteries are INTERNAL and degrade over several years.

Even more impressive, this radio features a separate battery compartment that uses regular alkaline AAA batteries, meaning you can pick up a few extra emergency packs of AAA batteries and use these to power the radio AND charge a cell phone. Think about it: lots of electronics stores sell little gadgets that use AA batteries to charge a cell phone, but how many of these types of gadgets are also a fully functional flashlight and a AM/FM, NOAA dedicated weather band radio?

In the video, I forgot to mention there is a small black switch underneath that rubber flap that you must shift left or right according to the battery type you are using (either the rechargeable blue battery or the 3 AAA batteries.

The radio can be recharged either by hand cranking (I'd only use this method in a real emergency), sitting in the sun (the solar cells on top), USB (plugging the radio into a powered USB port on a computer), or you can buy an AC power cord (sold separately) that lets you plug the radio into an electrical wall socket.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Takei on November 23, 2012
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This is a rather long writeup with some observations and measurements I made on this item that might be of interest to those who already own the radio.

Measurements on radio:

Charging current when hand cranking at 120 RPM: 250mA
Charging current in sunlight: 25mA
Charging current with USB connection: 150mA

Power consumption on standby, radio off: 136uA (0.136mA of the 600mAH capacity) This would translate to fully draining the battery in 6 months if kept in the dark on standby; if kept by a window, it should get enough solar charging current to maintain it indefinitely.
Radio on: 25mA, volume at minimum, 35mA+ at normal volume
Weatherband alert standby mode: 19.3mA
Flashlight: 65mA

Output voltage of DC-DC converter 5.15V
DC-DC converter turns on only when load is detected at the USB charging output port; when left unconnected, it turns off automatically to minimize power drain.

Radio audio has a very slight bit of noise when when volume is set very low, appears to be some audio fuzziness or static-y sound when the audio comes on and off, particularly evident with speech. When the volume is turned up further it's no longer as apparent. Comparison with the other radios doesn't show this characteristic. More nitpicking than anything, at normal volumes it masks out the bit of baseline noise.
When a weak AM signal was being received, I noticed a periodic clicking noise that seemed like it might have been internally generated; noticed on both of the radios tried. Not evident when listening to the same station at a closer location, however.
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Bill Cole on November 9, 2012
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I placed my order for 2 radios @2215 6 Nov. I received them 2 days later even though I paid for the cheapest & slowest shipping costs. I don't believe it's possible for the radios to be damaged in transit, that is how good the packaging is designed.

AFTER READING THE MANUAL - I followed the instructions step for step & everything worked as advertised.

THE LITHIUM ION BATTERY - is readily available from any battery store unlike all the competitor radios that have proprietary batteries that are expensive & must be bought from the mfg. I've uploaded a photo showing the battery & back of the radio.

AM & FM RECEPTION - is excellent & static free even inside the metal building of my employer.

CHARGING - my radio charges itself using the solar panel from inside my apt using indirect sunlight. I've uploaded a photo showing the paragraph that was omitted from the manual, it has to do with CHARGING & was included with my radio.

AC & DC POWER SUPPLY ADAPTORS - the output voltage from both is 5 volts, same as my Garmin AC & DC adaptors, so I am able to use them instead of having to buy the optional Ambient Weather AC & DC adaptors.

I plan to use the radio for every day use & use the ac power supply at night when I want the weather ALERT, to be active.

I plan to buy a couple more to give as Christmas presents because this is a practical & functionally useful piece of equipment

I don't have a cell phone so I can't comment on whether or not the hand crank will charge a cell phone battery enough to make a call
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