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American Red Cross FRX3 Hand Crank NOAA AM/FM Weather Alert Radio with Smartphone Charger

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FRX3
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  • Receives AM/FM & Weather band Alerts
  • Charges your smartphone via USB
  • Multiple power options; rechargeable batteries, hand crank, solar power, and AAA batteries
  • LED flashlight & emergency beacon
  • Aux-input
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Technical Details

Size: FRX3 | Color: Red
  • DC in Jack
  • Alarm Clock

Product Details

Size: FRX3 | Color: Red
User Manual [275kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.8 x 2.6 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B007KFLVTM
  • Item model number: ARCFRX3WXR
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (575 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 3, 2009

Product Description

Size: FRX3 | Color: Red

Product Description

The American Red Cross FRX3 is a solar and hand turbine powered AM, FM, weather radio with alarm clock. There is a built-in USB smart phone charger that allows a 30 second emergency phone call with one minute of cranking. To listen to personal tunes, use the AUX-input to play an external MP3 player. You’ll never be left in the dark thanks to the LED flashlight and glow-in-the-dark locater around the rim of the solar panel.

From the Manufacturer

Eton FRX3

Hand Turbine AM/FM/NOAA weather ALERT radio with USB smart phone charger and LED flashlight

Keep your household prepared with the FRX3. The rechargeable FRX3 is a preparedness radio with AM/FM, all seven NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather band stations and the "Alert" system. When the "Alert" function is on, the radio will automatically broadcast emergency weather alerts for your area such as hurricanes, tornadoes and severe storms. Set the solar panel in the sun or spin the hand turbine for one minute to get 10-15 minutes of radio and flashlight use. There are also AAA battery and DC power alternatives (mini-USB included).

The FRX3 also serves as a renewable power source for your other critical devices because of its USB smart phone charger. Simply plug in your phone into the USB port and power will automatically "dump charge" to your phone, just like plugging into the wall. This radio has a glow-in-the-dark locater so you can find it easily at night plus a LED flashlight and red flashing beacon for emergencies. If you want more than just the radio, there's an AUX-input to play your own tunes and a headphone output for individual listening.

Eton FRX3
Solar Panel

There are many products out there that have a USB cell phone charger, but most don't provide weather alerts and let you listen to your own music like the FRX3.

Just sit back and let the sun do the work with the integrated solar panel. Plus, surrounding the panel is a long lasting glow-in-the-dark bezel that will help you find your FRX3 in the dark.

AM/FM Radio

Digital tuning for AM/FM radio

Solar Power

Solar panel for recharging

NOAA

All 7 NOAA / Environment Canada weather band radio stations

Ni-MH Battery

Internal rechargeable Ni-MH battery

Mini USB

DC input with the included mini-USB cable

Flashlight

Bright long lasting 3-LED flashlight, and red LED flashing beacon

Mini USB Cable

USB Smart Phone Charger

Glow in the Dark

Glow-in-the-Dark locator

Hand Turbine Power

Hand Turbine power for recharging without access to power on the fly

Headphone output

Headphone output

Included in the Box: user manual, warranty card, mini-USB cable, and wrist strap


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I tested the USB cable to charge my cell phone, it works!
Patrick
Just what I was looking for and will get great use out of it for emergencies and in the field.
KENNETH H POWERS
The small radio holds a good charge, but it can also be hand cranked or solar powered.
Lazy Day Gardener

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

177 of 182 people found the following review helpful By Kilgore Gagarin TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 24, 2012
Color Name: RedSize Name: FRX2 Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
The FRX2 AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with USB Smartphone Charger and LED Flashlight came out of the box with enough charge to run for about 45 minutes. I discharged it completely by running the FM radio loudly and in 45 minutes I began to run it through its paces. It did EVERYTHING it says it does, some things REALLY well. The bulk of my review describes my verifying all features.

Pros

* Does EVERYTHING is says it does, some things REALLY well
* AM, FM, and Weather Radio features are nice multiple options
* 3 x LED flashlight is power stingy, useful bright
* Handy footprint
* Sturdy feeling and solid crank
* Esthetically pleasing
* Lots of different powering options
* Comes with mini-USB to USB cord for running power from a laptop

Cons

* No gauge to indicate power level remaining or if fully charged

Considerations

* Does not come with external power supply (not meant to be day-to-day radio)
* Not waterproof (not advertised as waterproof)
* Documentation could be clearer (it is "adequate")

Having the right cables and USB adapters are relevant to charging this device, and using it to charge a cell phone. I suggest (and have done this myself) keeping your cables wrapped up and attached with a "twistie" to the lanyard that comes with the radio. That way when you pop this in your emergency kit these will be attached to the device for use. Put these all in a heavy-duty ziploc baggy and, throw in with your emergency kit at home, on your boat, in your car, or with your camping gear, and you're good to go.

SUMMARY: All features worked well and as advertised. For details, feel free to read below.
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300 of 313 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Oz on August 28, 2012
Color Name: RedSize Name: FRX3 Verified Purchase
I just received this radio. I purchased it for emergency purposes. Here is a summary of the features: AM/FM/7 weather bands. The reception in my area for all 3 functions is excellent. It comes with a retractable antenna which tucks away nicely when not in use. The radio is powered in 1 of 4 ways: solar (takes 10 hrs of direct sunlight to completely charge the NiMH battery); an included NiMH battery which is what is charged by the solar panel & the hand cranking (90 seconds of hand cranking yields 5-7 minutes of radio use per the instructions). The NiMH can also be powered by plugging the radio into a USB port on a computer (2 hrs to charge the battery this way). The radio can also be powered by 3 AAA batteries (not included). In addition, there is an adapter for DC power, but no charger was included (I need to call the manufacturer to inquire). The radio comes with a clock and alarm clock. A cell phone can also be charged via a "dump" from the included NiMH battery--the built in battery simply trickles the charge from the radio to the cell phone. The radio is indeed plastic, but doesn't see "cheap" to me, and if basic care is taken, the radio should do fine. The crank is also made of plastic, but again, with common sense, should provide years of service. I paid $45 for this radio on Amazon, and plan on getting several more for family/friends. There is a simple 2 white LED light and a blinking red LED. Someone criticized this light, but seriously, if you want a good light, then buy a dedicated flash light!! The built in LED light is adequate for a simple task, but it's not an "uber-lumen" light--I would suggest a Steamlight or Surefire light for a great LED light.
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281 of 294 people found the following review helpful By Oldthor on July 26, 2012
Color Name: RedSize Name: FRX3 Verified Purchase
I've had this radio for a little over a week now and have beeen putting it thru it's paces. All three bands, AM, FM and the weather band have excellent reception. I have no problem recieving the weather stations here in Western Massachusetts and both AM and FM recieve all the loca; stations perfectly. Audio quality which I admit isn't the primary reason to buy an emergency radio is really realy good. Sound quality is more than acceptable and volume is capable of being loud enough to be heard in a noisey room without distortion. I haven't tested the rechargable battery capacity yet but have confirmed that charging buy usb, solar or hand crank work as advertised. What makes this radio unique is the way it recharges a cell phone, instead of needing to use the hand crank, you charge the phone via a battery dump from the onboard rechargeable battery pack. You recharge the radio battery then plug in the phone which means you don't have to sit there and crank. After trying a few different emergency radios I find this one a keeper and I'm extremely happy with the purchase
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176 of 184 people found the following review helpful By G. Gariepy on January 4, 2013
Color Name: BlackSize Name: FRX3
I received the FRX3 as a 2012 Christmas gift. Mine is the American Red Cross edition in red and black, which other than a small Red Cross logo is apparently the same as the other versions of the radio.

The radio works as advertised: it picks up AM/FM/WX band broadcasts, the hand-crank dynamo does indeed power the radio, the blinking red light does indeed blink, and it has an emergency alert capability. For most people, I suspect, that completely fulfills their initial desires in an emergency-band radio.

The downside, however, is a significant one, and you may only realize the unit has this downside if you've owned an emergency alert WX radio in the past: the alert function is not well designed.

First of all, the emergency alert capability is not covered in the small manual that ships with the radio. I had to email customer service for help, which resulted in a reasonably prompt response from a knowledgeable individual. Can't fault them there. But for something that is sold as an emergency alert radio, I was really surprised to see there was no coverage in the manual of this functionality whatsoever.

You see, it's supposed to work like this: if the local NOAA weather office detects severe weather moving into your area, they broadcast a special alert tone (really, a series of computer-modulated tones) designed to "wake up" any alert-capable radio receivers running within their broadcast area. Typically, such receivers, upon receipt of this signal, sound a loud siren, after which the radio automatically switches on. Anyone in the room with the radio can then hear the specifics of the emergency, such as a severe storm warning, flood warning, civil emergency (think terrorism), etc., and take the appropriate action.
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