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Eton American Red Cross Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub with Weather Radio and USB Cell Phone Charger (ARCPT300W)

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  • Digital tuner with AM (520-1710 KHz) & FM (87-108MHz), NOAA weatherband - all 7 channels plus Alert
  • Flashing beacon red LED light, Can be powered from three different sources:
  • 1) Self-Powered Aluminum crank with Hand Turbine Technology. 2) From 3 AAA batteries (not included) 3) AC Power (not included)
  • Connectors with rubber gaskets/plugs to seal out moisture, 3.5 mm headphone output, DC-in, USB cell phone charger and AUX-IN input
  • Rechargeable NiMH battery
  • Includes: USB cable, owner's manual, warranty card
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Technical Details

Color: Red, Silver, White
  • DC in Jack

Product Details

Color: Red, Silver, White
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.1 x 6.4 inches ; 14.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004P0MVHG
  • Item model number: ARCPT300W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,520 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 23, 2011

Product Description

Color: Red, Silver, White

Product Description

Self-Powered Safety Hub with AM/FM/NOAA Weather Alert and USB Cell Phone Charger

From the Manufacturer

American Red Cross Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub ARCPT300W

A self-powered device that's designed to prepare for the worst of situations

The American Red Cross ARCPT300W Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub has everything you'd need in the event of an emergency, power outage or natural disaster. It has a variety of features that will help you whether you're on the road or at home without any power. It can be hand cranked or plugged into a laptop or AC adapter via mini-USB (included) or powered by 3 AAA batteries (not included).

Features that can be put to use in emergencies

The Axis is equipped with an AM/FM/NOAA weather radio. You can tune into a variety of AM/FM stations and also 7 preset NOAA weather channels. To access these stations select the AM, FM or WB (weather band) channel 1-7 with the band selector switch. For best reception, make sure to fully extend the telescopic antenna for FM or WB stations. Scroll through your desired stations with the easy-to-use TUNE knob.

American Red Cross Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub ARCPT300W
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For best reception, make sure to fully extend the telescopic antenna for FM or WB stations. Scroll through your desired stations with the easy-to-use TUNE knob. The weather channels come pre-programmed as follows:

  • Channel 1 162.400 Mhz
  • Channel 2 162.425 Mhz
  • Channel 3 162.450 Mhz
  • Channel 4 162.475 Mhz
  • Channel 5 162.500 Mhz
  • Channel 6 162.525 Mhz
  • Channel 7 162.550 Mhz
The NOAA Alert feature makes tracking the weather a breeze

After tuning into your local weather channel, the radio can be set to the Alert function by pressing the ALERT button below and to the right of the LCD screen. When pressed, the radio turns the sound off, but continues to monitor the NOAA station of your region. The Alert text will be flashing on the screen when this function is on. If Alert broadcasts on this frequency, the sound turns back on automatically and you will hear the Alert message broadcast. To turn this function off, press ALERT again and you'll notice it is gone from the screen.

Using and charging the rechargeable battery couldn't be easier

The rechargeable NI-MH (nickel-metal hydride) battery is in the rear battery compartment and can be charged a few different ways. Plug the battery into the socket adjacent to it, press the DYN button (front right side of the radio) and then press the POWER button. You can also charge via USB located under the DC-IN on the back of the radio. Plug into any computer or charging device and press DYN, then POWER.

The Axis can charge cell phones

The Axis has a low voltage protection circuit to deter the battery from dropping too low in voltage for cell phone charging. If the battery symbol shows three bars, it is capable of supporting a cell phone. When it begins blinking, charging will stop and a recharge of the Axis’ battery is required to resume cell phone charging.

To charge cell phones:
  1. Press DYN and make sure the three required bars appear on the battery status.
  2. Plug the USB cell phone charging cord into the PHONE CHARGER socket under the rubber cover on the back of the radio.
  3. Plug the other end of the cord into your cell phone.
  4. Press the button labeled CELL. "CELL" will appear in the lower right corner of the LCD display and the phone will begin charging.
  5. After about 20 minutes of charging, the phone should have about 20-25 minutes of talk time.

    You can also hand crank the Axis to recharge a cell phone. Just press the DYN button and turn the crank for 7 minutes. This will result in about 5 minutes of talk time.

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Customer Reviews

Works very well...just read the directions when doing the initial set up.
kdreader
With the USB connectors, you can charge things like your cell phone (I was able to charge my iPhone to test it).
Bingo-Karen Haney
This is a good device that will allow you to be ready during the next power outage or other emergency.
Mark

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

164 of 164 people found the following review helpful By HighValueWarrior on April 26, 2011
Color Name: Red, Silver, White Verified Purchase
Pros
- Decently built, crank seems solid. Charging while not fun is ok.
- DOES indeed charge newer cell phones. HTC Evo 5v usb connection tested and passed. Be prepared for a workout though. Highly recommend that you do this with at least a half charge in the onboard Dyno battery.
- Onboard Dyno Battery !!! Excellent. I have mine plugged into AC and near my battery storage. Always fully charged and ready to go in seconds.
- Also works with standard AA
- Decent reception and volume
- NOAA reception/WB channels quite good

Cons
- ONBOARD BATTERY LIFE IS SEVERELY NEGATIVELY AFFECTED WHEN USING THE 'ALERT' FEATURE -- BEWARE NOT TO USE THIS FEATURE UNLESS DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO AN AC SOURCE.
- Documentation is horrible.
- Alert 'feature' and NOAA channels not documented at all. User will have to research frequencies in their area.
- 4 leds are very low quality and light output is just passable. Red led is almost useless because it is so dim.
- No Solar charging on this unit
- Rear plastic/rubber cover over battery cover & connection options is cheap and flimsy
- Antenna does not reside flush in unit
- overall ergonomics are not great
- This unit is NOT waterproof or weatherproof. Beware.

Summary
Lot better than nothing and overall a decent unit. Priced too high for what you get, but it does provide enough current to charge a cell phone - which most units cannot.
I give it a pass, but will replace with something better as technology allows.
Used within the limitations described above. It will perform for you.
Currently this would have to be rated top in its class so I give it 4 stars.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Liam C. Devitt on March 25, 2011
Color Name: Red, Silver, White
I'm sick of plastic cranks and knobs, even on high-end emergency radios (you know who I'm talking about). This has a solid aluminum crank! It's NOT stamped sheet metal. Its a solid chunk of aluminum, and the handle has a steel screw that magnetically holds it down when not in use. Not a big fan of the volume and tuning dials, though, as they seem kind of chinsy. The reception is outstanding and speaker quality is good for a 70 dollar radio. The case is about 1/4 inch thick plastic. The LED light is protected by an aluminum bezel, and the light is probably 1/4 the brightness of a surefire, which is pretty good, all things considered. Display is adequite. Definitely worth the money. I wish they made it in OD green or otherwise subdued.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Donna on August 24, 2011
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I've been wanting a weather radio for sometime and I feel the Eton ARCPT300W American Red Cross Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub with Weather Radio and USB Cell Phone Charger is near perfect.

First off, I'm not a weather radio expert of any sort or have much experience with one. I'm just someone who lives in Tornado Alley that would like an extra measure of peace of mind while tornado season is in full swing.

So, my first impressions of this weather radio are very positive. The Eton ARCPT300W is small, lightweight and full of features.

Pros:
1. Small enough to fit comfortably in a backpack for camping
2. Can be charged three ways: Hand Crank for the rechargeable battery, 3 AAA alkaline batteries or USB charging cord plugged into a computer or an AC adapter (not included) for the rechargeable battery
3. Has 7 preset weather band channels
4. Has a Weather Alert mode so the radio only sounds off when there is an alert in your area
5. Can charge other portable devices using the USB/mini USB connectors, use the devices charging cords is best.
-- I was able to charge my iPhone 4 and Kindle Latest Generation but I can tell they will be a huge drain on the radio's battery
6. Has AM/FM radio channels
7. 1 AUX Audio in, 1 Headphone Jack
8. Programmable Clock/Alarm
9. An antennae to help with reception
10. Flashlight and Emergency Beacon Light
11. Easy to use right out the box, and the manual is easy to follow
12. The crank is easy to turn with relative ease
13. Decent volume level

Cons:
1. Didn't come with an AC adapter
2. Doesn't auto scan for best weather band channel in area

ETA: If you need an AC adapter, you would need a 5V AC Power with a mini USB connector.
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65 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Alberto Vargas VINE VOICE on September 30, 2011
Color Name: Red, Silver, White Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This radio on paper offers pretty good features. And yet, I don't really like it.

Pros:
- Crank charger means you will never be out of batteries
- AM and FM radio bands + US weather radio, with decent reception and sound quality
- LED flashlight
- Can be charged via USB or charge your phone via USB
- Among the hand-cranked radio-meets-flashlight combos, this is probably one of the higher quality ones (other no-name ones I have seen feel flimsier)

Cons:
- Turns on by itself way too easily. I had it in my trunk during a recent trip and the battery would die for no good reason because the thing would turn itself on due to some minimal contact with something else. Other times I would open the trunk and find the red beacon light would be happily blinking :)
- Red beacon mode is useless.
- Overly complicated - most functions require the manual to figure out. For something that bills itself as a survival tool, this is unacceptable.
- Bulky enought not to fit in any of my pockets and so it is unlikely to travel with me or be around when I may actually need it.

It functions OK and does what it is supposed to. However, I feel that a small flashlight, a battery powered radio, and a few extra batteries are more compact and will serve you better than this contraption. For me this would be a backup to a backup, definitely not the first tool I reach for, even in a disaster, let alone on daily basis.

Not recommended.
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