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Etón SCORPION Multi-Purpose Solar Powered Digital Weather Radio - Orange (NSP100OR)

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3.9 out of 5 stars 273 customer reviews
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  • Digital AM FM Radio Tuner, NOAA Weather Band, Built-In LED Flashlight, Large Solar Panel, Crank Powered, USB Cell Phone Charger
  • Audio Line Input, Aluminum Carabiner, Splashproof, Rugged Exterior Skin, Battery Charge Indicator
  • Bottle Opener, No Batteries Needed, DC Power
  • Dimensions: 5.25-Inch x 2.5-Inch x 1.75-Inch (W x H x D), 133 x 63.5 x 44.45 mm (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 8.5 oz. (241 g)
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Technical Details

Color: Orange
  • Brand Name: Etón
  • Model Number: NSP100OR
  • Tuner Technology: Digital
  • Item Height: 2.5 inches
  • Item Length: 5.25 inches
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Product Description

Color: Orange

Product Description

Multi-Purpose Solar Powered Digital Weather Radio, Compact and Power Packed for Extreme Outdoor Condition

From the Manufacturer

Tune-in to the Scorpion Multi-Purpose Solar Powered Digital Weather Radio
Etón Corporation makes some of the most highly regarded emergency radios in the industry. Their radios can operate without batteries. Turn the crank to power them up, or in the case of the Etón Scorpion, harness the power of the sun. Listen to AM or FM radio for important updates and use the built-in flashlight to find your way around in the dark. You can also charge up your cell phone so that you can get in touch with loved ones. 

A Radio for Everyday Preparedness
scorpionWhen emergencies or outdoor adventures take you off the grid, you need a device that can meet your multiple needs. The Etón Scorpion is a compact unit that you can easily store in a safety kit or toss in your rucksack and take with you anywhere you go. With the rugged exterior skin and aluminum carabiner, the SCORPION is designed to endure any extreme outdoor conditions or emergency situation you may find yourself in the midst of.

The emergency essential features include a crank powered handle, built-in LED flashlight, and USB/cell phone charger. The high-quality digital AM/FM tuner provides you with news, entertainment and public service announcements. Not only that, but it also integrates a NOAA Weather Band receiver that brings you weather forecasts, alerts and other emergency messages - information vital to backpackers and travelers.

In addition to the crank powered handle, the Scorpion also includes a powerful solar panel with a battery charge indicator to ensure that you’re always aware of the amount of power you have remaining. The digital tuner/display allows for precise tuning and optimal reception everywhere you go. And if that wasn’t enough, there is an AUX-in for the pure enjoyment of music from an iPod or mp3. It’s perfect for any room in your house or any outdoor venue.

hand crank solar charge
Solar/Hand Crank

Generate energy to power this sleek unit by simply setting it under the sun or with a few turns of the hand crank. Free yourself and ease your mind with self-powered radio broadcasts anytime anywhere.
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AM/FM/NOAA Weather Band

Easy tuning to any band whether it’s AM (520-1710 KHz), FM (87-108 MHz) or NOAA weather band. This keeps the listener tuned-in to weather forecasts, alerts and other emergency messages—information vital during severe weather conditions.
aux-in headphones
AUX-IN and Headphone Jack

Simply plug any iPod or mp3 player and take your music with you. Listen to your music without distractions.

cellphone charger

USB phone charger
Charge virtually any phone or small electrical device with this added feature.



Three built in LEDs to light your way through the dark.

Product Details

Color: Orange
Quick Start Guide [156kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.8 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: NSP100OR
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,146 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 1, 2010

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Color: Green
I have had the Eton Scorpion for about a month.I use it everyday. Camped with it 4 times already.
Reasons I bought this was ...
1:audio input.To basically have a solar/crank powered speaker for my iphone (extends iphones battery life)
2. To crank charge USB devices.
3.Mainly to have something to charge stuff ( mainly iPhone 3GS ) during power outages, no sun, night time , emergencies.
4. Bottle opener. Because I am tired of not be able to open my drinks??? This space should have been used to store earbuds,an extra long wire antenna or perhaps a little raincoat/bag for the scorpion.
Solar charges itself in full sun in a few hours.
Crank charges itself to full charge with about 300 cranks(3 minutes) giving about 45 minutes radio time( much more if you use headphones) and Hours of flashlight time.
Even when the radio dies the flashlight will keep going for about 30 minutes or more.
Power input is there but no adaptor included. This unit doesn't take removable rechargable batteries(AA) but it could be incorporated through the power input if one knew how to add up AA or AAA batteries voltage to match the input voltage of the input.
Solar Charging iPhone: not going to happen without rewiring it from the inside. Panel is too small anyway and not worth it , would take days to charge. Get a Goal Zero Guide Ten portable solar charging kit. solar charges an iPhone in an hour and charges 4 AA batteries too.just awesome!

Crank charging is the only way they designed this device to charge an iphone. No charging from the solar panel or from the scorpions stored collected energy in its internal battery.

Crank charging iphone:tricky but it works.
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Color: Orange Verified Purchase
I wanted a small portable radio for backpacking and had researched Eton's other products in the past. None of those radios had all the features I wanted. When I saw the scorpion I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a radio that would not be too heavy to carry in my overnight pack but included features such as line-in, backup cell phone usb charger, and weather alert channels.

After receving my Scorpion the other day I have used it extensivly and am very pleased with the device. It is very well built and is perfect for some music around the fire after a long day of hiking.

As far as each features are concerned. Flashlight - Decent LED flashlight. Good for finding your way around in the dark. Not my primary flashlight but its on par with every other crank flashout out there. Radio - Digital tuner is great. Picks up stations very well (I live in the middle of nowhere). Sound quality - The sound quality is what I expected. It is about the same quality as most standard clock radios. It's nothing special but I wanted a rugged radio that didnt have the hassle of making sure you have charged batteries. If sound quality and size is a top priority look for portable iPod docks such as JBL's On-Stage. It does play loud. Note: when using the line-in function the volume control on the unit does not function. Volume is controlled by external device (ipod, phone, etc).

Overall its a great portable small radio for any type of outdoor adventure. I have since used it for picnics and bbq's where larger radios are more of a hassle then what they are worth.
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Color: Green Verified Purchase
During a week long camping trip-- The antenna is too short - the radio reception is poor no matter what band you are on. On a full charge at moderate volume your listening time is about 30 minutes. It takes alot of cranking or time in bright sun to charge. It was rained on- lightly for about 15 minutes, it stopped working and showed an odd display & condensation in the display window- however after baking in the sun for a few hours it dryed out an worked again. The buttons to change the station can't be located well with your fingers, they are all stacked together in a row. You cannot charge a phone via the USB port unless you are turning the crank [and turning and turning and turning]. Except for the rain issue it does seem to take shock/drops.
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Color: Green Verified Purchase
ORIGINAL REVIEW (5-Star): This is a very nice little unit and it performs better than I expected. The hand crank feels solid, unlike others I've felt in the past that you worry will break quickly. The clip has a nice stiff spring in it and feels very solid. The radio reception is amazing and the retractable antenna is more than 7" long, so fine tuning is easy. The speaker is about 1.25" in diameter, but the sound is pretty good. Most of my vehicles don't get FM or AM this well. The clock is a nice feature and the display includes a battery gauge (similar to most cell phones). The LED light works well, but the three lights cast a strange shadow on the ground. It appears to be about as powerful as an average headlamp. The bottle opener has a metal ring all the way around, so you're not prying a bottle open against the plastic side. I've broken more than one widget when opening a bottle against a plastic surface...nice touch. I haven't had a chance to try the charging feature yet on my cell.

Overall the design and build quality is top notch. We're not weekend campers, but with two kids this will be a great addition to our trip gear. Small, lightweight, rugged and functional.

The only complaint I have is the placement of the antenna. With the unit lying so the speaker and solar panels are facing up, the antenna has a limited area to move around. But I consider this a minor issue.

Note: The dimensions are for the main body of the Scorpion, and doesn't include the clip. The overall length is 6.5", and the other dimensions seem accurate.

See my response to this post for an updated report...
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