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Eton FR300 Emergency Crank Radio (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Eton

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  • Emergency Hand-Crank Power Generator
  • Built-in Cell Phone Charger, Flashlight, and Emergency Siren
  • AM/FM/NOAA
  • Rechargeable battery pack provides reliable, renewable, internal power for everyday use Uses 3 AA batteries (NOT INCLUDED) or AC adapter(not included)
  • Stereo Headphone Jack
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Important Note Regarding TV Reception in This Product
This product may mention receiving an NTSC-TV or TV-VHF frequency in its product description. However, due to the digital TV transition enacted on June 12, 2009, analog TV broadcasts are no longer supported. Please be aware that no analog TV broadcasts will be receivable by this product.


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Technical Details

Color: Silver
  • NOAA weather - all 7 channels plus "Alert", Siren, cell phone charger, 3 LED light system

Product Details

Color: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 2.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0006G0II2
  • Item model number: FR300-Silver
  • Batteries 3 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,455 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 1, 2004

Product Description

Color: Silver

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With a dependable hand-crank power generator that powers the unit's AM/FM/TV/Weather radio, built-in LED flashlight, cell phone charger and emergency siren, the lightweight and portable Etón FR300 is an excellent and economical choice for anyone in the market for a radio that can be relied on in emergencies or in environments where there are limited power sources.


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Hand crank
Cell phone charger
Emergency lights
Siren
AC adapter included
Water resistant
Tuning AM/FM, SW AM/FM, TV-VHF, NOAA weather AM/FM, TV-VHF, NOAA weather
Size (inches, WxDxH) 6.5 x 2.5 x 6 6.5 x 2.5 x 6 8.75 x 2.25 x 4.5
Weight 1 lb. 3 oz. 1 lb. 4 oz. 1 lb. 4 oz.
Power Crank, 3 AA, NiMH battery, AC Crank, 3 AA, NiMH battery, AC Crank, 3 AA, NiMH battery, AC
If you want a water-resistant radio, check out the FR 400.

Power When You Need It
At the heart of all of Etón's emergency radios, including the FR300, is an internal generator that recharges the internal Ni-MH battery pack and powers the radio, siren, and light. Also, by plugging your cell phone into the jack on the back of the radio, you can use the crank to power your phone. In our test, after draining our cell phone of power, we recharged it using the FR300 enough to make a few calls. The rate of cell phone recharging will vary greatly depending on the cell phone and the state of its battery, but the FR300 can provide your compatible p! hone with power in a pinch.

Important Note: Until this year, Etón provided a package of several different cell phone adapter tips with every radio. In 2007, Etón began instead including a coupon for a free adapter for whatever phone you have. So, the first thing you want to do when you get the radio is fill out the card with your cell phone's make and model and send it in to make sure you have your adapter.

According to the product manual, to achieve 40 to 60 minutes of uninterrupted power to the radio, you must turn the crank at a rate of two revolutions per second for 90 seconds. In our test, after our initial 90 seconds of rigorous cranking, the FR300 powered right up and was still going strong with radio reception after an hour. At the hour mark, we briefly turned the flashlight on, and that too was at full force, with no perceivable drain on radio reception. In fact, the FR300 was still going strong over 75 minutes after we recharged t! he battery pack. The FR300 can also be powered via an AC adapt! er which , to our dismay, is not included, or from three AA batteries, also not included. The dynamo crank tucks itself nicely into the side of the radio and offers little resistance as you turn the handle. (Don't let the cranking requirements frighten you! While it's true that a full 90 seconds of turning the crank can be tiring and may not be for everyone, we were able to recharge the radio with less than a minute of cranking and achieved over 40 minutes of continuous power.)

Design and Controls
At slightly more than a pound in weight, and with dimensions of 6.5 x 6.00 x 2.5 inches (WxHxD), the FR300 is made to be tucked neatly into its handy nylon carrying case, and stored in an emergency box, or packed neatly for a camping trip. A white LED light is set on the front of the radio, just to the side of the analog tuner. The light is designed to help you down an unlit stairwell or enclosed hallway in a pinch, but it is not directed or strong enough to help you much in a pitch-black forest or other open area. The FR300 also includes a red flash! ing LED light that can be used as a distress signal. The radio and light can be operated simultaneously, though of course at the expense of power.

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The large tuning knob and other controls make the FR300 a breeze to use. View larger.
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The hand crank generator tucks neatly into the rear panel. View larger.
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An emergency light is located next to the tuning dial. View larger.

The FR300 includes a handy strap on the top of the radio for easy carrying, and the tuning and volume knobs are set to the side. The mechanical controls are extremely visible and easy to use. The volume control is a bit difficult to finesse, while the tuning knob, which features a smaller concentric fine-tuning control knob, is much easier. An earphone jack is set into the back, and the telescoping antenna tucks neatly behind the handle strap. The radio's 2.5-inch speaker is set directly in front and offers reasonable audio quality and surprising power for the radio's purpose. The tuner itself is self-illuminated, though in a darkened environment it is still difficult to pick out the bands.

Tuning and Bands
The FR300 offers AM/FM reception as well as 7 NOAA weather channels and a weather alert, and TV-VHF audio reception for channels 2 - 13. As was the case with all of the Etón emergency radios we tested, our AM reception was outstanding; we were quickly able to tune into every station we searched for. Reception for FM was also very good, though there was some extra fine-tuning on some of the stations. Because weather broadcasts are based on VHF, line-of-sight channels, and because we are slightly out of range of the nearest weather transmitter in our region, we were not able to test the weat! her reception of the FR300. Television reception, happily, was quite another story. Though some channels took some finessing of the tuner before we were able to hone in on a strong signal, most of the reception was loud and clear. In fact, we listened to the first half of the Academy Awards while preparing dinner, so we didn't miss a single presentation.

It became clear during our testing that the FR300 is an emergency radio with several outstanding and potentially life-saving features, including its emergency siren and lighting, and particularly its self-charging functionality. So if you're in the market for an economical emergency radio, the Etón FR300 more than fits the bill.

Designer Colors
The images shown here display the "Metallic Red" version of the FR300, but you have a wide array of colors to choose from.

black
blue
orange
silver
red


Pros

  • Compact and lightweight; ideal for emergencies or travel
  • Clearly laid out functions and controls
  • Excellent internal power generator; handy cell-phone charger
Cons
  • Tuning dial could be better illuminated for darkened environments
  • Should include an AC adapter

What's in the Box
FR300 radio, mail-in coupon for cell phone charging adapters, nylon carrying case, and owner's manual

Product Description

This all-in-one unit offers functionality and versatility that makes it ideal for emergencies. The FR300 provides you with radio, light, and cell phone battery life when you need it most. The Hand-Crank Power Generator charges the internal rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack and just 90 seconds of cranking provides up to an hour of radio play. With the NOAA Weather Channels, find forecasts when you're away from the set.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Hmmm.... Anyways, I would rate the strobe as a gimmick.
Mike K
I like the radio but was disappointed that the cell phone adaptor and the charging cord did not come with it.
Lisa
If you are looking for an emergency radio, this is a good one.
Kara Crawford

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,261 of 1,336 people found the following review helpful By Mike K on February 17, 2005
Color Name: Silver
At first glance the FR 300 (sold under several names including Grundig and Eton) appears to be a modification of the very successful FR 200. It seems to use the same case and it has similar looking controls including a hand crank generator. However, with close inspection it really is quite a different radio. The FR 300 eliminates the 2 shortwave bands of the FR 200. It their place it adds the VHF TV reception (audio only) and the weather band. In addition it adds a number of gizmos.

I love the older FR 200. No one would say that the FR 200 was the height of radio engineering and it certainly has a few electronic warts. With that said its pleasant sound, sensitive receiver and cool hand crank generator makes it a winner in my book (see my review in epinions). When the FR 300 came out I was anxious to give it a try so it was off to Circuit City to pick one up.

The Box: The radio appears to be housed in a case very similar to the FR 200. The box is approximately 5.5 inches square and around 2 inches thick. Like the FR 200 it has a nice handle and it some with a nifty nylon case. One side of the radio has a hand crank to charge the rechargeable battery pack. This pack appears to be of the common cordless phone variety if you ever need to change it. The other side of the radio has a volume control and a ganged course/fine tuning control, which operates the analog slide rule dial. Instead of using the primary color theme of the FR 200, the ABS plastic is a classy silver and the speaker grill also has a more polished look. Because the FR 300 has more gizmos than the FR 200 it has a few more controls on the face of the radio. This may add a little more confusion to the technically challenged. With that said, the controls and operation are very simple.
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180 of 186 people found the following review helpful By Jen on September 4, 2005
Color Name: Silver
I got this specifically for emergencies. In the big fires we had here a couple years ago, radio was pretty much useless on the first day - several stations were off the air due to power failures and the press conferences with the police and fire chief were all on TV. Eventually, the radio stations advised people to watch their TVs. This unit gets good audio reception on three local broadcast TV stations plus a whack of AM and FM stations. Another reviewer indicated that the FM tuning isn't great. They're right - it isn't. That's the missing star in my rating. The NOAA weather stations come in well too. Once there's no more free broadcast TV signals, I guess this will be an expensive hand-cranked AM radio.
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Jack Dempsey on May 17, 2006
Color Name: Silver
Let me start by stating that I live in/on Miami Beach, Florida and, in addition to that, spend a great deal of time at my house in the Keys and in the tropics. Last hurricane season, when we blew through every letter of the alphabet, and became so very familiar with the Greek system of naming hurricanes, as well as had a few hurricanes do quite a number on us here in Miami-Dade, Monroe and even Broward counties (though I generally avoid Broward at all costs), this baby (and its forefathers) came in as God-sends. When power was out for days and weeks at a time, radio was all we had. And, since I had evacuated my house in the Keys in many instances, I could no longer rely on VHF very easily. So crank up this baby, and my wife and I knew what was going on. At the time, I did not have this one with a cell phone charger, though that would have been a blessing. For a while, even cell phone lines were down, but after they came up, my battery was effectively dead with the only remedy to attempt to go make sporadic calls from my vehicle with it plugged into the lighter. I only wish I had had the charger feature here.

Bottom line, this radio was our peace of mind, our informant, our life-saver in many senses of the word. When we were in pitch black conditions, with freight-trains wind blowing out our windows and we were locked in a bathroom with a mattress over us, we had this with us. No lie. We then cranked it up (and a good crank provided well over 30 minutes of radio and light time) and we knew exactly what was going on and where we stood with regards to the monsters that were falling upon us. It was, as the commerical goes, priceless for us. So much so, that we bought one for each member of our family.

You really can't go wrong with this baby.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. Holtzman on January 17, 2005
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
When I first saw the picture here on Amazon I was not impressed although this was a perfect product for my needs. I ordered it expecting that there was no stock as indicated.. yet a few days later it arrived!

I opened the box and was impressed with everything, it is a perfect companion to use. My only negative comment is that they do not have the AC Adapter/Charger available. When you call Eton/Grundig for support they just do not reply! I have called many times, emailed several times and no response. This is Eton/Grundig U.S. I ended up purchasing an Adapter at Radio Shack that works well and is within the specification that they state in the manual. The reason for the adapter is to quick charge the internal rechargeable batteries so that your radio is always ready. As for an extra/replacement Nihm pack again can't find it anywhere and of course no response from Eton/Grundig U.S.

I am extremely happy with the radio for the price and for the features it offers. One last item.. if you have a newer Motorola Phone... the adapters included do not fit.. I am trying to source a supplier.

When you look at my pictures at least you will have the details that you cannot see with the supplied pictures and I hope this helps everyone.

I would give this a 4.5 Stars for the lack of support but I cannot, so it gets a five star rating anyways.
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