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American Red Cross FR150 Microlink Solar-Powered, Self-Powered AM/FM/Weatherband Portable Radio with Flashlight and Cell Phone Charger (Red) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • AM (520-1710 KHz), FM (87-108MHz), NOAA weather on all 7 channels. Built-in hand crank power generator recharges the internal rechargeable
  • From solar power, the built-in rechargeable Ni-MH battery that takes charge from the dynamo crank and from an AC adapter (not included).
  • Built-in cell phone charger, Earphone jack 3.5 mm socket, Cell phone charger output jack.
  • Power source: solar power; built-in rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack
  • Weight: 7.5 oz. and 200 g. Accessories: owner's manual, warranty card, preparedness guide, card for cell phone tip.



Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Eton
  • Model: FR150
  • Item Height: 2.36 inches
  • Item Length: 1.81 inches
  • Item Weight: 0.02 pounds
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5 x 2.4 inches ; 0.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0014SWPO6
  • Item model number: FR150
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,821 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 1, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

Solar-Powered, Self-Powered AM/FM/Weatherband Portable Radio with Flashlight and Cell Phone Charger. The Microlink brings together some of the most popular features of our Voicelink, in a more compact design. This ultra-portable device is ideal to have on hand when you're roughing it. It also makes a great addition to any emergency-preparedness kit. No plugs or wires are required. Instead, turn the hand crank to power the Microlink, or capture the sun's energy and run it on solar power. You'll always know what's going on, thanks to the AM, FM and weather bands. You can also tune in to the FCC and EAS public alert systems. Add the flashlight, the cell phone charger and you've got one versatile little device.

From the Manufacturer

The American Red Cross FR-150 Microlink brings together some of the most popular features of the American Red Cross FR-1000 Voicelink in a more compact design. This ultra-portable device is ideal to have on hand when you’re out roughing it. It also makes a great addition to any emergency-preparedness kit. No plugs or wires are required. Instead, turn the hand crank to power the Microlink, or capture the sun’s energy and run it on solar power. An optional AC power supply can also be used. You’ll always know what’s going on, thanks to the AM, FM and NOAA Weather Band tuners. You can also tune in to the FCC and EAS public alert systems. This, along with the flashlight and cell phone charger, make the FR-150 Microlink one versatile little device.

Your Ultra-Portable Link to the World
Tackling the great outdoors can be a daunting task. The American Red Cross FR-150 Microlink is designed to keep you in touch with the rest of the world, even when you are miles away from civilization. It has a high-quality AM/FM tuner, providing 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.

Convienient Features and Reliable Redundant Power Sources
The American Red Cross FR-150 Microlink is ruggedized for outdoor use, and is more than ready to go in emergency situations. The bright white 3-LED flashlight is perfect for lighting the way at night, or for signaling to others across long distances. Additionally, the integrated headphone jack lets you listen in privacy.

Having a device that sports multiple modes of communication means nothing if there is no way to power it. The FR-150 Microlink has been designed with that thought in mind, and it can be powered in several ways. The built-in rechargeable battery pack can be charged from the integrated dynamo hand crank, or from an optional AC adapter. The optional AC adapter can also power the unit directly. An array of waterproof, shatterproof, high-performance glass encapsulated amorphous solar cells can also run the FR-150. They are efficient enough to power the unit whenever the sun is up, even in overcast weather. These multiple power supplies can also be used to recharge cell phones with the charging cord--available by returning the included card and specifying your phone's model.

Customer Reviews

You can charge the FR150 in less than two minutes using its hand crank.
John Williamson
The radio had good sound quality and tuned in well considering its size and simplicity.
Happy Jack
The cell phone charger seems to be for phones that charge off a USB Port like an Ipod.
4321Kewl

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

265 of 268 people found the following review helpful By John Williamson TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 29, 2008
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First thing that should be mentioned is that this full-featured emergency radio is amazingly small. Reading its approximate dimensions of 5" wide x 2-3/8" high x 1-13/16" deep can be misleading, so imagine it placed on its side on top of a dollar bill: it's actually smaller than US paper currency, and that's just one of the things that make this small radio so appealing!

You can charge the FR150 in less than two minutes using its hand crank. You can also place it in sunlight (even on an overcast day, as I found out) and its built-in solar panel handily powers the radio and recharges its battery pack.

The radio's tuner pulls in both AM and FM stations, and with surprisingly clear reception. It receives all seven NOAA bands using a separate slide selector, so you can monitor changing weather conditions, along with tuning in to the FCC and EAS public alert systems.

It has a flashlight with three LEDs on the its side, providing surprisingly bright illumination, and for comparison it's about on the same level as my Garrity Power Lite 3 LED Crank Light. This is also brighter than some of the predecessors from Eton.

If you're looking for audio attributes on the level of Bose, JBL or Polk Audio speakers, this radio isn't for you... but the sound quality of this small radio is quite remarkable. Listened to a favorite "smooth jazz" station for awhile, switched to classical then to '80s rock, and was quite pleased all around.

A number of places list this radio as having the option of an optional AC adapter, but couldn't find anything definitive on this, so made email contact with Eton's Customer Support.
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219 of 223 people found the following review helpful By Richard Davis on January 21, 2009
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I received one for Christmas this year, and I'm favorably impressed. It's small enough to fit in a field jacket pocket, yet retains functionality. I went on a lot of disaster recovery teams, so I'm always looking out for good, compact field gear. One aspect that never changes is smaller is better, all other factors equal. Another point is replaceability. If it goes in the field, there's a fair chance it won't come home with you. Low cost and ease of replacement is a major plus with gear selection. Well worth the money if all the features function properly.

Being a recalcitrant engineer, I took it apart and tested the power components.

Radio
Works nicely. I come from the old AM radio & sideband days, so I'm not picky about sound quality. The AM & FM tuner movement needs gear reduction, badly. While tuning, I always overshoot the station, and tune over it back & forth until I get a feel for the station's location. This amount of knob movement is barely perceptible. Also, the tuning scale is analog and short. That means it gives an approximate idea of where you're tuning, not a direct input like today's digital tuning displays. A plus is the radio has a tuner pilot lamp, alerting you that you're parked right on the station. NOTE: like most consumer AM radios today, the AM radio uses an internal ferrite rod antenna, so it won't work as well inside cars and metal structures. AM radios "fade" more than FM radios due to the longer wavelength, so make sure the radio's in a clear open spot for best AM radio reception. The external stalk antenna is for broadcast FM (88-108 MHz) and possibly weather radio (162 MHz). This should be fully extended, and temporarily adding a few feet of scrap wire might improve it more if need be.
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232 of 252 people found the following review helpful By JL on September 15, 2008
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We purchased this emergency radio/flashlight a week before Hurricane Ike hit us in Houston. We tested it as soon as we got it and were able to receive 3 FM stations, 2 AM radio stations and the weather band. The flashlight worked well. We could not locate a cell phone charging cable for the unit, rendering that function null. When Ike hit Friday night, the weather band went to 100% static, and only one FM station was clear enough to understand. The flashlight still worked fine. By Saturday morning we could get no radio signals at all no matter how much we cranked. In contrast, our four battery-operated radios picked up several stations. But, we really didn't want to use up the batteries - the very reason we purchased the hand crank in the first place. The flashlight switch stopped operating Saturday night, remaining stuck on low beam with no way to turn it off. This morning we were fortunate to find a commercial building with a generator, A/C and wi-fi - hence the ability to write this review. The only reason it gets one star is because the flashlight broke in the ON position. Otherwise, it was extremely disappointing. I certainly will never buy another Eton product.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By William Langston on May 8, 2008
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This is a fabulous radio for only $30.00! I live 12 miles from a NOAA transmitter in a house with 9 inch thick stone walls and this little set pulls in a strong, clear signal at all times! I previously owned a Midland WR10 which under exactly the same conditions could barely recieve with two antennas sometimes. I threw it away the minute I turned on the Red Cross(Eton) radio.
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