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Etn FR160GR Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Green) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Eton
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  • AM (520-1710 KHz) & FM (87-108MHz) NOAA weatherband all 7 channels Built-in 3 white LED light source Powered by solar
  • USB cell phone charger 3.5 mm headphone input Dimensions: 5.25 x 2.5 x 1.75 and 133 x 63.5 x 44.45 mm (W x H x D)
  • Accessories: owners manual, warranty card Specifications subject to change
  • Weight: 8.5 oz. and 241 g
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Technical Details

Color: Green
  • DC in Jack
  • Touch Sensitive Screen

Product Description

Color: Green

Product Description

Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power, and Cell Phone Charger

From the Manufacturer

Tune_in: to the MICROLINK FR160 by Etón

For the calm of a sailboat, the curves of a bike trail, the midst of a hurricane, for baseball fans tuning into a game, a bevy of kids camping in the backyard. For everyday adventure, Etón corporation is there to keep you connected, empowered and informed all year round, 365 days a year.

Sleek and portable MICROLINK FR160 helps you define your adventure

Radios for Everyday Adventure

The Etón MICROLINK FR160 does more than keep you connected. This new spin on an Etón classic incorporates our award winning design and standard feature sets into a sleek easy to use package. It is a multifunctional, ultra-compact companion ready for any adventure.

When emergencies or outdoor adventures take you off the grid, you need a device that can fill multiple needs. The Etón MICROLINK FR160 is so compact that you can easily store in a safety kit or toss in your rucksack and take anywhere. 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.

At only 5.25 inches, the MICROLINK FR160 literally fits in the palm of your hand. It also includes a powerful solar panel, which gives you the freedom to explore without the hassle of batteries or adapters. If that wasn’t enough, we also added a full sized USB port to easily charge any small electrical device such as an mp3 player or cell phone. You’ll always know what’s going on, thanks to the AM, FM and NOAA Weather Band tuners. With the additional flashlight and cell phone charger, you can’t go wrong with the MICROLINK as it is one versatile little device.

Ultra-portable and packed with all the features you need.


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.
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 to backpackers and travelers.
USB phone charger
charge virtually any phone or small electrical device with this added feature.
3 built in LEDs to light your way through the dark.

The technology featured in the MICROLINK ensures that you will have everything you need whether you are hitting the beach or climbing the highest peaks. With its solar panel, hand crank, AM/FM/NOAA weather bands and flashlight, this ultra portable unit is perfect for your car, home or any outdoor activity.

Designed with your adventure in mind.

Rugged Design and Reliable Redundant Power Sources
The Etón MICROLINK FR160 is rugged for outdoor use, and is more than ready to go with no plugs or wires needed. Clever case design protects the analog controls from damage, while rubber gaskets and plugs help keep moisture out of the unit.

Having a device that sports multiple modes of communication means nothing if there is no way to power it. Etón has designed the MICROLINK FR160 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 USB adapter. An array of water resistant, shatterproof, high performance glass encapsulated amorphous solar cells can also run the MICROLINK FR160. They are efficient enough to power the unit under direct sunlight. These multiple power supplies can also be used to recharge cell phones via USB charging cable (not included).



Award-Winning Designs

Etón Corporation’s line of independent, self-powered radios have won numerous awards and recognitions. We are committed to progressive product development and stellar design technologies. Some of the awards Etón has been honored with are:

Crank Up Your Next Adventure

There are more adventures to be discovered. Let Etón help you guide the way with unique radio innovations to fit your personality. Define your adventure today.

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Comparison Chart - Etón Family

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Digital Tuner
Crank Power
Solar Powered
Cell Phone Charger
LED Flashlight
Flashing Beacon
Emergency Siren
Alarm Clock
USB Compatible

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 2.5 x 5.25 x 1.75in and 13.3 x 6.3 x 4.4cm (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 8.5oz
  • Accessories: owner's manual, warranty card

  • Product Details

    Color: Green
    • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5.2 x 2.5 inches ; 8.5 ounces
    • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
    • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
    • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
    • ASIN: B001QTXKBK
    • Item model number: FR160GR
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,008 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,927 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
    • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
    • Date first available at February 1, 2009

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    490 of 505 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Feedbacker on July 10, 2009
    Color: Red Verified Purchase
    I read numerous reviews about this product and had concerns re: people's feedback -- quality, lack of A/C power adapter, time/effort to recharge a cell phone, USB charger which is useless when there's no power, etc. But I decided to buy one just because I've got a young family and it's my responsibility [gulp] to be at least minimally prepared. You got to admit that these storms in recent years (not to mention tornados, earthquakes, fires, and other disasters that occur constantly) demonstrate that help may take days or weeks to arrive. That's a long time when you remember that lights, ATM's, radios, etc don't work when bad things happen.

    So I pulled the trigger w/ low expectations and am I glad I did. These FR-160's are ideal for their purpose: they provide basic lighting & communication (read: radio/weather) in case of emergency. The quality was shockingly good for only $30. And they're small -- pretend your hand is in a mitten and subtract your thumb...about that size. They're not meant to provide music for a party so don't expect it amazing quality sound. They're not designed to be used on the ocean as your boat's only radio. Don't drop it off a cliff and expect it to be good as new. They're designed to be a compact combination radio/flashlight that can be a lifesaver if you ever need it.

    Keep safe...
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    277 of 284 people found the following review helpful By Mark Wagner on November 29, 2009
    Color: Red
    This radio is an excellent radio for the price. No, it is not a top-end emergency radio, but it should work rather well for anyone looking for a basic AM/FM/Weather radio with both a solar and hand-crank charging option. I purchased mine about a year ago and used it only occasionally for the first few months. Then I placed it on a shelf with limited light and there it sat for about six to eight months. About six weeks ago I dusted it off and it actually worked for about an hour or so with no hand-crank charging. Later that day I sat it in the front window where it would get plenty of direct sun light. A couple days later I picked it up from the window and have been using it a few hours each day since; some of those days it was used for more than six hours in the basement. I have not needed to crank it at all, but did crank charge it for about one minute total just while playing with it - for the record. Since then, I have been keeping it on the shelf out in the open where it is exposed to normal room daylight, no direct sunlight. The charging light does not light up in this setting, and I would not expect it to. I have occasionally taken it out on the front porch to sit a listen where there is direct sunlight, but only for about an hour or so each week. I really like the idea of not having to buy batteries, and the convenience of knowing I always have a charged radio.

    The flashlight is minimal, but I would not expect more from an LED light source. I have my 6-D-Cell Mag light if I need a powerful (luxury) light source.

    Tuning the radio is a bit sensitive and can be difficult to fine tune.
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    553 of 575 people found the following review helpful By The Suburban Hippie Experimentalist on August 23, 2009
    Color: Black
    This radio is a great little investment. It does exactly everything it states it should. On a 60 second crank I got hours of play. I ran the radio completely dead by leaving the light on and the radio playing at half column. I let the radio play like this with the light on for at least an hour before it went dead. I then put it out in the sun and let it charge with the solar charger for about four hours and then turned the radio on and let it play for only about an hour and then just didn't want to complete the experiment. I am very pleased with this radio. 60 seconds of cranking for hours of play is very reasonable. Letting it charge out in the sun and getting hours of play is very reasonable. I have other brands like this in the past that you would crank for 5 to 10 and get maybe 10 minutes of play.

    Update as of 5/14/2012.

    I let it sit out in the rain all day today, and it hardly got any water in it... It still works!

    Of course,

    M. Mason would want to know exactly how hard the rain was... The weatherman says up to 1"/Hour.

    M. Mason would want to know exactly how long it sat in the rain? approximately 8 hours...

    I took it apart, noticed about 4 drops of approximately 1 mm in diameter. After an hour, got tired of waiting and put it back together, it seems to work fine.

    The AM/FM radio works fine, and the weather radio works. Of course, time will tell how the Dynamo works, but I don't expect water to effect the solar charging. I won't turn the dynamo for a while, as the battery should have a full charge as it sat out in the sun yesterday. How long? I just don't know, sorry M. Mason.

    I finally packed it in an air tight container with an old packet of Desiccant to try and dry out any remaining moisture. As long as the packet isn't too saturated, it should work...
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    317 of 349 people found the following review helpful By JeffZman on May 21, 2010
    Color: Red
    ABSOLUTELY DO NOT USE THIS TO CHARGE AN IPHONE !!!! I have a 32GB 3GS that I purchased in February. I purchased the Eton Microlink FR160 for a Cub Scout campout to celebrate the 100 years of scouting. We were camping in a farm field with no access to electricity. When I used it to charge my iPhone, it FRIED IT! I mean no phone, all loss of data, completely black screen. The Apple store tried to due a hard reset and couldn't even get it to turn on. Thank goodness that the phone was still under warranty! Apple gave me a new phone, but I had to reload EVERYTHING! A HUGE time commitment and pain. Tech support from Eton was willing to replace my iPhone and very helpful. They emphasized to me to NOT USE this to charge an iPhone! All other features are awesome and weather band works great. I will keep it for that reason only.

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