Freeplay Energy Eyemax WB 2009 Self-Sufficient AM/FM/Weatherband Radio, iPod/mp3 dock and LED Flashlight (Black)
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- Rechargeable radio with clear casing for added listening intrigue
- NiMH battery recharges via solar, hand crank, or AC power methods
- Runs for 25 hours per charge; 1 minute of hand cranking produces 1 hour of music
- AM, FM, and weather band listening options; built-in LED flashlight
- iPod/MP3 player jack; measures 7.3 x 4.4 x 2.4 inches (W x H x D)
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|Package Height||1.9 x 7.9 x 10.1 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.45 pounds|
Because of the radio's patented self-charge technology, you can enjoy unparalleled playtime performance all day long. No need to plug it in or use disposable batteries: just keep it charged through the solar panel or crank charger. In direct sunlight, the EyeMax will charge itself and play continuously, so you can listen to your favorite tunes throughout the day. With no sun, you'll enjoy one hour of music for each one minute of cranking, and you can add more cranks anytime you want (the LED charge level indicator tells you the best speed to crank). Plus, you can fully charge the internal NiMH batter anytime from either the solar panel or external charging adapter, so you can arrive at your destination with a full charge. It's the most sustainable entertainment solution available. (When fully charged, the EyeMax delivers 25 hours of playtime at normal volume.)
The EyeMax is more than just a radio, however. The EyeMax lets you catch the latest weather news by tuning into the weather band, which includes seven NOAA/MSC channels. As an alternative, you can listen to your full music collection using the integrated iPod/MP3 adapter. The EyeMax even includes a built-in LED flashlight for after-dark activities.
- Self-charge: AC alternator driven by crank
- Solar panel: High-performance polycrystalline epoxy-coated solar panel with 4.2-volt, 52 mA output
- Battery: Rechargeable NiMH battery pack
- Playtime when fully charged: 25 hours at normal volume
- Playtime with 30-second crank: 35 minutes at normal volume
- AC adapter charge rate: 24 hours
- FM frequencies: 88 to 108 MHz
- AM frequencies: 500 to 1,700 kHz
- Weather band: 7 NOAA/MSC channels
- Speaker size: 2.6 inches
- Impedance: 8 ohms
- Output: 0.5 watts
- Antennas: Telescopic FM, built-in ferrite bar AM
- Integrated flashlight: Ultra-bright 5mm white LED
- Dimensions: 7.3 by 4.4 by 2.4 inches (W x H x D)
- Weight: 24.5 ounces
About Freeplay Energy
Freeplay Energy has been a leading global brand of clean, dependable energy products since 1994. The company's patented technology harnesses human, solar, and rechargeable energy and converts into electricity to help power uniquely portable consumer products. Freeplay Energy's current product range includes radios, flashlights, lanterns, and mobile power devices designed for both the aid and development market and retail market.
Top Customer Reviews
The CC Observer had great reception for AM and FM, but the sound was tinny and when the volume was increased, the speaker distorted much quicker than I thought it should. These were not deal breakers, though. However, what was a deal breaker were the non-adjustable weather station settings, as the one we received was slightly mistuned and gave us a very distorted, but solid, reception. C Crane told me to return it and that there was no way to adjust that setting.
Not wanting to take a risk on another, we bought this radio. When it came in, I immediately raised the antenna and a portion of the antenna popped off, along with two copper contacts. I put them back together and more gently pulled and again it came off. So I put it back together and left it alone, trying the other functions.
The crank is solid and seems to give a good return on energy spent. If you read other reviews, it is this crank mechanism that people think is best about Freeplay items--it has the highest efficiency of energy conversion and it is the most durable of any available. The Freeplay website says you can get one hour of radio from one minute of winding, and I have achieved almost double this at half full volume with one minute of very fast (and hard) winding (160+ turns in one minute).
It has a fully adjustable, separate dial for weather, that easily received our station clearly, despite the initial antenna problem.Read more ›
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The NOAA weather channels work !! but you must push the weather band button on the back, raise the antenna, and use the depressed wheel on the back to tune to the channels. With the charge wind crank, I now can charge it when the power is out & be advised of any emergency condition.
This radio is well made and should last a long time if not tossed around or very roughly handled. Use care with the antenna raising / lowering as this could be a weak point.
As for normal radio performance, this has typical portable radio sound quality - usable but far from hi-fi. It seems to have pretty decent reception, but on mine at least it won't get 88.5 FM which is a shame because that's my local NPR station. The antenna is a typical telescoping type that collapses into the body of the radio. Like any telescoping antenna, you have to be very careful with it extended because they all are prone to kinking.
The LED light is a great idea for an emergency radio, but this one isn't bright enough to be of any practical use. You sure can't read by it. It is turned on and off by pressing directly on the LED lens. LEDs have come a long way in the past few years, but this radio hasn't been updated to take advantage of that. You will still need a good LED light in your emergency kit - bummer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have to agree with the others about the odd lack of weather stations. Don't get any!
However the crank feels pretty solid, you get a fair amount of radio time for not... Read more
You can plug this into the wall, run on batteries, charge batteries with solar energy or hand-crank to get the juice to power the radio. Read morePublished on November 8, 2012 by Tony C
Purchased this radio over two years ago. Reception is pretty good in my area and I live outside of the city. Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by Living_off_the_Grid
This seems to be fine for FM entertainment reception, and kinda OK for AM, but its useless for picking up NOAA weather broadcasts. Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by J. G. Heiser
I have an older model Freeplay radio. The rubber drive band slipped off the internal shaft after a few months, and it no longer works. Read morePublished on March 30, 2012 by dbGuy
Received my Freeplay Eyemax WB 2009 today and tried it out. It's a keeper! Far better build quality than most of the other brands of hand-cranked radios being sold these days. Read morePublished on March 7, 2012 by AudiophileHeadCase
i got this because i got tired of either plugging in a radio or changing batteries, and wanting something just to add music wherever i go around the house - plus - to be ready for... Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by P. J. Rowan
My husband likes to use this to listen to music or news while working in the yard. since it works off the crank or solar you can take it anywhere. Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by Kellie Patterson
I had the very first model of the Freeplay Radio when it first came out (10 or more years ago) which was clockwork and I expected this to be the same, but it's not. Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by M. Simmons