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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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Product Description

Product Description

Rechargeable Ni-MH battery built in; Solar Panel; Built in crank; Receives US government (NOAA) and Canadian government (MSC) weather; High-performance speaker; Line-in and cable for iPod/mp3 players; LED flashlight

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Add a little extra intrigue to your radio listening experience with the EyeMax radio. The EyeMax is a traditional radio/LED flashlight that includes one significant bonus: a clear casing that highlights the complex inner workings of the radio. Each time you charge the radio--the EyeMax offers solar, self-charging, and external power options--you can watch the radio convert human energy into pure listening pleasure. It's unique, fun, and educational.

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.

Specifications

  • 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.


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00264WCRM
  • Item model number: A103-EM2-BK3-US68-FP
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,529 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

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We purchased this radio after trying the CC Observer, probably its closest contender. I wanted a crank-type emergency radio with weather band that I would want to use everyday at home or work.

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.
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Overall, a good product. The Eyemax WB radio is perfect for emergency use. No batteries needed. The crank generates the power. 1 minute of crank time = 1hr of radio play. Also has solar charging unit and a DC cable for wall charging. Including mp3 port for your your ipod or mp3 player (cable included). On my radio the NOAA band did not pickup anything but the AM/FM works great. I give it 3.5 stars but since there are no half stars, this gets 4Stars. To see it in action, check out the video. Thank you.
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I wanted to like this radio. We loved our old freeplay windup, that thing lasted 10 year and 2 teenagers. This one looked just as good, or better. It has a great winder, that doesn't run a spring, instead it runs a alternator that charges a battery, so no worries about breaking a wind up spring. It seems to be built very well, quite a tight little unit. The antenna will need to be treated with care, but it looks to be replaceable if you break it. The light was cool, the reception was great on both fm and am. I was really puzzled to see that with all that great design, the weather radio reception was zero. We've had numerous weather radios over the years here in the sticks of Puget Sound, but never had one that got zero stations. This thing is going back to Amazon.
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I've gone through a bunch of these type of machines. For some reason, Freeplay has the only crank radio that lasts.
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I purchased this item for use during power outages, and for use while working outside. The reception for the weather bands are not as good as the radio reception. The crank is plastic, but seems to be solidly built. I haven't tested the solar panel yet. You can plug it in to charge it, and it holds a charge for months if you do not use it. The only reason I gave it four stars is because it does not have a battery backup... so if it is not charged, and the power goes out, you will have to crank it up. The crank is harder to turn than other models such as the Eton, but you get a bigger charge from it. It claims about 1 minute of cranking gets you an hour of power. Finally, it comes with a cord so you can listen to an mp3 player. There is also a small, but useful LED light on the side. Overall, it is a well built product, and I am glad I purchased it.
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Just received this radio ahead of the delivery schedule. It seems to work as advertised w/o problems. Sturdy case, but I'm surprised that the case is all black. What happened to the clear case as mentioned in the product description by Amazon ???
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.
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Received this on Christmas morn - tested the crank and charger without problems. Tested all the bands including weather no problems there either. Stored for the next loss of electricity event in rural Illinois or for the Zombie Apocalypse.
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I bought this radio primarily as an emergency item, but also for general use. The crank is probably the best on the market in performance and ruggedness. The efficiency of the Freeplay system lives up to its reputation. A very brief crank will enable this radio to play for an amazing long time, probably exceeding even the lofty claims of the manufacturer. On a full battery charge (recharged using the wall adaptor) the radio literally will play nonstop for a couple of days, or indefinitely if it's in the sun during the day. Amazing. The weatherband selector is odd in that the normal AM/FM selector is a slide switch on the side of the radio, but to get to weatherband you push a button on the back and tune to the weather channel using a toothed wheel, also on the back, as opposed to the regular tuning dial. Since some areas aren't served by the weather broadcasts, so you need to determine if your area has it if this is a feature you're interested in.

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.
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