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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars: Portable and Light, August 24, 2011
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This review is from: Eton American Red Cross Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub with Weather Radio and USB Cell Phone Charger (ARCPT300W) (Electronics)
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I've been wanting a weather radio for sometime and I feel the Eton ARCPT300W American Red Cross Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub with Weather Radio and USB Cell Phone Charger is near perfect.

First off, I'm not a weather radio expert of any sort or have much experience with one. I'm just someone who lives in Tornado Alley that would like an extra measure of peace of mind while tornado season is in full swing.

So, my first impressions of this weather radio are very positive. The Eton ARCPT300W is small, lightweight and full of features.

Pros:
1. Small enough to fit comfortably in a backpack for camping
2. Can be charged three ways: Hand Crank for the rechargeable battery, 3 AAA alkaline batteries or USB charging cord plugged into a computer or an AC adapter (not included) for the rechargeable battery
3. Has 7 preset weather band channels
4. Has a Weather Alert mode so the radio only sounds off when there is an alert in your area
5. Can charge other portable devices using the USB/mini USB connectors, use the devices charging cords is best.
-- I was able to charge my iPhone 4 and Kindle Latest Generation but I can tell they will be a huge drain on the radio's battery
6. Has AM/FM radio channels
7. 1 AUX Audio in, 1 Headphone Jack
8. Programmable Clock/Alarm
9. An antennae to help with reception
10. Flashlight and Emergency Beacon Light
11. Easy to use right out the box, and the manual is easy to follow
12. The crank is easy to turn with relative ease
13. Decent volume level

Cons:
1. Didn't come with an AC adapter
2. Doesn't auto scan for best weather band channel in area

ETA: If you need an AC adapter, you would need a 5V AC Power with a mini USB connector.

Overall, I'm very happy this weather radio. It has for the most part what I wanted in a weather radio plus quite a few extras I didn't even think of. If I'm stuck in a bad weather situation without power, it has all I will need short-term: News, Power Source & Light.
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