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Cheap and high quality emergency radio,
This review is from: Et?n NFR160WXB Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
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!
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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Initial post: Aug 30, 2011 4:59:44 PM PDT
Alan Meyer says:
That was very useful information. Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2011 6:57:21 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2012 8:55:41 AM PST
Steven Bopp says:
Mark, just wanted to confirm with you that cranking for 1 minute is good for hours of radio play. The CC Observer I'm also considering claims... "Crank the handle moderately for about 10 minutes for one hour of radio play." If these statements are both correct, then your recommendation would seem to be the better one.
Thanks in advance,
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2012 3:31:07 PM PST
I personally would go for the more conservative statement of 10 minutes for 1 hour. I probably did crank it hard for 60 seconds for over an hour of play, but I wouldn't assume that is the case all the time. I would say 10 minutes of cranking for an hour, is a better expectation, but I would say 5 minutes should do you a LOONG time. It depends on a lot of things like volume level, how well the station is tuned in, etc. Expect an hour of play for 10 minutes of cranking and be pleasantly surprised, versus disappointed. Mark :)
Posted on Mar 9, 2012 7:48:38 AM PST
Giovanna Mealer says:
Thank you for providing your input! I'm looking for a weather radio, cell charger and this review was helpful. Do you know if it gets all the NOAA channels (7), and if you can get specific alerts to your targeted area?
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2012 5:12:29 AM PDT
In my area, I probably get about 3 or 4 weather stations, but for me it is enough. As for the alerts, no it doesn't have them, so if you are looking for something to notify you, you may want to look elsewhere. I do find it useful for backpacking though! It helped me realize a storm was coming when we were camping!
Posted on Apr 13, 2012 8:45:04 PM PDT
K. Killingsworth says:
Why is it the EXACT same review as for the other radio?
Posted on Apr 14, 2012 2:48:34 AM PDT