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4.0 out of 5 stars Good .... but has flaws, April 26, 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)
Pros
- Decently built, crank seems solid. Charging while not fun is ok.
- DOES indeed charge newer cell phones. HTC Evo 5v usb connection tested and passed. Be prepared for a workout though. Highly recommend that you do this with at least a half charge in the onboard Dyno battery.
- Onboard Dyno Battery !!! Excellent. I have mine plugged into AC and near my battery storage. Always fully charged and ready to go in seconds.
- Also works with standard AA
- Decent reception and volume
- NOAA reception/WB channels quite good

Cons
- ONBOARD BATTERY LIFE IS SEVERELY NEGATIVELY AFFECTED WHEN USING THE 'ALERT' FEATURE -- BEWARE NOT TO USE THIS FEATURE UNLESS DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO AN AC SOURCE.
- Documentation is horrible.
- Alert 'feature' and NOAA channels not documented at all. User will have to research frequencies in their area.
- 4 leds are very low quality and light output is just passable. Red led is almost useless because it is so dim.
- No Solar charging on this unit
- Rear plastic/rubber cover over battery cover & connection options is cheap and flimsy
- Antenna does not reside flush in unit
- overall ergonomics are not great
- This unit is NOT waterproof or weatherproof. Beware.

Summary
Lot better than nothing and overall a decent unit. Priced too high for what you get, but it does provide enough current to charge a cell phone - which most units cannot.
I give it a pass, but will replace with something better as technology allows.
Used within the limitations described above. It will perform for you.
Currently this would have to be rated top in its class so I give it 4 stars.
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Initial post: Sep 22, 2011 12:02:40 PM PDT
elnorac says:
Does this unit come with an AC cord?

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 3:56:31 PM PDT
SK says:
Thanks for the helpful review. Would you recommend other products over this one? Thanks.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 10:06:08 AM PDT
y2kdaddio says:
I bought this because it will charge iPhones which most others will not. Now the question - I have had it plugged in a long time but the red LED never goes green. Suggestions from anyone as to what to do next? Discharge the rechargeable batteries completely and start over? Open to suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 8:23:45 PM PST
Mrs. KRM says:
another reviewer says that the light never goes from red to green until you unplug it... it stays red as long as it's plugged in. it's clearly a engineering/design flaw, but it is what it is.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 10:34:12 AM PDT
Indigo says:
Where can one get an AC adapter/charger?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2013 11:03:02 AM PDT
Mrs. KRM says:
All you need is a mini-usb cable! I suggest that you get a mini USB with a wall-wart, like this. http://j.mp/128Yqul. This one is not too short, so you can plug it in the wall and still keep the radio on a windowledge (which is what we do for best reception)

Keep in mind, if you intend to charge your phone from it with the hand crank, you'll also need the right cable that goes from your phone to the USB output of the radio. Which one that is depends on if you have an iphone, a modern android, or another kind. I keep them looped to the handle with some velcro cord-management strips.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 8:42:05 AM PDT
How long does this hold a charge?I have carpal tunnel syndrome and it would be hard for me to crank up a charger.
Do you have any idea what the ease of use is in this unit in terms of cranking up the charger?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2013 1:55:18 PM PDT
y2kdaddio says:
No
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