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Very good product for what it's designed for,
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This review is from: Etón NFR160WXR Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Red) (Electronics)
I read numerous reviews about this product and had concerns re: people's feedback -- quality, lack of A/C power adapter, time/effort to recharge a cell phone, USB charger which is useless when there's no power, etc. But I decided to buy one just because I've got a young family and it's my responsibility [gulp] to be at least minimally prepared. You got to admit that these storms in recent years (not to mention tornados, earthquakes, fires, and other disasters that occur constantly) demonstrate that help may take days or weeks to arrive. That's a long time when you remember that lights, ATM's, radios, etc don't work when bad things happen.
So I pulled the trigger w/ low expectations and am I glad I did. These FR-160's are ideal for their purpose: they provide basic lighting & communication (read: radio/weather) in case of emergency. The quality was shockingly good for only $30. And they're small -- pretend your hand is in a mitten and subtract your thumb...about that size. They're not meant to provide music for a party so don't expect it amazing quality sound. They're not designed to be used on the ocean as your boat's only radio. Don't drop it off a cliff and expect it to be good as new. They're designed to be a compact combination radio/flashlight that can be a lifesaver if you ever need it.
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Initial post: Mar 12, 2012 1:52:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 12, 2012 1:54:26 PM PDT
"Gulp", indeed! Good for you for being prepared. I was the Director of a large children's agency when Hurricane Andrew struck Miami and I went there immediately after the hurricane to assist for a couple of weeks. Quite a challenge with one residential facility for severely emotionaly disturbed children and one for delinquent teens. But a tornado hit our own neighborhood this past weekend and we were 100 yards from its path of destruction. Much damage to our neighbors' homes and we couldn't get out for several days because of downed trees and power lines. I'm retired now and have a 92 year old mother. It's a different experience - in contrast to volunteering to help others - when one is hit one's self. Thanks for your review of the weather radio. I have one, but this one sounds better. Do keep safe.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 4:30:29 AM PDT
usb would work in power outages if you get a power inverter for your car's cigarette lighter that has a usb input.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2012 8:13:03 AM PDT
Karen Leak says:
Do you know if this will charge a Samsung Intensity II? It's a non-usb phone. thanks!
Posted on Nov 14, 2012 8:36:45 AM PST
The USB ins't to charge the radio battery. It is to use the radio to charge a cell phone.
Posted on Dec 1, 2012 10:38:31 PM PST
Trying to understand how it charges the phone...Will it charge the phone if you do not have access to a car adapter/usb port simply by solar p0wer or will it ONLY charge the phone by using the usb cord w/ usb port??
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2013 6:01:07 PM PDT
Right 2 Arm Bears says:
WELL, did you use the emgcy radio-weather flashlight or not?
Posted on Jan 13, 2014 6:14:42 PM PST
joking, aren't you? bought an eton -- different radio. case started coming off. complained to eton. finally, they said to send it back for replacement. did that. radios disappeared at eton. calls to eton went to operations manager, who doubles at warehouse. latest is a promise to actually send something by untraceable mail. i'm not holding my breath. suspect they are lost in the mail...
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