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3.0 out of 5 stars turns on accidentally - hmm..., September 30, 2011
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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This radio on paper offers pretty good features. And yet, I don't really like it.

Pros:
- Crank charger means you will never be out of batteries
- AM and FM radio bands + US weather radio, with decent reception and sound quality
- LED flashlight
- Can be charged via USB or charge your phone via USB
- Among the hand-cranked radio-meets-flashlight combos, this is probably one of the higher quality ones (other no-name ones I have seen feel flimsier)

Cons:
- Turns on by itself way too easily. I had it in my trunk during a recent trip and the battery would die for no good reason because the thing would turn itself on due to some minimal contact with something else. Other times I would open the trunk and find the red beacon light would be happily blinking :)
- Red beacon mode is useless.
- Overly complicated - most functions require the manual to figure out. For something that bills itself as a survival tool, this is unacceptable.
- Bulky enought not to fit in any of my pockets and so it is unlikely to travel with me or be around when I may actually need it.

It functions OK and does what it is supposed to. However, I feel that a small flashlight, a battery powered radio, and a few extra batteries are more compact and will serve you better than this contraption. For me this would be a backup to a backup, definitely not the first tool I reach for, even in a disaster, let alone on daily basis.

Not recommended.
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Showing 1-3 of 3 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Jan 1, 2012 6:10:27 AM PST
Brimstone says:
Is it possible it turned itself on because it has an 'alert' Radio Warning System feature?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2013 1:53:39 PM PDT
y2kdaddio says:
That would be why

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 11:33:21 AM PST
J.C. says:
Never say never (out of batteries), if left sitting the built in NiCd or NiMH, or even Li-Ion cell will probably shelf rot in same # of years as if you bought a lithium primary AA cell powered radio instead. I suppose it could have longer lasting supercapacitors, but at this price point and physical size it couldn't have enough of them for decent runtime.

So it may be good if someone has to hole up for several days at the same location without power, but why would one do that? Natural disaster I suppose but in that case you probably want something more substantial too.
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