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5.0 out of 5 stars It does EVERYTHING I want it to do, November 9, 2012
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I placed my order for 2 radios @2215 6 Nov. I received them 2 days later even though I paid for the cheapest & slowest shipping costs. I don't believe it's possible for the radios to be damaged in transit, that is how good the packaging is designed.

AFTER READING THE MANUAL - I followed the instructions step for step & everything worked as advertised.

THE LITHIUM ION BATTERY - is readily available from any battery store unlike all the competitor radios that have proprietary batteries that are expensive & must be bought from the mfg. I've uploaded a photo showing the battery & back of the radio.

AM & FM RECEPTION - is excellent & static free even inside the metal building of my employer.

CHARGING - my radio charges itself using the solar panel from inside my apt using indirect sunlight. I've uploaded a photo showing the paragraph that was omitted from the manual, it has to do with CHARGING & was included with my radio.

AC & DC POWER SUPPLY ADAPTORS - the output voltage from both is 5 volts, same as my Garmin AC & DC adaptors, so I am able to use them instead of having to buy the optional Ambient Weather AC & DC adaptors.

I plan to use the radio for every day use & use the ac power supply at night when I want the weather ALERT, to be active.

I plan to buy a couple more to give as Christmas presents because this is a practical & functionally useful piece of equipment

I don't have a cell phone so I can't comment on whether or not the hand crank will charge a cell phone battery enough to make a call
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Initial post: Nov 11, 2012 2:00:34 PM PST
Robert David says:
From what I understand you don't need to use the hand crank to make a cell phone call per se. You just charge up the radio and then plug in the depleted cell phone and the radio starts transferring battery power over to the cell phone. This can be accomplished either by charging up the radio via solar cell, hand crank, internal lithium rechargeable, or even using a set of new AAA batteries. Sounds sweet to me! Ordered two of these already.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 2:58:47 PM PST
Bill Cole says:
You've got it RIGHT.

BTW, I just uploaded a couple of photos. Move your mouse over the photo & lil boxes will magically appear giving you more detailed info of what you are looking at
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