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Etn American Red Cross ARCFR600R Solarlink Digital AM/FM/SW/NOAA S.A.M.E. Weather Radio with Flashlight, Siren, Solar and CellPhone Charger (Red) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • AM (520-1700 KHz), FM (88-108 MHz), SW NOAA weather – all 7 channels plus “
  • Digital display with LED illuminated backlit Digital clock function with alarm snooze
  • From the AC via USB adapter (not included); Solar power which charges Ni-MH battery
  • USB cell phone charger (USB cable not included) Connectors
  • Dimensions: 7.75” X 8.5” X 2.5” and 196.9 x 215.9 x 63.5 mm
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Eton
  • Model Number: ARCFR600R
  • Power Source Type: Corded-Electric, Solar, Battery
  • Item Height: 8.5 inches
  • Item Length: 2.5 inches
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Product Description

Product Description

Self-Powered Digital AM/FM/SW/NOAA, S.A.M.E. Weather Radio with Flashlight, Siren, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger

From the Manufacturer

Tune_in: to the American Red Cross SOLARLINK FR600 by Etón

Etón Corporation makes some of the most highly regarded emergency radios in the industry. Our radios can operate without batteries. Turn the crank to power them up, or in the case of the Etón SOLARLINK, harness the power of the sun. Listen to AM or FM radio for important updates, use the built-in flashlight to find your way around in the dark, and turn on the emergency siren to help rescuers find you. You can also charge up your cell phone so that you can get in touch with loved ones.

The American Red Cross SOLARLINK FR600 is dependable in any situation

Radios for Everyday Preparedness

The American Red Cross SOLARLINK FR600 by Etón does more than keep you connected. This state-of-the-art self-powered radio represents versatile functionality, skillful construction, impressive design and ultimate preparedness.

The SOLARLINK FR600 can be powered with hand-crank power generator, via the sun’s light through its skillfully constructed solar panel, with a rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack or via AC Adapter – that gives the user four options for powering up this powerful unit! Additional American Red Cross recommended features include AM/FM reception, all seven NOAA weather bands and Alert functionality, built-in flashlight, flashing red LED emergency light, emergency siren as well as built-in USB cell phone charging capabilities. Luxurious features that distinguish the SOLARLINK FR600 from other emergency radios are a digital tuner, Shortwave, Alarm/Clock functionality and Auxiliary input so that other audio sources can be utilized.

This new spin on an Etón classic incorporates our award winning design and standard feature sets into a sleek easy to use package. It is a multifunctional, portable device ready for any emergency.

No one likes to think about disaster, but being prepared can make chances of surviving one much greater. Included with the purchase of this product is an American Red Cross preparedness guide as well as a donation to the American Red Cross.

Self-powered and multifunctional to give you what you need...
        when you need it.


Solar/Hand Crank
Generate energy to power this sleek unit by simply setting it under the sun or with a few turns of the hand crank. Free yourself and ease your mind with self-powered radio broadcasts anytime anywhere.
Digital AM/FM/SW/NOAA, S.A.M.E. Weather Radio
For precise tuning on any band whether it’s AM (520-1710 KHz), FM (87-108 MHz), Shortwave (5800-12200 KHz), or S.A.M.E. Technology (location based weather alerts)
USB phone charger
Charge virtually any phone or small electrical device with this added feature.
AUX-IN & Headphone Jack
Simply plug any iPod or mp3 player and take your music with you.
Listen to your music without distractions
4 built in LEDs to light your way through the dark.

The technology featured in the SOLARLINK ensures that you will have everything you need in any situation. With its digital tuner, flashlight, siren and cell phone charging capabilities, one could argue it’s not just a radio, but a necessity for any emergency. So don’t be left in the dark. Be prepared with the American Red Cross SOLARLINK by Etón.

Designed with your adventure in mind.

Rugged Design and Reliable Redundant Power Sources

The American Red Cross SOLARLINK offers multiple communication options, maximizing your ability to stay connected with others no matter the situation. During the day, a built-in siren can emit a loud "SOS" tone to announce your presence. Long-distance signaling at night can be achieved by activating the bright red magnified LED signal beacon. The SOLARLINK also comes equipped with a bright four-LED flashlight, ensuring that you'll never be left in the dark. The red LED signal light can also be used, allowing you to see without affecting your night vision. Clever case design protects the analog controls from damage, while rubber gaskets and plugs help keep moisture out of the unit.

Having a device that sports multiple modes of communication means nothing if there is no way to power it. Etón has designed the SOLARLINK FR600 with that thought in mind, and it can be powered in several ways. The built-in rechargeable battery pack can be charged from the integrated dynamo hand crank, or from an optional USB adapter. An array of water resistant, shatterproof, high performance glass encapsulated amorphous solar cells can also run the SOLARLINK FR600. They are efficient enough to power the unit under direct sunlight. These multiple power supplies can also be used to recharge cell phones via USB charging cable (not included).



Award-Winning Designs

Etón Corporation’s line of independent, self-powered radios have won numerous awards and recognitions. We are committed to progressive product development and stellar design technologies. Some of the awards Etón has been honored with are:

Peace of Mind

No one likes to think about disaster. But planning for one can make it easier for you and your family to get through it all. We have a preparedness guide endorsed by the American Red Cross, which can be downloaded at www.etoncorp.com/American_Red_Cross. As an added bonus, when you buy an American Red Cross by Etón product, a portion of your purchase goes to help rebuild communities that have been hit by natural disasters. Etón emergency communications devices are an important addition to any emergency kit. And, with our donations to help communities where disaster has struck, this is a purchase you can feel good about.

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Comparison Chart - Etón Family

NOAA Weather
Digital Tuner
Crank Power
Solar Powered
Cell Phone Charger
LED Flashlight
Flashing Beacon
Emergency Siren
Alarm Clock
USB Compatible

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.25 x 8.25 in and 19.0 x 5.7 x 20.9 cm (L x W x H)
  • Weight: 1.69lbs
  • Accessories: owner's manual, warranty card

  • Product Information

    Product Dimensions 2.5 x 7.8 x 8.5 inches
    Item Weight 2 pounds
    Shipping Weight 2 pounds
    Manufacturer Eton
    Item model number ARCFR600R
    Customer Reviews
    3.6 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews

    3.6 out of 5 stars
    Best Sellers Rank #181 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Compact Radios & Stereos > Emergency Radios
    #970 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > Radios
    Date first available at Amazon.com February 1, 2009

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    Nice features - great for camping. While outdoors in sunny weather can charge the ni-mh battery pack with solar while listening. You can also charge with a USB cable via your computer (you don't need to buy the AC adaptor).

    Nice sound on the FM and AM bands - short wave nice option for those really remote areas - (but is there really anything on SW to listen too?). Digital tuning a real plus - I never could tune a station properly with analog dials

    This has a 'true' hand crank generator. Yes you can charge your cell phone or anything that charges via USB cable (i.e things you plug it into your computer to charge). Good only for emergency charging (too much cranking to fully charge a cell phone) - but this is a real crank generator charger, unlike some other products I have purchased.


    Battery hog, (good thing you can recharge)

    It is more rugged than most radios, but this is not really waterproof - don't leave it out in the rain

    Expensive - in the end you get a mono radio, sure you get a crank generator but this thing 'aint cheep.

    Solor only works in bright direct sunlight (no clouds).

    Manual - what manual?

    Flashlight ok - but SOS LED flasher and siren are worthless. Those are just marketing items to get you to buy the radio.

    Weather alert -NOAA SAME code descrimiter is buggy and weather alerts go off (when my other SAME radio does not) randomly. Eton custom service don't know how to fix this issue, and I've even had replacement radios sent. If you buy this radio for NOAA alerts using S.A.M.E. this is a big problem. I did and a big reason why I am rating this radio low. For $80 a radio should work properly. IF you don't care about S.A.M.E.
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    Bought this multi-use emergency radio for use during power outages and other emergencies. When I received the radio (loved the case and knobs) I cranked the generator for about 1-2 minutes and gave it a try. Volume was very good and dialing in the stations was quick and easy. I set all defaults then GONE - battery died. I then cranked the generator for over 5 minutes and again set things up and played with everything for about 3 minutes and the battery died again. I then added 3 AA Energizer batteries, cranked the generator again for 3-5 minutes. I set the switch to the generator mode for the evening and set the alert system to monitor for a single county. In the morning, the unit was dead again and not only the built in battery was dead, the 3 new AA batteries were also dead. As a final test, I took the unit outside and placed the solar panel in direct sunlight. (even moved it during the day to track the sun). I turned it off that evening and did the same the next day. When I turned the unit on the FM radio it died in less than 30 minutes.
    NOW, here is the biggie and I would caution anyone thinking about buying this product. I emailed Eton Customer service.
    QUOTE -
    Thanks for the email Mr. J. I need to know if you were trying to charge it through a window. The solar charger only charges with the radio in direct sunlight, not through a window or in shade, with the power selector switch in the solar position while charging.

    Cranking for 90 seconds should allow the radio to play for about 5 minutes, at low volume.
    The FR600 is a digital receiver with NOAA and S.A.M.E. technology. It is therefore harder on batteries than other radios.
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    This is a review of the Etón American Red Cross ARCFR600R Solarlink Digital AM/FM/SW/NOAA S.A.M.E. Weather Radio with Flashlight, Siren, Solar and Cell Phone Charger in Red.

    My interest is usually in survival products, particularly in coolers and flashlights. In this case, I was looking for a emergency weather radio that had a NOAA feature and could be powered through various means. This product appeared to meet everything I could ask for in an emergency radio.

    I actually just received the product yesterday and spent the entire evening trying out every feature at least two to three times. I did not bother reading the manual as I wanted to see how intuitive this radio is and if I could figure out how to use the features easily. Like a previous review noted, once you figure it out, it is easy to set up presets, time, and date. The display lights up with a bright, even, white backlit display. The only complaint I would have is about the backlight not staying on very long. But I understand that this helps conserve battery power.

    From the appearance, this radio appears to be sturdy, having a rubberized covering that appears to be sealed well. The radio has some heft as well, and you can see deep-set screws along the body, that holds the radio together snug. The rest of the radio is made of plastic, including the knobs of the dials, which in my opinion is not a bad thing. The antenna fits in snug, which provides protection should the radio suffer from a fall. Even the solar panel is set in a little, which will protect the panel if the radio should drop. Bottom line is that Eton has taken measures to create a sturdy and practical design for this radio. I did not test this radio for water resistance due to the pricey $80 cost.
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