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Eton American Red Cross Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub with Weather Radio and USB Cell Phone Charger (ARCPT300W)
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- Digital tuner with AM (520-1710 KHz) & FM (87-108MHz), NOAA weatherband - all 7 channels plus Alert
- Flashing beacon red LED light, Can be powered from three different sources:
- 1) Self-Powered Aluminum crank with Hand Turbine Technology. 2) From 3 AAA batteries (not included) 3) AC Power (not included)
- Connectors with rubber gaskets/plugs to seal out moisture, 3.5 mm headphone output, DC-in, USB cell phone charger and AUX-IN input
- Rechargeable NiMH battery
- Includes: USB cable, owner's manual, warranty card
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Self-Powered Safety Hub with AM/FM/NOAA Weather Alert and USB Cell Phone Charger
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American Red Cross Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub ARCPT300W
A self-powered device that's designed to prepare for the worst of situations
The American Red Cross ARCPT300W Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub has everything you'd need in the event of an emergency, power outage or natural disaster. It has a variety of features that will help you whether you're on the road or at home without any power. It can be hand cranked or plugged into a laptop or AC adapter via mini-USB (included) or powered by 3 AAA batteries (not included).
Features that can be put to use in emergencies
The Axis is equipped with an AM/FM/NOAA weather radio. You can tune into a variety of AM/FM stations and also 7 preset NOAA weather channels. To access these stations select the AM, FM or WB (weather band) channel 1-7 with the band selector switch. For best reception, make sure to fully extend the telescopic antenna for FM or WB stations. Scroll through your desired stations with the easy-to-use TUNE knob.
For best reception, make sure to fully extend the telescopic antenna for FM or WB stations. Scroll through your desired stations with the easy-to-use TUNE knob. The weather channels come pre-programmed as follows:
The NOAA Alert feature makes tracking the weather a breeze
After tuning into your local weather channel, the radio can be set to the Alert function by pressing the ALERT button below and to the right of the LCD screen. When pressed, the radio turns the sound off, but continues to monitor the NOAA station of your region. The Alert text will be flashing on the screen when this function is on. If Alert broadcasts on this frequency, the sound turns back on automatically and you will hear the Alert message broadcast. To turn this function off, press ALERT again and you'll notice it is gone from the screen.
Using and charging the rechargeable battery couldn't be easier
The rechargeable NI-MH (nickel-metal hydride) battery is in the rear battery compartment and can be charged a few different ways. Plug the battery into the socket adjacent to it, press the DYN button (front right side of the radio) and then press the POWER button. You can also charge via USB located under the DC-IN on the back of the radio. Plug into any computer or charging device and press DYN, then POWER.
The Axis can charge cell phones
The Axis has a low voltage protection circuit to deter the battery from dropping too low in voltage for cell phone charging. If the battery symbol shows three bars, it is capable of supporting a cell phone. When it begins blinking, charging will stop and a recharge of the Axis’ battery is required to resume cell phone charging.
To charge cell phones:
After about 20 minutes of charging, the phone should have about 20-25 minutes of talk time.
You can also hand crank the Axis to recharge a cell phone. Just press the DYN button and turn the crank for 7 minutes. This will result in about 5 minutes of talk time.
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Top customer reviews
- 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
- 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.
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.
I bought this one on sale as well to replace a much earlier Eton American Red Cross FR-400 radio that had suffered damage. Had I paid the full currently advertised price I would have felt cheated - as it is, even with the sale price, I still feel that I've paid too much.
The design of ARCPT300W is okay. The LED display is very welcome for accurate tuning. The handle lends itself to easy carrying, particularly when using the flashlight feature. There is a four-button switch panel. You have to choose the power source first, either DYN to use the internal rechargeable Ni-MH battery or BATT to use three AAA cells.
Recharging the Ni-MH battery is done by turning the crank. According to the manual, 1 minute of cranking will power the radio for 5 minutes at low volume. My results were slightly better than that. You can also recharge the Ni-MH through a USB port connected to your computer or an AC adapter. A full charge takes 8 hours, according to the manual, and supposedly will power the radio for 4 to 5 hours, but my experience has tended toward the lower number. You can play the radio while charging through a computer USB port. I was able to do this. But when I tried an AC adapter, I encountered hum so bad that I could not hear the station. I will have to check that out further with other adapters. The regular AAA batteries, if you use them, drain very quickly even with the radio off, the alert feature turned off and the unit charging.I would strongly suggest not leaving the AAA batteries in the unit when you are not using it.
By the way, the USB cable supplied with the unit is only about 18 inches long.
Reception on AM and FM was excellent, the latter using the built-in extendable antenna. You can tune 7 NOAA stations and in my area, I had excellent reception on two of them.
I haven't tried the cell phone charging feature. Supposedly you can charge it from the built-in NI-MH battery if it is at half or more capacity. The manual also states that you can crank at 130 RPM for 7 minutes to charge the cell phone enough for 5 minutes of talk time. That's a lot of cranking to be sure, but when the main power is down, it would be worth it.
There's a white light 4 LED diode flashlight which is adequate and a 1-diode red flasher which strikes me as being of limited usefulness. There is also an audio-in connector for using this with MP3 players and such.
Build quality is barely adequate, if that. It appears to be all plastic and it is doubtful it would survive being dropped, so handle with care. The lettering on the carry handle has rubbed off after being carried room to room a few times. No carrying case or AC adapter is supplied.
Overall, I think Eton has downgraded its quality to the point where the product value is questionable. At the full price, I would have been unhappy - at the sale price, I still feel somewhat cheated. As I mentioned earlier, I am a long-time Eton customer. The FR-400 radio this one is replacing was superb: this one has a more useful design in some ways, but I think the quality is lower in some respects. On the whole, I am no longer impressed with Eton quality and will be looking for an alternative.
$1.02 from the sale of each unit goes to the Red Cross...and that in a small way is for a good cause.
I'll more than likely not even bother using the crank or will be charging a phone with it,but it's good that it's there.
Makes a nice desk or bedside radio. If you travel outside North America, the AM band steps in fixed 10 kHz steps,unlike 9 kHz for Europe,Asia,and Africa. It won't work well overseas and unlike other digital radios,there is no way to change that setting.
Best advice is not to pack it for an overseas trip.
As others have pointed out,it isn't waterproof,and I'll caution not even splash proof.
So take it for what it is and you won't be disappointed.