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Eton Scorpion ll Rugged Portable Emergency Weather Radio with Smartphone Charger, NSP101WXGR
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- Receives AM/FM/NOAA Weatherband to keep you informed and entertained
- NOAA Weather Alerts so you know what's coming your way
- Digital tuner and display for precise tuning and reception
- Super bright long lasting ½ watt LED flashlight
- 5V 1A USB output charges smartphones
- Rechargeable 800 mAh lithium battery
- Battery charge indicator so you know how much power you have left
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The Rugged, Portable, Smartphone Charging, Multi-Purpose Digital Radio with Crank Power Back-up and Weather Alert
DIMENSIONS 2.5 x 6.5 x 1.9” (W x H x D) 6.35 x 16.5 x 4.8 cm (W x H x D) Weight: 10.6 oz (0.3 kg).
- AM/FM/NOAA weather bands
- Digital tuner and display
- USB smartphone charging via included cable
- 800 mAh rechargeable lithium battery
- 5V—1A USB output
- Rugged and IPX4 splashproof
- Hand crank power
- Solar power
- Bright LED flashlight
Rugged, Portable Multi-Purpose Digital Radio, Charges Smartphones, and Has Crank Power Back-Up
When emergencies or outdoor adventures take you off the grid, you need a device that can meet your multiple needs. The Etón Scorpion II is a compact unit that you can easily store in a safety kit or toss in your rucksack and take virtually anywhere. With the rugged exterior skin and aluminum carabiner, the Scorpion II is designed to endure any extreme outdoor conditions or emergency situation you may find yourself in the midst of.
This emergency essential includes a crank powered handle, built-in LED flashlight, and USB smartphone charger. The high-quality digital AM/FM tuner provides you with news and entertainment. Not only that, but it also integrates a NOAA weather band receiver that brings you weather forecasts, alerts and other emergency messages—vital to backpackers and travelers.
Rugged and water resistant, ready to go on all of life's adventures. It even has a handy bottle opener in case of an emergency. It's perfect for the home or any outdoor venue.
Ready For Action
With the rugged exterior skin and aluminum carabiner, the Scorpion II is designed to endure any extreme outdoor conditions or emergency situation you may find yourself in the midst of.
Get vital information--from news, weather forecasts and alerts as well as other emergency messages--where and when you need it most.
The internal rechargeable lithium battery can be easily charged before you embark on your next adventures. The Scorpion II also sports crank and solar charging with a battery charge indicator to ensure you are always aware of the amount of power you have remaining.
Light In A Flash
When you are left in the dark, bright long lasting ½ watt LED flashlight lights your way.
The Scorpion II is essential in an emergency with NOAA weatherband that brings news, weather forecasts, alerts. It also can easily charge most smartphones with the USB charger so it is a must in any emergency.
When outdoor adventures or emergencies take you off the grid, you need a device that can meet your multiple needs. The Eton Scorpion II is a compact unit that you can easily store in a safety kit or toss in your rucksack and take with you anywhere you go. With its rugged exterior skin and aluminum carabineer, the Scorpion II is designed to endure any extreme outdoor conditions or emergency situation.
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First the CONS:
1. Contrary to what the Eton site (http://www.etoncorp.com/en/productdisplay/frx5-bt) says, the BT models does not allow for replaceable batteries. As of today (3/6/2017) the Eton page still says "The FRX5-BT powers up in four fabulous ways—via solar panel, hand crank, built-in rechargeable lithium battery, or alkaline batteries." This is true of the regular, non-bluetooth FRX5, but not the bluetooth model. The bluetooth model does not have the battery opening on the bottom.
2. Neither radio allows you to replace the rechargeable battery. This really should be a must for an expensive emergency radio. Rechargeable batteries can only be recharged a certain number of times, and some people chose to leave the radio always plugged in so it will be ready in an emergency. Sony and Midland make emergency radios with replaceable rechargeable batteries, and I wish Eton did likewise. Charge me a couple of extra dollars, but let me have a product that I know I can use for many years, and maybe even have a spare battery for!
3. The buttons are small, their labels are tiny, and they are covered by the handle, making it impossible to look straight down on them. This makes them hard to ready, which would normally be a bad design idea, but given that this is an emergency product, meant to be used by people who maybe have not touched it for months or years, and are now nervous about their upcoming emergency, this is just silly. I think their idea was to protect the buttons (which are back lit, to give them some credit), but where the buttons are located, you are likely to hit them when you carry the radio by its handle. Some of the buttons serve dual purposes, and unless you have the equally hard-to-read tiny manual with you, you would never figure them out on your own. Eton: The buttons need to be larger, with easy-to-read labels, and located where you read them in an emergency situation!
4. The radio's initial configuration is clunky. This is partially due to the radio's flexibility, S.A.M.E, and the different weather bands.
But, it's not all bad. Check the PROS:
1. It works. Once you spend the time to configure it properly, it does what it's designed to do, and signals you with different colors, sirens, or voice, depending on your choices, and if it's signaling a "watch" or a "warning," for instance.
2. It is rugged, has a drop rating, and is splash proof so you can use it in a storm. All of the jacks are covered with rubber, and the buttons will resist the rain.
3. The crank is solid, and can take the stress of repeated use.
4. The weather band reception in my area (Channel 7) works great.
5. I can turn up the volume pretty loud and still understand what the robotic NOAA warnings are saying. This is important if you are trying to listen while a storm or hurricane is in your area.
I hope Eton rethinks this design, and releases a model with the same capabilities but an improved user experience. In the meantime, I am happy with this imperfect radio.
Furthermore, the headphone jack is very sensitive and does not reliably work. I listen to this radio almost exclusively with headphones, so this feature is important to me.
As if these seemingly planned points of failure (antenna and crank) were not enough of a reason to avoid this radio, trying to deal with Etòn through email is very frustrating. This company does not value customer service. I will be careful not to purchase any Etòn products in the future.
All of that said, this radio is rugged and useful. Plan on the crank failing, the antenna failing, and the headphone jack being very touchy. Also, I tried to avoid charging this radio from the USB adapter plugged into a wall outlet (or computer for that matter). I tried to keep this radio charged by only using the hand crank and the solar panel (primarily using solar). The battery would never hold a charge for very long, even if the radio indicated a full charge it would only play for about an hour through headphones. When the crank failed I began charging primarily from a wall adapter and using the solar panel to keep it topped off. This drastically increases the duration that I can listen to this radio.
I like using this radio but after only two months of careful use it is only 15% as useful. I,would consider it a good deal if it cost 10-15 dollars, but for the price I would steer clear.
Nothing against this amazon vendor, it was delivered promptly.