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Lone Kimono
09-05-2011, 10:07
I've been trying to research which crank radio to buy. A few sites recommended the Eton FR160B. Is there a better one in that price range? I like it, but wish it had other power sources.

http://www.amazon.com/FR160B-Microlink-Self-Powered-Weather-Flashlight/dp/B001QTXKB0/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2VKO9979PB1RI&colid=1IOD4TLQZB7HO

cowboy1964
09-05-2011, 12:57
I have the larger FR360 Eton that I got free through work. It's ok but not of the quality I really want. It's very plasticky and the knobs and crank handle feel like they could break fairly easily. It also uses AAA batteries and I would prefer AA. But, it works... until it doesn't!

Kevin108
09-05-2011, 14:23
I've been looking at http://www.ambientweather.com/amwr088red.html

Copying from the web page:


Ambient Weather WR-088-RED Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio, Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger (Red)
A must for any emergency toolkit, the WR-088 is an AM/FM NOAA Weather Alert Radio and a powerful 3 LED flashlight, with cell phone, MP3, MP4, Amazon KindleTM and USB charger, all in one tiny package.

The WR-088 is a five way charger - charge from a USB device (computer), AC or wall power (with optional converter), DC or car charger (with optional converter), hand crank, or solar panel. The Ambient Weather WR-088 is a radio that you and your family can depend on, anytime, anywhere, any weather.

The WR-088 sets itself apart from other crank chargers - you can fully charge the WR-088 through the USB/AC/DC adaptor, and when you need it, charge the cell phone/mp3/mp4/USB with no cranking. Other crank chargers require continuous hand cranking to charge a device.

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-37697109791737_2173_370963962

R_W
09-05-2011, 15:47
Everyone I have looked at in person SUCKS--they are cheap plastic that won't hold up.

The Eton 600 has the right feature set (digital am-fm-wx-sw) but is too big and gets horrible reviews. I would take those features in a ruggedized compact package.

Lone Kimono
09-05-2011, 16:44
I've been looking at http://www.ambientweather.com/amwr088red.html

Copying from the web page:


Ambient Weather WR-088-RED Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio, Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger (Red)
A must for any emergency toolkit, the WR-088 is an AM/FM NOAA Weather Alert Radio and a powerful 3 LED flashlight, with cell phone, MP3, MP4, Amazon KindleTM and USB charger, all in one tiny package.

The WR-088 is a five way charger - charge from a USB device (computer), AC or wall power (with optional converter), DC or car charger (with optional converter), hand crank, or solar panel. The Ambient Weather WR-088 is a radio that you and your family can depend on, anytime, anywhere, any weather.

The WR-088 sets itself apart from other crank chargers - you can fully charge the WR-088 through the USB/AC/DC adaptor, and when you need it, charge the cell phone/mp3/mp4/USB with no cranking. Other crank chargers require continuous hand cranking to charge a device.

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-37697109791737_2173_370963962
I'm not happy with the quality of most of the crank radios I've seen either, but that one looks OK. I like all the different charging options. Is it usually close to the sale price of $23?

Lone Kimono
09-05-2011, 16:46
http://www.amazon.com/Ambient-Weather-Emergency-Flashlight-Charger/dp/B004H1ZNR8/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1315262731&sr=1-1

The reviews on Amazon seem positive. I think that might be the way to go, thanks! Even if it's cheap it's not something I'll hopefully be using often.

Kevin108
09-05-2011, 22:20
Glad to see it on Amazon! I hate having to hand out payment information to every little site out there. My fiance wants to get me something for my birthday next month so I think I'll send her your link!

Lone Kimono
09-05-2011, 22:38
I feel the same. I actually paid a few dollars more for something on Amazon this weekend just so I wouldn't have to do that. Hope you enjoy your birthday gift ;)

collim1
09-05-2011, 23:58
I have had a Freeplay Ranger for years. It is my boat radio. It can run off solar power, hand crank, or you can pre-charge it.

Ronaldo
09-06-2011, 09:01
The consumer radios are adequate but not for long-term usage. What I would really like is one og the Humanitarian Radios by Freeplay. Made for use in the jungle and the middle of Africa, very durable and reliable. However, not available for general sale!

http://www.freeplayenergy.com/page-view.php?pagename=Humanitarian-Products-page&language=

Ronaldo

Lone Kimono
09-10-2011, 08:34
It's interesting you both suggested the Freeplay radios which also have SW. I just came on here to ask about a Katio I found with one, although Freeplay looks like a better setup. I'm going to have to check them out. I think a crank SW could be invaluable in a disaster.

I'll post the Katio anyway just in case it's any good.

http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_CM%20R977_A_name_E_Kaito%C2%AE%20Black%20Voyager%E2%84%A2

Lone Kimono
09-10-2011, 08:41
I have had a Freeplay Ranger for years. It is my boat radio. It can run off solar power, hand crank, or you can pre-charge it.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like they are selling the Ranger anymore, at least in the US.

Lone Kimono
09-12-2011, 12:56
Glad to see it on Amazon! I hate having to hand out payment information to every little site out there. My fiance wants to get me something for my birthday next month so I think I'll send her your link!

Just as an FYI, something happened and all of a sudden they are out of stock on Amazon and Ambient Weather's site.

RED64CJ5
09-12-2011, 13:47
I'm going against conventional "wisdom" to buy online these days.

If you check the local Radio Shack (maybe watch their ads,) you will find they put their re-branded crank radios on sale several times annually. I've literally saved the price of 2 or three radios. Radio Shack is always carrying these and the NOAA SAME radios on some sale or another. At way better than mail/internet order prices.

cowboy1964
09-12-2011, 14:24
nutnfancy once showed his crank radio during a backpack review. It sounded like a coffee grinder when he cranked it. Something to be aware of when shopping for one. My Eton is very quiet.

RED64CJ5
09-12-2011, 16:30
I failed to mention many of the Radio Shack models are rebranded Eton radios. (no, I don't work for them nor am I a frequent shopper)

Kevin108
09-16-2011, 05:47
I'm going against conventional "wisdom" to buy online these days.

If you check the local Radio Shack (maybe watch their ads,) you will find they put their re-branded crank radios on sale several times annually. I've literally saved the price of 2 or three radios. Radio Shack is always carrying these and the NOAA SAME radios on some sale or another. At way better than mail/internet order prices.

I don't usually buy anything except food and beer locally. There's a Radio Shack right down the street, literally. I don't think of it as anything but a cell phone store most of the time but occasionally I stop in for odd batteries and electrical connectors. I'll have to stop by and see if they have anything.

RED64CJ5
09-16-2011, 06:19
I don't think of it as anything but a cell phone store most of the time but occasionally I stop in for odd batteries and electrical connectors. I'll have to stop by and see if they have anything.

Sadly, your opinion of them is mirrored by many of my friends in the ham radio community. They used to be a great source for electronics but now they mostly sell cell phones, digital cameras, and batteries.

However, there are good deals and unique items to be occasionally had at Radio Shacks -- their rebranded Eton and the NOAA radios.