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kablooie
12-04-2011, 1:13 PM
any ideas for a good radio that wont break the bank? also a usb charger with it would be a nice feature.
tia,
louie

Fjold
12-04-2011, 1:40 PM
AM/FM? or two way?

I gave these to some guys in Africa because batteries are expensive there.

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2666027&010=3639346&cid=CSE:PriceGrabber&003=3935318

$26

There are a whole bunch listed here.

http://www.nextag.com/hand-crank-radio/shop-html

jonnyt16
12-04-2011, 2:10 PM
The latest Cheaper Than Dirt catalog has the Voyager Dynamo radio for $59. Solar, battery, and crank powered it has AM/FM, shortwave 1 & 2, and seven NOAA weather bands. USB cable is included as well.

http://ii.alatest.com/product/full/1/f/Kaito-Electronics-Inc-KA500BLK-Voyager-Solar-Dynamo-Emergency-Radio-Black-0.jpg

Steve1968LS2
12-04-2011, 2:34 PM
Would the PRO model be a better choice?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051QJJ1E/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_3?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B001EUG3II&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1BH6795SEA47H9Z7TPZ0

thenodnarb
12-04-2011, 5:41 PM
I have this one:
http://www.rei.com/zoom/ss/d988e297-0f6b-4e47-8346-e312426d946d.jpg

jonnyt16
12-04-2011, 6:10 PM
Would the PRO model be a better choice?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051QJJ1E/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_3?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B001EUG3II&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1BH6795SEA47H9Z7TPZ0
I don't know, but for an emergency type radio I don't think having a digital tuner, alarm clock, calender, and humidty meter is all that necessary and would rather not pay extra for it.

kablooie
12-04-2011, 8:43 PM
this is one (http://www.amazon.com/American-ARCFR160R-Microlink-Self-Powered-Flashlight/dp/B001QTXKCE/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top) i saw a while ago and thought it was good. i like the kaitos better based on comparing the two.

DJ Skillz
12-04-2011, 9:05 PM
I have this one:
http://www.rei.com/zoom/ss/d988e297-0f6b-4e47-8346-e312426d946d.jpg

I have this one as well. Pretty good radio for the size and price. It can even charge a cell phone. The only problem is it can't take regular batteries and can't plug in to charge. It can only charge with solar or crank.

problemchild
12-04-2011, 9:28 PM
CCrane has one too.

Solar + windup

http://www.ccrane.com/radios/wind-up-emergency-radios/cc-solar-observer-wind-up-emergency-radio.aspx

http://www.ccrane.com/images/large/cc-solar-observer.png

http://www.ccrane.com/images/large/cc-solar-observer-right.jpg

thenodnarb
12-04-2011, 9:53 PM
I have this one as well. Pretty good radio for the size and price. It can even charge a cell phone. The only problem is it can't take regular batteries and can't plug in to charge. It can only charge with solar or crank.

Yeah, I've left it in my pack before and the radio must have turned on because my last outing, it was dead when I pulled it out of the pack. Now I leave the thing on the dash of my truck so it charges and is ready to go.

TurboChrisB
12-05-2011, 7:01 PM
I have the Eton and it's more than sufficient.

SDM44
12-05-2011, 8:14 PM
I have this one as well. Pretty good radio for the size and price. It can even charge a cell phone. The only problem is it can't take regular batteries and can't plug in to charge. It can only charge with solar or crank.

I have the Eton as well in all of my cars and in my BOB. Great portable radio and it picks up radio stations really well.

The only thing is the charger will not charge an iPhone, but only "regular" cell phones just fine, and only a select number of smart phones (lots of reviews and tests online for this).

Salty
12-06-2011, 6:43 PM
We have this one that we got from Radio Shack a few years ago. Receives AM, FM, and weather. It also used to receive TV audio, but I'm assuming that's no longer the case with the whole switch over to digital (honestly, haven't tried). Also has a little LED flashlight in the side, and a pretty rugged rubberized case. You crank it and it works, pretty decent reception. Can also take batteries or be plugged into the wall. When it was new, a minute of cranking would get you maybe 15-20 minutes of radio play, but it seems like that's shortened up a bit. Not much else I can say about it.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2807555

http://rsk.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pRS1C-3912564_rshalt1_dt.jpg

scarville
12-06-2011, 7:24 PM
I have the Eton and it's more than sufficient.
Me too. One for each member of the family and a spare.

The Geologist
12-06-2011, 8:00 PM
Baygen Freeplay. Might be Freeplay brand now

donger
12-06-2011, 8:59 PM
I also have the Eton.

G-forceJunkie
12-06-2011, 10:35 PM
A little bigger, but the GMRS could be nice if communicating a short distance would be advantagous.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000P0O12I/ref=asc_df_B000P0O12I1805999?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=nextagus0007684-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B000P0O12I

DavidR310
12-08-2011, 10:14 PM
I have the Eton FR600, on paper it is nice. In reality it is way overpriced POS!

AM (520-1700 KHz), FM (88-108 MHz), shortwave (5800-12200 KHz) NOAA weather - all 7 channels plus "alert" S.A.M.E. technology (location based weather alerts) Digital tuner with AM, FM, WB, SW bands Digital display - easy to read, large, green LED illuminated backlit Digital clock function - 12-hour clock with alarm function, snooze, and sleep timer Power source - built-in rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack Solar power

http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/public/AuAVyqtPeVIf95sr_DH0Bf_QCsd6L9FNUZ6Fy-aRgVXOiPYFL4hsPWmPgWukA6OTsMsSLisynZKDOqsM1VFsSjDv MBf6XJcR46CUrw8n52_KEyRA_jCkBFfyd5fn5HPuZqithiN1yi xVC4G-kOhB

I don't own it, but good reviews for the Scorpion though:

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Allentu
12-09-2011, 12:46 AM
I own the Eton Scorpion. It is a good and heavy duty equipment for what it is but keep in mind that ALL solar charging devices are intended to be kept in the sun. Its how it works yet....thats were the trouble lies....HEAT AND ELECTRONICS DONT MIX! The device no longer holds a good charge. I can leave the light out to charge, not use it...and try to use it at night and its completly drained. i can however still crank the thing and it will power on like normal. all and all....the solar seems like a wasted feature....