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Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Lone Kimono, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Lone Kimono

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  2. cowboy1964

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    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!
     
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  3. Kevin108

    Kevin108 HADOKEN!

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    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.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. R_W

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    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.
     
  5. Lone Kimono

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    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?
     
  6. Lone Kimono

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  7. Kevin108

    Kevin108 HADOKEN!

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    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!
     
  8. Lone Kimono

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    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 ;)
     
  9. collim1

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    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.
     
  10. Ronaldo

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  11. Lone Kimono

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    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 R977_A_name_E_Kaito® Black Voyager™
     
  12. Lone Kimono

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    Unfortunately, it doesn't look like they are selling the Ranger anymore, at least in the US.
     
  13. Lone Kimono

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    Just as an FYI, something happened and all of a sudden they are out of stock on Amazon and Ambient Weather's site.
     
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  14. RED64CJ5

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    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.
     
  15. cowboy1964

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    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.
     
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  16. RED64CJ5

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    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)
     
  17. Kevin108

    Kevin108 HADOKEN!

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    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.
     
  18. RED64CJ5

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    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.