Red Cross Solar/Turbine Powered Weather Radio

Red Cross Solar/Turbine Powered Weather Radio
Price: $17.99
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Red Cross Solar/Turbine Powered Weather Radio
Price: $17.99
Shipping Options: $5 Standard OR $9 Two-Day OR $12 One-Day
Condition: New

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Solid reviews (4.1 out of 5.0) over at walmart.com

I bought one of these about a year ago and I can vouch for them. The light works well enough, the AM, FM, and Weather bands are accurate and sensitive. The solar takes a while but the crank works great on the light and radio. It says you can get 2 minutes of operation time on a previously dead cellphone if you crank away for 20 minutes while charging it and as soon as I start my next diet I’ll give it a try.

There’s a better deal on ebay, similar item by “Eton”…$9.99 including shipping! Copy and paste the link below:

Doesn’t look like the one on ebay has solar charging, does it?

It doesn’t have the solar charging or the ability to charge cell phones.

I don’t believe so.

I have this exact model. It’s well built and quite nice!

The most surprising thing to me was how good the radio sounds. It’s much better than you’d expect from something this size. And much better than my Sony transistor radio.

Anyone able to find specs on the battery / output?

The one on eBay has a useless tuning dial… the only frequency markings are at the extreme ends of the scale.

The AM tuning scale is marked 520…1710 and the FM scale is marked 88…108. Try finding a station at 1020, or 101.7, or whatever. Which little dot on the dial is the frequency you want?

IMHO the one linked above is absolutely useless, especially if you are looking for a specific station in an emergency.

I work for a large Intnl. non-profit. We do humanitarian relief in very remote places around the world way off the grid.

What I need is something small (for travel), something that will power my small electrics ie…cellphone, batteries etc… something that gives me some light at night, lots of light! Something that I can just put out in the sun for the day to charge (no need to buy and replace batteries!).

Same as what anyone would need during a power outage at home.

We travel with a SunPortX1 solar light &charger from www.CompactSolarDevices.com
It’s a fraction of the price of the big solar chargers and it does what you need in a small package.

So it’s just the internal Ni-MH battery? Does it come with a plug to power or charge it?

Doesn’t look like it. Only crank or solar charge.

Manual

From the features text:

This does not sound like a selling point.

Lots of functionality in this little device.

Kudos for acknowledging the battery type as NiMh unlike some vendors who hide crappy NiCd batteries in their product. We have a drawer full of failed hand crank NiCd flashlights.

LOL on “analog tuner” to describe good ol’ string and pulley tuning. :wink:

This doesn’t seem to have weather radio though – just the light and solar panel. Nice if you’re somewhere without radio signal but if I lose power that is one thing I want. Also to charge phones you need to use the dynamo, it won’t charge them off the solar panel or internal battery.

Look at the picture. It has weather bands 1-7.