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8.3 out of 10

Eton FR160

Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Pow Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Eton FR160

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Overall 10

Smartest purchase for camping in inclement weather!

J. Atwell, Amazon
9 October 2014
  • Summary: Wakarusa 2013 was a week of thunderstorms, 50mph winds, tornado threats. Up on the mountain this little guy saved us from losing a lot of our gear. While everyone else was wondering if the storms had passed we had the inside info, were able to lower our canopy and get everything into the tents before the next wave hit. I was able to charge it during the bursts of sunshine, and when that stopped we made a game of turning the crank. It was a life-saver.
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Overall 6

Useful, but didn't last long. Additional features are mediocre.

Redcap, Amazon
16 August 2014
  • Summary: After a year, I noticed the battery barely holds a charge when cranked. If I crank it for 90 seconds, I only get about 5-8 minutes of radio, not so when it was new. Secondly, the tip of the antenna came off, making it extremely difficult to extend the antenna. Obviously once you lose the antenna, it's not very much help in an emergency. I contacted Eton, but they said they don't carry antenna replacement and are no longer supporting this model for parts.
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Eton MicroLink FR160 Emergency Radio

MisterTickle, ReviewStream
25 July 2014
  • Excerpt: I decided to get the Eton emergency radio partly because of the hand crank power and partly to stay prepared. This Eton MicroLink comes with a radio component, which is powered by a hand crank or solar. This radio will ensure I get news update on the latest news.
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Overall 10

Does it's job well

IronBuddha, Amazon
8 July 2014
  • Summary: I see these are selling right now for $23. Jump on it. I paid $30 and even at that price it was worth it. I bought this a few months ago and didn't get to really test it out until last week when we had a power outage for the whole day. It was stored away so it had no charge what so ever and I was thinking "Great I'm gonna have to keep cranking this thing" but that wasn't the case at all. I cranked it for about 30 seconds and the radio lasted for 3 hours!
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Overall 4

Extremely Disappointing

Josh Stewart, Amazon
27 April 2014
  • Summary: After reading other reviews I was pretty jazzed for this radio. After a year of very light use at the park or the beach, I've found this radio very disappointing. The battery life is not as advertised. The dials for volume and tuning get stuck and don't allow for easy tuning. After forgetting a car phone charger on a trip, with my battery dying I was excited when I remember I had this radio. It proved useless. After 20 minutes of cranking it was completely futile.
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Overall 10

good things

Prepper John, Amazon
12 March 2014
  • Summary: Good things come in small packages and so it is with the FR160. This crank radio replaces another (much older) crank radio I purchased almost 15 years ago. It's about a quarter of the size of the radio it replaces, has a much better feel to the crank and charges in much less time. I guess technology in those 15 years since my original purchase really did advance in leaps and bounds. I'm not in the U.S.
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Overall 10

A good emergency radio.

kurt_g, epinions.com
26 January 2014
  • Summary: It's well worth the money.
  • Pros: Good build quality, doesn't need batteries, crank and solar powered, good sound
  • Cons: May not charge smart phones, small numbers may be hard to read.
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Overall 10


AW Schroader, Amazon
21 January 2014
  • Summary: I now have several of these. I use one for camping, and it works VERY well for that. It packs easy, is light, and very sturdy so bouncing around in a ruck isnt an issue. I havent used the cellphone charging option hyet, so I cant say if it charges fast or slow. The crank works well, and is easy to turn mindlessly while you listen to it or talk to people. I've used one at the beach several times now and it is exceptional in that setting.
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Overall 10

Great gifts!

Jean Crawford, Amazon
19 January 2014
  • Summary: I ordered one for myself earlier and liked it so well I gave more away for Christmas gifts ! Well worth the money.
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Overall 10


Joe S "Joey", Amazon
18 January 2014
  • Summary: The sound on this is great and it is small and easy to use. I put it in my bug out bag for the Zombie apocalypse
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