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.
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!
Poorly designed, like a child's toy, don't waste your time or money
Voiceover Guy, Amazon
8 May 2014
Summary: Poorly designed, cheaply built, not suitable or reliable for any sort of emergency use. Total disappointment, I returned mine. Forget hand cranking; you are MUCH better prepared if you just buy a decent compact AM/FM/NOAA radio like the Kaito KA123 or its clones (under $20) and stock up on several packs of cheap batteries. BTW, price alert: factory MSRP on this radio is less than $35 shipped so buyer beware on this listing currently at $85.
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.
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.
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.