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