The FM reception was very good, the antenna long enough
J. Blackburn "Sherpa", Amazon
20 November 2014
Summary: The FM reception was very good, the antenna long enough, the controls were OK, but the winding handle jammed the second time I used it and it went to the dumpster. Maybe I'm ham fisted and turned too hard too fast, OR, it was crap from the beginning.
Summary: We bought everyone in the family one of these for Christmas. Wind it up and power away. The cell phone charger converters that come with it do fit most of the cell phones in the family, but it did not fit a Fire Fly or a newer Nokia (the model with the FM radio capacity).
Summary: After a few uses the pin that holds the crank on fell off. I replaced it but keeps falling off. No AC charger included and it 's price is ridiculous to buy also $20+. I expected much more for this money.
Summary: We have had to go to the basement a lot recently due to tornados and have had loss of power. The radio is a great comfort to have during those times. Also, it is great for listening to ball games as I can take it around the house. It has good sound.
Summary: Both the Eton/Grundig FR200 and FR 250 radios are all that previous comments have stated. But I would like to offer some pertinent comments about the aftermarket AC adapters that are being sold both by Eton and several other non related suppliers.
Summary: I bought this radio from small box national chain electronics store. This was a panic purchase due to a sudden unpredicted path change of a hurricane. This combo radio was also my first foray into the hand cranked Weatherband / FM / Shortband radio market.
Summary: I prefer detailed reviews because they allow me to make informed decisions on future purchases. For those of you whom do not enjoy detailed reviews or prefer to get to the meat and potatoes of the areas you are interested in I have broken this up into sections.
Summary: I needed an emergency radio and actually purchased the wrong one. I was looking at the one with the N.O.A.A. station for weather broadcast and put the number in for this one by mistake. Works good. Has a generater crank incase your batteries die.
Summary: We bought our first Eton fr-250 2 years ago. We liked it so much we bought another one(his and Hers). In about 10 months the first one would start getting louder and louder and out of control, volume control wouldn't function correctly.
Summary: When I first tried out this radio, I was able to listen for at least a half hour without having to crank it up again. The one thing I noticed is that the longer it's cranked, the longer the radio lasts. The light also brightens longer, and the flashing LED works well, too.