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. If you desire to use an AC adapter to either run your radio or to recharge the recharageble battery this information is for you. The following is entirely my opinion and covers only the adapters I actually used and tested.
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. So I had a misperception about hand crank radios that I would like to clear up for anyone that is actually researching this purchase instead of panic buying like I did.
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. >>>>>>>>> Specifications: Manufacturer: Eton Branding: Eton FR250 Emergency hand crank radio / phone charger Model: FR250 Hand Crank Radio Features: Weather bands / AM / FM / 7 band Shortwave Radio, Dual Whit...
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. has a flashing red light to attract attentention and a flashlight and a very loud siren. Nice radio, just wanted one with the national weather station.
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. A few months later the 2nd one started doing the same thing, sporadically blasting the sound. My wife's brother had the same problem, so he bought another one.
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. The siren is very loud, and it should only be used in extreme emergencies. Be warned that when cranking, don't overdo it.
Lots of bells and whistles but it needs a digital tuner and more quality.
Cabinetman "Cabinetman", Amazon
17 January 2011
Summary: An emergency radio is a crucial part of anyone's emergency preparedness equipment. Without one you will be blind to what's happening when the power goes out. This radio has virtually all the features you'd want in an emergency radio. Google it and you'll find them all listed. I won't go into them here. But I did a lot of research and found that there simply are not many emergency radios available.....at any price.... that can do the whole job.
Summary: I just opened my new radio and started figuring out how to use it. I was easily able to crank it for 90 seconds (recommended for 60 minutes of radio). As I was trying to tune into a shortwave station, I was adjusting the antenna and it snapped right off. So now my $40 radio is only good for AM and flash light. Bummer.