Eton American Red Cross FRX3 Radio

Priced: $60.00 Rated:   - 3 stars out of 5 by 5 reviews.
Eton American Red Cross FRX3 Radio
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The Eton American Red Cross FRX3 radio powers up with a hand crank or solar panel, keeping you informed and prepared for emergencies or travel whether you have a power source or not!

Imported.

Features:

  • Internal rechargeable NiMH battery pack stores power generated from dynamo hand crank, solar panel or mini-USB port (cord not included)
  • Radio tunes in all 7 NOAA weather channels; it also features an FM/AM radio receiver with digital tuner, display and alarm clock
  • Built-in USB cell-phone charger breathes life into most brands of cell phone batteries (USB cord not included)
  • Tuning knobs on side offer smooth dialing to zero in on finicky signals; full-range monophonic front speaker serves up clear sound
  • Handy flashlight features bright white LEDs for a dependable source of light when the power is out; glow-in-the-dark indicator makes it easy to locate the radio in the dark
  • The Eton American Red Cross FRX3 radio features a telescoping antenna for FM reception and an internal ferrite antenna for AM reception
  • 3.5mm earphone jack allows easy private listening with headphones (headphones not included)
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Activity:Camping
Analog or Digital:Digital
Dimensions:6.9 x 5.8 x 2.6 inches
Emergency siren:Yes
Power source(s):Battery / Solar / Hand crank
Rechargeable:Yes
Weight:21 ounces

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Eton American Red Cross FRX3 Radio Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Pays for itself over and over

I use this when I camp, fish or just want to hear the news and sports on the go. The solar pannel charges and can power this radio without batterys for hours. The manual says a full solar chatge is good for about 4 hours but I have had it go longer than that. When the solar is used up just switch to batterys. (Keep them in the compartment and just flip the switch when needed). It will also charge a phone but I have not used that function. The weather band is very helpful, esp if involved in out door activities.

I happen to live in the California Bay area where we get lots of bright direct sun. That has a positive impact on the radio's performance. I used live in a state with lots of heavy over cast and not much direct sun. In that area the radio performed very poorly. I suggest you might not do as well in an area without much direct sun.

One little glitch is that the flash lights on the side can be turned on accidentally as you carry this radio. Thet is annoying because it drains the battary and solar charge. After once or twice though I make sure the lights are indeed off.
12 ga man at REI on 05/05/2013

Cool little concept

I first bought this little guy as a emergency radio just to have around the house incase of bad stuff ( you name it blizzards, power outages, zombies lol!) But I thought why not take it up camping for some entertainment and to give it a test run? I was camping with the wife along geneva creek its on the way to guanella pass. At first I had some trouble with the reception on the radio till I remembered to pull out the antenna after that it worked great picked up some Denver stations and some from the springs. The NOAA radio works good and the thing charges good in the sun or with the crank. I ended up using the flashlight part after we had a visit from some raccoons the second night and its pretty bright! Plus it has a glow in the dark top to help you find it!
joeman80128 at REI on 07/07/2013

Useful Tool, Great Sound, Easy To Use!

Living in Central Arkansas the threat of bad weather is nearly constant. In the winter we experience freezing rain that can bring down trees onto power-lines, and in the spring the tornadoes rip through the landscape. If and when the bad weather does pass through town, I want to know that I can at least utilize a quality radio and receive updates. This product can accomplish that goal quite well, and it is appealing primarily because of it's ability to be recharged through the handle and the solar panel. The manual states that it takes five minutes of hand-cranking to recharge the battery from empty to full, and ten hours of direct sunlight to accomplish the same task. I like it a lot, I am glad I have it, and I would recommend it to a friend.
Rodney Woodsman at REI on 12/12/2012

Negative Reviews:

not like the last model

not at all like the last edition. very sad about the decline of this radio...returned and purchased another brand. very unhappy about a name brand product i thought would be reliable. new design is of very poor quality. nothing like the last model. really unhappy. the lack of energy storage is so low, i don't know why this model is even on the market. can it go any lower? i have returned this for another brand. very skeptical going forward after relaying on eton.
treetree at REI on 06/06/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Decent radio for Emeergencies

Works ok. Have read some complaints about it being flimsy construction. I disagree. It doesn't seem terribly strong, but the plastic seems tough enough. The nobs do seem like they might come off if the radio is tossed around or treated harshly, but otherwise the construction is decent. I wish it would hold a charge longer. I tried to listen to it outside while working on the patio, and it died in about an hour. It was in full sun, in June, in Oklahoma. I though the sun charing it would be able to keep up with the use, but I guess I had the sound turned up too loud.
One other complaint--it should have an plug for an outlet. Why not plug it into the wall when you have power? Or in a generater when you don't?
I purchased the radio after the tornadoes devestated Moore, OK, so now I have it for an emergency, which is exactly what it is meant for.
Jack Burden at REI on 06/06/2013