American Red Cross Hand Crank Radio Audio Component Tuner White (ARCFRX1DWXW)
- Receives AM/FM (digital radio)
- All 7 noaa/environment Canada weather band radio stations
- Hand turbine power for recharging on the fly
- Super bright 3-led flashlight
- Glow in the dark locater
The Etn FRX1 is a rechargeable hand turbine AM, FM and weather band digital radio, complete with LED flashlight and glow-in-the dark locator to easily find it at night or during a power outage. There is also an option for AC power (mini-USB included) and headphone output for individual listening. / Receives AM/FM (digital radio) / All 7 NOAA/Environment Canada Weather band radio stations / Hand Turbine power for recharging on the fly / Super bright 3-LED flashlight / Glow in the Dark locater / DC input with the included mini-USB cable
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As shipped, the battery is separate from the radio itself. I opened up the flimsy battery cover, installed the battery, and tried to close the battery cover. No go.
I rotated the battery multiple times, trying to end up with SOME orientation where the battery terminals (under the outer shrink wrap) didn't interfere with the battery cover. I finally managed to find the one magic orientation where the battery cover should close without interference.
Despite the battery being oriented "just right", the flimsy battery cover latch (the latching part is made from VERY THIN plastic) would not hold the cover securely in place. All it took was a single shake, and the battery cover popped off & the battery came dangling out of the radio.
Even poorer design.
This piece of <fill in the blank> is going right back to Amazon.
The ability of installing the AAA was a big difference between this and other radios ...If I was able to return this I would it.
Radio reception seems perfectly adequate; I live in a desert WB chan 7 comes in fine.
It is medium-weight for a device its size, and feels sturdy.
I'm at about 3.6 stars right now; if it alerts, it can have 4.9 stars.
Immediately apparent design flaws:
1) No safety-color bulb at the antenna tip. Even the military requires this. Poke my eye at night (no lights, remember?)
2) Solar cell in the way of carrying handle; I'd prefer not to put my hand prints on the sunlight charger.
3) Single cell non-redundant battery: This device should have two batteries wired in parallel, not one. Redundancy is the key to electronic reliability.
4) No stow compartment for the USB charger/power cable: The unit should really be self-contained.
5) (semi-)proprietary battery is not necessarily easy to obtain; and impossible after the zombie apocalypse.
6) No A/C adapter. I miss this (true, it can be worked around).
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A two hour crank on a discharged FR1 provided 0 hours of radio and 15 hours of light,
A four hour crank on a discharged FR1 provided 10 hours of radio and 25 hours of light
If you would like to see the two machines I used to crank these, you can see them at:
I would have given the FR1 a 5 Star rating, but there is no on/off switch. I have not determined the discharge rate when not being used, it has to be very, very small. However it does mean that you need to keep it maintained more frequently. Overall a nice, well built product.