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Running entirely on solar and dynamo power, this portable radio doesn't
require batteries or an electrical outlet. The rechargeable nickel-metal
hydride (NiMH) power cell is replenished by the small solar panel on the
top of the radio or by an internal dynamo operated by a fold-out hand
crank. Eight to 10 hours of sunlight provides about 3 hours of power at
low volume; 90 seconds of cranking allows about a half an hour of use.
As with radios on marine vessels, its seven weather-band channels receive
signals from climate monitoring centers throughout North America*, providing
up-to-date forecasts as well as official weather watches, warnings and
advisories for your area 24 hours a day. It even has a built-in LED flashlight
and a USB port to let you recharge an MP3 player or a cell phone in an
A compact 5-1/4" x 2-1/2" x 1-3/4", it includes a 3.5mm earphone jack,
10" telescoping antenna, and nylon wrist lanyard. Great for camping, boating,
or other adventures beyond the power grid, it is also useful at home in
case of power outages or hazardous weather conditions.
* In Canada, the Meteorological Service of Canada provides weather
bulletins on the Weatheradio network (www.ec.gc.ca/meteo-weather). In
the U.S., weather information is broadcast by the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr). Check for availability
of service in your area.