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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 emergency.

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.

 
 
Eton™ Dynamo & Solar Weather Radio
 KC526    
  $34.50

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