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National Geographic Solar- and Self-powered Shortwave Radio

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This clever all-in-one design ensures that you will never be caught without weather-emergency tools. It combines a radio, flashlight, and cell phone battery charger so you'll always be able to tune into AM, FM, and seven international shortwave radio bands; charge your cell phone; and have emergency light if the power goes out or you are exploring far from civilization. Solar energy or cranking the handle recharges the internal NiMH battery so you can stay informed of news and broadcasts and simultaneously use your cell phone. With just 90 seconds of cranking you'll get about 15 minutes worth of radio power, so you are never without the information you need in the event of an emergency. Also features an earphone jack.

Can also be powered by three AAA batteries or an AC adapter, not included. 6 1/4"W x 6 1/2"H x 1 3/4"D. 12 1/2 oz.

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National Geographic Solar- and Self-powered Shortwave Radio
 
1.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Love this little radio!

        By Sylvia

        from Toronto, Canada

        About Me Practical

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Sound Quality
        • Great Reception
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Emergency

          Comments about National Geographic Solar- and Self-powered Shortwave Radio:

          I bought this little radio just for emergency use and it turned out to be the perfect choice. We lost power yesterday in an ice storm. I grabbed the radio (still in the box) and popped in three AA batteries. The reception was crystal clear on both AM and FM bands. The dynamo did work also but we chose to use the batteries instead. I had it on all morning and it worked great. Did not try to use solar power or rechargeable batteries so cannot comment on that. For me it did just what I needed. The light and SOS light would come in handy too. I have no complaints. In fact, I'm ordering one more for my brother's birthday.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Horrible Disappointment

          By jb

          from fairfax va

          About Me Frequent Traveler, Gearhead

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                Comments about National Geographic Solar- and Self-powered Shortwave Radio:

                I wanted to listen to daily news and weather. I got one of these radios and it worked about a day. I returned it and the second one worked about 3 days. They chew up the battarys very quickly but the built in battary will not hold a charge. Not worth the money.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                WASTE OF MONEY!!!

                By Nat Geo disappointment

                from North Carolina

                About Me Frequent Traveler, Gearhead, Practical, Student

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Wish I could think of one

                Cons

                • Doesn't fit description
                • False advertising
                • Not worth the money
                • Poor Sound Quality
                • Short Battery Life
                • SOLAR POWER doesn't work

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                • DOOR STOPPER

                Comments about National Geographic Solar- and Self-powered Shortwave Radio:

                This is the most horrible product I've purchased from any company! The description given is not even close to what you actually get from it...which is nothing. If you do pick up a shortwave station it barely comes in. We've left it on top of the car in direct sunlight for an entire day and the solar power didn't even come close to working. Even with the special nickle battery needed for it sucks the life out of it as well. I just hope the other items I purchased work better than this useless doorstop that I wouldn't recommend to my worst enemy!!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Radio below par

                By radioattic

                from Birmingham, Alabama

                About Me Frequent Traveler, Gearhead

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                  • Poor Sound Quality
                  • Reception
                  • Signal drifts

                  Best Uses

                  • Paperweight

                  Comments about National Geographic Solar- and Self-powered Shortwave Radio:

                  Worst radio I have ever owned. Made by Eton, these terrible radios are popping up everywhere. Very difficult to tune accurately; station tuning drifts badly. Works in direct sunlight,but that doesn't charge the battery. When charged, the battery wears out rapidly. Just an awful radio.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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