eton FRX3 solar powered AM/FM/weather alert radio
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sep 12, 2012
eton FRX3 solar powered AM/FM/weather alert radio



eton FRX3 rechargeable portable solar AM/FM radio
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california-based manufacturer eton has developed the ‘FRX3′, a rechargeable portable solar AM/FM radio. the compact device features
a variety of functions that make it perfect for traveling on-the-go, camping or any situation that leaves users stranded without charge.
using a combination of a hand crank and a small photovoltaic panel on its ergonomic

carrying handle, the unit can be manually or
solar-powered to charge a smartphone or listen to any favorite radio station. one minute of hand cranking generates approximately
15 minutes of dump charge.

the keys/dials are distributed sparsely and are recognizable by touch, making it easy to operate at night. a glow-in-the-dark indicator
strip also makes the ‘FRX3′ easy to locate in pitch-black situations.
emergency alerts or alarms can be set using NOAA weather-band
stations in case of any emergency situations. a renewable power source replenishes any depleting DC battery that can be connected
using a USB without needing to access a power outlet. an internal rechargeable Ni-MH battery provides additional charge from 
accumulated energy that is produced using the solar panel or hand turbine.

its small, but powerful speaker provides high-quality audio with the addition of an auxiliary input, enabling

users to select playlists
off any music device. a bright LED flashlight accompanies the radio for night-time use, alongside with a red
flashing amber that
signals for help in the case of an accident. 

see designboom’s guest post on the eton blog here.


front view
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detail of the front and dials  
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top view of the solar panel
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hand crank for generating power
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rear detail of the antenna and LED
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back view showing rechargeable battery and additional AA slots
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3/4 front view detail
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packaging detail
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