Eton Fw234 AM/Weather Radio

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Not the same as the FR150

Nov 5, 2011
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Pros:Good quality.
Looks and feels nice.
1 minute of cranking gives 15 minutes of use.

Cons:Solar charging is not sufficient.
No USB Charging or charge indicator.
Knobs stick out.

The Bottom Line: I recommend looking for the older FR150 light/radio since it does everything this one does, but also allows USB charging of the battery to keep it topped up.


I left it in the window for two weeks, but when I tried to use it, it only worked for 3 minutes before it was dead. This leaves cranking the handle as the ONLY method of charging unless it is stored directly under a lamp or other light that is on every day.

The batteries won't last if they are run down all the time. That means you will be required to crank it every time you want to use it.

This leads me to believe that solar charging is not enough to keep it charged up with clouTdy winter skies, which is likely when you would need it. Cannot be charged by plugging it in via USB or otherwise (older FR150 model can do this).

There is no charge indicator.

The power/volume knob sticks out and it likely to be switched on inadvertently if stored in a backpack or purse. That will drain the power repeatedly and eventually ruin the batteries (same problem with older FR150 model).

I did use the USB port to charge my phone, which seems to work well. I like that it has the standard USB port rather than the mini or micro, since most newer phones and other gadgets come with a cord with that connector.


Recommend this product? No


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