Rating: 4 / 5
Eton Raptor Solar Charger/Radio
Tinny sounding little speaker, just what you need for the robot voice of the National Weather Service broadcast. Considering that this technology was perfected over thirty years ago, I was hoping for better sound quality but it has decent signal reception, just raise and manipulate the antenna. (I almost wish Sony made one of these things.) This is a pretty good field radio for all it weighs (11 3/8 oz.) and cost. Has more bells and whistles that you know what to do with, flashlight, electronic compass??, altitude?? …Oh, just what I needed in the piney southernwoods. If you are using it to replace several devices including your wristwatch, it may balance out the weight issue. If you need to monitor your local weather patterns and stations, this unit may also payoff for its entertainment value in the AM and FM bands. One thing that makes sense and puts this gizmo in a category by itself is the solar charging feature… OK, that, and being able to charge back and forth through a USB connection, or even off of a car cigarette lighter with USB adapter. This thing will charge your stupid cell phone!!! Pretty cool. Admittedly, this is my new Katrina radio. I’ve been clipping it to by belt loop while biking around town for my musical entertainment; it has a carabiner style clip and a bottle opener, (can you say, “take me to the Mardi Gras”). My main complaint is that it has the most difficult to figure or configure, counter-intuitive menu scheme ever devised. Comes with a multi-lingual menu, with none of them being a first language for this otherwise aesthetically beautiful instrument.