Oct 272012

Eton Emergency RadioWith Hurricane Sandy blowing by on the coast, South Florida prepared for strong winds and rain these past days, and it was a reminder to check on the emergency kit. The newest addition to our family’s emergency kit is the Eton Emergency Radio from Hammacher Schlemmer, and I must say that I am impressed with the capacity of this small radio.

The Eton emergency radio actually earned the best emergency radio stamp of approval from Hammacher Sclemmer, because of the superior combination of sound quality, playback time, and reception. I could not agree more on every aspect, because this Eton emergency radio is the best emergency radio that my family has owned.

While the instructions clearly states that the Eton Emergency Radio has to charge the solar panel in the direct sun, I started out with an attempt from the window on an overcast and at times raining day. I was surprised to discover that the emergency radio was good to go after only an hour of charge in the window, which means that we will get a lot more use out of the radio than I originally thought.

The antenna can be extended to be quite long, which means the radio reception is great, perhaps even better than our regular steoro’s radio reception. Even without the antenna up, the reception is still great. Besides being a basic radio, the Eton Emergency Radio also functions as a flashlight, it has a cell phone charger function, and it even comes with a clock and alarm.

The Eton Emergency Radio from Hammacher Schlemmer comes with a rechargeable Ni-MH battery, which can be recharged by solar power or hand power. The emergency radio can also work using 3 regular AAA batteries, which is great on rainy days. Finally the radio’s Ni-MH battery can be charged from a computer through a USB cable port, and the cable is included.

90 seconds of hand cranking time provides:

  • 5 – 7 minutes of radio on low volume according to the manual (We got a minimum of 25 minutes)
  • 20 minutes of flashlight

2 hours of USB port charge leads to a full charge and provides:

  • About 3 -4 hours of radio on low volume


To fully charge the radio via the solar panel, it should be left in direct sunlight (not through a solar flashlightwindow or in the shade) for about 10 hours. However, from my own experience I know that it is in fact possible to charge the Eton Emergency Radio in the window without direct sunlight, although it might not be a full charge.

The flashlight is pretty strong, and it is even possible to read by it. (See the photo on the right)



What I Love About Eton Emergency Radio from Hammacher Schlemmer:

  • It is great for emergencies such as hurricanes, snowstorms and power outages.
  • It helps keep me up to date on the news despite a power outage
  • It works on only 3 regular AAA batteries, solar power, or via handcraking, and it can be charged via a computer as well.
  • Despite the fact that direct sunlight is recommended, it still charges through a window on a cloudy day.
  • The antenna is long, and the radio reception is great even without the antenna up.
  • It is small and portable.
  • It has a flashlight that lights well enough to read by it.
  • It has an alarm
  • It can charge cell phones through hand-cranking or solar charge.
  • The instructions booklet has the weather channel frequencies, so they are easy to find in a weather emergency.

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About Hammacher Schlemmer:

Hammacher Schlemmer is company with a strong 164 year history, and the company is still going strong. The small family company has grown from a small hardware store in New York City before the civil war to become a leading catalog and online company. Hammacher Schlemmer prides itself on selling unique, high-quality products that last, and the result is a comprehensive collection of products for the home.



Thankfully Hurricane Sandy stayed off the coast here in South Florida, and I hope that the rest of East Coast will be just as lucky as we have been here in South Florida. We have in fact been extremely lucky in South Florida for the past many years, but the day we do get hit by another hurricane, we are very prepared, and the Eton Emergency Radio from Hammacher Schlemmer is a great addition to our emergency kit.


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Buy The Eton Emergency Radio

You can buy the Eton Emergency Radio at Hammacher Schlemmer, and make sure to check out all of the great holiday gifts and solar powered products as well.



Holiday Gift Guide

The Eton Emergency Radio from Hammacher is a great holiday gift for the man in your family. Whether your husband, father, son or son-in-law needs a little update to their emergency kit, or they simply need a solar powered radio to work to while doing outside work, the Eton Emergency Radio is great. This radio is actually grea for any person living in an area with occasional power outages, and it is a great addition to any emergency kit.

Hammacher and the Eton Emergency Radio is a part of the Holiday Gift Guide here at Frugality Is Free, because Hammacher Schlemmer has lots of great gifts for everone in the family. There are especially some great holiday gifts for those in your family, who take great pride in their homes, loves to entertain and garden.



Disclaimer: The Frugality Is Free family received a complimentary Eton Emergency Radio sample for the purpose of writing a review, no monetary compensation was received. Any opinions expressed above are based solely on our family’s experience with the Eton Emergency Radio and Hammacher Schlemmer.

  4 Responses to “Eton Emergency Radio From Hammacher Schlemmer Review (Holiday Gift Guide)”

  1. I am slowly buying products that are solar powered for home and on our scout camp outs.This is the best thing to have in your home emergency kit. Awesome that it can charge up a can charge a cell phone or USB device. Another Solar powered item I like is the The Cordless Motion Activated Light, handy when my hands are full of groceries at night time and I forget to leave a light on.
    Thank you for the review!

  2. This radio would be great for my mother, as she was just talking about how she’d like to have an emergency radio on hand. Thanks for sharing.

  3. It looks very useful. It is reasonably priced too.

  4. Handy gizmo especially for those of us in Hurricane alley. It sounds like it exceeds its own claims.

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