Rated 2 out of 5 by tgfabthunderbird Expected more from Bean on this...
I had a smaller emergency radio that I purchased from Bean a couple years ago, and I was not impressed with its workmanship. I received this one through having rewards points for free, so I suppose I got a bargain. It's a grade better, but this radio has some issues.
The instruction manual is hard to read, and the print is so small that even I (with average vision) have a hard time deciphering it. The buttons between the handle and top of the unit are very tiny; if you have big hands, you're going to have trouble dealing with this.
The buttons on the front cannot be read and you have to look very closely at them to understand what they say. Then switching back and forth between the arrows to program them is exasperating! So far, the weather alarm hasn't gone off once. I wonder if it even works.
The sound quality of the radio is good. The tuning dial is tighter and holds a station pretty well. I like you can use batteries or the sun to power it, but why would you have a spot for a power cord, but not offer the power cord?
I don't know who fashioned this radio, but Bean should really reconsider the deal. This is NOT worth $60, and as I said, were it not free I'd send the thing straight back to Bean with more choice words than these.
November 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by bmwpa Love this little Radio
I wanted a cordless radio for our bathroom and this one is just perfect I charge it with an a/c adapter I have and the charge last a longtime. The charge light comes on when it's time to recharge couldn't be any easier. The solar will be great when we lose power which we often do in PA.
October 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by lunch Easy to use. Reliable .lots to offer
terrific radio. Will be so helpful when power outage hits. Has battery, solar and crank options. Radio ,flash light and cell charger all in one.
October 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by slobuyer Great portable radio
Great little radio for a battery operated/solar powered option. We like to have one while working on the yard and this is the best one yet. Good product!
September 26, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by maineM whoa!
My first radio died, locked in "sleep" mode. I returned that one last week. Number two was tested in the store and would not work. I exchanged that for number three which is now working successfully. It is a great radio, with weather warnings, but seems a little...sensitive.
September 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by TheRebel The Solar Emergency Radio
An excellent trusted companion on those trips to the unknown. Easy to operate and charge both the radio and my cellphone. The reception is tremendouse. Thank you LL Bean for offering this product in your inventory.
September 15, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by wgreens Attractive, well made But, not a good radio!
The LLB/Eton portable weather radio may serve you well if you need the weather but as a portable radio to take to the pool or to the beach I have to give it a big thumbs down. The radio has 3 sources of power, 3 AAA batteries, solar power and a crank. However the only power that powers the radio are the 3 AAA batteries. There sits the problem. The batteries don't last a day. Matter of fact, I could not get more than 7 hours from a set of batteries. After contacting the manufacturer it is apparent to me that the "weather radio" is just that, a "weather radio. If you do happen to purchase this item to listen to AM or FM radio, I would suggest you buy stock in "DURACELL". I love LLB but this item must go back.
September 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by DLS1933 It's working just fine!
Very sturdy--lots of instructions and a lot to learn. When I tried to get the National Weather Service local station during a storm,I got the station and it worked just fine.
September 4, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by RIScouterandCamper Not worth it
I had high hopes for this radio but it just did not work as promised. Despite placement in direct sunlight, the solar charging just never powered it for more than a few minutes.
I will be sending this one back.
July 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ponyclubdad Don't leave home without it.
This radio is well made, versatile and light weight. The solar panel works great, so does the hand generator. Of course it works great on battery too.
July 24, 2013