Rated 1 out of 5 by bigelm Nolike
Did not like Eton weather Radio and returned it for credit.
August 20, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 LOTS OF DESIGN DEFECTS
Among these: triple A batteries dont last very long, batteries are VERY hard to replace, buttons beneath the handle are difficult to read. Overall, not very user friendly
July 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by trdnface Eton All-Purpose radio
This is a great item. I just have to learn how to use the weather band but so far everything is great on it. I recommend it and I am sure it will be great for the weather as soon as I figure out how that works.
July 15, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Bigwalrus solar charger
Instruction Manual type is microscopic need magnifier to read...instructions are minimal not much help
labels on buttons are very small and at bad angle ...viewing screen small and hard to interpret....battery charges in sunlight so will serve to charge iPhones when needed and radio and weather channels do work...overall good but hard to learn...reccommend with reservations.
June 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by butch1911 All-purpose weather radio
I bought this radio for my daughter who goes camping by herself quite often. The weather bulletins and the solar features make this radio necessary for her. And the recharging of her phone through this radio gives us peace of mind, knowing she can recharge a dying battery. It's an all-round radio!
January 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by OutdoorFunFamilyGA A must have for our family
We rely on this Eton to keep our family safe during southeastern storm fronts. Come spring we will take it camping. Having a way to charge our cell phones is a really nice feature when we don't have access to electricity. Yes I would recommend this product.
January 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JennG1 Highly Recommend
This is all around a great AM/FM/storm radio. It's exactly as described. This is my very first purchase ever from L.L. Bean, and first storm (and crank, solar) radio. If/when the power goes out, and my smartphone and laptop eventually die, and I'm tired of reading by candlelight, I'm glad I now have another source of information, and entertainment, rather than asking the equally clueless neighbors if they've heard any updates.
I found the directions fine, but they are small and require reading. I plugged it in right away to charge, and have used it a couple of nights to fall asleep to the radio. I got it for home use (in a large town), and haven't tried it anywhere rural yet. The light is very bright. It's more lightweight than I imagined, but is still high quality, & that works to its benefit if you need it hiking, traveling, etc.
I picked this out as a gift to myself with a gift card I was given. It turned out to be a great, albeit perhaps unexpected, pick. I'm not someone who will sit down to listen to the weather, and am not regularly an outdoors person. But I find it both practical, and has neat gadgets.
I'm glad I got it, and I would gift this to other people.
January 18, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by NN4CR in a galaxy far far away
This might be the most fantastic radio in the world, but I have no way to discern if that is so because I could not use it. I'm sure it's in perfect working order, but the complexity of the dials, codes, pictures and number of options are simply beyond comprehending. Even the chart and directions are printed so small (and in light grey?!) it became exasperating to try to read after a while.
I'm sure anyone who is comfortable with contemporary technology would be fine with it. A man certainly could figure it out, maybe even without the directions. But if you aren't adept at this sort of thing, and also patient, it might be too much of a hassle.
NOTE: This is not a criticism of the radio functionality or features, but it's not designed to be easy to use for an average person.
January 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by SAN1 Nice size
This was a Christmas gift to my daughter and son-in-law. So all I know is that they were pleased about it!
December 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by momof2southernboys Perfect for bad weather!
I gave this as a gift to my parents-- a returned favor of the gift that they gave me a few years ago. We get ice storms in winter more than snow, and the ice shuts everything down. This Eton radio is perfect. You can listen to local news on the radio or TV (over the airwaves) to keep up to date on what's happening. You never have to worry about batteries since you can hand crank to keep it going. There is also always a source of emergency lighting. We have used it in snow, ice, and after a tornado. I like the changes to this newer version--there is a charging port for cell phone and other electronic gadgets!
December 31, 2014