Rated 1 out of 5 by likesowls Looks great until I went to use it
I bought this very Solar Emergency Weather Radio earlier this Summer and put it by the back window of my sedan so that it could charge during the sunlight. I occasionally have to wait on people and give them rides so I thought I could use this radio while waiting. Well, when I went to use the radio, that front knob came off! It had become distorted! The radio did play well for about 90 minutes and then it had to be hand cranked.
It is unfortunate because the rest of the radio seems to be fine. the other knob that is similar to the front one, on the upper right hand side,was not affected by the sun and/or heat.
I know I should send it back but I hate sending junk back.
October 9, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by ProfCeci Great Disappointment
This evaluation says nothing that hasn't been said in the other reviews. I wish I had read them BEFORE I purchased AND paid full price for this radio as a Father's Day gift. We have two original non-digital LL Bean radios for a couple of decades now and needed another one for a different part of the house and are unable to replace the antenna on the first one. Short battery life is THE reason we are not keeping this radio. Plus, it is effectively not solar powered.
Sounds good, looks nice, but I have already almost spent the purchase price in replacement batteries.
June 28, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by charles77 battery drain
Very very short battery life. Difficult to "solar charge". Not a reliable or customer friendly radio. Called customer support several times. They agreed on the short battery life???
I wish LL would find a better radio to put their name on. This one does not represent their standard of quality and reliability.
June 18, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by tominco solar does not work
This is a nice little radio. It is a convenient size with sturdy construction and good reception. Everything about this radio is great except that solar feature does not work on the one we received. We are assuming that the problem is that solar panels are delicate and the one our radio has just doesn't work. So, if you feels as though the price is fair for a radio with all the features listed except the solar capabilities you should be pleased with this radio. If it turns up and the solar feature works, consider it a bonus.
May 6, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by LLBeanradio Eats Batteries
The Radio FR370 is the second emergency radio I purchased from LL Bean. The first unit which was the older non-digital design has great battery life and is in use every day. The new unit FR370 has terrible battery life and is not what I expected from LL Bean. This radio is seldom used because of the battery life and now I am looking for a replacement.
April 8, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Pepp Very Disappointed
I bought a radio from LLB many years ago...it is held together with tape now, but still works. It looks similar to this new purchase - but that is where the similarity ends. The new radio is cheaply made and we were unable to get it to work at all on the AM/FM frequency. The instructions were either incorrect, or the radio is faulty, or we are just not able to understand. I do not recommend this item.
March 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Aspasia Many functions in one small appliance and it works
Does everything advertised. Just what we needed for our home in Florida.
March 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hiriser15 Just what I wanted
I bought this for emergency use here in earthquake country. It works as advertised. The radio pulls in stations better than the clock radio I normally use. No complaints at all. When the electricity goes out, I will still have a radio.
March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLBeanMimi21 Solar Radio
We love this! Perfect size. Very easy to set up. Excellent sound quality. Feels wonderful that we have a reliable radio for an emergency. Love that we can charge our cell phones with it as well!
February 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NaturesWindow Good
Radio was easy to set up and works fine. I had to move around the house in order to get a good NOAA signal.
February 12, 2014