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Duronic Apex Wind-Up Solar Powered AM/FM Radio Alarm Clock Torch

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      25.08.2011 00:13
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      Efficient reliable Radio, does exactly what it's meant to, in a nice way.

      I was forever fed up with the bonegrinding beeping that you get from the average alarm clock, I simply had to get a radio alarm instead, and this was the one I went for.

      Where to start, the tuning of this device was simple and quick to set up, the quality of the audio was fine where I am but i'm sure it'll depend on the area you're in.

      The one thing I loved about having a radio alarm clock is that you have no idea what song you're going to wake up too, this can be good but i assure you this can be very very bad, but even so I've never slept through it is plenty loud enough.

      This radio also allows you to set it to the waking beep if you so wish, and as for the greenness of this product is something only to be admired.

      The screen is displayed clearly even to squinty morning eyes " -_- " with its bright, but not blinding blue backlight. With few buttons and sleek design i'm sure you won't be disappointed to have this on display in your bedroom.

      The wind up feature on this radio is easy to use, unfortunately it doesn't show clearly how much it has charged but at least it's trying to be environmentally friendly. The solar power is a pretty nice idea especially if you keep it by a window and so can receive its charge during the day. This along with the charging means you hardly ever need to worry about it running out on you.

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        09.09.2010 08:01
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        A great feature packed usefull gadget

        I love gadgets so I was thrilled to receive the Duronic apex wind-up solar power radio alam clock and torch in a secret Santa at work. I was really impressed when I opened it and mortified by the gift I had bought as this completely put it to shame.

        The look of the radio is quite funky with a rubberised feel and comes in black. On both sides there are handle grips for easy holding that also contain the dials for turning it on and off and the tuner. On the top of the radio are where all the buttons are contained for controlling the different features of the radio such as the torch and alarm.

        The top of the radio is also where the solar panel is contained. As the radio has no mains power or batteries this is the main way you charge the radio up. It is surprisingly effective for such a little panel and if placed in a sunny spot it will charge and play for hours with no problems. I've never really had a major problem with the solar panel and even on cloudy days it does charge but sometimes it will need an extra boost. This is where the other charging options come in handy. Duronic have thoughtfully put in a usb charger so no matter even if we do not see any sun for weeks you can still charge the radio up. There is also the option to use the wind up crank but this is more for emergencies than a real practical option though we have had great fun cranking it and seeing how long we can get it to play.

        The radio now sits on my desk at work and it is now the radio we use in the office and usually on all day in the background and the radio reception is also surprisingly good. We can get a great clear reception on our favourite radio station with only minor adjustment of the built in ariel and the there is the option for both Fm and Am. The sound quality is also good and more than loud enough for all of us in my smallish office to hear it.

        There is a digital display which shows you the radio station you are turned into and also an option for using it as an alarm clock. I've never actually used the alarm but because the radio is such good quality I have no doubt the alarm will be of the same quality.
        The radio also has a torch which although I have never used in full dark seems to be bright and I imagine would be quite useful for campers etc.

        I've just had a look on amazon and I see this radio is selling for £16.49 which seems an absolute bargain for such a useful good quality item. I am sure it must be available cheaper though as our budget was only £15 maximum so make sure you have a look around.
        This radio would make a great present for all sorts of people from campers and walkers to people like me who like gadgets and with Christmas coming up I can highly recommend it and I don't think you will be disappointed with it.

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          23.08.2010 15:01
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          A versatile little holiday radio

          When you go off on your summer holidays, be it a UK camping holiday or an exotic beach holiday, one thing you can do with having is a nice little portable radio. There are a number of options open to you, but we went with a budget priced product that has worked well for us.

          We bought a wind up/ solar powered radio which suited our requirements and was sold under the Duronic brand name. Its a good little gadget as it requires no batteries and is portable enough to slip into your case or hand luggage without taking up too much space.

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          The Duronic Apex AM/FM Radio has lots of useful functions packed into it. It can be solar powered if its left in bright sunlight, as it has a small solar panel on the top of the radio body. This in itself is a fantastic idea for a small holiday radio.

          This solar function is something that has been so simple to use. When you are away in hot sunny climates, just leaving the radio in the sunlight when ever you remember is enough to charge up the unit. At home, the solar features still work just as well in bright sunlight when outside. Its also amazing that just leaving the radio in a sunny conservatory or by a window can charge it really well too.

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          Our little Duronix Radio came simply boxed with a set of instructions that showed the product. It wasn't fancy but it did the job of protecting the radio prior to us buying it. When we opened the box, we found the radio to be of a reasonable quality which was what we hoped it would be.

          The instructions that came were not all that clear and easy to read as the print was a little small. We found that the instructions did describe the functions of the product and that was of help to us. The main features of the radio and its functions were described well enough and after a good read through we felt able to understand the basics of how to work the radio.

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          Thinking about how best to describe the radio, I feel its best to say that its look feel and sound is that of a budget brand. As we didn't buy it for its amazing looks and didn't expect it to sound amazing, we were not at all disappointed when we first listened to the sounds it made.

          We paid £14 for the radio from a small retailer and on reflection, I feel that we got value for money. When you think about how many times you might have to buy and replace batteries for a small radio like this, or even how much you may need to spend charging up rechargeable batteries to power the radio, you are saving money on not having to do that.

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          The feel of the radio is slightly soft and rubbery. The shape is rather unusual and the main on and off dial and the tuner dial are set at either end of the radio. The ends of the radio have a nice easy grip feel to them, almost camera like in a way and so you can easily hold the radio when adjusting volume and tuning.

          There is a small yet rather bright blue LCD display which shows the time clearly. Along the top of the radio there are buttons to control the torch, the time settings, the AM or FM bandwidth, etc. There is also a headphone in/out jack which is placed at one end and can be easily accessed if needed. The solar panel is also placed in the centre top of the radio, which means you can stand the radio in the sun and charge it easily.

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          The radio ariel is set to one side and can be extended if needed in order to get a better/ clearer signal. Often depending on how you angle the radio, we have found that we haven't always had to have the ariel fully open. The sounds that come from the radio are not as bassy as you may want, but they are clear enough.

          I feel that you do need to remember that the radio is an item that is suited to situations where a normal radio would be unsuitable for usage. Therefore it would be expecting too much for an item that is so cheap to buy and has all the extra functions that this one does, to be of super duper sound quality too.

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          All I can say is that it works and it works well. Its not going to be the most enjoyable listening experience ever as the treble seems to be rather tinny at times and bass sounds are lacking. However as an over all product which can be used in so many situations, we have been really pleased with our purchase.

          The fact that we can if needed, either charge our radio via the sun or by a quick wind of the winding/ charging arm makes this a little gem. We haven't had to do much at all to get the radio working well and its been very low maintenance. The radio is small and compact and is something we find very useful indeed.

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          We can take this with us almost anywhere and it will keep us updated with local news, we can set an alarm if needed, we can also use the torch facility. We can charge the radio via the sun or by a manual charge. The torch is set onto the end of the radio and is bright enough to be used when out and about on camping trips etc, where it can prove very helpful.

          If you want to listen to the radio and not disturb any one else, you can easily attach some headphones via the headphone jack. This is another very useable feature of the radio that we have made use of. The radio will function for several hours when it has been charged for a short period and if the indicator light turns red and you need to charge the radio up, a quick wind of the charger arm, will keep it working for a little longer.

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          In summary this little radio is very handy. It can function to a decent standard and will not let you down by running out of power. Its easy to charge and use and the torch feature is a welcome addition. The headphone jack is another nice feature, as is the alarm (although thats a bit loud at times).

          In terms of rating the item, I want to give it 5 stars. Its not the greatest sounding bit of kit you will ever have, but it more than makes up for that with its easy to use features. As a product to take on beach or camping holidays, or to use in situations where any other form of radio would be difficult to keep charged, this product is ideal.

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            24.03.2010 22:12
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            Quality product!

            I came across this Duronic Apex radio on Amazon when I was looking for a radio that didn't run off the mains power, so we could safely leave it playing when we were out of the house to keep the budgie amused. This radio looked fantastic and seemed to fit all my criteria and more. So I ordered one, with my Amazon vouchers from DooYoo.

            It arrived quickly and it was well-packaged. Upon opening the box and taking out the radio, the first thing I was struck by, before even turning the radio on, was the feel of it. It felt well made and had a furry feel, sort of like rubbery nubuck. But I tend to like things for their texture and you may not be as impressed!

            Moving on from the texture of this radio, which might not be important to some people, the main selling point of it is the lack of battery. It can be charged in one of three ways: via a USB cable plugged into your laptop, Wii or Xbox, by winding the handle on the back or by garnering solar power using the panel on the top.

            It's recommended that the first charge is done via USB, but after that it can be charged using the method that's most convenient for you. If charging via the USB cable (which is supplied with the unit), it takes about 4 hours or so. The crank on the back, as far as I can tell, provides power for about five times as long as you wind it. Therefore, if you wind it for a minute, it will provide five minutes of power. The easiest way to charge this unit by far, and the reason I bought it in the first place, is to leave it on a sunny windowsill where it will charge itself during the daylight hours, so should theoretically never run out of power. In reality, it might not work so well during the winter months when there's not much sunshine but I have yet to test that. I've had absolutely no problems with it at all so far and I've only had to charge it up twice via USB.

            It charges and plays at the same time, plus it has a little red LED light that tells you that it's charging. One thing it doesn't have is a light that indicates how much charge it's got left in it. It doesn't warn you that it's low on power; the volume just goes low and it goes off. It has about 8 or 9 hours use from when it's fully charged.

            The radio has various different features. It has both an AM and FM band radio. The signal for both is very good, as you use a telescopic aerial that's attached to the top of the radio. This can be swivelled round to catch the best signal. You tune the radio using the knob on the right of the unit. It's very easy to turn and it would even be good for people with finger mobility issues such as arthritis, as it's fairly large and the grooves in it a quite deep and easy to grip. The corresponding knob on the opposite end is the same but for adjusting the volume.

            Despite this Duronic Apex radio being a small unit (50cm x 7.5cm with a depth of 5.5cm), the speaker quality is very good and it doesn't sound at all tinny, as some smaller radios do. The volume does go up to quite a high level, sufficient for a living room or a tent, possibly not so good if you're in the middle of a school hall.

            It has a torch on the side, which uses the power from the radio. It's not the best torch in the world but it would do if you need to go to the toilet block on a campsite. It does use the power up faster than having the radio on does ( about 5 hours from being fully charged if you're solely using the torch), which is something to bear in mind if you're in the middle of Scotland on a rainy day in November with no access to the sun or a USB port.

            The radio has a clock and an alarm, which uses the radio as its alarm tone. The clock can be lit up with a blue LED display. This is activated by pressing a button on the unit. Unfortunately, this button is tiny and is very difficult to find in the dark. The buttons for the alarm are also tiny and I don't know about you, but when I've just been woken up and I'm trashing around trying to find the button that switches my alarm off, I like to have a larger target!

            I'm really happy with this radio, although I'm not sure I would use it as an alarm clock but for leaving on all day whilst out in the garden or taking on a camping holiday, it's the bee's knees. I think this radio is fantastic and for £14.95 it's not going to break the bank, plus you can use your DooYoo miles to buy it!

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