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The Duronic Hybrid AM/FM Radio is one of those understated products that is, in my opinion, a necessary staple for the weekend adventurer who loves the great outdoors, the clever clogs who doesn't rely on electricity to keep him/her in the know, or the eco-friendly individual who wants to do his/her part by ditching the batteries and going solar.
Although the Duronic Hybrid AM/FM Radio is solar powered [solar panel charges and plays simultaneously], it goes one step further by offering yet more alternatives... fully charged, the radio will last up to a day, however, should something happen and solar power cease to be an option, a 1 minute wind-up session will store enough energy to charge it for 20 minutes.
Portable, reliable and stylish, the Duronic Hybrid AM/FM Radio comes with an earphone socket and USB charging cable which can be plugged into a computer or laptop.
Dimensions: Length 13cm x Height 7cm x Width 3cm
Small enough to fit in a shirt/coat pocket, the Duronic Hybrid Radio is made of aluminium with a soft black latex-like coating that keeps the radio from sliding out of your hands.
Simple yet stylish, the large solar panel fitted on the top of the radio does the job of storing energy even if the radio is turned on, and the AM/FM switch is prominent... as is the AM/FM [MHz and KHz] bar which allows you to tune in to your favourite stations with ease by turning the small black knob positioned on the right-hand side of the radio, just above the on/off knob that also regulates the volume.
For those who like to use earphones, the socket can be found on the left-hand side of the radio, along with the USB socket for those wanting to plug the radio into a pc or laptop.
The wind-up mechanism is found on the back of the radio, with the telescopic antennae, and is easy to use. Simply pull the arm out and wind it up in a clockwise direction. 1 minute of muscle power equals 20 minutes of charging power.
The sound, unlike most portable radios which tend to sound rather tinny, is quite good... even with the music turned up high.
Although we have had this radio for over a year now and take it on all of our weekend expeditions and holidays, we have never actually had to use the wind-up charger! The solar panel does an amazing job of soaking up the sun's rays and converting them into stored energy, even when it is being used, so much so that it has never actually gone flat... and this isn't for lack of trying. This gem of a radio seems to always be ready when we are!
Needless to say that the greatest thumbs up is the money saved on batteries... this said, the reliability and sturdiness of this little radio are far from negligible. Having cost me less than £15.00 on Amazon I consider this money well spent.
Although I absolutely love this radio, there IS one major flaw... it isn't digital. Such a shame, really, considering that the date for the great switch-over to digital is nearly upon us.
Although digital is the way to go, the Duronic Hybrid AM/FM Radio is a little gem... and for under £15.00 it's a great price for a radio that can be taken on short and long expeditions, will keep you entertained and, more importantly, up-to-date with the latest news. The savings on batteries alone makes this radio a real bargain. Had this been a digital radio, I would have given it a 5 star.