Product Type: Philips portable radios
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Philips AE 1000
Member Name: Susann
Philips AE 1000
Date: 10/02/03, updated on 10/02/03 (297 review reads)
Advantages: Stylish - slightly retro 70's look, No more batteries!, A good talking point and makes you more aware of energy issues
Disadvantages: Uncomfortable for smaller hands to hold, Light does not illuminate dial effectively
This is so handy! Wind the handle for a couple of mins to get between 30 and 60 mins of excellent radio reception. (When it was new it lasted for nearly 3 days on one 2 minute wind - maybe they are'supercharged' at the factory first). Since then it's been the standard 1 min wind/30 mins reception ratio. It's easy to carry around the house (with the 'camera-style' hand strap attached) and ideal for travel. Also, no worries about leaking batteries if you don't use it for a while. There is a battery compartment if you get sick of winding or need constant reception. No mains socket. The winding makes you feel quite virtuous - replenishable energy etc, though I usually listen to it while I'm cleaning and have tthe dishwasher and w/machine running full blast so I'm sure I'm still in huge energy deficit!
The retractable aerial is very sturdy and gets an excellent reception on the channels I listen to. I have another portable radio which can't get Radio 4 upstairs for some reason - this radio has no problem at all. It can recieve on FM or AM. Tuning and volume are via the usual 'wheels' on the sides. The dial is clear and easy to read and there is a dial light which can be used if the radio has any charge. This is situated about an inch below the dial and at a differnt angle so though it has a satisfying lime green light, it doesn't do anything at all to illuminate the dial in the dark. Two additional lights on the top are for tuning and to show you when you're winding fast enough - thankfully not a lot of effort needed, as once the novelty wears off the 30 mins seem to fly by!
The body has a stylish upright silver casing with black rubberised panels at either side. The black winding handle seems sturdy and is easy to use . It stays folded into a notch in the side of the case unless you're actually winding! One disadvantage is that it's quite a chunky radio depth-wise, s
o if you're female or have small hands anyway, gripping right round it and holding firmly enough to wind with the other hand is pretty uncomfortable. The rubberised sides have a couple of hard edges which dig into my hand. I wouldn't be suprised if Phillips or another manufacturer eventually realises this and designs 'hand grips' into the sides like a walkie-talkie. Have a go at winding in the shop before you buy if possible.
Children are fascinated by it and it's a good starting point for looking at the concepts of renewable energy. It's also safer to leave around than a mains powered radio. If you use batteries and have small children, be aware that the compartment isn't screwed shut, it can be slid off so they could get at the batteries quite easily while your back is turned.
This cost us about £20 from Safeway and we've had it for about 3 months, it feels as if we will have it around for years - a good sign!
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