The other half and myself have always been keen hikers and campers as we enjoy the solitude and freedom that it brings and have on a number of occasions wild camped which technically is illegal but is such a stupid law I'm quite happy to break it, anyway when camping on a more permanent site where we are not concerned with unnescessary weight we often take this wind up radio from Sony which has been going strong for a couple of years now and was a sound purchase.
It is a multi purpose gadget as it also includes a soft light and a flashlight which are all powered by your manual efforts so it is good for the environment as you do not need batteries as you can power it using the crank however it will run on two AAA batteries as a cop out.
It has both fm and am frequencies and while the only thing you can adjust is the volume it has pretty good sound quality for such a small radio and perfectly good enough for use while camping when you want to hear the weather reports or just have some back ground music while preparing breakfast or sitting out in the evening.
Three minutes of winding will give you between 15 and 25 minutes of sound which is not bad especially if you get the longer time, it can be a bit repetitive but then you are helping to reduce waste. The flashlight is not too bad and as a back up is useful to have for any late night foray to the toilet block or a manually dug toilet.
This is a useful device to take away and whiole I had tyo own up to having used the battery option a couple of times when not wanting to be interrupted at night when listening to a play it is still an environmentally friendly way to listen to the radio when you do opt for using the handle which is on the front of the radio. It is not the most attractive design with a silver colour but it is perfectly functional and a decent product. The other half bought it and he does not remember how much he actually paid for it.
Sony's imaginatively titled 'ICF-B01' wind-up radio is a well-designed product. The silver version (shown above) looks a little dull, but the orange version is very cool indeed. Offering both AM and FM, a soft light and a flashlight, it's great for a camping trip.
Although there are no settings for adjusting the sound (apart from volume), the quality is by no means bad, with music and speech being transmitted clearly.
When I first used the Sony, it ran for about three days without being wound, and I was very impressed. However, when wound for the first time, it only lasted for 5 minutes. I fully discharged it and wound it again - this time for longer - but again, it only gave me around 7 minutes listening time. I've now found that winding for 3 minutes will produce twenty minutes of sound - which isn't at all bad. However, all that winding can be tiresome - I suppose it's good for the environment and the exercise is good for me! If cranking the power generator is not for you, then there is the option to use 2 AAA batteries instead - but where's the fun in that...?
Overall, a very well designed product that looks good too. The soft light and flash light are handy additions, but will require further winding to keep them running. It would have been good if the ICF-B01 had featured longwave, but you can't have everything.
AM / FM Radio with Resistant Tuning allows the station to be tuned before it's put away for emergency use and will stay in that position until it's changed by the user.
Built-in Power Generator with 1 minute of cranking at the optimum rate indicated by the green LED charging indicator, the user is provided with up to 60 minutes of AM radio, 40 minutes of FM radio or 15 minutes of light.
The unit can be operated using the Power Generator or 2 "AAA" batteries (not supplied).
Two Light Settings allow you to choose between using a flashlight or a softlight which adds to the functionality of the radio. In the flashlight setting, the LED provides a bright light that can be used to illuminate an object or help guide the user when walking. The softlight is a low level light that adds illumination to a small area acting as a night light or comfort light when a group of children or adults are gathered around it.
When the Power Generator handle is turned at the optimum rotating speed (in either direction), the green LED Charging Indicator will illuminate. Continuing to turn the handle at this same rate for approximately one minute (120 rotations) will provide a full charge.
Bright Orange Color makes it easy to locate.
The unit is designed to be splash resistant for all weather operation. It cannot, however, be immersed in water.
It can easily fit in an emergency kit, kitchen drawer or the glove box in your car, ready when you need it.