By Todd Bernhard on Sat, 02/04/2012
Eton has made some cool self powered radios over the years, with cooperation from Grundig, but their latest offerings incorporate enhanced designed including aluminum accents that complement the American Red Cross red and white enclosure.
The main appeal of these gadgets have been the AM/FM/NOAA weather radio that can be charged by batteries or more importantly, a hand crank. They also include an LED flashlight, adding to the appeal of their radios as an emergency tool.
A major functional enhancement from previous models I've owned is the addition of a USB charging port. With the right USB phone cable, you could generate enough electricity with one minute of hand cranking to make a 30 second phone call.
I recently saw The Grey, with Liam Neeson, where their plane crashes in the wilderness and it left me paranoid. I'm going to keep an Eton radio, with a few USB cables, in my car. I might even have to start flying with the Rover, their more portable model!