Keep the music playing, the light shining, and the phone calling with Eton self powered radio, flashlight and USB charger #CES

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!

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.