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L.L.Bean Solar Dynamo Radio Light

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Pros: powered by solar or hand crank, works well, useful

Cons: weather stations don't come in well

This is a cool little gadget because it has so many uses and options.  You can use it as an LED flashlight, AM/FM radio, or even listen to one of seven NOAA weather stations.  I've found that on mine the weather stations don't come in well, but I think that's the least useful part of the gadget.

 

It has a small solar panel on top and a hand crank for charging it up.  I've found that cranking it for about 15-30 seconds gives about 5-10 minutes of radio time, and the LED flashlight doesn't require much cranking at all.  I haven't had a chance to test out how effective the solar panel is yet.

 

Another nice feature is that the Dynamo can also be used as a solar charger.  It comes with a cord that can be plugged in, and if you get an adapter for your phone, you can use the solar panel to charge a cell phone.  Unfortunately it doesn't come with any adapters, and the solar panel isn't particularly large, so it probably wouldn't be terribly effective.  But in a pinch you could partially recharge your phone with the hand crank too, which is pretty cool.

 

It's nice and small, the radio works well, I got the green one which looks very nice, it's pretty cheap, and very useful.  Really can't complain - it's a neat little gadget and makes for a good gift.

L.L.Bean Solar Dynamo Radio Light
Description:

A must-have item for your emergency kit, bedside stand or car. Compact and portable, it operates on solar, handcrank or battery power. Receives AM, FM and all seven NOAA weather stations. Built-in cell phone charger and bright LED flashlight. Shatterproof polycarbonate resin. Imported. 2¼"H x 5"W x 1¾"D. 7.5 oz.

Details:
DetailValue
Additional FeaturesLED flashlight, radio, solar charger
TypeOther
Release Date
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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