Mom's Got Her Own Radio
Everyone Has Their Tunes And Talk
My kids walk around the house wired to their ipods or phones to enjoy a little music. I tried that, and still use a purple Nano when I walk, but I really missed having a radio in the kitchen that worked. We have an ancient "Spacesaver" radio under a cabinet, but it is hit or miss whether it turns on and let's just say it snaps, crackles and pops with no help from a bowl of cereal.
My husband has "his own" battery powered radio from the 1970s. This is not an exaggeration, and he carries it around on weekends to listen to sports shows and determine his fantasy football lineup. I know -- we are hopelessly mired in the past, but it works for him. Did you notice, however, that I said it was "his own?" Sigh....
Time For Mom To Claim Her Own
When Christmas neared I saw an assortment of brightly colored radios in a catalog, simple AM/FM options. Plus they could be hand cranked to work in an emergency and featured weather radio and a LED flashlight. Pretty affordable, as well, and perfect as an answer to the boys' question, "What do you want for Christmas, mom?"
So I put it out there, and son number one jumped on it. He texted to ask which color, and I went with green. Easy to find, I figured, on a cluttered counter. I thought it would be great to take along on trips if only for the flashlight, and perfect to pack on a canoe or fishing trip. I planned to use it when the "Spacemaker" fizzled and I didn't have the smartphone or computer charged up to stream my classical or NPR favorites.
When I opened it my husband snickered, but he may be changing his tune as he loads more batteries into his antique. At first I was dismayed to find this little green guy was only able to offer 10 minutes or so on a hand crank, but that was before I plugged it into the wall with the included USB cord the day after Christmas to charge for about three hours. I have been listening to it upstairs, downstairs, in the kitchen, in the dining room, while doing laundry -- wherever I want to go -- for the last six days for two to three hours a day on that same charge! In fact I am listening to some lovely Water Music right now.
This durable radio has a bright light and an easy to turn crank along with the magic USB cord. Its sound will not rival expensive systems, but is just what I need as I wander through the house getting stuff done. I am already looking forward to it in the garden and on the front deck of the cabin this summer -- maybe it picking up a little music while I am picking a few wild blueberries.
Think about one of these -- or its siblings with a few more features below -- as an inexpensive option when filling the whole house with your favorite music or talk radio is not desired. This eco-friendly radio comes in many colors; you don't have to select green to be green, if you know what I mean. And when you need a radio that is not tethered to the grid Eton has an answer for you.
Lots of folks have commented on the Eton's ability to charge a cellphone. The basic one I received does not do that, but there are some below that do. Think about what your needs might be and pick the one that makes the most sense for you.
I have my eye on a slightly different model (with cell phone charging ability) for the back porch this summer in case anyone is wondering what to get me for Mother's Day. Just saying.
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Breaking News! The Little Green Radio,
AKA Mr. Green, has just been fully recharged. Let the playing begin.
We are at 24 48 56 hours of continuous radio listening........and he's out of gas. Still pretty good for a three hour charge! And remember you can crank it if necessary in an emergency.
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Now that we know that 56 hours of continuous play is possible let's move to the next burning question. What color Eton Radio would you choose?See results without voting
Last updated on July 24, 2014
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