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The Etón Scorpion is a multi-purpose, solar-powered, digital weather radio rugged-ized for outdoor use. While you may not need one in the workshop, it could come in handy in a go-kit or in your vehicles for emergencies.

The 5.25″ × 2.5″ × 1.75″ unit weighs 8.5 oz. and requires no additional batteries as it has both a solar panel and a hand crank. Its digital radio tuner picks up AM, FM, and the NOAA Weather Band. The “splash-proof” case has a “rugged exterior skin” and an aluminum carabiner. It also has an LED flashlight, a USB cell phone charger, a headphone jack, an audio line input, and — best of all, and crucial for survival — a bottle opener. No word on how long you have to crank or leave it in the sun to charge up its internal battery, but it does have a battery charge indicator.

The $49.99 Scorpion is expected to be released in May.

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5 Responses to Eton Scorpion

  1. Toolhearty says:

    Hope it’s as good as the larger Eton radio I keep in the kitchen for power outages. Mine has good reception (better than some much more expensive radios I have) and I don’t even keep batteries in it as it will run for many minutes with just a few cranks. (again, mine is in the kitchen, so no bottle opener was required on the radio)

  2. Tetsubo says:

    I keep am Eton around for power outages as well, though it’s an older model. I would love to upgrade to a model with solar panels but I don’t think I can justify it to my wife. 🙂 I do have a solar LED flashlight though.

  3. matt says:

    I have found that since Grundig was bought by Eton, the quality of their products has been drastically reduced. The crank mechanisms are starting to be notorious for wearing out quickly. (The fit, finish, and durability have also seemed to be affected by the takeover)

  4. Old Coot says:

    The USB outlet is a nice feature.

  5. Lehmann says:

    Quel est le prix est ou peut-on l’acheter ?

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