No Power? No Problem

Summer can bring the best and the worst of weather, as everyone in hurricane, tornado or flood-prone regions can attest. The key to riding out a big storm is being prepared, and today’s Grommet is a smart addition to your emergency preparedness kit. It’s also a fun one. Etón Corporation’s rugged radios can be charged by hand crank or solar power, so you have multiple ways to stay connected if the electricity goes out. Along with a radio, these compact devices include a flashlight and cell phone charger. The Etón Microlink FR160 has an AM/FM and NOAA weatherband radio and a built-in 3-light LED flashlight. The Etón Solarlink FR360 offers the same radio band options, plus it adds a digital tuner, a more powerful flashlight, and the option to use conventional AAA batteries. Etón founder Esmail Amid-Hozour, who brought the technology to the U.S. from Germany, has a long history of working with the American Red Cross and donating radios to victims of natural disasters around the world. But there’s no need to wait for an emergency to give Etón’s radios a try. They’re also great for connecting to your favorite station when you’re digging in the garden, relaxing at a campsite, or headed to the beach. Etón plugs you in... even when there are no plugs to be found.

Eton

Self-powered Multipurpose Device

No Power? No Problem

Summer can bring the best and the worst of weather, as everyone in hurricane, tornado or flood-prone regions can attest. The key to riding out a big storm is being prepared, and today’s Grommet is a smart addition to your emergency preparedness kit. It’s also a fun one. Etón Corporation’s rugged radios can be charged by hand crank or solar power, so you have multiple ways to stay connected if the electricity goes out. Along with a radio, these compact devices include a flashlight and cell phone charger. The Etón Microlink FR160 has an AM/FM and NOAA weatherband radio and a built-in 3-light LED flashlight. The Etón Solarlink FR360 offers the same radio band options, plus it adds a digital tuner, a more powerful flashlight, and the option to use conventional AAA batteries. Etón founder Esmail Amid-Hozour, who brought the technology to the U.S. from Germany, has a long history of working with the American Red Cross and donating radios to victims of natural disasters around the world. But there’s no need to wait for an emergency to give Etón’s radios a try. They’re also great for connecting to your favorite station when you’re digging in the garden, relaxing at a campsite, or headed to the beach. Etón plugs you in... even when there are no plugs to be found.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie

    Hi Daily Grommet fans! I'm sure many of you know from experience that

    being stuck

    in the dark with no power is just no fun. It's even worse if there's a

    real emergency

    and you're not sure what could be happening outside your door or down your

    street. Conversely, what could be better than floating in the middle

    of a lake or

    hanging out on the top of a mountain and being able to hear your favorite tunes?

    Either way, Eton will be right there with you! We're looking forward

    to answering

    your questions, and hearing your stories about how our hand-crank radios have

    aided in your adventures.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/1/2011 12:15 PM

    Here is a story about these emergency devices being distributed in Haiti after the earthquake. Eton Radios in Haiti

    Here is a list of items that the Red Cross suggests having in your emergency preparedness kit. Emergency Preparedness Kit

  • Dave R
    Dave R
    7/1/2011 1:47 PM

    Looks like a great product. One question - how much cranking is required to charge the battery - let's say from dead to fully charged? If it takes a lot to charge, I guess one could look at it as an exercise aid as well. The solar power sounds appealing, but in case of a storm, that is probably not a good option.

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie – Special Guest
    7/1/2011 2:26 PM

    @Dave R: That's a very good question. Our crank feature generates about 10-15 minutes of radio play time (at a moderate to low volume) for ever 2 minutes of cranking. It's great exercise and helps keep you powered up for any outdoor adventure or power outage.

  • Jane
    Jane
    7/1/2011 3:59 PM

    Can you keep it charged with the solar power all the time? Does it require special batteries for the solar power? What is the life of the batteries?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/1/2011 5:16 PM

    @Jane: Bonnie is at a meeting right now but she will be back to let you know. Thanks!

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie – Special Guest
    7/1/2011 6:04 PM

    @Jane: Hi Jane! For both the MICROLINK FR160 and SOLARLINK FR360, the re-chargeable batteries can be charged with solar power at all times when there is sun light available. In direct sunlight, the MICROLINK FR160 solar panel fully recharges the battery in about 8-10 hours, while the SOLARLINK FR360 solar panel recharges its battery in about 10 hours. A re-chargeable Ni-MH battery is included for both models. So need to worry about getting special batteries.

  • mal
    mal
    10/13/2011 7:53 AM

    do both models have the usb cell phone charger?

    thank you

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/13/2011 11:35 AM

    @mal: Yes, they both have the USB cell phone charger capability.

  • Barbara Picco
    Barbara Picco
    11/20/2011 9:24 AM

    I'm committed to buying American this Christmas season. Where is this made?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/20/2011 10:35 AM

    @Barbara Picco: That is a wonderful commitment. This one is made in China, but we have many products made in the USA that you should take a look at:

    Products that are made in the USA

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Eton

Self-powered Multipurpose Device

No Power? No Problem

Summer can bring the best and the worst of weather, as everyone in hurricane, tornado or flood-prone regions can attest. The key to riding out a big storm is being prepared, and today’s Grommet is a smart addition to your emergency preparedness kit. It’s also a fun one.

Etón Corporation’s rugged radios can be charged by hand crank or solar power, so you have multiple ways to stay connected if the electricity goes out. Along with a radio, these compact devices include a flashlight and cell phone charger. The Etón
Microlink FR160 has an AM/FM and NOAA weatherband radio and a built-in 3-light LED flashlight. The Etón Solarlink FR360 offers the same radio band options, plus it adds a digital tuner, a more powerful flashlight, and the option to use conventional AAA batteries. Etón founder Esmail Amid-Hozour, who brought the technology to the U.S. from Germany, has a long history of working with the American Red Cross and donating radios to victims of natural disasters around the world.

But there’s no need to wait for an emergency to give Etón’s radios a try. They’re also great for connecting to your favorite station when you’re digging in the garden, relaxing at a campsite, or headed to the beach. Etón plugs you in... even when there are no plugs to be found.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie

    Hi Daily Grommet fans! I'm sure many of you know from experience that

    being stuck

    in the dark with no power is just no fun. It's even worse if there's a

    real emergency

    and you're not sure what could be happening outside your door or down your

    street. Conversely, what could be better than floating in the middle

    of a lake or

    hanging out on the top of a mountain and being able to hear your favorite tunes?

    Either way, Eton will be right there with you! We're looking forward

    to answering

    your questions, and hearing your stories about how our hand-crank radios have

    aided in your adventures.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/1/2011 12:15 PM

    Here is a story about these emergency devices being distributed in Haiti after the earthquake. Eton Radios in Haiti

    Here is a list of items that the Red Cross suggests having in your emergency preparedness kit. Emergency Preparedness Kit

  • Dave R
    Dave R
    7/1/2011 1:47 PM

    Looks like a great product. One question - how much cranking is required to charge the battery - let's say from dead to fully charged? If it takes a lot to charge, I guess one could look at it as an exercise aid as well. The solar power sounds appealing, but in case of a storm, that is probably not a good option.

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie – Special Guest
    7/1/2011 2:26 PM

    @Dave R: That's a very good question. Our crank feature generates about 10-15 minutes of radio play time (at a moderate to low volume) for ever 2 minutes of cranking. It's great exercise and helps keep you powered up for any outdoor adventure or power outage.

  • Jane
    Jane
    7/1/2011 3:59 PM

    Can you keep it charged with the solar power all the time? Does it require special batteries for the solar power? What is the life of the batteries?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/1/2011 5:16 PM

    @Jane: Bonnie is at a meeting right now but she will be back to let you know. Thanks!

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie – Special Guest
    7/1/2011 6:04 PM

    @Jane: Hi Jane! For both the MICROLINK FR160 and SOLARLINK FR360, the re-chargeable batteries can be charged with solar power at all times when there is sun light available. In direct sunlight, the MICROLINK FR160 solar panel fully recharges the battery in about 8-10 hours, while the SOLARLINK FR360 solar panel recharges its battery in about 10 hours. A re-chargeable Ni-MH battery is included for both models. So need to worry about getting special batteries.

  • mal
    mal
    10/13/2011 7:53 AM

    do both models have the usb cell phone charger?

    thank you

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/13/2011 11:35 AM

    @mal: Yes, they both have the USB cell phone charger capability.

  • Barbara Picco
    Barbara Picco
    11/20/2011 9:24 AM

    I'm committed to buying American this Christmas season. Where is this made?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/20/2011 10:35 AM

    @Barbara Picco: That is a wonderful commitment. This one is made in China, but we have many products made in the USA that you should take a look at:

    Products that are made in the USA

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.