FRX3 Charges Your Cell Phone
The FRX3 has all the usual things we’ve come to take for granted on a modern radio — clock, alarm clock, headphone input and auxiliary MP3 player input to pump in your own music, even a handy flashlight — but most interesting is that you can charge your cell phone with this unit.
Eton calls it a dump charge. It works with phones that use a USB charger, and the radio comes with a cable to connect the radio to the phone. You simply plug the two together and hit the “CELL” button located on the front. This is certainly no trickle charge; I wouldn’t suggest you use it regularly, but in an emergency it does indeed work as a quick-charge. I tested it on my phone’s near-dead battery and, within a few seconds, it was fully charged. That depleted the radio’s battery, so back on the crank I went.
FRX3 Overall Impression
There are better weather radios one can buy, and a multitude of solar panel solutions for charging cell phones, but the Eton FRX3 brings these critical tools together into one small, lightweight and affordable package that will serve the purpose for most families. The American Red Cross endorses this radio and, if the power goes out, it’ll serve you well, too.
• AM, FM, WB digital radio w/display
• Weather alert
• USB smart phone charger (dump charge)
• Solar panel
• Dynamo motor/Hand turbine
• LED flashlight
• Glow in the dark locator
• DC input (mini USB)
• AUX input
• Headphone output
• Internal rechargeable Ni-MH battery
Dimensions: 6.9” x 5.8” x 2.6” (W x H x D) 174 x 147 x 67 mm (W x H x D)* Weight: 1 lb. 5 oz. (603 g)*