The Eton Scorpion: A Solar Radio For When The Big One Hits

Have you ever considered what needs to go into an emergency kit in your home in case of a natural disaster? One key element you’ll need is a source of updated news and information so you can stay up on disaster recovery efforts, where to go for needed supplies and other key essential bits of chatter. A portable radio solves this problem, but what happens if you forget to put batteries with it or if they are dead? That’s where a product like the multiple-power source Scorpion from Eton comes in.

The Eton Scorpion is designed to be powered by three sources, two of which are renewable. There’s an integrated solar panel to harness solar energy, a crank you can turn to power the internal battery and a DC adapter to use it in remote areas if there is some form of DC power output available. A battery charge indicator is built in to let you know current charge level. The Scropion, besides being a device which is charged by other sources, can also charge other items itself like mobile phones via its integrated USB cell phone charger.

Eton Scorpion

image via Eton

In turns of delivering timely news and information the Eton Scorpion, which is also targeted towards outdoor users, offers several options. This includes, via the built in radio, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather bands as well as a digital tuner for AM/FM reception. An audio line in option is also included if one wants to listen to a connected portable audio player. Audio output options include a what looks to be a built-in speaker as well as a headphone jack.

Other features of the splash proof Eton Scorpion, which prices around $50, include an integrated LED flashlight, aluminum carabiner clip, rugged exterior skin and, should the ultimate need arise, a bottle opener.

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– via Red Ferret Journal

Eton Scorpion

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