Midland ER102 Weather & Alert Radio - ER-102

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Great product for $34.99 & free shipping. I have one of these for the car, home, and work. I also have an Eton/Grundig FR400 which costs on average $60. They both work great, pull up good reception. The build quality on the Midland is much better (nobs and switches work smoother, and the radio feels more durable than the Eton (although the Eton claims water resistance). The Eton also notes it can be run by the crank only, even if the included rechargable battery is not installed. I didn't not see this noted for the Midland. The LCD on the Midland is a nice touch, and it also has an amber colored backlight. The only issue I could see occuring is if it were to be damaged. Since the Eton FR400 has an analog dial, you could still figure things out even if the window was broken. The cell phone charging tips which come with the Midland did not include one for a mini-USB plug (very common for BlackBerry's, Smart Phones, newer Motorolas, etc). Eton does not include a package of free tips. You have to either mail back the included post card, or go to their site to request 1 free tip of your choosing. It's possible the tip for the Eton will also fit on the cord for the Midland, but I haven't tried. For the cost, features, and usage, I'd recomend starting with the Midland, and get an Eton if you want to cover your bases. I've seen some reviews complain about the reception of Eton's, so it doesn't hurt to have 2 different brands to back each other up.

-Anonymous quote

Shortly after I gave this radio to my 7 year-old son as a Christmas present, severe weather hit our area and the radio became a dependable and valuable source of information. The reception was excellent (puts to shame one other weather radio that I own) and the handcrank mechanism gave us peace of mind - that we would continue to have information even if the power went out. The crank mechanism is rugged and has managed to perform flawlessly inspite of my boys' propensity to push things beyond the envelope. I wish someone would give me this radio for Christmas!

-Mark Knauss quote

MIDLAND ER102 7-Channel Emergency Crank Radio

on 4/21/2008

Great product for $34.99 & free shipping. I have one of these for the car, home, and work. I also have an Eton/Grundig FR400 which costs on average $60. They both work great, pull up good reception. The build quality on the Midland is much better (nobs and switches work smoother, and the radio feels more durable than the Eton (although the Eton claims water resistance). The Eton also notes it can be run by the crank only, even if the included rechargable battery is not installed. I didn't not see this noted for the Midland. The LCD on the Midland is a nice touch, and it also has an amber colored backlight. The only issue I could see occuring is if it were to be damaged. Since the Eton FR400 has an analog dial, you could still figure things out even if the window was broken. The cell phone charging tips which come with the Midland did not include one for a mini-USB plug (very common for BlackBerry's, Smart Phones, newer Motorolas, etc). Eton does not include a package of free tips. You have to either mail back the included post card, or go to their site to request 1 free tip of your choosing. It's possible the tip for the Eton will also fit on the cord for the Midland, but I haven't tried. For the cost, features, and usage, I'd recomend starting with the Midland, and get an Eton if you want to cover your bases. I've seen some reviews complain about the reception of Eton's, so it doesn't hurt to have 2 different brands to back each other up.

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Great product, poor instructions.

by Barbara on 5/19/2008

This item was purchased for the sole purpose of "Weather Alert"feature. The instructions for this one important attribute were very brief and incomplete. I will have to wait until we are under a weather alert to figure out how to use the weather allert channels. The other components work well and well be very handy in case of a bad storm and subsequent power out.

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Product Overview

The Midland(r) ER102 emergency radio is designed to be the perfect severe weather survival tool. The Dynamo crank allows you to recharge the radio during a power outage or when away from a power source, so you can stay informed with NOAA All Hazard Weather Alerts or local AM/FM broadcasts. The USB connector allows you to charge other electronic devices such as cell phones (USB cable not included).

Specifications

Manufacturer Midland
Mfg Part# ER-102
SKU 204222754
UPC 046014745124
UPC 14 00046014745124
Features
Batteries 3xAAAlkaline
Product Type Weather & Alert Radio
Manufacturer Part Number ER-102
Manufacturer Midland Radio Corporation
Product Model ER102
Product Name ER102 Weather & Alert Radio
Brand Name Midland
Additional Information Crank Power perfect for Severe Weather SurvivalThermometer with Freeze AlertTelescoping Antenna provides crystal clear reception
Package Contents ER102 Weather & Alert RadioAC AdapterOwner's Manual
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority RoHS
Weight (Approximate) 1.20 lb
Height 6"
Width 8"
Depth 2"
Input Voltage 6 V DC
Features Flashlight / Water Resistant / Cellular Phone Charger
Frequency Band AM / FM
Maximum Frequency 162.55 MHz
Minimum Frequency 162.40 MHz
Alert Type Child Abduction Emergency (Amber Alert) / Fire / Landslide / Biological Hazard / Civil Emergency Message
Number of Weather Radio Channels 7
Limited Warranty 90 Day
Tech Specs
MIDLAND ER102 Emergency RadioHigh performance receiver monitors U.S. Emergency All Hazards weather bulletins, warnings, and forecastsReceives all National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration /NOAA reports, which provides all available emergency advisories on tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, floods, evacuations, and more User selectable warning system / choice of warning tone alarm or visual flash Alert override switches radio to the alert broadcast if received while listening to AM/FM radio Backlit display / when any buttons are pressed the backlight will be activated for several seconds. Clock displays time and has alarm and snooze functions AM/FM radio for listening or wake up alarm Fully variable volume control adjusts audio output Earphone jack /3.5mm stereo/ allows private listening Built in power generator recharges the internal rechargeable NiMH battery and cell phone batteries /if capable3 LED Flashlight Thermometer with Freeze Alert DC Jack Phone charger output jack /3.5mm Rotatable telescopic antenna Front Firing Speaker Large, bright EL /ElectroLuminescent/ backlight Water resistantPart Number: ER102

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