Video Review: Eton Scorpion
We’ve been swapping out some gear lately and one of our latest additions is the Eton Scorpion radio. I put together a video overview of Eton, discussing some of its major features.
The Eton Scorpion is a great little radio that can be powered via the hand crank or solar cell. We wanted a radio that we could use all the time (especially with the wacky weather in the east) without have to worry about charging batteries. The Eton lets us do that. No more having to purchase new batteries or find an outlet to charge our rechargeables.
Other than the hand crank, the next most desirable feature was the ability to get weather band. In the west, we could see a storm front days ahead. In the east, we have been surprised by many severe thunderstorms that seem to form instantaneously. Having the weather band at our fingertips will let us assess just how bad a front will be.
Another great feature is that the Eton Scorpion can double as a speaker for our iPhone/iPod letting us enjoy a little campfire music. Definitely a luxury.
If you liked our review and want to get an Eton Scorpion of your own, consider buying it through the links on this page. It’ll cost the same to you, but we get a small percentage (imperceptible, really!) of the sale which will keep us on the road longer!
April August 18, 2010 at 8:52 am
I don’t think the solar panel is gimmicky.
I once owned an early version of a crank radio ten years ago. It also had a solar panel on it. If the radio was in the sun (even if it wasn’t full sun), the radio would play endlessly without having to be cranked! Matter of fact, if I had the radio playing after I cranked it but let the power drain instead of turning it off, I would be startled when the sun hit it and the radio started!
Oh man. That radio. It was HUGE in comparison, and all it did was AM/FM, and it took a lot of force to crank it up all the way. It had a clear body, and you were cranking a metal strip from one end of the radio to the other, it’s hard to describe when I don’t know the proper terminology…I don’t think any of them work that way anymore!
Eventually the tuner indicator broke. It could still tune (it was analog), but you couldn’t see what station it was. I had the whole radio dial memorized for a while, from one end to the other!
Oh man. That was ten years ago, when I tree-sitting.
Mark Hardgrave August 21, 2010 at 6:28 pm
Great review! I love the video format of the reviews, hope you do more.
Mystech October 20, 2010 at 9:40 am
Did you have any issues getting the Scorpion into USB charging mode. I tried repeated with different devices and cables to eliminate external factors, before I found a vague mention of having to put the device into “charging mode” when operating the hand rank to charge devices via the USB port. Of course, I don’t see any such mode and haven’t figured out how yet. Eton support is uncommunicative but I will probably dabble a bit more before boxing it up, returning it and leaving appropriate review online.
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Fantastic review Russ. I really like this new format. 🙂