With a hat tip to Rohit Bhargava at the Influential Marketing Blog, comes this cool multipurpose radio that is used by the American Red Cross. If it’s useful enough for the American Red Cross to handout during emergencies then it’s probably worth considering for the campsite, too. The American Red Cross FR500 Solarlink, by Eton Corporation, covers all the bases with AM/FM/Shortwave and NOAA weather bands. It also incorporates a digital alarm clock, flashlight, an emergency beacon, and an emergency siren.
Powered by three AA batteries, or an internal NiMH battery, the FR500 Solarlink is rechargeable via its integrated hand crank and solar cells. A USB port allows the FR500 Solarlink radio to recharge other devices. It’s a bit heavy at 2 pounds, but it’s rugged and built to withstand outdoor use. It is smaller than a sheet of notebook paper, at 7 3/4″ wide by 8 1/2″ high and 2 1/2″ thick. The FR500 Solarlink retails for $80.
K2 Wind and Solar Charger
Last month I talked about the new Energizer® solar charger that was debuting at CES, but when I was perusing some of the CES coverage at CleanTechnica.com, I came across this interesting solar and wind charger by Kinesis Industries.
The design certainly looks functional, although specifications are nonexistent on the company’s website. Kinesis claims the K2 has the largest rechargeable battery capacity in its class – assumedly a NiMH battery – and can recharge a cell phone five times before the K2 itself needs a recharge. The K2 retails for $100.
ETX-LS Automated Telescope
The kids have been showing an interest in astronomy lately and it is something that I think would be a lot of fun on family camping trips, too. Unfortunately, I know next to nothing about astronomy, or telescopes. Fortunately, though, Meade Instruments® has the ETX-LS automated telescope for people just like me.
The ETX-LS has an integrated GPS and electronic compass module so that it knows exactly where it is when you turn it on. It also knows where all the cool stuff in the sky is, with an internal database of major celestial bodies and a CCD camera that keeps the ETX-LS aligned on an object as it travels across the sky. The bottom line is that if you want to look at Mars, just enter it on the handheld remote, press a button and it turns itself to Mars. It’s astronomy for Roy!
The ETX-LS has a 6-inch mirror with magnification ranging from 20X to 400X. It weighs 30 pounds and is powered by eight C batteries. It retails for $1,300.