Emergency radio will keep the lines of communication open in a pinch

Posted Oct. 28, 2011, at 3:54 p.m.

Whether you’re camping with friends or in a full-out emergency, you’ll feel more prepared with Eton’s American Red Cross MicroLink FR160 radio.

This tiny device has everything you need to stay in the know. In addition to receiving FM, AM and seven National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association weatherband radio channels for up-to-the-minute weather updates, it also includes a cellphone charger and LED flashlight for nighttime visibility. And its internal Ni-MH battery charges through both solar power and manual hand crank, so you don’t have to worry about losing power.

You don’t have to worry about portability either. Measuring only 5.25-by-2.5-by-1.75 inches and weighing 8.5 ounces, the FR160 can go anywhere without a fuss. Purchasing the radio can also help others in emergencies, too. Eton donates up to $1 of the purchase price to the American Red Cross.

The radio charges cellphones by USB port (cables aren’t included and it charges most phone types). The flashlight has three white LED bulbs. The device also has a 3.5 mm output for headphones and includes a disaster preparedness manual.

The radio is red and gray and it’s also available in black. Purchase at Radio Shack stores nationwide and online at Price is $35.