Ambient Weather WR-099 User manual

Ambient Weather WR-099 Emergency Solar Hand Crank
Radio, Flashlight with AM/FM/NOAA Weather Band and
Smart Phone Charger User Manual
Table of Contents
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Introduction ..................................................................................................................................... 2
Controls ........................................................................................................................................... 2
Cables and Adaptors........................................................................................................................ 3
Warnings ......................................................................................................................................... 3
Features ........................................................................................................................................... 4
Power Sources ................................................................................................................................. 4
6.1
DC and AC Power .................................................................................................................. 4
6.2
Solar Power ............................................................................................................................ 5
6.3
Hand Crank Power ................................................................................................................. 5
7. Operation......................................................................................................................................... 6
7.1
Flashlight Operation ............................................................................................................... 6
7.2
Radio Operation ..................................................................................................................... 6
7.3
Radio Band Mode................................................................................................................... 7
7.3.1 AM/FM Radio Tuning........................................................................................................ 7
7.3.2 Weather Band Tuning ......................................................................................................... 7
7.4
Smart phone and PDA Operation ........................................................................................... 7
7.5
Audio Output / Head Phones .................................................................................................. 8
7.6
Resetting the Unit ................................................................................................................... 8
8. Care and Maintenance ..................................................................................................................... 8
8.1
Battery Maintenance............................................................................................................... 8
8.2 General Care and Maintenance ..................................................................................................... 8
9. Specifications .................................................................................................................................. 9
10.
Troubleshooting Guide ............................................................................................................... 9
11.
Accessories ............................................................................................................................... 10
12.
Liability Disclaimer .................................................................................................................. 10
13.
Warranty Information ............................................................................................................... 10
14.
FCC Statement.......................................................................................................................... 11
15.
Battery Recycle Statement........................................................................................................ 12
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1. Introduction
Thank you for your purchase of the Ambient Weather WR-099 Emergency Solar Hand Crank Radio,
Flashlight with AM/FM/NOAA Weather Band and Smart Phone / Portable Device Charger. To
download the latest full size manual (for easy viewing) and additional troubleshooting tips, please
visit:
http://ambientweather.wikispaces.com/wr099
2. Controls
No
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Description
Flashlight switch
Radio BAND (AM/FM/WB)
Power On/Off (
)
Radio Tune Up (
) Tune Down
( )
LCD Display
Volume Up (+) Volume Down (-)
Backlight (LIGHT)
RESET
Carabiner Clip
Retractable Antenna (FM)
No
11
12
13
Description
Headphone Jack
Power Input Port (to computer or optional AC
adaptor)
Hand Crank
14
Power Output Port (to smart phone or PDA)
15
16
17
18
19
Speaker
Solar Panel
Rechargeable battery compartment
LED Flashlight
Charge Indicator Light
Figure 1
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3. Cables and Adaptors
The WR-099 includes the following cables and connectors:
1. 2.5 Stereo Cable. Connects Power Out Jack to
smart phone tips (3), (4) and (5).
2. Power In Cable. Connects Power In Jack to USB
power (from a compute or optional AC or DC
converter).
3. Female USB Tip. Connects 2.5 Stereo Cable (1) to
USB smart phone or PDA. Most smart phones
include USB cables (example, IPhones).
4. Mini USB Tip. Connects 2.5 Stereo Cable (1) to
mini USB smart phone or PDA.
5. Micro USB Tip. Connects 2.5 Stereo Cable (1) to
micro USB smart phone or PDA.
Figure 2
4. Warnings
Hand Crank Warning
To prevent overheating of the dynamo hand crank and permanent damage, do not crank faster than
approximately two revolutions per second. Do not crank continuously for more than two minutes.
After two minutes, allow two minutes of rest before cranking again.
Smart Phone Charging Feature
The smart phone charging feature is intended to make brief calls. It is not intended to serve as a
normal smart phone charging device, due to the limited battery capacity.
Before using this product, please read the following warning and cautions:
1. Read these instructions – All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the
unit is operated.
2. Keep these instructions – The safety and operating instructions should be kept for future
reference.
3. Heed all warnings – All warnings on the device and in the operating instructions should be
adhered to.
4. Follow all instructions – All operation and use instructions should be followed
5. Do not use this item near water – The device should not be used near water; for example, near
a bath tub, washbowl, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool.
Unplug immediately if liquid has been spilled or any object has fallen into the unit.
6. Clean only with dry cloth – The device should be cleaned only as recommended by the
manufacturer.
7. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other device
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
8. Do not place near a fire. The battery can explode.
9. Only use attachments / accessories recommended by the manufacturer.
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10. Power Sources – The device should be connected to a power supply only of the type
described in the operating instructions or as marked on the device. Do not overload wall
outlet.
11. Do not attempt to dismantle, open or repair this product yourself. If a fault occurs, seek
advice from Ambient Weather support only.
12. Only operate within specified temperature range (32 °F to 131 °F).
13. Do not burn or bury batteries. Do not puncture or crush. Do not disassemble. Recycle
batteries. Do not dispose of in the trash.
14. If the electrolyte in the cells should get on your skin, thoroughly wash with soap and water. If
in the eyes, rinse thoroughly with cool water. Immediately seek medical attention.
15. Charge batteries on a fireproof surface away from flammable items or liquids.
5. Features
The WR-099 includes the following features:
 Super bright 3-LED flashlight
 AM/FM with Weather Band Feature
 Emergency smart phone / PDA charger
 Backlight digital display
 Audio output (headphones)
6. Power Sources
The WR-099 can be powered from the following sources:
 DC power from a USB power source, such as a computer
 AC power by adding a USB to AC adaptor (optional)
 DC car charger by adding a USB to DC car adaptor (optional)
 Solar power
 Hand crank power
6.1 DC and AC Power
Prior to using the WR-099, we recommend you charge the rechargeable battery through the Power
Input Port (Figure 3) using a computer USB port or optional AC adaptor. The WR-099 takes about two
hours to fully charge from a drained battery.
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Figure 3
Lift the rubber tab on the back of the WR-099 to expose the power port.
Connect the DC power input cable (Figure 2) to the USB mini jack, and the other end to the USB
power source. The red battery charge indicator light will illuminate when charging (Figure 1).
Continue to charge the WR-099 for about two hours. The WR-099 is now ready for use.
NOTE: Use 5.0V USB power source (from a computer or appropriate AC or DC adaptor).
Over-voltage may result in damaging the WR-099.
6.2 Solar Power
Place the WR-099 in direct (or indirect) sunlight with the solar panel facing upwards (Figure 1). The
red battery charging light will illuminate when charging.
NOTE: If the display heats up outside the operational range, the display will fade.
6.3 Hand Crank Power
To operate the hand crank, perform the following:
1. Lift the hand crank from the cradle, as shown in Figure 3.
2. Turn the hand crank either clockwise or counterclockwise at about two cranks per second for
two minutes to activate the internal battery for initial use, or when the unit has not been used
for more than 60 days. The red battery charging light illuminates when charging, as shown in
Figure 1.
3. One minute of cranking will provide about 30 minutes of flashlight use, and about 20 minutes
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of radio power (depending on the volume)*.
*Power times specified are for an active unit with at least a partial charge. Some additional
cranking time will be needed for a stored unit (i.e. 60 days) with no battery charge.
Hand Crank Warning
To prevent overheating of the dynamo hand crank and permanent damage, do not crank faster
than approximately two revolutions per second. Do not crank continuously for more than two
minutes. After two minutes, allow two minutes of rest before cranking again.
Figure 4
7. Operation
7.1 Flashlight Operation
Turn the light on and off with the light switch on the top of the unit (Figure 1).
7.2 Radio Operation
The WR-099 includes a digital LCD display with backlighting, with the following push button
controls:


POWER
. Turns on and off the radio. Transitions from clock display to radio tuner
display.
MODE. Switches the radio band between AM, FM, SW, weather band (WB0, and weather
band alert mode ALT)..




: Adjusts the radio frequency up
: Adjusts the radio frequency down
VOL+: Adjusts the radio volume up
VOL-: Adjusts the radio volume down
LIGHT: The backlight will turn on for 10 seconds.
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7.3 Radio Band Mode
NOTE: Radio reception is dramatically reduced when charging from USB. Disconnect USB power
when listening to the radio.
Press the POWER
button to turn the radio on the radio.
The radio will default to FM band (or the last radio band since power up). Press the MODE button to
change to the AM band. Press the MODE button to change to the Weather Band (WB).
NOTE: Radio interference will be present while charging the WR-099. For best reception, there is a
telescoping antenna. Extend the antenna and change the position if the reception is weak.
7.3.1 AM/FM Radio Tuning
When the radio is turned on, press the
decrease the frequency.
button to increase the frequency and press the
button to
To auto scan, press and hold the (
or
) key for at least one second and the radio will
automatically tune to next radio station with sufficient reception.
7.3.2 Weather Band Tuning
There are seven distinct weather channels. The frequencies are 162.400 MHz, 162.425 MHz, 162.450
MHz, 162.475 MHz, 162.500 MHz, 162.525 MHz and 162.550 MHz.
For a complete list of weather radio broadcasting stations, please visit the National Weather Service
website:
www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/indexnw.htm
Our recommendation is to tune to the station with the best reception using the
button. You will
hear the “voice of the National Weather Service”, and automated voice that provides forecast
information, weather statements, watches and warnings.
7.4 Smart phone and PDA Operation
Because smart phone batteries vary in their current ratings, we cannot specify charging rates or usage
time. 10 to 15 minutes of cranking may result in 1 or more minute of talk-time, but your results may
vary.
NOTE: Charging a smart phone through the Phone Charger Jack is intended for emergency purpose
only. It is not intended for recharging fully a discharged smart phone battery. Smart phone battery
capacity significantly exceeds the battery capacity of the WR-099. Therefore, a fully charged WR-099
will only partially charge a smart phone or PDA. After the battery stops charging the device, begin
cranking if a DC power source is not available to continue recharging the smart phone.
NOTE: The WR-099 may not support charging of Apple products, including but not limited to the
IPad and IPhone due to current output limitations.
To charge the smart phone or PDA:
1. Lift the rubber tab on the back of the WR-099 to expose the connectors, as shown in Figure 3.
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2. Plug the smart phone charging cable (Figure 2, reference 1) into the WR-099 power output
port.
Connect the appropriate smart phone tip (Figure 2, reference 2,3,4) into the other end of the
smart phone charging cable (Figure 2). Plug other end of the smart phone tip (Figure 2,
reference 2,3,4) into the smart phone’s charging connector.
3. If the phone does not begin charging, begin cranking. When charging a smart phone via the
smart phone charger, it is important to turn the crank at least two revolutions per second, or
until you see red charging LED turn on. This is an indication that the phone is receiving
enough power from the WR-099. Continue to crank at this rate until you are satisfied that an
appropriate level of charge has been received by your smart phone.
NOTE: You may receive a charging compatibility error on your smart phone, but your device may
still charge and it will not harm your device.
7.5 Audio Output / Head Phones
The WR-099 includes an audio output jack. This allows you to listen with headphones or connect to
an auxiliary input source, such as an amplifier.
CAUTION: Guard your ears against hearing damage. When listening with headphones, start at the
lowest volume and gradually increase until you can hear it comfortably and clearly.
Read this Important Information before Using Your Earbuds:
 Avoid extended play at very high volume as it may impair your hearing.
 If you experience ringing in your ears, reduce the volume or shut off the unit.
 Keep the volume at a reasonable level even if your headset is an open-air
type designed to allow you to hear outside sounds. Please note that
 Excessively high volume may still block outside sounds.
7.6 Resetting the Unit
A protection circuit may engage if the WR-099 has an over current condition. Press the RESET
button (near the radio volume controls) to reset the protection circuit any time the unit appears dead.
Pressing reset will likely return the unit to normal operation.
8. Care and Maintenance
8.1 Battery Maintenance
To maintain the battery and extend battery life, periodically charge through the USB power port every
few weeks. You can leave it plugged in all of the time and not damage the WR-099.
8.2 General Care and Maintenance
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


Do not tamper with the internal components of the unit.
Clean your unit with a damp (never wet) cloth. Solvent or detergent should never be used.
Avoid leaving your unit in direct sunlight or in hot, humid or dusty places.
Keep your unit away from heating appliances and sources of electrical noise such as
fluorescent lamps or motors
CAUTION: Never allow any water to enter the unit while cleaning.
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9. Specifications
Dimensions: 128 x 80 x 45mm (5.04 x 3.15 x 1.77 in.)
Weight: Approximately 200g (.44 lbs)
Power Consumption (max): 1W
Radio Frequency Range: 520-1710 KHz AM; 87-108 MHz FM
WB (MHz): 1)162.400 2)162.425 3)162.450 4)162.475 5)162.500 6)162.525 7)162.550
Internal Battery: AAA 800MAh 3.5 V Ni-MH
Battery Life: Greater than 3 years and more than 500 charging cycles with 3 hours of daily use.
10.Troubleshooting Guide
If your question is not answered here, you can contact us as follows:
1. Email Support: support@ambientweather.com
2. Live Chat Support: www.ambientweather.com/chat.html (M-F 8am to 4pm Arizona Time)
3. Technical Support: 480-283-1644 (M-F 8am to 4pm Arizona Time)
Problem
The unit will not power up.
Phone generates an error message when
plugged into the WR-099.
The Weather Band reception is poor.
My smart phone connector is not
supported. Where can I purchase the
proper tip for my smart phone?
The WR-099 will not fully charge my
smart phone.
The display fades when placed in direct
sunlight.
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Solution
Fully charge the WR-099 through the USB power port.
A lower voltage output may result in error messages on
the phone but should still charge the phone.
 Weather band reception can be poor inside a
metal building, structure or where electronic
noise is present. Try moving outside to improve
reception
 Check local reception by driving to a different
location and testing the weather band reception.
 Radio reception is dramatically reduced when
charging from USB. Disconnect USB power
when listening to the radio.
Contact Ambient Weather with your smart phone model
and connector type. The connectors included cover about
95% of the smart phone market. A female USB tip is
included, and most smart phones include USB cables.
Charging a smart phone through the Phone Charger Jack
is intended for emergency purpose only. It is not intended
for recharging fully a discharged battery. Smart phone
battery capacity significantly exceeds the battery
capacity of the WR-099.
Therefore, a fully charged WR-099 will only partially
charge a smart phone or PDA device. After the battery
stops charging the device, disconnect the device and
begin cranking if a DC power source is not available.
If the display heats up outside the operational range, the
display will fade. For solar charging, partial sunlight or
shade is sufficient.
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11.Accessories
The following software and
www.AmbientWeather.com .
hardware
Accessory
Ambient Weather WR-AC1
UL Rated USB to AC
Adaptor for Small
Electronics Devices
Image
accessories
are
available
for
the
WR-099
at
Description
AC adaptor connects to USB Power Port
Ambient Weather WR-DC1
USB to DC Converter for
Small Electronic Devices
DC converter connects to USB Power Port
Ambient Weather WR-005
10 in 1 Phone USB Charger
Connectors for:
Nokia 3.5mm
Samsung
PSP, PSP 2000, PSP 3000
Nokia 2mm
Motorola
LG
Motorola
Samsung
Sony Ericsson
Apple
12.Liability Disclaimer
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
Please help in the preservation of the environment and return used batteries to an authorized
depot.
The electrical and electronic wastes contain hazardous substances. Disposal of electronic
waste in wild country and/or in unauthorized grounds strongly damages the environment.
Reading the “User manual” is highly recommended.
The specifications of this product may change without prior notice.
This product is not a toy. Keep out of the reach of children.
No part of this manual may be reproduced without written authorization of the manufacturer.
Ambient, LLC WILL NOT ASSUME LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL,
CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, OR OTHER SIMILAR DAMAGES ASSOCIATED WITH
THE OPERATION OR MALFUNCTION OF THIS PRODUCT.
13. Warranty Information
Ambient, LLC provides a 1-year limited warranty on this product against manufacturing defects in
materials and workmanship.
This limited warranty begins on the original date of purchase, is valid only on products purchased and
only to the original purchaser of this product. To receive warranty service, the purchaser must contact
Ambient, LLC for problem determination and service procedures.
Warranty service can only be performed by Ambient, LLC. The original dated bill of sale must be
presented upon request as proof of purchase to Ambient, LLC.
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Your Ambient, LLC warranty covers all defects in material and workmanship with the following
specified exceptions: (1) damage caused by accident, unreasonable use or neglect (lack of reasonable
and necessary maintenance); (2) damage resulting from failure to follow instructions contained in your
owner’s manual; (3) damage resulting from the performance of repairs or alterations by someone other
than an authorized Ambient, LLC authorized service center; (4) applications and uses that this product
was not intended (5) the products inability to receive a radio signal due to any source of interference,
metal obstructions or other reception issues.
This warranty covers only actual defects within the product itself, and does not cover the cost of
installation or removal from a fixed installation, normal set-up or adjustments, claims based on
misrepresentation by the seller or performance variations resulting from installation-related
circumstances.
14. FCC Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and
can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off
and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
 Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
 Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
 Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
 Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help
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15. Battery Recycle Statement
Recycle Rechargeable Batteries
Recycle your old rechargeable batteries at one of the many collection sites
in the U.S. and Canada. To find the site nearest you, visit
www.call2recycle.org or call toll-free 1-877-2-RECYCLE.
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