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Ambient Weather WR-333A User Manual
Table of Contents
1.
2.
3.
4.
Introduction ..................................................................................................................................... 2
Controls ........................................................................................................................................... 2
Cables.............................................................................................................................................. 3
Important Notes and Warnings ........................................................................................................ 5
4.1
Before You Get Started ........................................................................................................... 5
4.2
Warnings................................................................................................................................. 5
5. Features ........................................................................................................................................... 6
6. Power Sources ................................................................................................................................. 6
6.1
Best Practices for Charging .................................................................................................... 7
6.2
DC and AC Power .................................................................................................................. 7
6.3
Solar Power ............................................................................................................................ 8
6.4
Hand Crank Power ................................................................................................................. 8
6.5
Dry Cell Battery AAA Battery Power .................................................................................... 9
6.6
Power Consumption ............................................................................................................. 10
7. Operation....................................................................................................................................... 10
7.1
Flashlight Operation ............................................................................................................. 10
7.2
Radio Operation ................................................................................................................... 10
7.3
Time ..................................................................................................................................... 11
7.4
Radio Band Mode................................................................................................................. 11
7.4.1 AM/FM Radio Tuning...................................................................................................... 11
7.4.2 Weather Band Tuning ....................................................................................................... 12
7.4.3 Weather Alert Mode ......................................................................................................... 12
7.5
Cell Phone and mp3/mp4 Operation .................................................................................... 12
7.6
Low Battery Indication ......................................................................................................... 13
7.7
Audio Output / Head Phones ................................................................................................ 13
7.8
Resetting the Unit ................................................................................................................. 13
8. Care and Maintenance ................................................................................................................... 14
8.1
Battery Maintenance............................................................................................................. 14
8.2
8.2 General Care and Maintenance ...................................................................................... 14
9. Specifications ................................................................................................................................ 14
10.
Troubleshooting Guide ............................................................................................................. 15
11.
Accessories ............................................................................................................................... 17
12.
Liability Disclaimer .................................................................................................................. 17
13.
Warranty Information ............................................................................................................... 17
14.
FCC Statement.......................................................................................................................... 18
15.
Battery Recycle Statement........................................................................................................ 19
If any feature is not working, Press the reset button with an open-ended paper clip (Figure 1,
Reference 22)
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1. Introduction
Thank you for your purchase of the Ambient Weather WR-333A Emergency Solar Hand Crank Radio,
Flashlight with AM/FM/NOAA Weather Band, Certified Weather Alert and Smart Phone/PDA Charger.
To download the latest full size manual (for easy viewing) and additional troubleshooting tips, please
visit:
http://ambientweather.wikispaces.com/wr333
2. Controls
No
1
2
3
4
5
6
Description
Flashlight ON/OFF button
No
7
LCD Display
Clock/Radio Tune Up (
Volume Up (+) button
Solar Panel
Power On/Standby (
) button
8
9
10
11
Description
Clock/Radio Tune Down (
) button
Volume Down (-) button
Radio Mode Select and Clock Set button
Weather Alert Indicator
Speaker
)
Figure 1
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No
13
14
15
Description
Telescopic Antenna
Metal Clasp
Battery Compartment
16
17
Rubber Dust Cover
Mini USB DC Input Port (under the
Rubber Dust Cover)
Charging Indicator (under the
Rubber Dust Cover)
18
No
19
20
21
22
23
Description
USB Charging Port (under the Rubber Dust Cover)
Headphone Jack (under the Rubber Dust Cover)
Power Source Selector (located under the Rubber
Dust Cover)
Reset button (under the Rubber Dust Cover)
Crank Handle
Figure 2
3. Cables
There are two cables included:
1. Power Input (from USB, AC or DC converter) to charge the radio
2. Power Output (10-in-1 smart phone connector) to charge smart phone and PDA devices.
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Figure 3
Cable
1
2
Description
Mini USB to USB power input cable
10 in 1 power output smart phone cables for:
A. Apple IPhone/Ipod/Ipad®
B. Motorola V3
C. Motorola V8
D. Nokia 8250
E. Nokia N90
F. Sony Ericcson K750
G. Samsung 1900
H. Samsung D800
I. LG KK90
J. PSP
® Registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
NOTE: The tip for the IPhone5 is not included, but you can connect the IPhone5 USB cable that came
with your IPhone5 directly into the WR-333A USB power output port.
If your smart phone included a USB cable, you can substitute this cable for the conversion cables in
Figure 3 and plug directly into the WR-333A USB power output port.
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4. Important Notes and Warnings
4.1 Before You Get Started

Remove the plastic battery pull tab that was included during shipping to energize the
rechargeable battery.

Set the power switch (Figure 1, Reference 21) to the left Lithium Ion
position to energize the rechargeable battery.
Press the reset button with an open-ended paper clip (Figure 1, Reference 22)

battery switch
4.2 Warnings
When used in the directed manner, this unit has been designed and manufactured to ensure your
personal safety. However, improper use can result in potential electrical shock or fire hazards. Please
read all safety and operating instructions carefully before use, and keep these instructions handy for
future reference. Take special note of all warnings listed in these instructions.
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.
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. The battery can explode.
8. Do not place near a fire. The battery can explode.
9. Only use attachments / accessories recommended by the manufacturer.
10. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the device has
been damaged in any way, such as liquid has been spilled or the device has been exposed to
rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
11. This device shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing water and that no object filled with
liquids such as vases shall be placed on the device.
12. Unplug immediately if liquid has been spilled or any object has fallen into the unit.
13. 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.
14. Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or
equivalent type.
15. Do not attempt to dismantle, open or repair this product yourself. If a fault occurs, seek
advice from Ambient Weather support only. Only the rechargeable battery can be replaced or
serviced.
16. Only operate within specified temperature range (32 °F to 131 °F).
17. Do not store the AAA batteries for extend periods of time. They may leak or rupture and
damage the unit.
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Lithium Battery Safety Instructions
Do not burn or bury batteries. Do not puncture or crush. Do not disassemble. Recycle Lithium
batteries. Do not dispose of in the trash.
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.
Charge batteries on a fireproof surface away from flammable items or liquids.
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.
DO NOT crank radio with battery pull tab inserted.
DO NOT crank radio with battery out of compartment.
Failure to do so will DAMAGE the radio.
5. Features
The WR-333A includes the following features:
 Super bright 3 LED flashlight
 AM/FM with Weather Band Feature
 Weather Alert Feature (public alert certified)
 Emergency smart phone/PDA/USB charger
 Backlight digital display
 Clock
 Audio output (headphones)
6. Power Sources
The WR-333A 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
 Three AAA batteries (optional)
To select the power source, lift the rubber tab on the back of the WR-333A to expose the connectors,
as shown in Figure 2.
For AC, DC, USB, solar power and hand crank power source operation, choose the Lithium Ion
battery switch position:
For AAA dry cell battery power operation, choose the AAA battery switch operation:
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NOTE: There is a charging LED on the back of the unit (Figure 4, reference 18). The LED lights RED
during charging. When fully charged, the LED turns GREEN.
Figure 4
6.1 Best Practices for Charging
We recommend periodically charging the radio completely through the WR-333A’s mini USB power
input port (from your computer or the optional AC adaptor or DC converter). You can also leave it
connected to this power source all of the time (the WR-333A includes over current protection).
The solar collector will not completely charge your unit and is intended to extend the existing battery
charge.
6.2 DC and AC Power
Prior to using the WR-333A, we recommend you fully charge the rechargeable battery through the
mini USB Power Input Port (Figure 2). This may take up to four hours.
Lift the rubber tab on the back of the WR-333A to expose the power switch, as shown in Figure 2.
Select the Lithium Ion battery switch position:
Connect the DC power input cable (Figure 3) 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 2).
Continue to charge the WR-333A for several hours or until the charging light turns from red to green.
The WR-333A is now ready for use.
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NOTE: Use 5.0V USB power source (from a computer or appropriate AC or DC adaptor).
Over-voltage may result in damaging the WR-333A.
6.3 Solar Power
Lift the rubber tab on the back of the WR-333A to expose the power switch, as shown in Figure 2.
Select the Lithium Ion battery switch position:
Place the WR-333A in direct (or indirect) sunlight with the solar panel facing upwards. The green
battery charging light may illuminate when charging, as shown in Figure 1.
NOTE: There is not enough solar energy to turn on the red charging light. Thus, no light or a faint
green light (which consumes less energy) may be present during solar charging.
NOTE: If the display heats up outside the operational range, the display will fade.
NOTE: The solar collector will not completely charge your unit and is intended to extend the existing
battery charge. The solar collector efficiency is significantly impacted by direct vs. indirect sunlight,
angle of the solar collector, angle of the sun and weather conditions, including your latitude, time of
year (winter vs. summer), time of day, and cloud cover.
Figure 5
6.4 Hand Crank Power
Lift the rubber tab on the back of the WR-333A to expose the power switch, as shown in Figure 2.
Select the Lithium Ion battery switch position:
To operate the hand crank, perform the following:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Disconnect the smart phone or PDA first from the USB charging port first
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before cranking (the crank charges the internal battery and by design, the smart device must be
disconnected first to prevent the phone from power cycling and reduce the load on the crank).
1. Lift the hand crank from the cradle, as shown in Figure 2.
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. After two minutes, rest for two minutes to extend the life of the hand crank and
repeat.
Figure 6
6.5 Dry Cell Battery AAA Battery Power
The WR-333A also includes the option to power from 3 x AAA power instead of the rechargeable
battery source. This is convenient if you have drained the rechargeable battery source and you wish to
avoid hand cranking the unit.
1. Open the Battery Door on the back of the radio.
2. Insert 3 x AAA (UM-4) batteries (not included) and close the battery door (Figure 2,
reference 15).
NOTE: For optimum performance, alkaline-type batteries are recommended.
3. Follow the polarity diagrams shown in the battery compartment.
4. Lift the rubber tab on the back of the WR-333A to expose the power switch, as shown in
Figure 2. Select the AAA battery switch position:
.
NOTE: The AAA battery selection will disable the Lithium Ion rechargeable batteries.
NOTE: Make certain the batteries are installed correctly. The wrong polarity may damage the
unit.
NOTE: Do not crank the radio with the switch in the AAA position. This may cause permanent
damage to the radio.
WARNING:
 Do not mix old and new batteries.
 Do not mix alkaline, standard (carbon-zinc) or rechargeable (nickel-cadmium) batteries.
 Only batteries of the same or equivalent type as recommend are to be used.
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If the unit is not to be used for an extended period of time, remove the batteries. Old or
leaking batteries can cause damage to the unit and may void the warranty.
Do not dispose of batteries in fire, batteries may explode or leak.
6.6 Power Consumption
The WR-333A includes a 3.7V rechargeable Lithium Ion large battery capacity (600 mAh) as the
primary energy storage, but different operational modes result in significantly varying power
consumption requirements. Here is a general guide on power consumption, typical user operation and
recommend power sources.
Mode
Flashlight
Typical User Operation
Emergency or remote use
Power
Consumption
Low
Recommend Power Source
Solar, Hand Crank, AAA
Batteries
AM/FM/Weather Emergency or remote use
Low
Solar, Hand Crank, AAA
Band Radio
Batteries
Weather Alert
Continuous monitoring (1)
High
AC, USB (from computer),
Hand Crank, AAA Batteries
Smart phone
Short term emergency use (2)
High
AC, USB (from computer),
charging
Hand Crank
(1) The weather alert mode consumes a significant amount of power because it is constantly
scanning for the emergency 1050 Hz tone from the National Weather Service. We
recommend connecting the power input to a USB computer port or the optional USB to AC
converter for continuous alert operation (reference Section 11). Otherwise, you must rely on
hand crank power in this mode when no power is available.
(2) The AAA batteries may not provide enough current to charge a smart phone.
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-333A includes a digital LCD display (Figure 7) 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, weather band, and weather band alert
mode.
 TUN
: Adjusts the radio frequency up
 TUN
: Adjusts the radio frequency down
 VOL+: Adjusts the radio volume up
 VOL-: Adjusts the radio volume down
NOTE: The backlight will automatically turn off if no buttons are pressed for 20 seconds.
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Figure 7
7.3 Time
When first powered up, the time will default to 12:00 AM.
1. Set 12Hr/24Hr Mode. Press and hold the MODE button for two seconds to enter the time
setting mode. 12 Hr will begin flashing. Press the TUN+ button to switch between 12 hour
and 24 hour time mode. Press the MODE button to proceed to the next step.
2. Set Hour. Press the TUN
or TUN
to adjust the hour up or down. Hold the TUN
button to change rapidly. Press the MODE button to proceed to the next step.
3. Set Minute. Press the TUN
or TUN
to adjust the minute up or down. Hold the TUN
button to change rapidly. Press the MODE button to exit the time setting mode.
7.4 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 and transition from the time mode.
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). While
displaying the Weather Band, press the MODE button again to change to Weather Band Alert mode
(the WB symbol will begin flashing).
Figure 8
NOTE: Radio interference will be present while charging the WR-333A. For best reception, there is a
telescoping antenna. Extend the antenna and change the position if the reception is weak.
7.4.1 AM/FM Radio Tuning
When the radio is turned on, press the TUN
TUN
button to decrease the frequency.
To tune quicky, press and hold the TUN (
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button to increase the frequency and press the
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the radio will automatically tune to next radio station with sufficient reception.
7.4.2 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:
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/indexnw.htm
Our recommendation is to tune to the station with the best reception using the TUN
button. You
will hear the “Voice of the National Weather Service”, an automated voice that provides forecast
information, weather statements, watches and warnings.
7.4.3 Weather Alert Mode
When you enter the Weather Alert Mode, your radio will be silenced and enter weather alert standby
mode. The radio will remain in standby mode until there is a weather statement, watch or warning.
To activate the Weather Alert Mode, press the MODE button until the WB symbol begins flashing on
the display. The WB symbol will continue to flash until there is a weather statement, watch or warning.
In the event of an alert, the alert light will flash and the radio will sound (with the voice of the
National Weather Service). To disable the alert light, press any key. To disable the alert light but
continue in alert mode, press and hold the MODE button to two seconds.
To verify you have reception in your area, the National Weather Service (NWS) normally run tests
each Wednesday between 10 a.m. and noon local time. Tests may occur at other days and times when
there is a threat of severe weather in the listening area or for other reasons.
NOTE: If battery power is low, the unit will exit the weather alert mode and enter the time display
mode.
7.5 Cell Phone and mp3/mp4 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-333A. Therefore, a fully charged
WR-333A 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: You can charge a smart phone in either battery mode (Lithium Ion
or AAA
To charge the smart phone or PDA:
1. Turn off the radio and flashlight to conserve power.
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).
2. Lift the rubber tab on the back of the WR-333A to expose the connectors, as shown in Figure
2.
3. Plug the smart phone charging cable (Figure 3) into the WR-333A charge USB output (Figure
4 reference 19). Plug the appropriate tip into the smart phone’s charging connector.
4. If the phone does not begin charging, disconnect the phone and 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. After two minutes of cranking at two revolutions per minute, wait
two minutes to begin cranking again. This will extend the crank life.
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.
CAUTION: Before charging, please refer to the user manual of the device you wish to charge to
make sure the charging current required does not exceed 1Amp (1,000 mA) of charging current.
Overloading the charge circuit may damage the WR-333A and void the warranty.
7.6 Low Battery Indication
When the battery voltage is less than 3.0V, the low battery indication will flash:
The radio will not operate in a low battery condition.
7.7 Audio Output / Head Phones
The WR-333A 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.
7.8 Resetting the Unit
If the unit experiences a power surge or electric shock, it is possible that the internal micro-controller
may lock up and the unit will not respond to any commands from the panel controls. In this event, use
a straightened paper clip, toothpick or similar objects to press the RESET button located on the
back of the unit (see Figure 9). The reset operation clears the system memory to factory default, and
all of your previous settings will be erased.
CAUTION: Do not use a sharp or pointed object to press the reset button. It may damage the reset
switch inside the unit.
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Figure 9
8. Care and Maintenance
8.1 Battery Maintenance
To maintain the battery:
 Periodically charge the battery to extend battery life
 Switch off power after radio use to extend battery life
 Remove the battery or reinsert the plastic battery pull tab for extended storage
 Remove the AAA batteries for extended storage to prevent battery leakage
The battery is a rechargeable 3.7V / 600 mAh lithium ion battery. To replace the battery, open the
battery compartment cover (Figure 2) by squeezing the tab.
NOTE: Only replace with rechargeable 3.7V lithium ion battery. Replacing the battery with a
non-rechargeable battery may damage the unit. Rechargeable 3.7V lithium batteries are available
from Ambient Weather.
8.2 8.2 General Care and Maintenance




Do not tamper 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.
9. Specifications
Battery Power:
3.7V / 600 mAh lithium ion rechargeable battery (replaceable) or
3 x AAA (UM-4) batteries
Radio Bands:
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AM: 525 KHz to 1710 KHz
FM: 88 MHz to 108 MHz
WeatherBand: 162.400 to 162.550 MHz
Flashlight:
3-LED Flashlight
Size and Dimensions:
Dimensions: 7.75" x 3.75" x 2.0"
Weight: about 1 lb.
Temperature Range:
Working temperature range: 32 to 131 °F (0 to 55 °C)
Storage temperature range: 14 to 140 °F (-10 to 60 °C)
10.Troubleshooting Guide
If your question is not answered here, you can contact us as follows:
1. Email Support: mailto:support@ambientweather.com
2. Live Chat Support: http://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.
Solution
Make sure the Lithium Ion battery is properly installed
and the switch is in the proper position
Phone generates an error message when
plugged into the WR-333A.
My Ipod / IPhone does not display the
charge signal.
The WR-333A will no longer hold a
charge.
The Weather Band reception is poor.
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. If the
switch is in the AAA position
, make sure batteries
are installed with the proper polarity. Replace the
batteries if low battery voltage.
A lower voltage output may result in error messages on
the phone but should still charge the phone.
The output voltage of the WR-333A is lower than the
operating voltage of the IPod / IPhone, and will not
charge these devices until the battery is fully discharged.
The device is only intended for emergency charges and
not for topping off already charged devices.
Replace the 3V lithium ion rechargeable battery
(LIR123A). Typically, this battery will hold 2000 charge
cycles.
Important note: ALWAYS replace with rechargeable
batteries, available from AmbientWeather.com.
 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
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Problem
My smart phone connector is not
supported. Where can I purchase the
proper tip for my smart phone?
The WR-333A will not fully charge my
smart phone.
I never receive weather alerts.
How can I receive warnings only and not
watches or statements?
The WR-333A is locked up and will not
respond to commands. How do I reset it?
The red charging light does not illuminate
during solar charging.
The display fades when placed in direct
sunlight.
The WR-333A exits the alert mode and
displays time.
The radio does not fully charge with the
solar collector.
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Solution
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.
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-333A.
Therefore, a fully charged WR-333A will only partially
charge a smart phone or mp3/mp4 device. After the
battery stops charging the device, disconnect the device
and begin cranking if a DC power source is not available.
Verify you receive the test alert from the National
Weather Service on Wednesday as described in the
weather alert section of this manual.
Verify you have tuned the weather band to your local
area and you have reception before activating the
Weather Alert feature.
Make sure you have good weather radio reception. If
your radio reception is poor, you will not receive any
alerts.
Selective filtering of statements, watches and warnings is
not possible. You will always receive all three levels.
Remove the battery. Press the reset button with a
paperclip.
There is not enough solar energy to drive the red
charging light. For solar charging, you will see a faint
green light. The brighter the sunlight, the brighter the
green charging light.
If the display heats up outside the operational range, the
display will fade. For solar charging, partial sunlight or
shade is sufficient.
The weather alert mode consumes a significant amount
of power because it is constantly scanning for the
emergency 1050 Hz tone from the National Weather
Service. We recommend connecting power input to a
USB computer port or the optional USB to AC converter
for continuous alert operation (reference Section 11).
Otherwise, you must rely on hand crank power in this
mode.
The solar collector will not completely charge the
ADVENTURER and is intended to extend the existing
battery charge. The solar collector efficiency is
significantly impacted by direct vs. indirect sunlight,
angle of the solar collector, angle of the sun and weather
conditions, including your latitude, time of year (winter
vs. summer), time of day, and cloud cover.
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11.Accessories
The following software and hardware accessories are available for the WR-333A at
http://www.ambientweather.com/ .
Accessory
Ambient Weather WR-AC1
UL Rated USB to AC
Adaptor for Small
Electronics Devices
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Description
AC power adaptor
Ambient Weather WR-DC1
USB to DC Converter for
Small Electronic Devices
DC power adaptor
Ambient Weather
WR-BATT 3.7V / 800 mAh
Rechargeable Battery for
Weather Alert Radios
Replaces rechargeable battery after end of life
(LIR123A rechargeable).
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
http://www.call2recycle.org/ or call toll-free 1-877-2-RECYCLE.
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