Eton FR300 Weather Radio User Manual

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FR300
O P E R AT I O N M A N UA L
ALL-IN-ONE SELF-POWERED
W E AT H E R A L E RT R A D I O
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FR300 OPERATION MANUAL
TABLE OF CONTENTS
DO YOU NEED HELP?
Thank you for purchasing the FR300 AM/FM/NOAA-WEATHER/
VHF-TV radio – a perfect ‘emergency’ radio, a great radio for daily
use and a portable cell phone charger when other charging methods
are out of reach. Its unique design allows it to be powered from a
variety of sources: 1.) From the built-in rechargeable Ni-MH battery
that takes charge from the dynamo crank and from an AC adaptor
(AC adaptor not included); 2.) From 3 AA batteries; 3.) From the
AC adaptor alone (AC adaptor not included); 4.) From the dynamo
crank alone, even with no battery pack installed.
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.,
North American Pacific Time.
1-800-872-2228 from the U.S.
1-800-637-1648 from Canada
1-650-903-3866, worldwide
FAX: 650-903-3867
customersvc@etoncorp.com
Web Site: www.etoncorp.com
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DO YOU NEED HELP?............................................................. 2
TABLE OF CONTENTS..............................................................3
MAJOR FEATURES OF THE FR300...........................................4
POWER SOURCES...................................................................5
ABOUT THE BUILT-IN RECHARGEABLE BATTERY....................5
USING DYNAMO POWER.....................................................5
AA BATTERY OPERATION..................................................... 6
PREVENTING BATTERY ACID LEAKAGE.................................6
EMERGENCY OPERATION WITH NO POWER SOURCE...........6
USING AN EXTERNAL POWER SOURCE AND NI-MH
BATTERY CHARGING............................................................7
USING THE FR300 AS A CELL-PHONE CHARGER...................8
OPERATION GUIDE.................................................................9
TURNING THE FR300 ON AND OFF.......................................9
ADJUSTING THE VOLUME.....................................................9
TUNING-IN AM/FM OR TV STATIONS....................................9
TUNING IN NOAA WEATHER STATIONS................................9
USING THE EMERGENCY LIGHTS........................................10
USING THE SIREN...............................................................10
USING THE EARPHONE JACK............................................. 10
WARRANTY REGISTRATION................................................ 11
LIMITED WARRANTY TO THE ORIGINAL CUSTOMER........... 12
SERVICE INFORMATION..................................................... 13
Mailing Address:
etón Corporation
1015 Corporation Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303
USA
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3 MAJOR FEATURES OF THE FR300
4 POWER SOURCES
• AM, FM, NOAA WEATHER BAND, VHF-TV
ABOUT THE BUILT-IN RECHARGEABLE BATTERY
The built-in rechargeable battery is a nickel-metal-hydride (Ni-MH)
battery pack. It is charged by cranking the dynamo rapidly, about two
turns per second, resulting in up to 60 minutes of low volume radio
play when the battery is fresh. The battery pack is located in the battery compartment and can be replaced once it no longer holds a
charge. In North America, replacements can be purchased directly
from etón Corporation. The generic specifications are: Ni-MH, 3.6 volt
DC, 600 mAh. The replacement’s voltage must be 3.6 volt DC, the
milliamp-hour rating may be larger or smaller, e.g. 200 mAh or 800
mAh and the polarity must match red-to-red and black-to black on
the plug-in cord. Since these are portable telephone batteries, they
are available at many retail stores.
• Built-in power generator recharges the internal rechargeable
Ni-MH battery and cell phone batteries.
• Charge via cranking or optional AC adaptor.
• 2 1/2 Inch Diameter Spe
• Emergency light.
• Siren.
• Fine tuning control.
• DC Jack.
• Earphone jack – 3.5mm stereo earphone socket.
• Phone charger output jack 3.5mm.
• Rotatable telescopic antenna for FM, NOAA and TV. Built-in ferrite
bar antenna for AM reception.
• Can be operated on three AA size batteries.
USING DYNAMO POWER
Turning the dynamo crank charges the built-in Ni-MH battery pack.
It can be charged while the radio is playing or turned off, however it
does not charge as efficiently when charged while playing, thus
reducing playtime. With hand-crank dynamo charging, radio operation
time depends on the number of turns and time per turn. With a fresh
battery pack, 90 seconds of vigorous cranking, at about 2 turns per
second, results in up to 60 minutes of radio play at low volume,
without light use. If the light is on while playing the radio, radio playtime is somewhat reduced.
1. Switch the power selector to the OFF position.
2. Turn the dynamo-crank vigorously either clockwise or counterclockwise.
3. To turn the radio on, switch the power selector switch to the center
DYNAMO/ADAPTOR position.
While charging, the red LED charging light will be on (top left of FR200).
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AA BATTERY OPERATION
The FR300 is designed to operate on three AA batteries (not included).
Best overall performance results with the use of alkaline or lithium AA
batteries. Rechargeable AA batteries can also be used, however they
must be charged in their own external charger. Lithium AA batteries
are more costly and harder to find, yet provide two to four times the
playtime of alkalines and provide a much longer shelf life.
Install the batteries by removing the battery compartment cover and
following the battery polarity diagrams imprinted on the underside of
the cover. Remove the cover by simultaneously pressing on the indentation labeled OPEN and pulling it. To play the FR300 on its AA batteries, turn the radio on by setting the power selector switch to the
BATTERY position.
NOTE: When an AC adaptor is in use, the AA batteries are automatically switched off and may be left in.
USING AN EXTERNAL POWER SOURCE AND NI-MH
BATTERY CHARGING
The FR300 can be powered via an AC adaptor/charger (not included).
Using an AC adaptor/charger automatically charges the internal Ni-MH
battery pack. If the adaptor/charger meets the correct specifications it
can be left plugged in without damaging the Ni-MH battery pack.
When the battery pack is depleted it takes about 8 hours to charge it
using the proper AC adaptor/charger. The Ni-MH battery pack will
take charge with the power selector switch set to any of its positions.
While charging, the red LED charging light will be on (top left of
FR200).
For proper operation, the AC adaptor/charger must meet the specifications described below.
PREVENTING BATTERY ACID LEAKAGE
To avoid battery acid leakage, only use high quality alkaline, lithium
or rechargeable nickel-metal-hydride batteries. Never intermix old
with new, or different brands or types of batteries. Damage caused by
battery acid leakage is not covered by this product’s warranty. If the
batteries leak, don’t throw them away and immediately contact the
manufacturer of the batteries to inquire about their battery leakage
warranty program.
AC ADAPTOR/CHARGER SPECIFICATIONS
Output of 5 volt DC; negative polarity; 200 milliamperes current
capability; plug tip outer diameter of 3.4 millimeter, inner diameter of
1.3 millimeter.
To power the FR300 with an AC adaptor/charger, plug it in and set
the power selector switch to the BATTERY position.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If using an AC adaptor rated higher than
200 milliamps, unplug the internal rechargeable battery to avoid
damaging it.
EMERGENCY OPERATION WITH NO POWER SOURCE
Even if no power source is available, including the Ni-MH battery
pack, the radio and the light can still be operated by continually
turning the dynamo crank with the power selector switch in the
DYNAMO/ADAPTOR position.
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USING THE FR300 AS A CELL-PHONE CHARGER
Because cell phone batteries vary in their current ratings, we cannot
specify charging rates or usage time.
There are two cellphone charging methods:
METHOD 1 – DYNAMO.
1. Slide the power selector switch to the OFF position.
TURNING THE FR300 ON AND OFF
Turn it on by selecting a power source of your choice as described
above and by setting the power selector switch to the appropriate
position, DYNAMO/ADAPTOR or BATTERY. Turn it off by setting the
power selector switch to the OFF position.
2. Attach the cell phone to the FR300 with the cell phone extension
wire and correct plug tip for your phone.
3. Rotate the dynamo crank either clockwise or counter-clockwise at
about 2 turns per second. (The cell phone Charging Indicator will
activate during charging).
METHOD 2 – AC ADAPTOR/CHARGER (NOT INCLUDED).
1. Slide the power selector switch to the OFF position.
2. Attach the cell phone to the FR300 with the cell phone extension
wire and correct plug tip for your phone.
3. Plug in the AC adaptor/charger to its socket on the radio.
ADJUSTING THE VOLUME
Turn the VOLUME control knob until the desired volume level is
heard.
TUNING-IN AM/FM OR TV STATIONS
Set the band selector slide switch to the AM, FM, TV1 or TV2 position.
Tune stations in with the TUNING knob, using the superimposed FINE
TUNING control as desired. For best FM and TV reception, fully extend
the telescopic antenna. FM/TV reception can often be improved by
rotating the telescopic antenna. For AM reception, the telescopic
antenna need not be extended, as the AM antenna is an internal,
directional, ferrite bar antenna. For best AM reception, rotate the
radio until the best signal strength is achieved.
TUNING-IN NOAA WEATHER STATIONS
NOAA stands for National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.
Its web site is http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/. NOAA broadcasts are
heard in many, but not all, communities in the United States. The
broadcasts are normally 24 hours per day. The same channels are
used in Canada by Environment Canada, http://www.ec.gc.ca/.
To receive the broadcasts, the radio must be within range of the
broadcast site. Since these broadcasts take place on VHF, line-of-site
channels, the actual range varies, depending upon terrain and
obstructions.
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Select the WX position with the slide switch. There are seven NOAA
channels. Use the 7 position NOAA WX knob to select the strongest
weather channel in your area (usually only one of the channels). To
receive weather ‘alerts’, leave the radio on at a volume of your
preference and select the ALERT position with the switch labeled
SIREN/OFF/ALERT. The radio will remain silent until the special ‘alert’
broadcast occurs. The NOAA service broadcasts practice alerts every
Wednesday between 11 am and Noon.
To ensure full warranty coverage or product updates, registration of
your etón or Grundig product should be complete as soon as possible
after purchase or receipt. To register your radio, please select one of
the following methods:
USING THE EMERGENCY LIGHTS
Set the LIGHT/OFF/FLASH switch to the FLASH or LIGHT position.
2) Call our toll-free registration
number anywhere in the
United States or Canada at
(888) 889-4391 or
world-wide by dialing
(204) 336-6547.
French and English speaking
operators available.
USING THE SIREN
Set the SIREN/OFF/ALERT switch to the SIREN position.
USING THE EARPHONE JACK
Plug in a set of earphones (not included) of your choice that have a
1/8 inch mono or stereo plug. When using earphones the built-in
speaker will be switched off automatically. Note that stereo earphones
will work and sound will be heard from both sides, although the
sound is not stereo.
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1) Register by visiting our
website at
http://www.etoncorp.com
PRODUCT REGISTRATION
Include your name, full mailing
address, phone number, model
purchased, date purchased, retail
vendor name and product serial
number (typically located in or
near the battery compartment).
3) Mail your registration
information to the following
address:
etón Corporation
1015 Corporation Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303
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CUSTOMER
LIMITED WARRANTY TO THE ORIGINAL
CUSTOMER continued
This etón or Grundig brand product, as supplied and distributed by
etón Corporation (etón) is warranted by etón against manufacturing
defects in material and workmanship for the following limited
warranty period:
ONE (1) YEAR PARTS AND LABOR
This limited warranty begins on the original date of purchase, and is
valid only on products purchased through an authorized etón retailer
and does not include transportation, installation, removal or
reinstallation. Warranty repairs must be performed by etón or etón’s
authorized service center. To receive warranty service, the original
dated bill of sale must be presented upon request as proof of purchase
to etón or etón’s authorized service center. Transportation to etón or
etón’s authorized service center is the responsibility of the purchaser.
etón will repair or replace this product, at our option and at no
charge with new or reconditioned parts, if found to be defective during
the limited warranty period specified above. The product must be
returned no later than 15 days beyond the expiration of the warranty
period with transportation charges prepaid to etón or etón’s
designated service center for warranty coverage. Prior to returning
any product for warranty service, the purchaser must contact
etón for problem determination and service procedure. All
replaced parts and products become the property of etón. Replacement
parts and products assume the remaining original warranty, or ninety
(90) days, whichever is longer.
This limited warranty covers manufacturing defects in material and
workmanship encountered in normal, noncommercial use of this
product and shall not apply to the following, including, but not
limited to: damage which occurs due to applications and uses for
which the product was not intended; failures or problems which are
caused by products or equipment not supplied by etón; accidents,
misuse, abuse, neglect, misapplication, fire, water, lightning, or other
acts of nature; incorrect line voltage, fluctuations or surges; damage
caused by improper or faulty installation (including batteries, which
may create an acid leak with irreversible circuit damage); damage
caused by acid leakage; product alteration or modification; or use of
unauthorized parts, supplies, accessories, or equipment which damage
this product or result in service problems.
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SERVICE YOUR etón OR GRUNDIG PRODUCT
To obtain service for your etón or Grundig product we recommend
first contacting an etón service representative at 800-872-2228 US,
800-637-1648 Canada or (650) 903-3866 for problem determination
and trouble-shooting. Many of the common questions can be resolved
quickly over the phone.
THERE ARE TWO SERVICE TYPES SHOULD YOUR etón OR
GRUNDIG PRODUCT NEED REPAIR.
1) WARRANTY – If your product
is still in warranty and the
etón service representative
determines that warranty
service is needed, a return
authorization will be issued
and instructions for shipment
to an authorized warranty
repair facility. Do Not ship
your radio back without
obtaining the return authorization number.
2) NON-WARRANTY – If your
product is no longer under
warranty and requires service
our technical staff will refer
you to the nearest repair
facility that will be able to
best handle the repair.
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www.etoncorp.com
1-800-872-2228 from the U.S.
1-800-637-1648 from Canada
1-650-903-3866, worldwide
FAX: 650-903-3867
customersvc@etoncorp.com
www.etoncorp.com
etón Corporation
1015 Corporation Way
Palo Alto, California 94303
USA
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