|Red Ant with Spiked Thorax courtesy of bugnet|
I was reviewing an old MRE post in which I asked him what he wanted to be called on the blog and he said "Red Ant with Spikes" so....
But back to the radio...I did a little on line research and found that Radio Shack actually had a few cheap Radios. How ironic huh? Anyways, we got there and they were running a September preparedness special on radios and for an added $7.00 we got the cool Eton Microlink FR160. I has a solar charger and hand crank on the side to charge the batteries. It also includes a flashlight and radio that is dial tuned.
The radios will be a good science lesson for the boys including:
- Mechanical and chemical energy
- Input and output of energy
- Which uses more power. A high volume radio or a low volume radio?
- How solar power works.
- Charging the battery on cloudy days with solar power versus sunny days.
- How a tuner in the radio works.
The biggest bonus is that it doesn't use any AA batteries, which means that if the boys leave it on all night, then it won't cost us a dime. The boys also get a real life lesson by cranking the handle. You get what you put into it. If you wanna give up, then you don't get many songs.
Both have a way to charge an Iphone. Plus, our family now has three little radios that don't require batteries.
Keep Right On Prepping - K