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Microlink FR170
The multi-powered, smartphone-charging, weather band radio that lights your way
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Headphone Jack

Receives AM/FM Radio

Crank Charging

LED Flashlight

Receives NOAA Weather Band Radio Stations

Solar or USB Power

USB Smartphone Charger

Got weather?

No problem. With the MICROLINK FR170 weather band radio with solar panel and hand turbine power generator, you’ll be prepared for anything. A must have for any home preparedness kit, this ultra portable device also provides peace of mind when heading outdoors for adventure.

Listen up

Stay in tune and up to date with this AM/FM/NOAA weather band radio. And, when you want to listen alone, just plug in your favorite headphones.

You’ve got the power

The MICROLINK FR170 powers up in multiple ways—via solar panel, dynamo hand crank, or DC input—all of which charge the built-in rechargeable battery. Or you can simply plug it in the wall.  

Ready, set, go

Crank the hand turbine for 90 seconds and you’ll produce enough power for 5-7 minutes of news and weather. Or simply charge it in the sun using the built-in solar panel. You can also use the mini USB cable to charge the built-in rechargeable battery.

Say hello

Crank the hand turbine for 10-15 minutes for 1-2 minutes of talk time. To charge your smartphone, simply plug it into the USB port. Power will automatically “dump charge” to your phone, just like plugging into the wall.

Shine on

The bright white LED flashlight will light your way when night falls or there’s an unexpected power outage.



5.375” x 2.5” x 2.25” (W x H x D)

136.5 x 63.5 x 57 mm (W x H x D)


8.6 oz. (244 g)

What is the lifetime for my radio's internal battery?

The internal battery is a Ni-MH battery.  Under normal use conditions the battery can be charged and discharged 500 times or more.  However, if the battery is left to sit completely discharged for more than a couple of months the chemistry in the battery will be altered permanently causing the battery to lose the ability to store a significant amount of charge.  It is best for you to service your device regularly, meaning that they should take the radio out and charge it completely using the USB cable at least once every 6 months, or better, once every quarter.

What are the charging parameters for the FR170?

When solar charging the radio, place it into direct sunlight (not through a window, screen, in artificial light or in shade) for 8 to 10 hours to get a full charge, after which it should play for about 4 to 5 hours, at low volume.

Crank charging it for 90 seconds will allow it to play for 15 to 20 minutes, at low volume. If you crank for a longer period, it will play longer.

If it loses power such that the radio no longer plays, the light may still shine for a couple of hours because it draws far less current than the radio.

To charge the FR170, turn the crank for 90 seconds and it will play for 15-20 minutes, at low volume. Or, put it into direct sunlight (not through a window, screen, in artificial light or shade) with the sun shining directly onto the solar panel, for 8 to 10 hours, after which the battery will be fully charged and will allow the radio to play for 4 to 5 hours, at low volume.