Solar-powered digital radio launchedIt's first DAB radio powered by sun, says Roberts

02 July 2008

A woman listening to a radio

Not all digital radios can tune in to FM

Digital radio company Roberts says its new solar-powered digital radio is a world first.

The £79.99 ‘SolarDAB’ has a solar panel built into the top which absorbs direct sunlight to power the radio’s rechargeable batteries.

Roberts says that once fully charged, the batteries will last up to 27 hours before you need to top up the power supply.

Solar power

The radio also has a level indicator on the display screen which shows the strength of the sunlight being absorbed by the unit.

If the level shown on the display is over half, then the unit is being powered directly by the sun.

The radio – which can also be charged off the mains – has ten station presets, soft touch rubberised controls, a backlit LCD display, headphone socket and line in for other audio sources.

DAB radio

The ‘solarDAB’ comes in white, black, red, green and pink and is available from electrical stores across the country.

Which? technology editor Matthew Bath said: ‘Roberts' solar-powered DAB radio could save money on batteries and electricity usage.

‘Which? will be looking at the SolarDAB soon and shining a light on its environmental credentials.’