Roberts has unveiled its second solar-powered digital radio – the SolarDAB 2 – which is available in four different colours and will cost around £82.
The Which? test labs rated and reviewed its predecessor, the compact, mono Roberts SolarDAB. The SolarDAB 2 adds FM radio and battery charger functions to the original SolarDAB’s features list.
The SolarDAB 2 is designed to be portable, and Roberts says it will be ideal for picnics, barbecues and day-trips. By including an FM radio, the SolarDAB 2 will also be useful abroad, although users won’t be able to listen to digital radio stations abroad.
SolarDAB 2 has 20-hour battery life
Roberts claims that the SolarDAB2 will operate for up to 20 hours on a single full charge. The radio’s solar panel charges the included rechargeable batteries when in a sunny location, or the SolarDAB 2 also operates using three standard AA batteries or the included mains adaptor.
The SolarDAB 2 has an LED solar level indicator, battery indicator and USB socket for future software upgrades. There is a line-in socket for connecting an iPod or MP3 player, a standard 3.5mm headphone socket, and the SolarDAB 2 also offers multiple presets and a ‘favourite station’ button.
The SolarDAB 2 comes in black, white, red and green and is available to buy now. Which? will review the SolarDAB 2 in our next batch of digital radio reviews, available online from late August 2010.
For what to look for in a digital radio, take a look at our buying advice guide.