Digital radios: Compare features & prices Roberts SolarDAB 2 review http://www.which.co.uk/technology/audio/reviews/digital-radios/roberts-solardab-2/review/
The Roberts Solar DAB2 is a portable DAB and FM radio available in a range of colours. The inclusion of the solar panel on top may appeal if you sometimes listen away from a mains supply - but how does the sound quality measure up?
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2011-08-04 12:41:11.66 wrote:
Portable radio? Batteries useless!
Very unhappy with this product - the solar panel does not work even in a very sunny windowsill and the rechargeable batteries have never given me the '20 hours' staed in the manual. In fact, I've never managed even 10 hours. Four months after purchasing and I can't even charge the 'rechargeable' batteries from the mains, so unless the radio is plugged in it's useless. Fortunately I bought this radio from John Lewis - I've just taken it back, hoping for a repair and they offered me a full refund instead. What a relief to get rid of it! The major faults of this radio have put me off Roberts as a brand.
2011-07-13 14:12:09.39 wrote:
solar is useless
I agree with the review by Which, except that there is no way that the solar panel can generate enough power to run the radio in a normally lit room. In fact, even with the solar panel in full sun, outside, at midday when the sun is highest, there is not enough power to operate the radio.
A good radio for the window sill
I got one of these in the Summer. My main requirements were I wanted a portable radio for the bathroom and garden. And I wanted to listen to 5-live without the AM reception issues so ideally I wanted a DAB set that didn't eat batteries.I was bit concerend about potnetial reception issues. We live in rural Hampshire and the DAB signalcan be patchy. The Roberts Solar radio copes well and we get good signal strength on the window sill without any of the warbling sound when the signal breaks up. We can even pick up XFM at a decent strength from the London transmitter. The sound quality could be better as the Which? reviews says and I'd also prefer more preset buttons but it's perfect for my needs. As for the Solar charger. You have to give the battery an initial charge from the mains. I'd optimistically hoped it would grab every photon of available light but it doesn't seem to get much charge from the low Autumn sun through frosted glass and I had to give it another mains charge. But the solar panel does seem to charge ok if we move it to a sunnier spot (SW facing window) when it's not being used. Overall it does what I want and I'd recommend it as a portable DAB radio.
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