If you are a suburban prepper then chances are you have some Eton gear already. The company makes some cool gadgets for the camping, hiking and survival world. The latest is the SCORPION! I like badass names and this has one.
I preordered one of these a month or so ago and I just got the word from www.Amazon.com that it shipped. Once I get it, I will post a review.
If you are like me you have a ton of appliances that are powered by USB. Some essential like your cell phone and some not-so-essential like your ipod. I have been looking for a solution to providing PERPETUAL power to these devices in a quit, clean and simple way. If the grid goes down, comfort items, like your ipod, will be VERY handy for moral and possibly a life saver if you have kids. Parents… you know what I mean!
I have tried several CHEAP solar chargers and they don’t last. A couple of charges or at most a couple of weeks and they are shot. Definitely NOT the sort of reliability I am looking for in a SHTF situation. When I saw the Eton, I liked that it was a name brand, I liked that it had solar, I liked that it had a radio, I liked that it is water resistant, I liked that it had a flashlight BUT I LOVED THE HAND CRANK! Solar is touchy so the hand crank makes me feel warm and fuzzy! LED lights and a hand crank = lights forever!