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The Freeplay Companion is a radio, a flashlight, and a cellphone charger, all in a unit that's only 125 mm (4.9 in) long and weighs just 200 g (7 oz). It has a solar panel and a crank so you'll never run out of power, and you'll never have to buy disposable batteries.
The Freeplay Companion Radio promises assured listening, anytime, anywhere. This compact, robust radio boasts a rubberized body with recessed control knobs for impact resistance and comfort. Big on functionality, but small in size, the Companion is a radio, a flashlight and a cellphone charger that fits easily into your bag, your glove box or your drawer - ready when you need it, where you need it. The AM/FM radio has an earphone socket for personal listening. The flashlight has 3 LEDs with optics optimized for a focused light. The integrated cell phone charger means that you'll never be out of touch because of dead batteries.
Offering a choice of self-charge, solar and external recharge power options, the Companion delivers complete independence from wall power or disposable batteries while ensuring sustainable access to information and entertainment. Freeplay's patented self-charge technology means excellent reliability. A 1-minute wind gives you 20 minutes of radio listening at normal volume, or 30 minutes of light, and you can wind some more at any time for as much play time / shine time as you want. An LED charge level indicator tells you the best speed to wind.
In direct sunlight the Companion will charge itself and play continuously. The internal NiMH battery can be fully charged from either the solar panel or an external charging adapter (any standard mini-USB AC charger will do), to give 12 hours of play time (depending on volume), or 16 hours of shine time.
Designed as a companion for those who appreciate the security of a failsafe radio and who value independence from conventional power sources, the Companion is fun and convenient, anytime, anywhere.
The integrated solar panel charges or plays the Companion in sunlight. If you leave it on the kitchen windowsill you may never need to charge it any other way.
The self-charge system offers maximum dependability and convenience so that you're never let down by dead batteries. The winder can be cranked in both directions and the harder you crank, the more energy you create. A crank level LED indicates the optimum winding speed.
If you have a 'mini-USB' style AC adapter, you can charge your Companion from a wall outlet. Many newer cellphones and digital cameras use these, so you may already have one. If you don't, you can buy one made by us or by any other manufacturer.
You can also charge from a computer's USB port, if you have a 'USB-A-to-mini-B' cable, or you can charge from a car cigarette-lighter socket, if you have a mini-USB car charger.
The radio is AM and FM, and has an internal speaker and headphone socket.
The optically optimized flashlight uses 3 LEDs to provide bright, efficient and dependable lighting for any situation. The LEDs don't burn out.
The Companion comes with a standard Nokia charging cable. Crank the Companion to put power into your cellphone. (Cellphone charging doesn't use the solar panel, nor any power that may be in the internal battery.)
Direct drive spur gear transmission driving a high power 3-phase alternator with high efficiency 3 phase rectification.
Transmission and Winder
5.5V, 30mA polycrystalline solar panel with epoxy encapsulation under a polycarbonate lens.
Mini-USB charging socket (5V, 100mA, 5 pin).
Charge rate: 10 hours - 100% capacity.
High conversion efficiency rechargeable NiMH 2/3 AAA cell 3.6V pack, 350 mAh capacity.
Fully charged battery: 12 hours (at normal volume).
60-second wind: 20 minutes (at normal volume).
1 hour solar exposure: 1 hour (at normal volume, radio off while charging).
Play time will vary depending on the volume setting.
Fully charged battery: 16 hours.
60-second wind: 30 minutes.
60-second wind: provides 2-3 minutes mobile phone power (varies depending on phone model, phone battery condition and signal strength).
FM: 88-108 MHz
AM: 500-1700 kHz
Impedance: 8 ohms
Output: 0.4 Watt (max)
AM: Built in ferrite bar
Compliant with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive, governing the use of
Height:60 mm (2.3 in)
Length:125 mm (4.9 in)
Depth:42 mm (1.6 in)
Weight:200 g (0.4 lb)