|Model Name||Solardab 2|
|Tuner Technology||Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB)|
|Mounting Hardware||Power_adapter, Owners_manual|
|Number Of Items||1|
|Has Audio Recording||No|
|Product Dimensions||7 x 20.2 x 14 cm; 623 Grams|
|Item Weight||623 g|
|Item Model Number||SOLARDAB2BK|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||23 June 2020|
Roberts DAB/FM Digital Solar Radio - Black
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
|Item Weight||623 Grams|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||7 x 20.2 x 14 centimetres|
About this item
- DAB/FM RDS wavebands
- Solar, battery or mains powered
- Built-in battery/solar charger
- Station name/multi-preset mode
- One touch instant access to favourite station
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Roberts DAB / FM Digital Solar Radio - Black.
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I bought the Roberts Solar DAB 2 radio for two reasons, brand reputation and for the ability to solar charge. My wife is caring for C-19 patients in one of the London Hospitals and is having to stay in nursing accommodation (Infection Risk). There is great demand for the one or two plug sockets that they use. So thought a solar radio would be ideal. The problem is that it only seems to hold a charge on the new rechargeable batteries of about an hour, not the 20 hrs as stated in the instructions. I tried to contact Roberts by phone and email and am still waiting for a reply.
All I can say Roberts if this is how you build radios, I hope you have nothing to do with building ventilators.
Sorry Amazon if I do not hear anything back from Roberts this will be a return.
UPDATE. I used a piece of folded tissue paper to jam between the batteries and the flap/door thing. This is only somewhat successful, but does reduce the buzzing and vibrations that otherwise would occur, but does not suppress them for loud volumes. This is sufficiently annoying for me to get another radio for when I want louder volumes. Not a Roberts, though.
A matter of opinion but it looks nice, better than in the picture, it appears and feels well made. The press buttons also feel good quality (I'm fussy!).
It has a proper volume DIAL no stupid pressy buttons for the volume.
On DAB it takes a very acceptable 3 seconds to start up.
In the pics the solar panel seems to dominate the design, it almost put me off, but again it looks absolutely fine in reality.
Reception in my poor recception area is excellent, previous radios failed dismally in the very same spots in my house where this beast works just fine, I occasionally have to pull the aerial out a bit but that is no problem at all.
The display is large, bright and clear, it illuminates for a few seconds when you turn the thing on and when you change the stations, a good idea.
I use it 10 - 30 minutes a day on speech radio mainly, set fairly loud (its a big room) its never going to deafen anyone but it can go well beyond more than loud enough for me without the sound deteriorating. I put it in the window facing south,and despite the winter daylight it charges from the available daylight just fine, I got it around december, use it everyday, and in mid March I have never had to charge it with the mains charger, the daylight it gets has charged it just fine! Obviously I don't know if I'm using 10% or 99% of the available charge.
The sound is nice and clear, some have said its a little bassy, but I haven't noticed that, there is no adjustment for bass and treble but I don't think its necessary on a unit like this.
I like the dial you can turn through the available channels on DAB and just press to select, and the autotune setup worked so well I don't even remember pressing it.
i PARTICULARLY like the "favourite" button, I have it set to a DAB channel and it always goes to the correct station even if it is on FM and not DAB. - nice touch.
I like the addition of the low battery LED. It hasn't gone flat yet but I appreciate the warning!
The display shows the station you are listening to and the time and date which i like, or a bit of blurb about the radio station.
Its small, light and portable, and I never need to charge it!
One major plus with Roberts radios in particular, it might not sound like much but on DAB the 4 I have dotted around the house are all in sync, that is, the audio does not have the irritating few second difference I used to get with other radios in the past.
Not so good but not really that bad points:
I'm being picky, but the "preset" took a little getting used to, but ok once I got used to it, with preset "off" the tuning dial goes through all the DAB channels, and with preset "on" (A big heart symbol on the display) the tuning dial goes through the stored presets only. After getting used to it it works well, and I suppose you can more easily have lot of presets stored (I don't know how many it can hold, but I have 6 set and thats all I need) and maybe its better than it brisling with preset buttons.
Thanks to probably clumsiness occasionally when I pick it up to wander around with it I hit the power button. Always at a crucial moment! Aaagh!
I wish they had said more clearly on the amazon writeup it has batteries in the box, on the amazon page it says "Batteries 3 Lithium ion batteries required" so I ordered them separately, and further down the page it said "Uses 3 x LR6 (AA size) batteries or rechargeable equivalent (included)" which I didn't read. Something like "Yes, it comes with batteries, stupid" at the top would have been handy for me.
Also if you use rechargeable batteries which I guess almost all will, make sure the switch inside the battery cover is set to the correct type. Not sure exactly what it does but what I know about batteries its important to charge them correctly.
I had a black model but wish now I'd been a bit more imaginative and got a brightly coloured red or green one! Oh well, i could always buy another one...
Something I've had for about a year. I'm sure everybody knows that you buy something on say Friday
and you get asked to review it on the following Wednesday. I have things I would love to mention about
the idiocy of that, no doubt this this will be automatically deleted. Nonetheless,nil desperandum. I guess
I have grown to love my Roberts radio which is why I have given it 5 stars. It has given me nothing but
pleasure. It is not hi-fi but it's darn good. I'm off on holiday, to the the remote depths of Herefordshire and
Roberts will be going with me.I don't think I can add to that only by request. Happy radio listening!!
1 It's a doddle to set up and use
2 You can download the user manual from the Roberts site to find out more before you buy
3 Roberts do make excellent radios, but who else would supply NiMH rechargables with a radio which has the battery type selector switch set by default to "Alkaline"? I bet they get a lot of buyers complaining that theirs doesn't charge the batteries ...