User Review: Etón Scorpion
Price Paid: $50
So far so good for this little unit. Overall unit is exactly as advertised and comes equipped with a solar panel for charging, as well as a hand crank.
The unit comes with 3 bands, AM/FM and NOAA Weather Band. Uses a digital tuning source for all. The buttons are rubberized or should say rubber sealed and can be a little tricky, but I can see why the unit is claimed to be splash proof.
Overall the unit is built rather well, and doesn't feel cheap. The bottle opener could have been something a little more useful, such as a signaling mirror, or thermometer, etc. I'm just not a fan of the bottle opener.
So far the unit has held a charge. The clock constantly runs, however, haven't had an issue where it's excessively draining the battery. The entire unit is rubber coated which adds to the durability, especially if dropped.
The flashlight is fairly bright, for what it is. The cell phone charging function of the unit isn't too bad. It charges my Droid without complications.
The only other caveat that I can foresee in the future is the antenna. If you have this on your pack, with the antenna up and the solar panel positioned towards the sun I can see bending, or possibly even breaking the antenna. While not a huge issue with proper care, I do however, like to listen to music while hiking and that might be an issue for someone like me.
Overall for camping and survival situations, the unit is worth the price paid.