Eton Scorpion

When the going gets tough and the tough need power for their electronic devices — plus a shortwave radio and an LED flashlight — the prepared then will turn to a single device to make tough situations a little less so. The $50 Eton Corp.‘s Scorpion hits on all these fronts and even comes in a rugged case, like all wilderness emergency devices should.

The Scorpion is sold as a “Multi-Purpose Solar Powered Digital Weather Radio.” It can be powered by three sources: solar panel, dynamo hand-crank, and AC adapter. This gives a user maximum flexibility, even in remote areas. The unit also includes a battery charge indication so you can see when it needs a charge. There’s a USB port to charge cell phones via the unit’s hand crank, too.

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Getting nervous about those ominous clouds rolling in? Get the latest forecast and weather conditions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather band. There’s also an AM/FM radio digital tuner.

The Eton Scorpion is “splash-proof” and includes an aluminum carabiner clip for securing the device on the go. There is even a bottle opener on the side. That’s for when the going gets really tough.

—Stephen Krcmar

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