Philips AE 1000

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Philips AE 1000

This AM/FM radio with built-in high efficiency power generator provides the ultimate in functional portability eliminating the worry about the availab...

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Review of "Philips AE 1000"

published 28/12/2011 | andystalb81
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Pro Requires No Batteries, Very Durable
Cons Sound Quality Could Be Better But Does The Job Well
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"Philips AE1000 Radio - My Experience Of Using It"

About 8 years ago I bought my dad one of these as a Christmas present, and it's still heavily used today and gets carted around the house, normally with Radio 4 on. It's been wound more times that I can remember and yet it's still working just as well as the day it was bought. The proof of reliability has been severely tested and it's passed with flying colours.

It's a basic radio, nothing too fancy and can receive both AM and FM radio stations. It has no memory presents and nothing too technologically advanced in it.

It is however very environmentally friendly and very innovative. It can hold two AA batteries to power it as a contingency, but it can be charges using the winding mechanism on the front. It can vary on how much power you provide depending on how aggresively you wind it, but as a rule, a minute of winding firmly will give you about 45 minutes of uninterrupted radio listening. It also powers the green light which you can press on the front to highlight the radio dial. This brings two major benefits. Firstly, your saving on your pocket. A pack of four batteries can cost up to a fiver these days so if your a frequent user of a radio then you could find this paying for itself before the year is out. Secondly, is saves on the environment as it's using your energy to power it.

It's also easy to use, and there's not a lot to this. However, but there are a few drawbacks.

The sound quality isn't all that great and considering it only really holds a winding mechanism and a receiver, for the price it retails for too (about £30) you could get a DAB radio with a lot better sound. Also the aerial is pretty bug and you need to really have the aeriel extended its full 4' in order to get a good signal.

That said it does it's job well and it's handy for something that uses no batteries or artificial power. It's handy in the garden or particularly if your someone who goes camping and or spends a lot of time outdoors.

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  • ithoughtyoudneverask published 29/12/2011
    A well balanced review. And 8 years lifespan is impressive!
  • pgn0 published 28/12/2011
    Never had something like this when I used to go camping... interesting!
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Product Information : Philips AE 1000

Manufacturer's product description

This AM/FM radio with built-in high efficiency power generator provides the ultimate in functional portability eliminating the worry about the availability of batteries. It requires no batteries or external power source for operation and is ideal for use on camping trips and other situations where conventional power sources are not available. Turning the power generator for 1 minute of charging equals 30 minutes of listening. Maximum charge of 1 hour equals 15 hours of continuous use. Charging LED indicates maximum charge rate and provides a visible indication of optimum charge rate for the most efficient use of the built-in charging system.

Product Details

Manufacturer: Philips

World Receiver: No

Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): without Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB), without DAB

EAN: 8710101366531

PMP Docking: No

USB Interface: No

MP3 Encoding: No

CD Player: without CD Player

CD-R/RW Playback: No

MP3 Playback: No


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