Duronic Apex Wind-Up Radio Review

The Duronic Apex is a wind-up AM/FM radio that also comes with a solar panel, meaning it works without batteries. The radio also has a USB charging cable, and comes with some useful extra features such as a torch and an alarm clock. Let’s take a closer look…

Features

  • AM/FM radio
  • Winding arm for generating energy
  • Solar panel
  • USB charging cable
  • Headphone jack
  • Telescopic antenna
  • Clock
  • Alarm
  • Digital display with blue LED lighting
  • Torch

Dimensions: 15 cm wide x 7.5 cm high x 5.5 cm deep
Weight: 381 g

Performance and use

The solar panel is unlikely to charge the radio on its own unless you put the radio in direct sunlight for a long period of time. You will probably have to supplement the solar charging with winding the radio up and/or charging it from a computer using the USB cable. The radio can be used for up to 9 hours once it’s fully charged, while the flashlight can be used for up to 6 hours.

This radio is small and light, and is very convenient for travelling, hiking and camping. The sound quality is acceptable for a camping/emergency radio, but not really good enough for listening to music for long periods of time. However, the sound quality is fine for talk radio and speech stations.

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Can withstand being used outside in bad weather
  • Flashlight is bright
  • Inexpensive
  • Won’t leave you stranded with no charge as you can wind it up by hand

Cons

  • The tuning and volume knobs are quite fiddly, so it can be hard to get the right tuning and volume
  • Feels cheaply made
  • Aerial is flimsy
  • Torch is easy to switch on by mistake, for example when it’s in your bag

Verdict

The Duronic Apex is great for camping or using in the garden, but would also be useful as an emergency radio as it doesn’t rely on mains power. While this radio does have some flaws, it offers exceptional value for money. It’s a very handy device to have if you’re a hiker, backpacker or camper.

Similar radios

For some options check out our roundup of the best solar radios or this review of the best wind-up radios. You can also see some recommended radios for the garden here.

 

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