Eton Scorpion Solar Charge Multi-Tool

The claim

Extreme and durable, this multi purpose tool includes a radio, torch, bottle opener and USB port for charging electrical devices. Through man power or simply the sun’s energy, charge is supplied to run the various functions of this product.

How does it work?

This product has an inbuilt rechargeable battery that can be charged through a solar panel or a fold out handle. A tough outer shell protects it from the rugged outdoors and makes it extremely durable while making it uncomfortable to carry or use. It also has an indicator that shows the level of battery available, allowing you to maintain power manually, using the hand cranked turbine, during periods of darkness.

How did it work for me?

Loving the outdoors often comes at a cost, not only do you get cold, wet, bitten and thoroughly miserable, but you often lose contact with the rest of the world, fall down holes and walk into rocks. All of this because the smart phone, battery powered torch and radio you purchased at great cost have all run out of battery. So when I came across the Eton Scorpion, I thought all of my dreams had come true.

This extremely durable beast not only charges your phone, plays the radio, lights the path and opens your refreshing beer at the end of the day, but does this without the need for batteries! The solar panel charges the inbuilt battery throughout the day effectively, although perhaps considering its size it feels like it should charge quicker than taking several hours. However any extra charge needed is easily added through the manual hand crank, which starts the radio in a little as two cranks, and held two hours charge after only a few minutes cranking!!!