One reason I’m writing this is that a Google search for EVCHE EC-2110BTS returned no hits. We can’t have that!
I bought this AM / FM / SW / Bluetooth / MP3 player flashlight from AliExpress in hopes that the solar panel would be powerful enough to operate the radio directly, not just slowly charge the battery — and it does. In full sun the solar panel powers the radio at full volume.
Here are some of my observations:
- The manual is 4 pages, most of which don’t tell you anything useful. For example, the radio has an AUX jack that’s never mentioned, nor is the solar panel. But it states twice: “Plase stop using the machine before switch on or off to the power.”
- The radio is powered 5 ways: direct from solar panel, 18650 battery, 2 D cells (UM1), 110/220V AC power cord, 5V USB micro cable. A 220V power cable with a Schuko plug was included.
- No unboxing video because there is no box. It’s in a shipping bag surrounded with ample bubble wrap.
- It has just one SW band, 5.9-18 MHz.
- The radio is big! It’s about 6 3/4″ wide, 5 1/2″ tall and 3″ thick including the folded down solar panel.
- The radio arrived in good condition except that the solar panel mount was loose. I found out that the radio case underneath the mounting bracket had broken. The solar panel will have to be propped up to use.
- The radio mutes while tuning on SW. I’m assuming that shortwave tuning is done in 5 kHz increments. This means that a tiny turn of the tuning dial mutes the radio, advances the frequency 5 kHz and then unmutes the radio. The result is a “chuff, chuff, chuff” sound while tuning the radio.
- No earphone jack.
- This sucker is loud. Most of the weight is in the 3W speaker.
- The manual says not to take the radio apart, and the case is stamped with the same message. I took the radio apart (see photo following) to remove the rattling broken pieces of the solar panel mount.
- The internal flashlight reflector had a big fingerprint on it. The flashlight is mediocre, and far less bright that the current breed of lights in emergency radios.
- The AUX jack accepted both line and earphone level input OK.
- The TF card can be at least 64G. Max not specified in the manual. MP3/WMA/WAV formats accepted.
- Manual says it will operate > 300 minutes as a music player or > 500 minutes as a radio on one charge.
- Bluetooth paired easily with Windows.
- The tuning dial has a “scale” opening, but it it has no marking or numbers for the scale. I don’t think the designers knew what a scale is for.
- It does not appear that the charging light goes off after charging is complete (at least not so far after 15 hours).
I think radio this might make sense as a kitchen radio since it can be AC plugged and the audio is quite good for music, plus you can get local radio stations during a power outage in the sunshine.
OK, Google, it’s up to you now.
I eventually was able to get the solar panel to stand out on its own by piecing the mount on one side together. However, since this article was written, I have found no reason to use the radio. I found a better solution, an external solar panel with a USB jack. It’s considerably larger than anything I found on a radio.
Hey… just wanted to let you know… you’re still missed on Quora, dude. I hope you eventually come back.
If they ever stop letting any fool edit your questions, I’d consider it.