SolarDAB 2

DAB+/DAB/FM Radio

3.2 out of 5 by 20.

The unique SolarDAB 2 uses the sun as a power socket, letting you enjoy crystal clear digital radio wherever you are. This model uses an integral solar panel to provide you with continuous play under adequate sunlight. It also tops up a rechargeable battery while playing, which jumps into action when the sun disappears.

Available from Amazon and selected UK independent retailers.

Please allow 3 - 5 days for delivery.

£99.99

Specification

  • SOURCE
    FM/DAB/DAB+ Built in
    Yes
  • CONNECTIVITY
    Headphone Socket
    Yes (3.5mm stereo)
    Auxiliary input socket for playback via smartphones
    Yes (3.5mm stereo)
  • DESIGN
    On-device Control
    Yes
    Solar Charging / Assisted running
    Yes
    Mains Powered
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes (Batteries not included)
    Battery Charging Built-in
    Yes (for NiMH cells)
    Supplied Accessories
    Mains Adaptor
    Dimensions (mm)
    202(w) x 140(h )x 70(d)
    Weight
    623g
    Colours
    Black; White

Reviews

Rating: 5/5 49 years 11 months ago
Always great radios

Sadly I couldn't order directly from Roberts Radios as your workshops had been affected by flooding. Had to go through Amazon. Hope your workshops are up and running soon and dry.

Rating: 4/5 49 years 11 months ago
Solar works!

I bought this radio to use in my motorhome as the radio has a 6v charging socket and I have an adaptor that changes 12v to 6v. I really was not expecting much of the solar charging, but I put it on a non slip mat on the dashboard and found that I didn't need to use the 6v charging once.We were in the Scottish Highlands and it solar charged even on light cloudy days so long as it was not very overcast and there is a full sky view.The batteries never ran low with daily,1-2 hours playing. As for sound quality, it will never be brilliant due to the necessarily small speaker but it is ok if volume kept below maximum. All in all I am very pleased.

Rating: 2/5 49 years 11 months ago
NICE IDEA BUT BUILD QUALITY POOR

BOUGHT MINE AS A PRESSIE FOR WIFE 2 YEARS AGO. ARIAL HAS 'BROKEN' AND COME LOOSE. POWER CHARGER DOES NOT WORK. WILL WORK ON 'BATTERIES' AND DESPITE THE ARIAL ISSUE IT STILL WORKS BUT FOR THE MONEY LOOK ELSEWHERE

Rating: 3/5 49 years 11 months ago
Good when it works

On my 3rd one of these over the past 5 years. Each of them have had their own issues ranging from the power button being very temperamental, to getting stuck on one station and not being able to change it. For the price you would expect something a little more robust. Certainly damages the Roberts brand in my eyes. Will not buy another after these experiences.

Rating: 4/5 49 years 11 months ago
Good in a south facing window.

Bought this for a south facing bathroom that gets the sun all day, whenever it's there. No power point for a radio, so this is an ideal solution. So far, it is getting all the power it needs from the sun.

Rating: 4/5 49 years 11 months ago
Brilliant product

I’ve had this radio a couple of years. It lives on a windowsill and in the summer seldom needs to be charged. In the winter it does but having an integral battery, this is a painless operation. The sound is very good considering its size and construction and it is extremely easy to operate. Love it

Rating: 5/5 49 years 11 months ago
Great radio

Our 2nd purchase of this great little radio that so portable it fits in with any job around the house

Rating: 5/5 49 years 11 months ago

Rating: 1/5 49 years 11 months ago
Have had two of these. Both useless

Bought a Solar Dab radio in 2016 (so previous model though looks just the same). After 18 months when I plugged in the adaptor there was a pop and the radio was dead. Thinking it might be the adaptor I bought a new one from Roberts. This cost me over £23 though it is just a plug and lead. They call it an adaptor and it costs £23. The radio still didn't work. John Lewis supplied me with a new one under warranty. This just died after 6 months. John Lewis won't replace it a second time as the 2 year warranty is up. I asked Roberts if they would replace it as it is only 6 months old but they refused even though, if I had bought it directly from them, it would be under warranty. No confidence in Roberts radios (or customer service)

Rating: 2/5 49 years 11 months ago
Poor quality and poor repairs

I’ve had this radio for five years now and it’s the solar panel has never been a reliable power source. I’ve had it repaired as the dial button stopped working but they sent it back with a chipped case and the dial button has broke 12 months later. It now self tunes to Classic FM. Not great. Repairs are expensive so it’s relegated to the utility to keep the dog company. Very sad as the sound has great. Concerned about buying another Roberts radio.

Rating: 2/5 49 years 11 months ago
Poor build quality

I've had this radio for a few years and it has some good features but in general it is poor quality. First the on/off switch is so sensitive that if I put the radio in a bag (to take to the allotment etc) it switches on by its self so I have to take the batteries out every time and the terminals have all broken. The mains charging broke several years ago so I have to charge the batteries in a charger separately. The on off switch now turns on on its own sometimes and the channel selector misses out channels that I use regularly. The speaker rattles horribly sometimes. For nearly £100 I would expect a Roberts radio to last a lifetime but this one is falling apart. Don't thing I'll buy another one.

Rating: 2/5 49 years 11 months ago
Lacks clarity

We bought this radio a few years ago to use on our boat. The solar panel may provide enough power to recharge it in strong direct sunlight but not enough for us. We use the radio primarily for speech and plays, it is very difficult to hear clearly due to the radio lacking the mid and top frequencies necessary for clarity. All our other radios including a different model of Roberts are clearer. If there is a software update to address this problem I would appreciate knowing about it.

Rating: 5/5 49 years 11 months ago
Loved for years!

Owned 7 yrs, it's wonderful. Been dropped down the stairs, left out in drizzle, used daily. Only purchased new batteries once. For a small portable radio the sound is lovely-not tinny. Left on a sunny windowsill, only needed to recharge via mains once every few months. Can't recommend highly enough, there's nothing else on the market that does the same thing!

Rating: 2/5 49 years 11 months ago
Solar panel inadequate

I was given a Roberts solar radio about 6 years ago for a special birthday. I found that the solar panel was not able to charge the recommended rechargeable batteries unless the radio was moved to a position where really bright, direct sunlight was available. I used the radio on a bright window sill but the daylight, however bright, was not sufficiently strong. All in all, a great disappointment. The concept is really excellent but the solar panel is not good enough to match.

Rating: 3/5 49 years 11 months ago
Hit and miss

I bought 2 of these - very useful for use in bathroom or motorhome using solar power and in general good. However, on one, the On/off switch started to play up once out of guarantee- it would turn off when I pressed on it, then turn on a few seconds later, and, now, the mains charger has stopped working. Repairs are expensive.

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