SolarDAB 2

DAB+/DAB/FM Radio

3.45 out of 5 by 33.

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.

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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 50 years 6 months ago

Rating: 4/5 50 years 6 months ago
solar radio

Nice little radio, easily portable and picks up signals well. Not very robust though, This is my second one as the first was knocked off a shelf and almost disintegrated.

Rating: 1/5 50 years 6 months ago

Rating: 5/5 50 years 6 months ago
Great

A great radio for the outside. Well put together robust and a clear sound.

Rating: 4/5 50 years 6 months ago

Rating: 5/5 50 years 6 months ago
My third solar DAB

- to replace my solar DAB1 that I have had for nearly ten years and is now back with Roberts to sort out the speaker distortion. The replacement had to be returned pretty 'soonish' as it developed a fault. The excellent customer service sorted out a courier pick-up and I hope to have it back.

Rating: 5/5 50 years 6 months ago
Only Solar DAB Radio available in UK

Love this radio so much that I have 3 of them - 1 for allotment & 2 in my house

Rating: 5/5 50 years 6 months ago
I love my new SolarDAB 2

I am really pleased with my new radio, which I bought to replace my previous portable DAB radio (from a different manufacturer) which after 9 or 10 years of service had worn out. It is easy to carry around the house using the recessed finger grip on the back. I listen to it for several hours every day on DAB only (I haven't used the FM band), and I have only needed to put it on charge at the mains once a week. I have also placed it on sunny windowsills from time to time to benefit from the solar power. The indicators which illuminate when charging is needed, progressing or completed are very useful. A disadvantage is that it is not possible to charge the batteries and listen on mains power at the same time. The Preset function is different to my other radios, in that it does not use numbers for storing the presets, and instead displays the selected stations in alphabetical order. Initially, I set up 10 presets, but then found I had to scroll through too many to select the station I wanted, so I reduced my chosen presets to a manageable few. I love the Favourite button, as it instantly switches to the station I listen to most. The 4 soft-grip feet prevent it from slipping, or scratching table tops and I haven't needed to extend the aerial to get good reception. The Info button scrolls through 7 different options, and it is not possible to display scrolling text and the time, which is a slight disadvantage compared with my previous radio. The speaker is good for a small radio, but it could benefit from a bit more treble. All in all, I am very pleased that I chose this model, after a few hours of online research.

Rating: 5/5 50 years 6 months ago
Like it that much I bought 2

Had no problem choosing this radio. Bought one identical about 10 years ago and unfortunately broke it recently.I have found that using rechargable NmH batteries (it only takes 3 AAs) is the way to go. I've bought 3packs of4 twice in 10 years making 8 sets and still have 3 sets on the go. 1 in the radio 1 charged and ready and 1 set of3 still unused. I spend a lot of time outside with the radio and when it's sunny you forget it needs batteries.

Rating: 3/5 50 years 6 months ago
Sounds Good

Bought this for my wife to take anywhere, but looks rather fragile. Talks of software updates - presumably using cable connector, but does not supply this. Wish I had read these reviews beforehand as I would not have bought it!

Rating: 5/5 50 years 6 months ago
Delighted

Delighted with our radio as it works well with the solar chage.Very useful at our allotment. The speedy service from ordering to delivery was a bonus. Great from a well known company. No more to say as first rate.

Rating: 2/5 50 years 6 months ago
Not a patch on the Solar DAB 1

Having been spoiled by being the proud owner of a Roberts Solar DAB 1 for the last 15 years, I have been nothing but disappointed with the Solar DAB 2 - it is cheaply made and shoddy in comparison. The tiny little speaker sounds awful and when turned up the whole radio buzzes. You only have to touch it and it falls over as it is so thin and unstable. I am surprised Roberts would put their good name to such a poor product. Please start producing the Solar DAB 1 again. Thanks.

Rating: 1/5 50 years 6 months ago
Unreliable and poor sound

I bought this a few years ago, and the sound has always been 'fuzzy' and lacking in clarity - especially for speech (My main use is to listen to Radio 4). The solar charging works reasonably well, although in winter, on a clear window ledge, it doesn't get enough charge to keep it going for a bout an hour a day - it periodically needs to be topped up using the charger. My main gripe is with the on/off switch which is AWFUL. It usually switches on ok, but trying to switch it off is unpredictable - sometimes the sound goes off, only to return 10 seconds or so later; sometimes the display goes off, but the sound continues, mostly nothing happens.

Rating: 5/5 50 years 6 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 50 years 6 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.

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