SolarDAB 2


3.05 out of 5 by 22.

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.

Please note the Spring Sale offer only applies to SolarDAB 2 Black.

Please allow 3 - 5 days for delivery.



    FM/DAB/DAB+ Built in
    Headphone Socket
    Yes (3.5mm stereo)
    Auxiliary input socket for playback via smartphones
    Yes (3.5mm stereo)
    On-device Control
    Solar Charging / Assisted running
    Mains Powered
    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)
    Black; White


Rating: 2/5 50 years 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 50 years 3 months ago


Rating: 3/5 50 years 3 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 50 years 3 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 50 years 3 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 50 years 3 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 50 years 3 months ago

Rating: 1/5 50 years 3 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 50 years 3 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 50 years 3 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 50 years 3 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 50 years 3 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!