Portable Radio with USB port and DC Charger

Submitted: Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 09:08
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My GQ no longer has an Accessories Function on the Ignition. But that's another story.

I am looking for a Portable Radio AM/FM/SW with USB Port so that I can play MP3 music whilst stationary in camp or wherever I am parked. The Radio should also have a DC Charger so that I do not have to carry a swag of batteries.

I have had a good look on Google but its confusing and most sites of any value are offshore.

So does anyone know of a locally available product?


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Reply By: RV Powerstream P/L - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 09:22

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 09:22
Willem
Is the USB port for charging or to connect the MP3 to the radio.

Ive got some accessory panels with fused power pole outlets in Customes at the moment and some of them have a USB outlet also.

I cant help you with the radio as the only ones I know my garndkids have and they are Doof Doof Radios and I think you would want a Country and Western One.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 13:26

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 13:26
Ian

I am looking for a Radio with built in MP3 player so that I can put a Flash Card in to the USB slot.

Hahahahaha.....Country and Western indeed.....now what gave you that impression? I am a Blues man with a bit of R&B and Doof Doof thrown in......LOL.

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 11:13

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 11:13
Not aware of any such radio Willem.

I don't think there is much of a market either, as this function is usually done differently.

What is the source of your MP3 ?

If its Laptop then just use laptop and maybe speakers.

If its USB stick , then there are car radios (few) that allow direct USB plug in and also even some GPSes, but into a laptop is also possible( thats what we do).

If the source is Ipod or equivalent then you use little amplifier speaker kits, or alternatively you use a modulator which sends out an FM signal which you can tune into with your car radio
or a portable radio like the DEGEN1103 which I reviewed here some time ago from avcomm.

These little modulators have a range of about 10m normally.

Another option is what our kids did, recently brought a new car radio pretty cheaply (head unit they call it now).
They can plug their Ipods directly into it and blast out any of 4233 songs that all sound the same to me with a 1000 watts and despoil an entire camping ground.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 13:41

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 13:41
Hi Robin

I have a EasyMP3 FM Modulator which plugs into a cig socket and plays through the radio.

So now I need something else which is not powered through the radio.

Yes I can buy a car radio with a USB socket but that defeats the purpose.

The other thing to do is to reconnect the car radio to the auxilliary battery. I have looked at this and it all seem to hard....lol....have to pull the whole dash apart really and I don't want to go down that road.

I suppose I can play through my newly acquired Acer Netbook. Haven't tried that yet.

Thanks for the tips

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 14:03

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 14:03
I almost saw exactly what you want at a Havery Norman store an hour ago Willem.

It was a Phillips DC910 mantle radio with a USB slot and also an Ipod slot - unfortunately it is 240v.

Because of the cute features I have sen people just buy the bargain car radios and package them with a 12v battery , however the notebooks work well espically with set of better speakers.
I play mine while playing with maps etc on the PC and watch re-runs of the Dakar or typing replies into exploroz all on the PC at the same time. (maybe that why theres the odd spelling mistake and lost word)
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 14:21

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 14:21
Thanks for that Robin. I could run it off my inverter. I will go and check out their on line catalogue if they have one.


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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 14:28

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 14:28
Ummmmmm....LOL....it seems a tad large for a bush application!
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 14:39

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 14:39
Definately more the sort of thing for around the BBq , sounds pretty good to , but not a bush baby.
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Reply By: chocolate teapot - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 16:59

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 16:59
Hi Willem

I had a similar problem but my solution was a logitech compact speakers for the ipod they call it "Pure-Fi Anywhere". Battery operated - charges from 240 inverter and plays for abt 20 hours a charge - ipod dock and 4 speakers - tolerably good sound - toddle off to Harveys or you should be able to buy them off the net - just watch out that it is new and not a recon - abt $200.

Hope this helps


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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 19:57

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 19:57
Ta CT

Will do that next time I am in the Big Smoke


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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 21:47

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 21:47
Willem

why not wire up a car radio to the Aux battery with a toggle switch on the dash to turn just like the Accessories function of the Ignition?

No use re inventing the wheel... :-)

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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 22:04

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 22:04
Yer full of bright ideas aren't ya?



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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 22:08

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 22:08
well why not?
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