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May 01, 2012

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Gary

Used with a big radio like the Fatbox, with its powerful amplifier and big speakers, I doubt that regular D cell alkaline batteries would last more than 10 or 20 hours. A review at Amazon says D cell alkalines lasted 5 hours "at full blast" (whatever this means).

herculodge

If that's the case, then rechargeables make more sense, but now this is a $280 radio. Sheesh.

Gary

Or you could just run it on the AC cord and see how this works for you. It's kind of big to be moving around a lot anyway.

herculodge

Maybe I'd be happier with another Sangean U3, less than half the price. Maybe the U3 would last longer on 6 D batteries. My wife took the U3 to school and loves it because her students can't damage it: It's built like a tank.

Ken K. in NJ

Yes, Jeff, when I said alkaline D batteries last a long time, I was referring to radios I use them in, namely GE Superradio, Panasonic RF2200, GE-P780 and my now-defunct CC Radio.

Each gives at least 200-300 hours per set of batteries. In fact, I've had my RF2200 for about 8 years and I still have the original batteries in it, they must have at least 600 hours of use already and still going strong.

But I agree with the above post, that I think the fatbox might be a different story.

Scooby214

I would try out the radio with a set of regular D cells first. If they have a shorter lifespan than you would like, then you could invest in a set of rechargeable D cells.

The volume level you routinely use with the radio will probably have a significant impact on battery life. Probably a bigger impact than with older, simpler analog radios.

Gary

Jeff - Here is what it says in the U3 owner's manual:

"Battery life: Approx. 30 hours using Alkaline batteries at 50mW output power."

I think running a U3 on D cell alkalines could be a very expensive proposition.

herculodge

Based on everything you guys are telling me, I think I'll use my Tivoli PAL when I'm outdoors with the twins.

Huesby

If I were you I´d buy 8 AA Sony rechargeable battery like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/8-SONY-CycleEnergy-AA-1-2V-2100-mAh-NI-MH-NIMH-Pre-Charged-Rechargeable-Battery-/120897516979?pt=US_Rechargeable_Batteries&hash=item1c260db5b3#ht_2129wt_897 for 24.19 plus AA to D adaptor like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-of-8x-AA-to-D-Size-Battery-Adapter-Case-Shell-Cover-Free-Shipping-/280786449680?pt=US_Rechargeable_Batteries&hash=item41602d3510 for 9.99 ..total 34.18 Dls and when you don´t use the batteries in those radios you can use them in your camera or whatever (best of both worlds and all for 34.18 dls.

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