A glass-reinforced nylon handle with comfortable knob harnesses human energy by cranking. The handle is connected to the 3-phase alternator via a transmission. Winding will not damage the radio and all the generated power will be conserved and stored.
A polycrystalline 3.6V 20mA solar panel is integrated into the radio. This serves to play the radio or to charge its batteries without having to wind.
A rechargeable NiMH 3 cell battery pack stores the energy generated from human and solar power. The radio will play for about 20 to 30 minutes per 30-second wind.
The Assist has three ultra-bright LEDs built into a flashlight feature on the side of the radio. When switched on these LEDs provide a useful beam of light.
MOBILE PHONE CHARGING
Assist has a power output socket on the side of the radio that may be used to recharge mobile phones. Connection is via a cable and set of adaptor tips, or a cable with USB socket.
A siren feature allows the user in distress to attract attention to their predicament.
7cm 3 W, 8-ohm loudspeaker
Several antenna options are available.
The telescopic antenna may be subject to breakage in tough user environments, therefore an unbreakable flexible steel wire antenna is included as standard. In remote regions where radio signals may be weak, a 5m cable antenna with crocodile attachment which clips onto the telescopic antenna to increase the sensitivity of the radio may be offered as an optional extra.
AM signals are received via an internal ferrite rod antenna.
FM: 88-108 Mhz SW1 5-8.0 MHz
AM (MW): 500-1700 kHz SW2 9.2-12.5 MHz