You know what they say: plans for the worst and expect the best.  That’s gotta be Eton‘s company moto right?

The company, which is largely known for handheld radios that can be powered off the grid, is set to launch the Eton Raptor.  While no witty dinosaur references are coming to mind, the Raptor does pack a serious bite (heyo).  Instead of your usual wind up affair, as found in their other models, this one sports a solar panel, that is of course assuming we haven’t scorched the sun as Morpheus suggests in “The Matrix” movie.  It also has the quintessential and always paramount bottle opener as well as an altimeter, barometer, compass, AM/FM/WB digital radio tuner with presets and NOAA weather alerts and a digital clock with an alarm function.  A USB port allows iPhones an other devices to be charged off its 1800 mAh built-in battery and the device can be charged using the included AC plug.  There is also a rubberized and splashproof (IPX-4) housing, providing protection against water and dust.

There is no word on price, but the device will be available probably sometime early next year.

ES 2011: Etón Corporation Announces Raptor, The Solar Charging Device with All-Terrain Guidance Functions

Solar powered USB cell phone charger also provides the outdoor essentials of light, information and energy

(LAS VEGAS – Upper South Hall, Booth #30959 – January 4, 2011) – Etón Corporation, a leading emergency preparedness company and creator of green-powered electronics, announces the Raptor at CES 2011. The self-powered device uses solar energy to charge a cell phone via USB and provides guidance functions for outdoor activities. The Raptor will be seen for the first time at booth #30959 in the Upper South Hall.

Featuring an 1800mAh rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery, the Raptor uses a high-efficiency monocrystal solar panel to power the utilities of the device. Packed with features, the Raptor houses the ABCs of an outdoor adventure tool; altimeter, barometer and compass. The Raptor also features an AM/FM/WB digital radio tuner with presets and NOAA weather alerts, as well as a digital clock with an alarm function. The unit can be charged via a solar panel or DC power, and the stored solar energy can be transferred to charge a cell phone via USB.

Raptor weighs just over 11 ounces and packs the additional features of an LED flashlight, audio line and DC input, battery charge indicator and even a bottle opener. The device is housed in rugged, rubberized and splashproof (IPX-4) casing, providing a layer of protection against water and dust. Sold separately, a holster is available to hold the unit and a mobile device, providing hands free flexibility and added protection.

“The Etón brand continues to advance new ways to harness the power of the sun, and the Raptor is another example of this innovation,” said Esmail Amid-Hozour, CEO of Etón Corporation. “We’ve incorporated a multitude of novel features into the Raptor and it will no doubt become a must-have device for anyone exploring the outdoors.”

The Raptor will be available in 2011. For more information on Etón Corporation and its products, visit

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."