Freeplay Global SW Windup Radio

This product has been discontinued and is no longer available


The Freeplay Global Shortwave incorporates the latest technical advances in revolutionary self-powered radio design.

Ending the need to ever think of batteries again, the Freeplay Global Shortwave will play anytime, anywhere offering dependability and exceptional sound quality with global shortwave reach.

The Freeplay Global Shortwave will play for up to an hour under spring power alone, after winding for a few seconds.

With its solar panel the radio will save spring power by switching automatically to make use of all available light.

It will play all day in direct sunlight and, for additional convenience, can also be powered through an AC/DC wall adapter (optional).

This radio represents the ultimate in Shortwave dependability indoors and out. And when the lights go out, put the power back into your own hands with the Freeplay Global Shortwave – robust performance around the world, without batteries, without fail…

Optional short wave antenna

This portable short wave antenna will improve the performance and reception of your short wave radio considerably, and will easily outperform its built-in telescoping antenna.

It’s antenna wire may be extended to a full 23 feet (7 meters) and when not in use it may be easily rewound into its case to fit neatly in your shirt pocket.

The antenna is terminated with a 1/8″(3.5mm) mini-plug suitable for plugging directly into the radio or any other short wave radio with a 1.8″ (3.5mm) external antenna jack.


Power Source: Internal
B-Motor textured carbon steel spring, driving a DC generator through a transmission. Approximately 55 turns provides full energy storage.

Power Source: External
Jack for AC adapter [center positive] 6V DC/100mA [min].

Power Source: Solar
High performance amorphous thin film Solar panel with a 3.0V 50mA output.

Spring Saver:
This circuit allows playtimes of up to 60 minutes. At low power demand, this device stores generated energy not required by the Radio, resulting in a slower unwind rate.

Frequency Range:
The standard bandwidths of the Freeplay Radio are:

AM……500-1700 kHz
FM……88-108 MHz
SW2….5-18 MHz

Size…4″ Imperial
………102mm metric
Impedance…..8 ohm

AM………Built-in Ferrite Bar