ROBERTS Solar DAB 2 Digital Radio, Black

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Compact with soft-touch rubberised rotary controls, the unique ROBERTS SolarDAB 2 uses the sun as a power socket, letting you enjoy crystal clear digital radio wherever you are.

Featuring a classic black finish, this model uses an integral solar panel to provide you with continuous play under adequate sunlight. It also tops up a rechargeable battery while playing, which kicks in when the sun goes down or things get gloomy. Reassuringly, a mains adaptor is provided for when the sun really doesn’t want to come out and play!

The 2-line green backlit LCD display is easy to read and features function icons for indicating the solar level, battery and signal strength. There is even one-touch access to your favourite stations. A 3.5mm line input means you can plug in your iPod or MP3 player – ideal for sharing your favourite tracks with friends (cable not included).

ROBERTS have been making radios since 1932 when Harry Roberts founded the company. They are renowned for the quality craftsmanship and today hold three Royal Warrants.

  • DAB/FM RDS wavebands so you can reach all of your favourite stations
  • Built-in battery charger makes recharging effortless
  • Station name/multiple preset mode lets you save your favourites
  • One touch instant access to favourite station
  • LED solar level indicator
  • LED battery indicator
  • Soft touch rubberised controls for pleasant use
Battery life Information How long the battery lasts for (and if applicable) until it needs recharging
Up to 20 hours from alkaline batteries
Auxiliary input socket for device playback, aux line out
H14 x W20.2 x D7cm
Eligible for International Delivery
Model name / number
SolarDAB 2
NFC enabled Information Devices with NFC can be tapped together to establish a wireless connection for sending or streaming files and other data
Power Supply
Mains, 3x AA batteries (included)
Radio tuner
Speaker output Information The total output measured in watts. The higher the number, the louder the sound.
Weight Information Unpackaged weight


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Q & As

Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 34 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ultraflexible mid-range radio Chose this because of the Roberts brand and the choice of energy sources offering maximum flexibility. It's easy to operate and a neat design. 03 February 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Quite happy. Bought in white for the bathroom, nice and stable unlike the slim Sony analogue it replaced. Easy to pick up and move about. Seems to hold onto the signal better than an earlier Roberts DAB radio I have in the kitchen which has little meltdowns. Might prefer the presets to have numbered buttons but guess making room for the solar panel makes this difficult, the 'favourite' button is handy for the technophobe in the family. Difficult to tell whether the solar charge light is on but no issues with power thus far. I would prefer the display stay illuminated when in use so I could see the time. Was wanting to buy a second one but the price has gone up 23% since just before Xmas! 03 February 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Does the job This is our second Roberts DAB Solar radio and it does exactly what what we bought it for: listening to in the bathroom or outside in the garden (when it's warm!). It's very easy to use and the instructions are easy to follow, the sound quality is good. It charges up while we listen to it in the house on the mains and the additional solar recharging facility means you never have to think about replacing batteries. Looks nice (ours is white) too. 27 January 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Looks good and sounds excellent Bought for my daughter in Aberdeen to replace 15 year old Roberts. Set up and installation simple enough for 11 year old grandson to do. Immediately receives all the stations they like and has the advantage that she can take into the garden (even in Scotland) without the hassle of power supply. Would highly recommend 20 January 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Poor reception and battery life Had a solar DAB 1. Great little radio with excellent reception on short aerial and good life with solar recharge. This one has very poor battery life and very poor recharge on solar power. Sending it back. Why remove the solar and power indicator level meters as in DAB1? Very disappointing. 05 January 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Recommended This is the third Roberts Radio that I bought and I can highly recommend this product. In addition should you need any spare parts, advice or service for Roberts products you will find them extremely easy to contact and very helpful. 20 December 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Well received Birthday present! Birthday boy was very pleased with sound quality and liked the added bonus of the solar power! Excellent bathroom radio! 18 November 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by So easy to use Although it ticked all the right boxes eg. enviro-friendly charging etc, I was not sure whether to buy this radio. I should not have hesitated - it is so easy to use and a nice compact size. The instructions are clear and simple; reception is good and buttons are big enough to work without being cumbersome. Would really recommend ... and if any of the family are reading this I'd love another one for Christmas!! 30 September 2014
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