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


Click & collect

Free Click & Collect from John Lewis and Waitrose shops for collection Monday from 2pm
261 participating John Lewis and Waitrose shops

Standard UK delivery within 5 working days


Next, named or Saturday UK delivery.


Next/named day UK delivery pre-10.30am.


Collect+ from a local shop from Tuesday - postcode exclusions apply for Collect+ deliveries

Trial in Scotland, Wales, SW England and N Ireland only

1500 participating Collect+ shops

International delivery not available


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Q & As


ROBERTS Solar DAB 2 Digital Radio 4.2 5 17 17
Excellent product and easy to use. So far so good - looks neat and has a good sound. I will see how the solar charging works in due course. I wanted a DAB radio which could function without electricity for my bathroom, however previous quite expensive radios I purchased had used ordinary batteries at an alarming rate!! With solar charging, and rechargeable batteries if this fails, I think I have now found the answer. The radio is also very easy to use unlike some cheaper DAB radios I have used in the past, so it has been is worth spending a bit more than I originally anticipated. 01 April 2014
Love it! It's cute, it works and I have an option of solar, battery or mains.... So infinitely mobile....... 04 February 2014
Roberts Solar DAB2 Radio - WHITE Another successful and thoroughly satisfying shopping experience with John Lewis. Bought this product on-line last Sunday at 17.00hrs and collected at my local Waitrose 13.00hrs next day. Excellent Service. This little radio is a real beauty and together with the partnerships of JL and Roberts Radio's you just cant go wrong with quality and value and a 2 year guarantee to boot. Well Done John Lewis from a Very Satisfied and Happy Customer. 15 May 2013
Great present for those hard to buy for!! I bought this for my husband - notoriously hard to buy for - and he is very pleased with it. The sound is very clear and size is small enough to fit into his luggage as he travels a lot. The radio arrived quickly as with everything I've purchased from JL. All in all very pleased with my purchase 07 October 2012
Excellent quality backed up by excellent service The Roberts Solar DAB Radio gives excellent sound quality, is easy to set-up and easy to use. I particularly like the favourite button - allowing access to my favourite station with a single touch no matter what frequency/station I might already be listening too. The solar charging of the supplied batteries is very useful when camping and being able to play my iPod through it is an added bonus - no need for a separate set of speakers. As usual, the service from John Lewis was excellent and the radio, which I bought online rather than in-store, arrived ahead of the predicted date. 23 July 2012
Roberts 'yes', this radio 'no' I bought this radio just over a year ago as I wanted a solar panelled one because I'm always pottering around in the garden. I've now finally had enough of it. For a reputable radio manufacturer like Roberts, it's a shocker. Functions are OK, nothing startling, but the solar panel rarely charges the radio decently and I'm always having to plug it into the mains and it takes a long time to charge up. I know digital radios are juicy, but this juicy? The main problem I have is with its design and just how easily two of the primary buttons are to change as they're not recessed like other radios. These are the problems: - you pick it up in the way they've designed it, ie by the recess in the back, and you accidentally switch it off with your thumb (the little green button on the left). - it falls over and it accidentally switches itself off. - the volume control (the round dial on right side) is just too easily changed. I've now got a fault with the on/off button and even being able to switch it on/off (intentionally I might add) - I've just come in from the garden as it's just died on me and I'm so fed up I'm now looking online for a different radio. 13 June 2012
Excellent Product I bought this radio for my husband for his birthday, he has been over the moon with it. We have had a roberts radio (non digital) for a number of years without any problem. This one will be use in our holiday home cannt wait. The sevrice we got from John Lewis was excellent as always . 25 April 2012
Good for it`s intended use. I bought this after owning a Pure Evoke for years. Sound quality is not as good as the Pure. The main selling point with this unit is it`s portability. I go camping regularly and the solar systen is great for outdoor use. If you want a DAB radio for in home use I`d still stick with a Pure Evoke for sound quality. 23 March 2012
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