The fancier brother of the U-1 from Sangean, the U-3 has been engineered to withstand serious abuse, in terms of water- and shock-proofing, while being able to maintain the same acclaimed reception quality and excellent reliability which have made Sangean a very appreciated name during the 30+ years of experience in the industry.
Being an utility radio, the Sangean U-3 is pretty much a non-fashionable piece of tech and it comes with a rather rugged shape and it looks like it could endure anything, or at least things far worse than a splash. Indeed, the sturdy casing with strong rollbars and the handle made from the same rollbar material make you think whether this radio hasn't mistaken its purpose and could in fact be a device designed especially in order to be tossed out from the 5th floor. Made for traveling with you in the great outdoors, the Sangean U-3 will also have your ways lighted as it even sports a very bright LED beacon.
It's obvious that the Sangean U-3 will not take damage if you accidentally stepped on it, or even trip on it and make it fly some feet away... and by all means that's a good thing: the aerial antenna is flexible so it would not break up upon harsh treatment, from you, your dog or your children. Unlike the U-1, the U-3 comes with a heap of digital features: a backlit LCD with dual alarm clock and 10 station presets, battery and tuning indicator LED, a Dynamic Bass Compensation. Even more, a most useful 5V 500mA DC socket to recharge your mobile phones!
This waterproof radio comes with an 6.5-inch 7W speaker and has an aux input for your iPod or MP3 player. This radio can run on 6 D-size batteries as well as with DC input. The supplied AC cord sports a smart and waterproof cable management system in the back; the Sangean U-3 retails for prices around $115 in online limited deals.