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Product Testing

Intertek Testing Services (ITS) conducted thorough abuse tests of the Freeplay Energy® FPR2 Freeplay® Radio in 1997. The following test procedures were used to simulate conditions of actual use.

Test Procedures and Results

  1. Drop Testing: Drop Tests were performed from as high as five feet onto a concrete floor. The radio was still operational, with only slight damage to the external casing.
  2. Low and High Temperature Tests: Tests were performed at 100°F (38°C), 160°F (71°C) and 0°F (-18°C). None of the tests had any effect on the operation of the radio, including the formation of condensation on the radio after the low temperature tests.
  3. Simulated Rain Exposure: The radio was subjected to dripping water from a pan suspended over the radio. The radio operated normally during and after the test.
  4. Dust Exposure: Dust resistance was tested in a dust chamber for 15 minutes. The radio was completely covered with dust inside all switches and openings. The radio operated normally with the exception of the switch for AM/FM selection which was stiff and hard to operate, which would be expected after these tests.

The tests performed did not produce any failures of the radios. The damage resulting from both the five-foot drop test and the stiff switch operation after dust testing were not catastrophic and would be expected for these tests. The testing shows that normal wear and tear conditions involving drops, dust, rain and ambient temperature variations are unlikely to cause premature failure.

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