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The Prime solar and wind-up radio

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Prime is the next generation of power independent, multi-band radio thoughtfully designed and developed to provide 24/7 listening access – anytime, anywhere.

Since we launched the Lifeline radio in 2003, we’ve been gathering user feedback as to how we could create an even better radio – and we’ve done it!

An analogue radio with FM, AM and three SW bands, the Prime features an attractive digital LCD screen, enabling accurate tuning for even hard to find stations. Station frequencies are displayed in a large, clear, easy-to-read format. A color-coded user interface, with only three buttons and one knob, makes it easy to understand for children and adults alike.


The Prime features a suite of power options – a solar panel, a hand crank, and a DC input which can be plugged into either a wall socket or a car battery. The solar panel, which slides onto the back of the radio, can charge the Prime directly through a cable, or removed and charged wirelessly. The wireless solar panel, an upgraded option, has a powerful, rechargeable battery pack, which provides additional battery capacity and extends playtime.

When charging the Prime by hand in either direction, a green indicator light shines to let the user know that they are winding at optimum speed. If you wind it too slowly, now you’ll know to speed up.

We paid extra attention to the sound quality, and the Prime’s powerful speaker makes it ideal for group listening in classrooms, marketplaces, or in community meetings. Radio distance education classes in countries like Malawi, Southern Sudan and Zambia can have more than 100 learners gathered around one radio. To cater for this, there is an auxiliary speaker output socket, allowing for additional speakers to be plugged in, boosting listening volume.

The Prime has an integrated LED light that is pushed to activate. It provides a bright light at night, or in unlit classrooms that can aid in reading or help teachers to grade papers.

Some of the team that brought you the famous Lifeline radio also designed and developed the Prime, under the direction of our new product development and trading arm, Lifeline Technologies Trading Ltd. Like with the Lifeline radio in 2002, we listened to what end-users told us they wanted. We’ve made practical improvements, while enhancing quality, and the result is a fit-for-purpose radio that is also less expensive.

The Prime is available to the humanitarian and aid sector only and is not for commercial sale.