March Giveaway: Rover Weather Radio, Flashlight, and Charger

In light of the recent tornadoes sweeping through the South and Midwest, this month’s giveaway seems especially appropriate. We found ourselves in the basement hallways of the school where we live several times on Friday – and often wishing we had more information!


The Rover from the American Red Cross and Eton is a flashlight, weather radio, and device-charger all in one! It has a battery that can be charged with a mini-USB port when you have power or by hand when you don’t.

One minute of hand cranking can provide 15 minutes or light or radio usage. The Rover has a USB port where you can charge your cell phone, smart phone, or laptop for a few minutes of usage during an outage. Sounds to me like a great way to use up excess child energy during a storm.

I wish we had had a Rover when we lost our power for 5 1/2 days last April!

Eton has provided us with one Rover to give away to our readers. To enter, just answer this question in the comments:

When could you have used a Rover?

Winner will be selected at random March 31, 2012. USA only. LifeWay employees are not eligible to win.


  1. Paul Worsham says:

    I could have used the Rover this past 4th of July because we were without power for almost 12 hours.

  2. I managed to charge my cell phone with a car battery plug-in adapter but had no way to charge anything else and I was out of batteries by the second day last summer when Irene blew through. This is a wonderful item to have on hand for those times that you are without the normal conveniences.

  3. Angelia Routzahn says:

    An item like the Rover would have been great to have during Katrina. Living in South Mississippi at the time we were without power for over two weeks. ( moved to New Orleans after Katrina to attended NOBTS). Not having the ability to charge cell phone was frustrating. You could get text out to check on friends and family or tell of needs but with no power it was hard to keep it charged.

  4. Bri Mason says:

    We recently had a tornado in the area and I would love to have it on hand for any storms this summer. With two little ones, I think it would come in VERY handy!

  5. Amy Beth says:

    Oh man… I could use this for Father’s Day for my dad. 🙂

  6. We have recently moved to Texas. There are a lot of dark, wide open spaces out here and storms come up in a hurry. Would like to have this in my car or on the church bus.

  7. Oh, we could SO have used this when we were without power for 9 days last fall after the ridiculous blizzard dumped 20″ of snow on us!

  8. We could have used it quite a few times here in New England (Vermont) when the snow and ice knocks down our lines! LOL 😉

  9. We sure could use a Rover at our house! We realized we didn’t have a weather radios after the last set of storms that came through. My husband went to get one and they were all out! I love that you can charge with a USB cord. That would come in handy when losing power!

  10. Colleen Schotter says:

    When the tornado hit us in 2004. We didn’t have power for a week!

  11. Michele says:

    I thought that I was rid of natural disasters after leaving the hurricane prone coast of Charleston, SC, but now I’m surrounded by tornados! Eck!! No body warned me about this when we moved to Chattanooga. There has been way too many tornados watches that this would have become handy in as we crouched in the basement.

  12. Jeanette says:

    We need these all Spring in Middle Tennessee! With a townhouse on a hill, we’re always hunkering down and needing to update our supplies and equipment.

  13. Tracey Coke says:

    I live 20 miles from Henryville Indiana the area where the devastating March 2 tornadoes hit. We generally average 7 tornadoes a year in our area of the country, however we have had 20+ since January 1st and one hit less than a mile from my house. I think the Rover would come in very handy for me.

  14. Megan M. says:

    Without question, it would have been in the week following April 27, 2011. I live in Alabama, and we were without power for over a week and had very little access to generators in our neighborhood.

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