Any repair information is intended for professional repair shops only.

Users of Freeplay equipment should not attempt any repair which involves any disassembly. Some of our older products were driven by powerful springs which, if allowed to unwind in an uncontrolled manner, would be dangerous and could cause injury. Never remove covers from such devices.

This product has been discontinued and is no longer supported. We do not carry out any repairs

Warning: The spring is powerful and dangerous. Do not remove any covers unless you are an experienced engineer.




The radio makes a loud grinding noise when unwound.

This is a major mechanical failure. The radio should be replaced.

The rubber belt has unwound and has come off its pulleys.


Replace the radio.


The winder does not unwind, it remains in place.


Replace the radio.


The winder unwinds very quickly.

Replace the radio.

What are the rubber drive belt specifications?

It is a neoprene drive belt 78mm (diameter) x 1.2mm x 1.2mm square in cross-section.

What is the specification for the battery?

There isn't a rechargeable battery in the radio, only spring - no recharge..

I have clear cased Freeplay classic radio that has developed some problems:

1. When running on spring power the gears don't turn in a smooth even fashion. They are jerky and the speed varies from fast to slow every couple of seconds during the large gear rotation.

2. It no longer automatically switches from solar to spring power. When the spring is wound it always runs on spring power even when placed in direct sunlight. If I hold the winding handle and prevent the spring from turning it runs on solar fine so I know there is enough sunlight.

3. The spring continues to slowly unwind even after the radio is shut off.


From the description the radio is functioning completely normally.

The "jerky" unwind is to do with the way the circuit conserves energy at varying volumes. You will notice that it "jerks" more - or unwinds more slowly, at low listening volumes or when there is a supplementary solar input. The spring will always unwind though, just slower at low volume or when in the sun.


Where can I purchase a replacement aerial?

The FPR2 is no longer supported. Take the radio and the remains of the aerial to a radio components supplier (RS components is one) and to match by diameter and length of antenna.

What is the specification for the adapter?

It is 6v 100mA. The dimensions for the round barrel connector are as follows: 2.1mm hole, the outer diameter is 5.5mm and the barrel length is approx. 12mm. The connector is a standard off the shelf type and is freely available from any vendor. The centre pin is positive.

After winding the radio and trying to put the little black handle back into where it's supposed to sit, it keeps coming out and won't remain in place. Is there anything that can be done to rectify the problem?

There is a spring inside the handle assembly, and it's probably not engaged correctly:

1. Remove recessed screw from the centre of the handle disc

2. Pull circular handle off from the radio

3. Remove "triangular" Freeplay plate from outside of handle

4. By inspection see what is wrong

Where can I find the instruction manual?