Sangean WFR-29C Digital Radio

WFR-29C Digital Radio

MarketWatch’s check testing uncovered that the Sangean WFC-29R digital radio showed a possible problem with the product’s power consumption in off-mode.  It was observed that when switching the power button off, the radio still drew just over 1W, against the off-mode limit of 0.5W specified in 1275/2008.  A full test against EN 50564:2011 confirmed this finding; a test on a further three samples gave similar results:

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Manufacturer response

Sangean have responded to the project’s communication and as a remedy action proposed updating their software to disable certain features and reduce power consumption to reach the limit of 0.5W.

Extra energy usage

From the higher off-mode power measured for this product, extra energy and cost that would be incurred are estimated as follows:

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Test Report 1

Test Report 2

Test Report 3

Rating System



Test date: December 2015 - January 2016

test lab: SLG

Energy Label Class

Off-mode Power (W)





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