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Best Jobsite Radio 2017

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The best jobsite radio is probably the one that fits the batteries that you already have…..

If you already own a particular brand of cordless tools then the question “which is the best jobsite radio” is probably a moot point. The first thing you’ll do is head to your brand (Milwaukee, Bosch, Ridgid, Makita, Sangean, Dewalt, Ion and Porter Cable) and see what they have to offer.

By doing this and taking one that is not on the “best” list really isn’t a big no no because they’re all well made and they all sound good.

You will find that every jobsite radio has good reviews and bad reviews but overall the positives are always in the majority.

The tool companies all produce the occasional lemon that needs to be returned and the retailers all have shipping issues from time to time.

Ranting on and on about how awful a particular brand or store is seems a little silly unless you are treated poorly when trying to resolve issues after you’ve bought (I’m talking to you, Nissan).

The one question that gets asked the most is, “Does the radio charge the batteries when plugged into 110v”. Only 3 of the 10 radio choices out there are capable of charging batteries.

This I have read is due to the fact that the radio/charger combination patents are owned by the Black and Decker/Dewalt family of tools.

Best Jobsite Radio Dewalt Radio

The Dewalt Radio DC012

So if a company wants to include the battery charging feature in their jobsite radio than they have to cough up licensing money to Mr Dewalt and this is a cost that has to be passed on to the consumer.

So if you need battery charging ability you will be buying the Dewalt radio ($170), the Bosch radio ($200), or now the Milwaukee radio 2792-20 ($220)(review coming soon).

The lack of battery charging ability isn’t deal breaker for me as I usually have the radio plugged into a heavy duty multi end extension cord (like this or this) so plugging in a charger isn’t a problem. Even better would be a radio with a 110v outlet built in (Bosch, Dewalt and Ion).

Best Jobsite Radio Ion Radio

The Ion Job Rocker

The Ion radio is an interesting bird in itself.

Instead of using tool batteries it has a built in battery that is charging whenever it is plugged in. It has bluetooth and 2 110v outlets. So for $150. you get a 15″ cube that is an am fm radio, has an AUX in for mp3/smartphones and lasts for up to 50 hours on a single charge. Lots of 5 star reviews too.

But what if you want charging and bluetooth? Nix the Dewalt. It has neither bluetooth nor a sealed compartment to store the phone in when creating a wired connection.

Most of the others have sealed storage places for your phone and they’re great. If your phone fits. Make sure you check before buying. Personally, I use an mp3 player (a small one) at the radio and keep my phone on my person.

Bluetooth isn’t all that big a deal for me.  In my experience it cuts in and out depending where I am in relation to the radio. Sometimes there seems to be no rhyme or reason to when it loses the signal.

As you can see, picking the best jobsite radio is (like a lot of things in life) a matter of priorities and compromises.

So without further adieu, here are the best jobsite radios of 2017 based solely on performance, price, features and portability:

#1 Best Jobsite Radio 2017
The Bosch PB360C Power Box – It has it all:

  • Bluetooth connectivity for internet radio and stored music with range of up to 150-feet
  • Four-way speakers and a subwoofer project 360 degree soundBest Jobsite Radio Bosch Radio PB360c
  • Protective aluminum/rubber roll cage
  • Runs on Bosch 18-Volt Lithium-Ion batteries or plugged into a 120-Volt AC outlet
  • USB output for charging
  • 2 AUX inputs for plugging in source devices (mp3, phone, etc)
  • AUX output (headphone)
  • 4 – 110v outlets

But keep in mind: It takes 4 men and a boy to carry it….

#2 Best Jobsite Radio 2017
The Milwaukee Radio 2890-20 – Features galore at a stellar low price

  • Awesome sound with dual speakers and passive radiators delivering crisp clear sound with deep base
  • Tough, portable, stackable radio with shock-absorbing end caps and metal speaker grills that protect it from falls and impactsBest Jobsite Radio Milwaukee Radio 2890-20
  • Best reception of all comperable jobsite radios
  • Built in handles for easy carrying
  • Digital AM/FM tuner with 10 station presets
  • Customizable equalizer to dial in how your music sounds
  • Weather and dust resistant with sealed compartment for smartphone, mp3
  • Fast USB charging for all portable devices
  • 3.5 mm input aux port inside compartment for wired playback (cable included)
  • Can be powered M18 batteries or 110v A/C outlet 
#3 Best Jobsite Radio 2017
The Makita XRM02W Radio – Great sound in a grab & go package

  • Delivers rich stereo sound from two  3″ side facing speakersBest Jobsite Radio Makita Radio XRM02W
  • Impact shielding bumpers front and back for protection from impacts and falls
  • 10 Preset FM/AM buttons
  • One AUX input port for MP3/smartphones
  • Water and dust resistant construction
  • Digital backlit quartz display screen
  • Weighs only 10.1 lbs. with convienent hinge up carry handle
  • Runs on most Makita Pod 7.2V-18V or slide 9.6V-18V  batteries (and 110v AC of course)

 

 

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