Dewalt DC013 Cordless/Corded Radio Charger

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Job site radios need to meet certain criteria these days, criteria that, possibly in days gone by, wouldn't have been an issue.

After all, we've all seen those funky 80s twin tape deck radios, covered in plaster and paint splashes, plugged into a wall socket, doing their best to pump tunes out of tinny speakers.

But it's not the 80s anymore. Times have changed. And so have our expectations. On job sites resplendent with the latest technology packed into smaller and more powerful tools, our standards of audio entertainment have increased exponentially. We're no longer satisfied with warbled, feeble outputs from aged lumps of wall socket dependent plastic.

We demand that our job site radios keep pace with the technology of the times.

Straight off the bat, a 21st century job site radio needs to be able to sever its umbilical cord to the wall socket. You want it to sit as far away from a power source as you are, and still keep you abreast of the cricket scores.

In other words, it needs to work cordlessly.

But when it is plugged into a power source you need it to be a power hub. You it them to charge your power tool batteries, and you want it to provide you with juice to power your corded tools.

And when you get bored of the cricket scores, or of Chris Evans, you want to be able to play your favourite mp3 playlists.

Yes, times have changed and, thankfully, so have the job site radios that are available to buy today.

We had a play around with DeWalt's latest job site radio offering. They're calling it the DC013. How does it stack up next to our 21st century expectations?

DeWalt DC013Well, it's going to charge our batteries. And it's going to feed from them, should we need it to.

Basically, as you'd expect, it runs off the mains. While it's doing so, you can open up it's rear, and slot in one of your DeWalt batteries, from 7.2 Volt to 18 Volt Li-ION/NiCd/NIMH. The radio will charge while we listen to Capital FM's sport report.

But whenever you need to move away from the mains, you can unplug the DC013 and it'll power itself from the very battery you've been charging.

Another great feature of the DC013, that we feel will significantly help you out on the job site, is the inclusion of two integrated power outlets.

Simply plug your corded grinder or saw, for example, into the radio and get to work.


For us, though, one of the best features of the DeWalt DC013 is the auxiliary function.

dewalt dc013Personally, I'm not a big fan of the radio. I like my mp3 playlists. I also like to be able to charge my mp3 player (or iPhone) during the day. The DC013 allows me to do both. Simply plug my USB powered device into the USB port on the radio, then plug the auxiliary audio cable in, the select AUX on the LCD display, and hey presto, I can listen to my indie mix through the DC013's impressive bas-boosted speakers.

But, if you like your radio shows, the DC013 will allow you to program 10 FM and 5 AM channels in, and the 28mm flexible antenna will enable you to get a crisp and clear reception.

In terms of on-site abuse, the DC013 is able to stand up to what you'll throw at it. DeWalt are making a big deal about the molded plastic roll cage that's wrapped around the radio. Coupled with its ability to resist rain showers, what we have here is a robust, intelligent, flexible source of job site entertainment.

So, are you ready to trade in your Sanyo M2528LU radio-cassette yet?


reddog on Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:52:13 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

And it so good I love it but still have 1/2 of my tools still are dewalt

reddog on Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:35:12 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Iv gon a different brand ip56 he touch Me ;-)

Toolstop on Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:09:00 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

The DC013 should charge your battery, some models don't. Maybe it needs to be taken to the repair shop? Or, since its a few years old, why not upgrade to a DCR016 or DCR017?

reddog on Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:00:23 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

My dewalt dc013-xe Radio will not charge my battery ! But the radio runs when I plug it in , and on the battery ! ???? :'(

Toolstop on Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:58:06 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Sorry, no it is not fitted with a DAB tuner

Mail on Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:52:53 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

is it DAB-capable?

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