Dewalt DC013 Cordless/Corded Radio Charger
Posted by Mark Hunter - May 23, 2011
Job site radios need to meet certain criteria these days, criteria that, possibly in days gone by, wouldn't have been an issue.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Personally, 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?
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