Makita MR051 - 10.8v Lithium-Ion Powered Jobsite Radio
Posted by Mark Hunter - January 26, 2012
It's one of the mainstays of jobsites around the world: music blaring out of some sort of radio-wave receiver... better known as the jobsite radio.
We've discussed them on the Toolstop blog before. You get big ones. You get robust ones. You get hi-tech ones. And now you get really small ones.
One of the key things many professional tradespeople - along with weekend hobbyists - is the ability to power their jobsite radio via one of their lithium-ion batteries. It makes perfect sense; you can have your radio wherever you want it, free from cables tethered to a power source.
This is especially useful to the tradesperson who's already invested in a lithium-ion battery series, such as Makita's hugely popular 10.8v lithium-ion range.
You've already got the batteries, now you can use one of them to power your jobsite radio.
What sort of functionality can you expect from a 10.8v li-ion powered battery?
Makita has brought one to market, the Makita MR051, and here's what Makita are saying about it:
- Speakers: 1.5W x2
- Frequency range (AM): 522-1620 kHz
- Frequency range (FM): 87.5-108 MHz
- Continuous run time: 2 hrs
- AUX-IN jack allows for connection to personal audio players
- Dual front speakers for stereo sound
- Hanging hook
- Available in white or blue
Who is the Makita MR051 ideal for?
Anyone who wants music on the jobsite, either from the radio or from their own mp3 player, but doesn't want to taking up loads of space, perhaps because they don't have any!
It's obviously best suited for those who are already usiing Makita's 10.8v li-ion batteries, as the radio is only available "naked", ie. without a battery supplied.
So, if you work in confined spaces, or you simply don't need or want to lug around one of the larger Makita jobsite radios, the MR051 is the radio for you.
And you can see it "in action" in our video below.
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