Jobsite radios are as essential as impact drivers; we all need some tunes to help us through the day. However, with so many choices available to us, it can seem a bit overwhelming when it comes to choosing the best one. In this guide we’ll look at an offering from Dewalt that is a must-have upgrade for anyone relying on the yellow and black batteries.
First off, as you’d expect from a radio that’ll be by your side at work, it’s built like a tank, with a tough, rubberised roll cage protecting the unit from drops, bumps and scrapes. Some owners claim it’s more robust that some of the competitors in this price bracket, and by looking at the thing, it’s hard to disagree. It doesn’t feature any IP water/dust-proof rating, unfortunately, so you’re best to protect it from rain showers.
You expect big sounds from from your radio, and the DCR027 doesn’t disappoint in this essential feature, boasting twin tweeters and woofers, and ported bass. The latter is what gives the DCR027 its big sound, forcing the low range frequencies through a “port” to add depth and solidity. This means the DCR027 will give you “room filling” sound if you’re working indoors and the sound is big enough to carry over distances when you’re working outside.
At the front there’s a large accessory tray behind a little door. You can safely store your phone or mp3 player in here and hook them up to the aux input. There’s also a 2.1Ah USB charging port which will provide juice to your device and will happily charge up your e-cig too!
Obviously the radio has FM, so for the old-schoolers you can tune into your favourite FM stations. But as you expect these days, it also features DAB+, so you can choose from a huge range of high quality sounding digital stations, depending your location. And on top of that, the DCR027 has Bluetooth connectivity. Simply hold down the Bluetooth button on the radio to put it into pairing mode and connect your phone or tablet to it. Then you’ll be able to stream your music or podcasts from your device. You have the choice of keeping your device on your, or storing it in the accessory box.
There’s usually some sort of trade off with jobsite radios. Not all have DAB+. Not all have Bluetooth. Some will accept power from power tools batteries, some rely solely on AC power. And not all of them will charge your batteries.
There are three key benefits to owning the DCR027. Firstly, it has a 3Ah charger which will juice up any 18v XR battery slotted into the battery port in the rear. Plug the radio into the mains (it’s fitted with a hardwired AC charger) and it will charge your battery while you listen to Pop Master on Radio 2.
Secondly, the DCR027 benefits from 2 power take-off points. These won’t, unfortunately, run your corded power tools, but it does serve as a handy two port power extension. Plug a couple of battery chargers in, and you could be charging a total of 5 batteries at once!
The other key benefit is this is the first Dewalt radio that accepts XR FlexVolt batteries. The unit won’t charge them, but using an XR FlexVolt battery will give you around 4 days of cordless sound at work!
If you’re running Dewalt batteries, either 18v XR or 54v XR FlexVolt and are ready to upgrade your radio, the DCR027 deserves your serious consideration. Click/tap here to learn more about it, and see our best price.
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