Bosch 18V Power Box Jobsite Radio

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
5.0
out of 5
Brand:
Bosch
Model:
PB360C
Price:
$200

Description

* Integrated Sirius Satellite Radio-Ready Universal Docking Capability
* 4-Way GFCI Outlets
* Bosch Exclusive Remote Control with Onboard Storage
* Backlit Front Control Panel Buttons and Dials
* 4-Way Speakers and Subwoofer
* Moisture & Dust-Resistant (IP rating of 54)
* Aluminum & Rubber Roll Cage
* Advanced Digital Tuning
* 20 FM / 10 AM Presets
* 5 Preset Equalizer Settings
* Separate Bass & Treble Controls
* Digital Media Bay
* Compatible with MP3 players, CD players, SD memory cards, and USB devices

WOOD magazine review

The best jobsite radio and music center—period

Review Summary

Like a Lamborghini among Chevys and Fords, the PowerBox wowed us in every way. We like it as much for a workshop radio/music center as much for jobsite use. It’s one of only two units that charges its battery packs when plugged in to an electric outlet.
(We wish, though, it would operate on Bosch’s 12-volt lithium-ion batteries.) It’s got the best sound quality—no distortion 50’ away—thanks to speakers at the four corners, a subwoofer underneath, and five equalizer settings, including one you customize. It’s the best-protected unit with a wraparound roll cage, and every compartment locks securely to further protect all elements. The radio has 10 AM presets and 20 on FM. You can plug in your digital music device in two places: one on the outside of the unit so you can quickly change your music selections, and the other inside the digital media bay. Also in this bay: a Sirius satellite radio port (you supply the player), an SD-card reader, and a USB port for playing and charging other digital devices. (We could not get the USB port to play songs from a hard-drive storage device. Bosch’s manual says not all USB-drive devices will work with the PowerBox.) There’s also a 12-volt car/truck port, and four GFCI electrical outlets that operate only when you plug the PowerBox into an electrical source, so you can effectively use this unit to power four other tools. And finally, there’s a remote control to operate each of the functions, although it doesn’t control external music devices. Sure, this unit weighs more than the rest, but its cube shape makes it easy to carry nonetheless.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Can't beat this radio!

Review Summary

I agree with the main review. This is an awesome radio! But it's a lot more than that. I love that it has 4 electric hook-ups and charges my Bosch batteries. The sound quality is phenomenal, whether I play the radio or my Ipod. It's not exactly easy to carry around, but I'm willing to put up with that and the price for the quality this delivers. I'd say Bosch has raised the bar, and now the other tool brands will have to answer.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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