Review

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.

Product

Performance

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Features

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Ease of Use

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Value

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
5.0
out of 5