The Bosch PB10-CD PowerBox Jobsite Stereo is an innovative and feature-packed device that is a game-changer in the industry. Unlike other job site radios, this stereo offers more than just a 12VDC cigarette lighter outlet. It goes a step further by including four GFCI protected electrical outlets in addition to the 12V outlet. Furthermore, this radio boasts a CD player that can play CDs, CD-R/RW, and MP3 files, all with 40-second anti-skip protection. It’s even engineered to withstand drops from 10 feet without skipping a beat. We witnessed this firsthand during our coverage of the 2010 Bosch media event.
Bosch PB10-CD PowerBox Features
For MP3 player enthusiasts, the stereo comes with a 1/8″ mini jack input. The radio features a digital AM/FM tuner with a backlit LCD display and an external flexible antenna. It also has separate bass and treble controls, as well as the Bosch 4 Advanced EQ system with a total of 30 station presets. The buttons and knobs are easily accessible and large enough to be operated comfortably, even while wearing gloves. To protect the device from weather and dust, all the buttons, knobs, speakers, and the battery compartment are sealed. The stereo is equipped with two main speakers and two tweeters.
The radio can be powered by both 120VAC and 12-24VDC Bosch battery packs. However, it’s important to note that the onboard receptacle functions only when the unit is plugged into 120VAC. The radio cannot be used as a Bosch battery pack charger. The battery is solely for powering the device when a regular power source is unavailable. Additionally, the stereo comes with a small remote control for volume adjustment, and the curved top handle conveniently doubles as a storage compartment for the remote. However, it’s worth mentioning that the handle might be the first thing that gets misplaced. Thankfully, all the functions of the remote control can be accessed from the main radio, and the battery compartment also serves as a CD storage space.
Considering the overall specifications of the Bosch PB10 PowerBox Advanced Jobsite Stereo, it’s clear that it offers solid performance. As with most Bosch tools, this stereo is well-made with a level of quality that leaves little to be desired. Street prices have considerably dropped, making it possible to find this product for less than half the MSRP.
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Clint De Boer – Chief Editor
When he’s not tinkering with the latest power tools, Clint De Boer enjoys life as a husband, father, and enthusiastic reader, particularly of the Bible. He holds a degree in recording engineering and has been involved in multimedia and online publishing since 1992.
Clint’s career spans a wide range of audio and video production. After graduating at the top of his class in Recording Engineering, he worked at Soundelux Studios, a renowned post-production house specializing in feature film and television audio. Clint has worked on numerous feature films, honing his skills as a dialogue editor, foley editor, and sound designer. Later, he transitioned into video editing as a senior AVID video editor.
Throughout his career, Clint has collaborated with esteemed clients such as Universal Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Paramount Home Entertainment, NASA, Universal Studios, Planet Hollywood, SEGA, and NASCAR. He holds multiple THX certifications and is ISF Level II certified.
In 1996, Clint founded CD Media, Inc., a publishing company. He went on to launch or contribute to several successful online publications, including Audioholics, Audiogurus, and AV Gadgets. In 2008, Clint established Pro Tool Reviews, followed by OPE Reviews in 2017, which focuses on landscaping and outdoor power equipment. He also leads the Pro Tool Innovation Awards, an annual program recognizing innovative tools and accessories across various industries.
The success of what is now the industry’s largest power tool review site is credited to God and Clint’s dedicated staff. He hopes to witness the continued growth of the company as it expands its reach. Pro Tool Reviews thoroughly evaluates hundreds of hand tools, power tools, and accessories each year, helping users stay up-to-date with the best and latest products in the industry. Catering to construction industry professionals, tradespeople, and avid DIYers, Pro Tool Reviews empowers tool consumers to make informed decisions, work efficiently, and discover tools and products that give them an edge in their work.