The Bosch PB10-CD PowerBox Jobsite Stereo packs many useful and popular features into one package. Unlike many other job site radios that only include 12VDC cigarette lighter style outlets, this radio takes power distribution to the next level by featuring four GFCI protected electrical outlets in addition to the 12V outlet. The innovation doesn't stop there. There is also a CD player capable of playing CDs, CD-R/RW and MP3 – all with 40-second anti-skip protection. You can allegedly drop this radio from 10 feet without missing a beat! We saw this firsthand in our coverage of the 2010 Bosch media event.
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Bosch PB10-CD PowerBox Features
For all the MP3 player fanatics, there's a 1/8" mini jack input. The radio features a digital AM/FM tuner with backlit LCD display and external flexible antenna. There are separate bass and treble controls, Bosch 4 Advanced EQ system with a total of 30 station presets. Buttons and knobs are easy to access and large enough to be operated even with gloves on. All buttons, knobs, speakers and battery compartment are sealed to protect the device from the weather and dust. There are two main speakers and two tweeters.
The radio accepts 120VAC and 12-24VDC Bosch battery packs. The onboard receptacle only works when the unit is plugged into 120VAC. It is true that the radio cannot be used as a Bosch battery pack charger. The battery is only used to power the device when there is no regular power source available. A small remote that controls the volume is included; the curved top handle top provides convenient storage for the remote, but we're pretty sure that's going to be the first part that gets lost. Fortunately, all functions of the remote can be accessed from the main radio. The battery compartment also doubles as CD storage.
With the overall specs of the Bosch PB10 Power Box Advanced Jobsite Stereo, this should be a solid performance. As with most of Bosch's tools, they are well made and have a level of quality that leaves little to be desired. Street prices have dropped considerably, and you can find one of these for less than half the MSRP.
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Clint De Boer
When he's not playing with the latest power tool, Clint DeBoer enjoys life as a husband, father, and avid reader—especially the Bible. He loves Jesus, has a degree in recording engineering, and has been involved in multimedia and/or online publishing in one form or another since 1992.
Clint's career spans nearly the entire spectrum of audio and video production. After graduating top of his class with an Associate Degree in Recording Engineering, he began working in 1994 at the renowned Soundelux Studios, one of the largest post-production houses specializing in feature film and television audio. Clint has worked on countless feature films, honing his skills as a dialogue editor, foley editor and sound designer. Years later, he moved into the ever-expanding field of video editing as a senior AVID video editor for three years.
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