Shawn wrote in with a question about the new Craftsman Bluetooth radio:
It looks like Craftsman has joined the Bluetooth radio/charger market. Would like to know what you think of it.
There are actually two new Craftsman C3 Bluetooth radios – the compact radio I previously posted about, and the one Shawn asked specifically about, which is larger and built with an integrated battery charger.
I wish I could offer some hands-on notes about the radio, but sadly the test sample I requested three weeks ago must have gotten lost in the mail.
On paper, this looks to be a respectably equipped garage radio. It features an AM/FM tuner, wireless Bluetooth smartphone/tablet/laptop/device compatibility, a “built in AUX input cable,” a USB charging port, a tray for placing your smartphone on for charging or audio streaming, and a built-in C3 19.2V battery charger.
The radio can be powered by the “built-in power cable” or any C3 19.2V battery pack.
It seems unlikely that the radio has a built-in AUX cable. I think they meant AUX input port, or jack. I’m also thinking that the power cable is either removable, or maybe there’s a nice cord-wrap at the back of the unit.
Other seemingly nice touches include LED backlighting, a flip-down radio antenna, and a 2A max current output for the USB charging port. There’s also a 3.5mm output for “speaker expansion” or headphone use.
Price: $110 on sale
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To me this looks like a nice jobsite/garage/on-the-go durable radio option. It offers a nice array of features and design elements, and is reasonably priced too.
It’s looking like I won’t be able to test this out before the end of the year. If anyone has bought one and given it a go, please share your experience with it! Please of course also feel free to share your initial impression.
And, as always, please keep the great questions coming!