Ridgid’s jobsite radio, model R84082, sports great styling and some nice features. Although it’s designed for rough and tough worksite environments, it looks to be a nice option for garages and workshops as well.
The radio features what Ridgid describes as shockmount protective armor, which obviously serves to protect the unit from bumps, dings, and drops. The chassis is also said to be weather resistant.
Then of course is the wireless remote control. Is that the first thing you noticed when you saw the product image? Because it’s surely the first thing I saw. The remote operates the radio settings or a connected iPod, from a range of up to 25 feet. Personally, I feel that every jobsite radio should come with a simple remote.
It also features a sealed iPod dock compartment, an audio connection for common MP3 and music players, digital AM/FM radio, adjustable antenna, and an integrated power cord wrap. You can power the radio via the included AC adapter or any Ridgid 18V Li-ion battery pack.
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If you are looking for a minimalist cordless jobsite radio, Ridgid also makes a less expensive compact radio console that works with their 18V batteries.
There is one more subtle feature that particularly caught my eye about this radio – the negative LCD display. Negative displays are typically easier to read outdoors in glaring conditions, but can sometimes be difficult to read in lower light conditions. It looks like Ridgid designed the LCD to be big enough where a backlight isn’t necessary. If anyone has direct experience with this model, please let us know how you like the display!
In this video the Ridgid product team majorly abuses the radio to demonstrate its durability. They dealt some impressive damage to it, but the radio just kept cranking out the music.
And here’s a look at Ridgid’s older jobsite radio. The newer model is definitely an improvement, in terms of impact protection as well as user controls.