Hot on the heels of Dewalt’s DCR015 cordless and corded jobsite radio is the new compact and highly portable DCR018. The new jobsite radio is similar in styling to its larger sibling, but is trimmed down in terms of size, weight, and power distribution features.
Dewalt DCR018 Radio Features
- Heavy duty roll cage design for high durability
- AC/DC corded/cordless operation
- Compatible with 12V Max, 18V, 20V Max batteries (NiCd and Li-ion)
- Power Cord Wrap
- USB power port charger
- 3.5mm aux input for connecting audio devices
- Compact size for easier maneuverability
- Weighs 7.2 lbs
- 10.5″ H x 10″ D x 7.5″ W
Note: the DCR018 is not capable of charging battery packs. It is compatible with 12V Max, 20V Max, and 18V battery packs in regard to cordless operation.
Price: $99 to $129
Availability: September 2013
Buy Now(via Home Depot)
Right now the product is listed at Home Depot as “item must be purchased in-store,” but it isn’t available just yet.
The DCR015 corded and cordless jobsite radio is a decent model, but also somewhat large. Larger radios, such as the DCR015 and the even larger Bosch Power Box 360 we reviewed, often benefit from durable construction and larger better quality speakers.
That does not mean that small radios have to be wimpy-sounding, as Makita’s jobsite radio proved when we tested it earlier this year.
The DCR018 looks to be a more totable size and hopefully produces some respectable sound quality. It lacks some of the features of the fully featured DCR015, such as the AC outlet adapters, but that seems to be a fair tradeoff.
It seems to me that this model is especially better suited for 12V tool fans. It’s a nice touch how, like the DCR015, this model can be powered by any Dewalt 12V Max and 20V Max Li-ion batteries, or 18V NiCd and Li-ion batteries.
The DCR018 does not feature a built-in charging capability, so it is strictly a jobsite radio. If you want a Dewalt radio that can charge battery packs or power 120V corded tools while plugged in, you’ll need to step up to the DCR015.