Dewalt has come out with the Tstak Connect radio, which looks to be a smaller version of their ToughSystem Bluetooth radio and charger.
The new Dewalt Tstak Connect radio, DWST17510, features 4 full range speakers, 1 active subwoofer, and 1 assisted bass resonator (their words), for “loud high quality sound.”
On that point, the Tstak Connect radio is rated to IP54 water and dust resistance.
Dewalt says that it can run on and charge 12V Max, 20V Max, and FlexVolt battery packs.
It has a “color flip screen” and touch-sensitive buttons. Plus “Fast USB charging,” a phone compartment that can store “most popular phablets,” and an aux input.
There’s of course Bluetooth connectivity. It’s also described as a radio, so there’s presumably an AM and FM tuner, although they’re not explicitly described in the product pages.
Dewalt says it weighs 13.6 pounds.
Being a Tstak unit, it can connect to Dewalt Tstak tool boxes, Stanley FatMax Tstak tool boxes, and the new Craftsman-colored Tstak tool boxes.
On paper, this looks like one heck of a new Bluetooth radio. It works with any modern Dewalt Li-ion battery packs, and it sports numerous speakers.
I found one product page describing it as an “industry leader” for its color screen and mobile app.
Realistically, does this need its own app? Or if they mean the Tool Connect app, what kind of features will it offer? Do we need a color screen on something like this? Just thinking aloud.
Why does this cost more than the ToughSystem Music?
The ToughSystem Music puts out fantastic sound – for a jobsite radio – and it looks like Dewalt designed the new Tstak Bluetooth radio charger to do the same, but in a smaller package that’s also compatible with FlexVolt battery packs.
Dewalt says that it can work with ALL of their 12V Max, 20V Max, and 60V Max battery packs, and so it should be compatible with the latest larger cell batteries as well.
I’m optimistic about its quality, but have also been thinking a lot about speakers lately, and am a little turned off by the $220 price that Acme has it listed at. Even if that’s a little inflated and it comes down to the price of the ToughSystem music, currently $180, that’s a lot for a jobsite radio.