Andrew recently sent in a heads-up about some new Makita tools, including their new USB power adapter. Here, we’ll talk a little about the new Makita RM02 12V Max CXT compact jobsite radio.
From the product images, the new Makita RM02 might just be the smallest jobsite radio out there, at least by a power tool brand. It looks smaller than some compact consumer models too.
The radio features 2 front-facing speakers, an AM/FM tuner with 10 presets, an auxiliary input jack, and an earphone jack. There’s a hanging hook, and what looks to be a flexible antenna.
It also looks like there are 2 cord-mounting locations, in case you want to fashion a strap or other hanging fixture, but it’s hard to tell.
Runtime is said to be up to 30 hours when connected to a Makita 12V Max CXT 4.0Ah battery pack (not included). In the image above, the radio is shown pictured with a compact 2.0Ah battery pack, from which I guess can deliver 15 hours of runtime per charge.
And no, it won’t charge your batteries. I also don’t see an AC adapter port.
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No Bluetooth? Boo. But there’s a radio tuner, making this a jobsite radio and not just a speaker. It’s small enough that you can connect a phone via the aux input, and keep the two together. There doesn’t look to be a USB charging outlet.
Assuming it sounds good, at least its price is decent – for a power tool brand radio.