Milwaukee has announced their new M18 cordless jobsite radio (2792-20), and it looks amazing. Well, the aesthetics could be a little better, as we are quite fond of the tried-and-true roll cage look, but we are thoroughly impressed with its features.
Most significantly, the new M18 jobsite radio can connect to your smartphone wirelessly to play your tunes via Bluetooth. This means that your phone is always near in case a call comes in, but it also allows you to adjust the volume, control the playlist, and pause the music without having to walk over to the radio.
Don’t have a smartphone? The radio can also connect to the headphone jack of your mp3 player, and AM/FM radio is always an option as well.
As if that wasn’t enough, Milwaukee’s new jobsite radio can charge your M18 Li-ion battery packs and USB devices. So yes, this is a jobsite radio and full charger.
A lidded media compartment keeps your smartphone or mp3 player protected while connected or charging via USB.
There’s even a built-in tablet stand.
Milwaukee has confirmed that the M18 radio charger can charge devices via USB while working off battery power. As noted in the feature list, the maximum USB power output is 2.1A, which should allow for speedy charging of even power-hungry tablets and other such devices.
- AM/FM radio with 10 presets each (20 total)
- Bluetooth wireless connectivity (100 foot range)
- Auxiliary input with included cable (16″)
- USB charger (2.1A max output)
- Dimensions: 12″ x 15″ x 12″
- Weight: 17 lbs
- Can be powered by M18 Li-ion batteries for cordless operation
- Can charge Milwaukee M18 batteries
- 80 Hz – 20 KHz frequency response
- Built-in electronics stand for supporting tablets while charging
ETA: February 2014
The new Milwaukee M18 radio charger is a little on the large and heavy side, but it’s also feature-rich and pushes the envelope of what jobsite radios can do.
While appealing, the Bluetooth connectivity is not as impressive to us as the radio’s finer touches, such as the large negative LCD screen, the ability to charge USB devices off battery power, the built-in tablet stand, and how Milwaukee even includes a 16″ auxiliary input cable.
This looks to be a nicely designed product, and we’re eager to see if it sounds as good as it looks.
My only hesitation is about how well the music sounds when a smartphone or other source is connected via Bluetooth. Bluetooth is a mature technology, so hopefully there are no signal loss issues. Milwaukee says that the radio can stream rich, full sound, that’s something we will have to hear to believe.