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May 9, 2021

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Makita XRM10 18V Charging Radio

Makita 18V Charging Radio

Makita 12V/18V Bluetooth Radio Now Charges Batteries Too

Makita has been on a tear recently with the jobsite audio solutions they’ve released. We recently looked at the Makita XRM11 Bluetooth speaker, which had some pretty innovative features for a simple Bluetooth speaker. However, the Makita XRM10 charging radio sticks with their traditional design but adds both a radio and battery charging. For the life of us, we’re not sure why this radio which clearly “goes to 11” only has a 10 in its model number…



10-Second Summary

  • Model: Makita XRM10
  • Power supply: 12V, 18V, or AC power
  • Charges: 12V/18V batteries
  • Charge time: 18V 5.0Ah battery in 80 minutes
  • 2 x 3.5-inch side-firing speakers
  • Modes: AM/FM radio, Bluetooth, Aux port
  • IP64 rating
  • Elastomer bumpers
  • Includes storage for mobile device and bottle opener
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: TBA

Hybrid Power & Charging

The Makita XRM10 gives you an option when it comes to power sources: 12V battery, 18V battery, or AC power. While this sort of power versatility isn’t novel among job site radios, it also isn’t a standard feature of the market. This sort of setup really opens the radio up for use in any job site condition.

But, wait, there’s more. At the risk of beating you over the head with this point, the Makita 18V charging radio also…you guessed it…charges those 12V and 18V batteries. This feature is new to the Makita radio lineup, but it’s a welcome and helpful addition. It certainly puts it in line with products from Milwaukee, Bosch, Ridgid, Hilti, and DeWalt.

For instance, with AC power running to the Makita XRM10, you can charge an 18V 5.0Ah battery in just 80 minutes. That may not be as fast as Makita’s dual battery charger. However, for many of the cordless Makita tools you’d run on the jobsite, this charge time could eliminate downtime…all while playing your favorite tunes.

Feature Set

The Makita 18V charging radio gives you the option of listening to the radio, or streaming music from your Bluetooth-enabled device. You can even send it audio from an MP3 player via the aux port. It features two 3.5″ side-firing speakers, pretty standard for a radio of this size. If done correctly, that should deliver excellent stereo sound at reasonably high volume.

Makita 18V Charging Radio

Makita has also designed the radio to withstand typically rough job site conditions. For example, it has a roll cage design to protect the front of the radio from damage to the buttons and dials. Elastomer edge and corner bumpers protect against impacts to the body of the radio. The Makita XRM10 also has an IP64 rating, meaning that it’s relatively well-protected against dust and water.

Finally, this radio also provides a safe place to store your device on the job with a large internal storage compartment that can hold an iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Oh one more thing—when all your work is done, the Makita charging radio provides a built-in bottle opener.

Price

We don’t yet have a price on the Makita XRM10 18V Charging Radio. When we do, we’ll update the page. The new radio comes with Makita’s 3 -year warranty.

For more information, visit the Makita website by clicking here.

Makita 18V Charging Radio Specs

  • Model: Makita XRM10
  • Power: 12V, 18V, AC
  • Radio/ Tuner: AM/FM
  • 2 x USB power ports
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Auxiliary Port
  • Weight: 13.2 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 11-1/4 x 7-1/4 x 12 in.
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: $TBA

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Karen

Any word on where or when these will be available to buy?

Copperleaf

It’s almost $300. Would love to see a comparison to the other radios currently in the lineup. Oh and yah it’s about time team teal put out a battery charging radio.

Joshua Mckinney

Umm it’s about time!!!

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