Bosch PB10-CD PowerBox Jobsite Stereo Review
The Bosch PB10-CD PowerBox Jobsite Stereo combines many practical and popular functions into one package. Unlike many other job site radios that include just a 12VDC cigarette lighter style outlet, this radio takes power distribution to a new level with four GFCI protected power outlets in addition to a 12V outlet. The innovation doesn’t stop here. There’s also a CD player capable of playing CDs, CD-R/RW and MP3—all with 40 seconds of anti-skip protection. The claim is that you can drop this radio 10 feet and not skip a beat! We tested and witnessed this first-hand in our 2010 Bosch Media event coverage.
Editor’s Note: If you’re interested in a more recent take, check out our portable job site radios round up article where we test the latest features and build quality of 11 different models. Also check out the Bosch Power Box 360 Jobsite radio and the Bosch PB120 Jobsite Radio.
Bosch PB10-CD PowerBox Features
For all you MP3 player fanatics, there is a 1/8″ mini jack input. The radio features a digital AM/FM tuner with a backlit LCD display and an external flexible antenna. There are separate bass and treble controls, a Bosch 4 level EQ system, and a total of 30 radio station presets. The buttons and knobs are easy to use and are large enough that even a gloved hand can operate them. All the buttons, knobs, speakers, and battery compartment are sealed to protect the unit from weather and dust. There are two main speakers and two tweeters.
The radio can operate on both 120VAC and 12-24VDC Bosch battery packs. The onboard outlets are only functional when the unit is plugged in to 120VAC. This does radio does not function as a Bosch battery pack charger. The batteries are used to only power the unit when there is no regular power available. A small remote control is include that controls volume; convenient storage is provide for the remote on top of the curved top handle, but we are pretty sure this will be the first part lost. Fortunately all of the remote control’s functions can be accessed from the main radio. The battery compartment can also double as CD storage.
With the overall specifications of the Bosch PB10 Power Box Advanced Jobsite Stereo, this should be a solid performer. As with most tools from Bosch, they are well made and have a certain level of quality to them that leaves little to be desired. The street price has come down considerably and you would be able to find one of these for less then half the MSRP.