Here’s The Best Jobsite Radio

Best DeWalt Jobsite Radio

Best DeWalt DCR015 Jobsite Radio

Introducing The New DeWalt DCR015 Jobsite Radio and Charger

DeWalt Radio With iPhoneThe best jobsite radio from DeWalt is also the most popular on the market.

What sets it apart is it has a charger for your other DeWalt tools. It will last an entire work day on one battery charge. You can charge your phone via USB when the radio is plugged in. People really love this radio because it has big sound but isn’t bulky and heavy.

If you want the charging ability but don’t want the size and weight of the Bosch, then DeWalt is for you.

Benefits of the DCR015

1. Charger

You can charge the newer DeWalt batteries 12V/20V MAX with the built in charger located at the back of the radio. If you plan on upgrading all your DeWalt tools over time to the more powerful newer style of battery then this is your best radio option.

2. Power Bar

Having a power bar on the radio is a great feature. You can can bring along your standalone battery charger plug it in and have 2 batteries charging at once. Just remember that for the power bar to supply power you need the radio to be plugged in to the wall outlet.

3. USB

In the media centre of the radio is a USB outlet that allows charging when the radio is plugged in to the wall outlet.

4. AUX (Upgrade to Bluetooth)

To play music from your phone on this jobsite radio you will need to use and AUX from the microphone jack or you can upgrade to a DeWalt bluetooth adaptor for an extra $35.

Images

1. Power Bar

DeWalt DCR015 Jobsite Radio Power Bar

DeWalt put 2xAC outlets on their new radio instead of 3 like the older model DC012. However, I don’t see this as a huge issue because more often than not you’re only using it for external charging (like in the pic) and 1 other job.

The location of the power bar has been moved from the right side to the left side. The only advantage I can think of is that most people are right handed so when plugging in to the outlet you will look at the front of the radio. Not even sure that is an advantage, what do you think?

2. Charging Station

DeWalt Radio 2 Amp Charger PicThe main difference between this model and the previous DeWalt jobsite radio is the type of battery it uses and charges. It uses and charges the newer more powerful 12V/20V MAX batteries.

As you can see in the image there is a compartment for charging located at the back of the radio. It is a 2 amp charger and can charge your batteries in 90 minutes each.

Video

Check out this video of the DeWalt DCR015 and DCR018 in action. Including all the features and how loud it gets.

What Others Are Saying

The DeWalt DCR015 jobsite radio has mixed reviews but overall is rated 4.1 / 5 stars by over 100 people. We went through the most helpful reviews and would like to show you some excerpts of what they said. Keep in mind we find the most constructive reviews to be the 3 and 4 star reviews because they clearly weren’t 100% happy but weren’t outraged from a uncommon defect from shipping.

Here are 2 constructive feedback reviews:

4-Star Review From Nick on Amazon:

“Good radio minor flaw

It’s a good radio and has a good sound, the only thing I didn’t like was how the cover for the auxiliary jack and USB port is configured, the cover has to be open while in use and it’s sticks really far out when it is open, there should be a cut out for the wires to pass through.”

3-Star Review From BCP on Amazon:

“DeWalt quality, lack of features.

I bought the DCR015 for $149 at lowes. I have several 20v max tools and batteries. The radio is very sturdy and well built. Using it as a charger is great. It is loud and has crisp sound. As other reviewers have mentioned, the fm radio reception is somewhat poor especially when charging. The end compartment isn’t big enough to fit my iPhone 4 without a low profile aux cord which isn’t included.(I have one on the way from amazon.com)

The USB port is basically useless because it will not play music using the USB iPhone cord and only charges when the radio is plugged into ac power. The ac outlets on one end are exposed, seems they should be covered to keep out dust and debris. On a positive note, a single 3.0ah 20volt battery will power this radio for quite awhile and I do like the ability to have presets and a clock on the display. I’m really happy with my 20 volt tools and there is no doubt this radio is well constructed and as tough as any other dewalt tool. I would only recommend this radio if you already have other 20v or 12v tools.”

There’s 2 reviews with pros and cons. Let’s review the reviews.

Pros

  • Built DeWalt tough. (Check out what it means to be built Ridgid tough when it comes to job site radios at that link)
  • Good sound volume.
  • Charges batteries fast.
  • Radio lasts entire work day on 1 battery (if remote and can’t plug in to wall this is huge!)

Cons

  • Poor FM reception when charging.
  • Media centre compartment is not practical and can’t be closed with iPhone inside.
  • USB doesn’t play music through only charges (and radio has to be plugged in).

My comment is the pros outweigh the cons because the pros are about the radio abilities and sound ability and the cons are minor design flaws. I really recommend the DeWalt bluetooth radio adaptor as it cuts through a lot of the cons and allows music to be played wirelessly.

How Does This DeWalt Jobsite Radio Compare To Other Dewalt Radios?

This section is really important because DeWalt makes a few different jobsite radio and choosing which is best for you can be tough. First is an image of the different DeWalt options and next is a breakdown of different features each has.

In short – the DCR015 (one featured on this page) and the DCR012 are the same radio but the DC012 charges 7.2V/18V batteries and the DCR015 12V/20V. DeWalt is transitioning out the 7.2V/18V battery style over time.

Also, you should know that DeWalt is owned by Stanley Black and Decker, whom also own Porter-Cable.

DeWalt Jobsite Radios Comparison Small

DCR002 – Bluetooth adaptor

  • Connects via AUX and allows you to play music from your phone through the radio via Bluetooth

DCR006 – Bluetooth speaker

  • If you only want to play music from your phone at the jobsite then this is a speaker with built in Bluetooth.

DC012 – Radio, battery charger and power bar

  • 15 pounds
  • 7.2V/18V battery charger
  • 3 AC power outlets

DCR018 – Radio

  • 6 pounds
  • Runs off all the different types of DeWalt batteries 12V/18V/20V MAX

Wrap Up

DeWalt offers a bunch of options for listening to music on the jobsite. If you only care about playing through Bluetooth from your phone then you can get the DCR006 speaker.

If you want to be able to charge your batteries and use the radio as a power bar then you can get the DC012 or the DCR015 (the one featured on this page) depending on the DeWalt battery type you use in your other tools.

If you don’t care about charging and just want the radio then you can save money and grab the DCR018.

Choose which you want and visit the link for it below to see current price on Amazon:

Sources

  1. A listing of all the DeWalt jobsite radios can be found on their brand website here.
  2. Home Depot has some great reviews and information on their DCR015 product listing page that was used during research.