You do not want to get to a point when your battery runs out during an important work on a job site. One alternative is to have an extra battery pack to swap out when the first one goes dead. The other alternative is to have an extra charger in case you have work that discharges the included battery pack and want to finish the job without waiting for a charge. Battery charging usually takes approximately one hour. How to make time go by quicker? The answer is simple. During battery charging, you can play music on the DeWalt Radio.

The DeWalt DC011 Combination Worksite Radio and 7.2-Volt to 18-Volt Pod Style Battery Charger charges batteries while playing your favorite music or radio station. It is 78 percent louder and with 65 percent better reception than the previous DW911 model. There is a big difference in the quality of sound, and especially bass sound, over the older model.

The DC011 runs off the mains or off 7.2-volt to 18-volt DeWalt NiCad/NiMH batteries. It also charges DeWalt 7.2 V to 18 V NiCad/NiMH batteries so you can listen to stereo or AM radio. This system delivers great sound that could match a full-blown stereo system.

Just remember that advanced Li-Ion batteries charge more quickly and last longer.

What makes this worksite radio different from other similar products on the market is that the DC011 combines the completely automatic three-stage charging system with a worksite radio which can run off AC, a portable generator, or their own brand of NiCad/NiMH batteries. On a side note, remember to remove the battery when you are not using the DeWalt Radio for more than a day or two because if you leave it in it will drain quickly.

It fully charges batteries in less than one hour, minimizing downtime. And the three stage charging system maximizes battery life. A good charger with a three stage charging system is your best friend. It provides maximum battery run-time and extends the overall life of the NiCad/NiMH battery. This innovative DeWalt System uses temperature sensing and equalization to ensure peak charging efficiency. Thus, each battery cell is fully charged. The battery pack can stay in charger until it is to be used with no harm done to the battery life time.

The DeWalt Radio Charger accepts only one NiCad/NiMH battery at a time. Also, the DC011 will not accept battery packs made by other companies such as Hitachi. The unit can run over 10 hours using one 18v battery pack.

The DeWalt Radio volume equates to about 92 decibels. So what does 92 decibels sound like? For example, the DeWalt table saw (100 Db) is twice as loud as this unit. The DC011 has a great bass tone. It also has a simple volume control (unlike earlier DC911 model) wheel that fasDeWalt Radio and Chargertens. This radio is loud enough to be heard over a power drill and mitre saw.

So the DeWalt DC011 offers you simple operation, great bass tone and dashing looks.

The unit is water resistant but not waterproof. Other relevant features include rubber shock-mounted roll cage built around the radio to help it withstand drops, steel speaker grills made of rust-resistant steel, built-in clock, auxiliary port for connection to CD players, MP3 players, and portable satellite receivers, eight station memory presets, shatterproof LCD, weather-resistant sealed control knobs in a plastic case, and an all metal 11 inches pivoting antenna which delivers better reception than the older model.

The DC011 comes in yellow color.

The best thing about DeWalt radio is its size. This portable worksite radio measures only 21.6 x 11.5 x 14.5 inches which is impressive given the feature set. It is a durable and lightweight unit (weighs only 3.2 pounds) great for portable work.

It comes with a 3-year warranty, so no worries about breakdowns. If anything goes wrong DeWalt will replace it for free.