Ridgid Job-Site Radio / Race Scanner
Have you ever been working on a project and thought to yourself, "Boy, I wish I had every single one of my Slayer albums with me right now." If so, Ridgid's new Job-Site Radio is a blessing from the heavens. With this iPod compatible, portable radio, it'll be Reign in Blood one minute and Seasons in the Abyss the next.
Other than the iPod port, the Ridgid Radio has a bunch of other cool features. It can be powered with a cord or with any Ridgid battery from 12 to 14-volts (Li-Ion or Ni-Cad). It's got a 12-volt DC port for cell phone charging, an audio-out connector for headphones, a clock, 10 programmable AM/FM/ Race Channels, a roll cage, and a little tray for your charging phone.
If you're worried about dust and your iPod, it looks like there's a front compartment for the mp3 player that will keep it safe from all standard job-site abuse.
Since we can't find any information on whether or not it charges batteries, we have to assume that it doesn't. DeWalt's been doing the radio/charger combo for a while and although it's more expensive than the average radio, we think it's worth it, just to cut down on job-site clutter.
We also can't find any information on the price. Our guess is that it would likely fall somewhere in the $100 range. Regardless of the cost, it'll be at Home Depot.
Helpful reader T.L. informs us in the comment section that the Ridgid radio is $150 and it is indeed at Home Depot. It's a little more expensive than we had expected, but it makes sense with the race scanner and all of the iPod gear. At that price, though, we really hope that it charges batteries as well.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at February 26, 2008 5:21 AM
Nice First Try Ridgid....but lots of problems. I have had this radio for over a year now. It works, plays my iPod, sounds nice, has proven rugged. But it needs a lot of improvement. For one, and listen up Mark, my fuse kept blowing (deep inside) so I had to skip it and solder the leads together. My biggest dissappointment though has been the fact that there are no iPod controls on the outside so I have to open up the dust proof door to control the iPod. My second biggest dissappointment is that it does not indeed charge batteries. Other gripes include #3. The LED screen is nearly unreadable during the day, #4. If power is disrupted/unplugged it must be manually turned back on AND the volume must be reset AND the iPod must be unpaused, #5 it is weighs almost as much as my 2hp/oiled compressor, and #6 who the heck needs a race scanner on a jobsite? It's greatest attribute (to me) was that it was a gift otherwise it would've went right back to the store and I would've just bought any other radio made just for ipods for less money.