I’m a supporter of the Bosch brand when it comes to power tools, but the Power Box 360 Jobsite Radio failed to impress beyond a decent sounding radio. Yes, the products main description is a moisture and dust resistant radio, but there’s a host of other features that I had high hopes and expectations for. As cool looking as the radio may be, it’s also heavy and takes up a fair amount of space.
BOSCH PB360S Online Manual – provided by manualsonline.com
The radios reception isn’t any better…or worse…than all the radios I have had over the years. Get too far inside the walls of a home or building, and reception is gone. Stay near exterior windows or have the radio outside, the reception is fine. There is a short (5″) swivel based antenna that tucks neatly away, or can be revealed and adjusted for reception.
The tuner dial isn’t the quickest to scroll through frequencies. I’ve had radios that could span the entire frequency range with a quick spin or two of the dial. The Bosch Power Box tuner dial can be turned as fast as you want, but the speed never changes from it’s very slow click-by-click setting.
20 FM / 10 AM Presets 5 Preset Equalizer Settings Separate Bass & Treble Controls
Includes a 4.5″ subwoofer located on the bottom, which provides ample bass. 4 speakers surround the top portion of the radio housing. Volume has a scale of 1 – 20; noticeable distortion begins around 12-15, depending on music and media type, yet still goes louder than any surrounding neighbor will care to hear.
Digital Media Bay
SD Memory Cards – MP3 & WMA files will be recognized whether in folders or uncategorized. The radio doesn’t recognize individual folders though. All the songs will be listed in order from 1 – to – however many songs are on the card.
USB – Will charge small devices from AC power or Bosch Lithium-Ion battery.
AUX 1, AUX 2, and Line Out – I used to have converters for these type of ports, but I haven’t needed them for a long time, and have since then tossed the cables and was unable to test.
Apple Products – USB Port – Compatibility
I couldn’t get any of my Apple products to work with the Bosch Power Box radio and it’s features, and this seems to be a hit or miss from other reviews I have seen. Wanting to use as an emergency back-up to charge an iphone, or power an ipad in case of an extended power outage? Not an option!
- ipod won’t connect and play music through the radio
- USB port won’t acknowledge and charge an iphone, ipad, or ipod.
My Nikon point-and-shoot camera connected and charged from the USB port with no problem. I just can’t think of why I would ever need to to charge my pocket camera via the radio.
12V Outlet & 120V Outlets
The Bosch Power Box radio outlets only supply power when plugged into 120v AC power. Did I expect to work on a jobsite all day and operate power tools? No! I was hoping to plug in a Bosch BAT618 – 18V FatPack battery and power my strobes for a handful of remote location photographs, charge a phone if need be, or run some small corded power tools for a short time if I needed portable power. You can’t do any of these things.
Not having cordless portable power negated the need for outlets on the Bosch Power Box. My shop is swarming with outlets to plug into, and I already have a heavy duty extension cord with a multiple outlet end for jobsites, which is rated for 15A, compared to the 10A outlets the radio provides.
AC Outlets = 10A
DC Outlets = 1A (fused for protection – replaceable)
NOTE: A compatible Bosch Lithium-Ion battery only powers the radio and digital media ports when not plugged into a 120V outlet.
Bosch Power Box™ PB360S vs PB360D
The PB360D (deluxe) radio includes all the features of the PB360S, plus:
- Remote control
- Sirius radio compatibility
- GFCI rated 120v outlets
Impact Effectiveness & Durability
The Power Box™ 360 Jobsite Radio utilizes a simple cage and shock absorbing design to keep the radio and internal components separated from impacts. The aluminum frame acts as a roll cage, while the rubber arms connecting the radio and frame, absorb the shock.
Dimensions & Weight
- 14.5″ x 14″ x 13.5″
- 24.2 lbs. (bare radio, no battery or accessories)
The Bosch Power Box™ 360 Jobsite Radio is bold, rugged, has premium sound when comparing portable radios, plays music in a variety of ways, and puts a lot of features into one package. My problem was finding an admiration and use for this all-in-one device that fit my lifestyle and needs.