kanxrus Posted November 8, 2010 Report Share Posted November 8, 2010 CHECK THIS OUT! It's Been over 11 years since Dewalt launched the worlds 1st construction jobsite charger/radio. Dewalt has made a few changes over the years, and this will be a comparison from old to new. Back in the late 90's Dewalt Power Tools were in it's infancy. Black&Decker wanted a Radio/Charger to compliment their new cordless lines. With some help from Altitude, the very first Jobsite charger/radio DC911 was born! DeWalt Worksite Radio/Charger Credit: Altitude Inc, and Black & Decker Inc. Client: Black & Decker Inc. The DeWalt Worksite Radio/Charger truly exemplifies the power of design by incorporating a must-have product (a battery charger) into a desirable product (a radio) giving customers "permission" to purchase the product. Wrapped in a roll cage that shouts strength, this rugged boom box can withstand abusive treatment and harsh weather. Oversized control knobs are easily visible and accessible to a gloved hand and perforated steel protects speakers. The Worksite Radio/Charger created a new product category for DeWalt while maintaining price point and sales volume in the cordless tool marketplace. Even though the typically product cycle in the cordless arena is two years, the cycle for the Radio/Charger, so far, has been 2.5 times longer, lasting over five years. In addition, revenues from the Worksite Radio/Charger have increased the revenues of the system expansion category over 2.5 times, making up 60 percent of the revenues of the system expansion category, and have turned the category from a minor role with only one percent of the overall product revenues to 3.5 percent of the cordless division revenues. The DeWalt Worksite Radio/Charger was a 2000 Silver IDEA winner in the Consumer Products category. Data provided by IDSA One of the first things you will notice about these radios, are display changes. Dewalt's first radio DW911 was the older analog style. Instead of turning on the system with the volume control, it has a separate function knob. The DW911 was the only radio to use the x style knobs. DC011 was Dewalt's 2nd radio. First change was going from analog to digital. The knobs changed from x knobs to round knobs. 4 preset button's were added, and the charging indicator light was moved to a more noticeable location. A clock was added, with a back-lit LCD screen. DC012 is Dewalt's current radio. DC012 still uses the round knobs, but swapped the placement on the volume & tuner control's. The volume control is now on the right side of the radio. They added 1 more preset button, and another preset load. This allows for 10 total presets. The charging indicator light location was moved back to the top of the radio. In order to keep clock memory, and preset memory. Dewalt added a on-board battery. The DC011 uses 2 AA batteries. The DC012 uses a 3V lithium, this allows for longer memory time over the AA batteries. All of Dewalt's Radios are chargers. The DW911 & DC011 will charge all of Dewalt's batteries from 7.2v-18v NiCd batteries only. The DC012 will charge all of Dewalt's batteries 7.2v-18v both lithium and NiCd. However, none of these radios will charge the new 12v Max battery DCB120. Dewalt has kept the aux port on all 3 radios. The DW911 has the aux port built into the middle lower front portion of the radio. The DC011 has the aux port built into the back lower left corner. It provides easier access to the added CD player case Dewalt offered at that time. The DC012 has the aux port built into the top portion of the radio. This allows easy access when you have your digital media player (MP3 player) sitting in the built in nest. Another thing that has stayed consistent is the built in cord wrap on the bottom of the radio. The DW911 & DC011 both have the cord clip built onto the plug end. The DC012 has the cord clip as a stand alone item. I've misplaced it once already, but allows you the ability wrap the cord from either direction. Clockwise, or counter clockwise. Another thing you'll notice after you've lugged these radios around awhile, is the weight change. As Dewalt's radio's have progressed over the years, so has the weight. A near 3lb difference from the DW911 to the DC012. Sound quality, and reception are also very important on a radio. I tested both, and did not notice any difference in reception. I put in a station that is hard for my home radio to pickup. Each radio picked up the station just fine. If anything, the DC012 had a fuzzier reception than the DW911 and DC011. You decide.... Sound quality has improved from the DW911 to the DC012. Although it's not a huge change, it is noticeably better. The DW911 has nice sound, just no bass what-so-ever. The DC011 has better stereo sound than the DW911, but not enough of a difference to tell, unless your playing them side by side. The DC012 has a bass control button. The DC012 has all around better sound, the HD weather resistant speakers sound good, even with the bass off. The last noticeable mention is the addition of 3 receptacles on the DC012. It is a nice feature that the DC011 and DW911 don't offer. There are limitations to the plugs, and they are not GFCI protected. The rating on the outlets is 10 Amps total for all three outlets. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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