Bosch to Release New Power Box 360 Models
Issue: Issue 251
Posted Date: 6/15/2010
weather means outdoor projects or even moving your sanding or
finishing tasks outside the shop. If you want to bring your MP3
player along for the ride, charge your cordless tools and have a few
extra outlets where you need them, one of Bosch's updated Power BoxTM 360 sound systems might be just the portable unit you're
may already be familiar with these aluminum-and-rubber "roll cage"
radios: Bosch has been making Power Box since 2004. But, the company
is now releasing the next evolutions in the series with more speakers
and added features. The new Power Box 360 employees a five-speaker
design with an integrated subwoofer, so it can project high quality,
enriched sound in all directions. The PB360S model produces twice the
sound of the previous version, and the PB360D is capable of five
times the sound output. Bosch says the added subwoofer is an "industry first" among jobsite radios.
machines have digital signal processing to optimize AM/FM reception,
and you can select from four preset equalizer settings or customize
your sound quality by programming separate bass and treble controls.
If you'd prefer to use your MP3 player, the updated Power Boxes
feature a sealed digital media bay for plugging in your player. The
bay also contains SD memory card and USB ports so you can use a media
card or USB thumb drive device instead, for cataloging your favorite
tune libraries. The digital media bay will keep whatever you stow in
it free from moisture, dust and debris in the shop or on the jobsite.
External auxiliary ports still allow you to plug in a portable CD
player or a satellite radio unit. The "D" model also comes with a
built-in SIRIUSTM Dock & Play port for connecting to SIRIUS
satellite radio devices.
Power Box models have a battery bay that charges your 14.4- or
18-volt Bosch tool batteries right on the unit. Or, when an AC power
source isn't available, you can use the tool battery to run the Power
Box itself. The USB port will also recharge USB devices. Speaking of
power, both versions of PB360 come with a pair of 110-volt outlets to
help you run other tools or devices wherever you're working. On the
PB360D, these outlets are GFCI style. A 12-volt DC car charger, which
comes with both machines, should add even more versatility.
LCD displays make these units easier to use in low-light situations,
and PB360D has a fully backlit control panel plus a separate remote
for controlling the unit up to 40 ft. away.
PB360D will have a $249 street price, and the PB360S will sell for
$199. Both models are scheduled to be available later this month or
shortly thereafter through authorized Bosch dealers nationwide.