We get more than a little, well, cantankerous if there’re no tunes in the shop, so portable tunes that can survive the jobsite are hight on the list when we’re loading up for remote work.
Makita’s BMR100 cordless portable AM/FM radio looks to be made specifically for long plays when corded power isn’t an option, and that sounds great to us. Unlike other units, the offering from Makita goes for a minimalist approach with no charger outlets or ability to power other tools; it’s an island entirely self contained, and lithium-ion batteries provide usable power for over two freakin’ days of solid play time before it needs recharging.
The casing looks rugged and claims weather resistance, but Makita makes no specific claims as to its survivability “out in the wild” such as what height it could survive a fall from.
It does look to be a solid unit none the less. Hey — it does come with a 5 programmable presets and li-ion batteries. What else do you want for $99? An iPod jack. Then again, will your iPod run for two days on batteries?