Makita Tools BMR100W 18V Cordless LXT Lithium-Ion FM/AM Job Site Radio with MP3 Jack

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18 Volt Cordless LXT Lithium-Ion FM/AM Job Site Radio w/ MP3 Jack - BMR100W. AC Adaptor - SE00000002. Antenna - SE0360PC5J. Operating Manual
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Product Title Makita Tools BMR100W 18V Cordless LXT Lithium-Ion FM/AM Job Site Radio with MP3 Jack
Manufacturer Makita Tools
Lowest Price $99.00 from Home Depot
Power Score 4.2 | 17 Reviews
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pretty good radio
4 Star Review   By Sulli on Home Depot - Jan 14, 2013    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Had a couple issues with reception, but other than that works great. The large knob makes it easy to use when wearing gloves. The aux input is nice when I want to listen to Pandora off my phone. The rubber around the edges does a pretty good job of protecting the casing. Its smaller than most, but also makes it easy to move and still sounds great.

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Great Radio, Clear Sound
5 Star Review   By Heff on Home Depot - Oct 10, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

I've had this radio for a couple of years and love it. It's a great compact size, has a large, clear display (which is very well protected by the metal bars!), and nice sound quality. As the listing shows, it has 2 AUX inputs, 1 on the front, and one inside the battery compartment, which is 5-minute rain resistant. The AUX inputs mean you can plug pretty much anything with a headphone jack into it. No, it won't charge or control an I-Pod, which is fine, because those cables are expensive. The trick with the AUX input in the battery compartment is that it's right by where the lithium batteries go in. All you need to do is get a right angle AUX cord, and it will fit fine. I also love that it uses 2 AA batteries to store the clock and radio presets. It's annoying on other radios that you lose that stuff when you take the batteries out. I like to look at the other reviews on here, to see what other people didn't like about it. More than anything else, they say it doesn't charge batteries. A couple of points on that: first, nowhere does it say or imply it does--don't knock something for a feature only 1 radio has due to a patent on the feature--if you need a charger, use a separate one, or get a radio with a charger. Second, have you ever used a radio with a built-in charger? They've gotten better, but you still get bad sound and horrible interference/noise. Plus, when you're charging a battery, the radio has to be plugged in, defeating the purpose of buying a cordless/portable radio. For the customer who was upset about the lack or a charger due to having to buy a separate battery and charger, my suggestion is buy a radio that runs on C or D batteries. The whole point of buying a specific tool-brand radio is that you already have the tools, and therefore, the requisite batteries and chargers to make it run. Keep in mind the compact size, light weight, and low price of this radio. It is so much more portable than what else is out there, and for the cost savings over the monster radio with the charger, you could darn near buy an additional charger, which by the way charges bigger batteries in half the time! Plug in the charger and charge your batteries by the wall, then take the radio wherever you want to go! Cut the cord!!!

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Great compact radio
5 Star Review   By Mike on Home Depot - Jul 31, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Great compact radio, I like the idea of no cords!!!!

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Great radio just wish it charged batteries as well
4 Star Review   By Mollymo on Home Depot - Jul 10, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

This radio has great sound, reception is excelent and the 2 input jacks for i pods is nice especially if the weather is bad you can put your i pod in the storage area so it stays dry. I wish it charged batteries also like the Dewalt radio but i'm not about to change from makita tools just for a radio that charges batteries. Overall good radio and a nice size.

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Not bad
4 Star Review   By Chris on Home Depot - Feb 24, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Like others said, wish it would charge batteries. Other than that, it's a solid little radio

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Great radio!
5 Star Review   By Chair13 on Home Depot - Jan 15, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Bought this for my husband for Christmas and he loves it! It works great! Reception is great!

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Doesn't charge the battery
2 Star Review   By Kirkfu on Home Depot - Jan 10, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

I like the size of the radio, and it sounds good. But $99 for the radio and $80 for the battery . Now I have to buy $99 charger if I want to use it cordless . I don't think it's worth it , most likely I will return the radio and battery , and get the dewalt work radio. It charges , and has 3 outlets on it.

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great radio
5 Star Review   By RUSSM on Home Depot - Nov 29, 2011    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

great reception and sound. Does not have CD but if you are only looking for a great shop or jobsite radio there is no reason to spend more.

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Awesome Radio!
5 Star Review   By seabeescot on Home Depot - Nov 6, 2011    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

I bought the Makita Radio the other day. I have to say I am blown away by the sound this thing produces. I got about 7 1/2 hours out of an 18 volt battery. (Battery is a few years old) It's the perfect size and built very well. Great Purchase!

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Nice sound and battery life
4 Star Review   By Caddy on Home Depot - Oct 12, 2011    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

This stereo has a nice sound and good volume and bass response for it's size. Recently used it camping with the larger 3.0 amp hour 18v lithium battery and it lasted over 12 hours at around 10-12 volume (goes up to 25) without dying. It will start to distort in the bass at the highest volumes. My only problems are with the design. It is very sturdy in its construction with metal bars in front of the controls so they don't get smashed. It could really use at least one courtesy outlet to charge an ipod which the dewalt work stereos do have (or at least a usb plug for that) as well as a battery indicator.

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18 Volt Cordless LXT Lithium-Ion FM/AM Job Site Radio w/ MP3 Jack - BMR100W. AC Adaptor - SE00000002. Antenna - SE0360PC5J. Operating Manual
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Product Title Makita Tools BMR100W 18V Cordless LXT Lithium-Ion FM/AM Job Site Radio with MP3 Jack
Manufacturer Makita Tools
Lowest Price $99.00 from Home Depot
Power Score 4.2 | 17 Reviews
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other tools jacks type: floor jacks
Color: White
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pretty good radio
4 Star Review   By Sulli on Home Depot - Jan 14, 2013    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Had a couple issues with reception, but other than that works great. The large knob makes it easy to use when wearing gloves. The aux input is nice when I want to listen to Pandora off my phone. The rubber around the edges does a pretty good job of protecting the casing. Its smaller than most, but also makes it easy to move and still sounds great.

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Great Radio, Clear Sound
5 Star Review   By Heff on Home Depot - Oct 10, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

I've had this radio for a couple of years and love it. It's a great compact size, has a large, clear display (which is very well protected by the metal bars!), and nice sound quality. As the listing shows, it has 2 AUX inputs, 1 on the front, and one inside the battery compartment, which is 5-minute rain resistant. The AUX inputs mean you can plug pretty much anything with a headphone jack into it. No, it won't charge or control an I-Pod, which is fine, because those cables are expensive. The trick with the AUX input in the battery compartment is that it's right by where the lithium batteries go in. All you need to do is get a right angle AUX cord, and it will fit fine. I also love that it uses 2 AA batteries to store the clock and radio presets. It's annoying on other radios that you lose that stuff when you take the batteries out. I like to look at the other reviews on here, to see what other people didn't like about it. More than anything else, they say it doesn't charge batteries. A couple of points on that: first, nowhere does it say or imply it does--don't knock something for a feature only 1 radio has due to a patent on the feature--if you need a charger, use a separate one, or get a radio with a charger. Second, have you ever used a radio with a built-in charger? They've gotten better, but you still get bad sound and horrible interference/noise. Plus, when you're charging a battery, the radio has to be plugged in, defeating the purpose of buying a cordless/portable radio. For the customer who was upset about the lack or a charger due to having to buy a separate battery and charger, my suggestion is buy a radio that runs on C or D batteries. The whole point of buying a specific tool-brand radio is that you already have the tools, and therefore, the requisite batteries and chargers to make it run. Keep in mind the compact size, light weight, and low price of this radio. It is so much more portable than what else is out there, and for the cost savings over the monster radio with the charger, you could darn near buy an additional charger, which by the way charges bigger batteries in half the time! Plug in the charger and charge your batteries by the wall, then take the radio wherever you want to go! Cut the cord!!!

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Great compact radio
5 Star Review   By Mike on Home Depot - Jul 31, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Great compact radio, I like the idea of no cords!!!!

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Great radio just wish it charged batteries as well
4 Star Review   By Mollymo on Home Depot - Jul 10, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

This radio has great sound, reception is excelent and the 2 input jacks for i pods is nice especially if the weather is bad you can put your i pod in the storage area so it stays dry. I wish it charged batteries also like the Dewalt radio but i'm not about to change from makita tools just for a radio that charges batteries. Overall good radio and a nice size.

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Not bad
4 Star Review   By Chris on Home Depot - Feb 24, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Like others said, wish it would charge batteries. Other than that, it's a solid little radio

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Great radio!
5 Star Review   By Chair13 on Home Depot - Jan 15, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Bought this for my husband for Christmas and he loves it! It works great! Reception is great!

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Doesn't charge the battery
2 Star Review   By Kirkfu on Home Depot - Jan 10, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

I like the size of the radio, and it sounds good. But $99 for the radio and $80 for the battery . Now I have to buy $99 charger if I want to use it cordless . I don't think it's worth it , most likely I will return the radio and battery , and get the dewalt work radio. It charges , and has 3 outlets on it.

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great radio
5 Star Review   By RUSSM on Home Depot - Nov 29, 2011    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

great reception and sound. Does not have CD but if you are only looking for a great shop or jobsite radio there is no reason to spend more.

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Awesome Radio!
5 Star Review   By seabeescot on Home Depot - Nov 6, 2011    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

I bought the Makita Radio the other day. I have to say I am blown away by the sound this thing produces. I got about 7 1/2 hours out of an 18 volt battery. (Battery is a few years old) It's the perfect size and built very well. Great Purchase!

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Nice sound and battery life
4 Star Review   By Caddy on Home Depot - Oct 12, 2011    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

This stereo has a nice sound and good volume and bass response for it's size. Recently used it camping with the larger 3.0 amp hour 18v lithium battery and it lasted over 12 hours at around 10-12 volume (goes up to 25) without dying. It will start to distort in the bass at the highest volumes. My only problems are with the design. It is very sturdy in its construction with metal bars in front of the controls so they don't get smashed. It could really use at least one courtesy outlet to charge an ipod which the dewalt work stereos do have (or at least a usb plug for that) as well as a battery indicator.

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good radio
4 Star Review   By Chibcha on Home Depot - Jul 25, 2011    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

what I like the most is the compact size, I bring the radio to beach, camping, etc. and it doesn't take to much space. Volume is not that bad considering the size.

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Wish it would charge Mikita batteries while plugged in.
4 Star Review   By sdlu on Home Depot - May 28, 2011    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Over-all a good work radio, great sound. I think it should last a long time. My work radios usually take a beating.

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Jobsite Radio
3 Star Review   By contractor33 on Home Depot - Apr 13, 2011    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Overall the radio sounds great, compact, and works with tool batteries., Seems very durable. The problem is why I bought it, for use with an ipod on the jobsite. You can't put an mp3, or ipod inside and plug it in. The aux 2 jack is right behind where the battery slides in and you can't plug the cord in and put the battery in. I called makita and they said plug it in the front, this defeats the purpose of protecting your ipod on the jobsite. Thought about taking it apare and drilling another hole to move the jack. Going to take it back and find another one.

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Yachty - St. George, Utah
5 Star Review   By yachty on Home Depot - Apr 1, 2011    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

When I first saw this Makita Radio I was excited. First it was a Makita, so I knew it was quality & really liked it compact size. I replaced a old clock radio on my work bench, boy was the sound a quality improvement. The radio works off 3 different power sources. I can just plug in my Makita battery & its good for around 16 hours, which is great when I am out side working on a project. Makita radio is great & not a bad price. i

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Good radio
4 Star Review   By MistaObvious on Home Depot - Dec 11, 2010    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

PROs: Does the job it's supposed to do. Having different battery options makes it versatile. Good sound. Light weight. 5 AM and 5 FM presets (says there's more than one set of presets for FM, but I haven't found how to switch them yet). CONs: HD's advertising of this as being MP3 ready ACTUALLY means it has 2 AUX inputs so you can plug an MP3 player into it. Gets a little distorted at high volume levels, but sound is still pretty decent. AC cord is flimsy and will quickly get destroyed on a job site and there's also no place to store it except in the battery compartment. Thoughts: It's a good radio. The pros outweigh the cons, IMO, especially the size and weight. Being able to run this off a battery is another reason I bought it. Would have been nice if HD's advertisement of being MP3-ready meant you could play MP3s with it, but it's hardly all that big of a deal.

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disappointed
2 Star Review   By member take_it_from_the_best - Oct 19, 2008   

Strengths: mp3 compatible good quality and all that

Weakness: it should charge the battery back when pluged in

it should charge the battery back when pluged in, its one of the main reasons to have a work site radio that would double as a charger and won't have to be carrying so many things

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Great Radio
5 Star Review   By member zglzgl - Sep 26, 2008   

Strengths: Good Sound, Small Size, Ipod/MP3 Compatible

Weakness: Not as loud as comparable radios.

I just received the radio today, threw a Makita battery in and was surprised how good the sound was given the speaker size as compared to other job site radios. I also like that the battery compartment is completely enclosed, plus their is enough room to place your Ipod/MP3 player in the same area, so your battery and MP3 player are protected from the elements. Overall easy to use and if you already own Makita cordless tools and have batteries sitting around, this is the radio for you!

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