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The first part of this review is the same for my other Ryobi 18volt + reviews as they all use the same batteries; I wanted to give a background on this system and my experience with it.
I am a joiner by trade and having used many tools over the past 21 years I feel that the Ryobi 18volt plus system is very good quality for the money.
Having used a lot of other makes such as Bosch, Makita, Dewalt, Metabo, Hilti etc, I find that as they are so cheap in comparison they offer excellent value added to that the fact that they are generally well designed and well made.
The 18 volt One + system adds to their appeal as it allows you to use a whole range of power tools with one type of rechargeable battery. I have a large selection of these tools and three batteries that I can swap between them. Also you can buy the tools separately without the battery making them even more affordable.
My wife bought me this radio for Christmas as I kept braking others and when I took her desk top radio out to work and snapped the aerial off she was not amused as this was not the first time.
When I am working alone I like the radio on in the background but having to find a socket in someone's house whilst you are working and have got thing's plugged in all over can be a real pain. I have tried normal battery radios but they aren't very robust and when the batteries pack in, you have to remember to buy some more. The fact that I can just put a battery in of my 18 volt + system is really convenient and not having a cable means I can put it anywhere (a big plus when working in small cluttered spaces).
It also has a port to plug in your mp3 player making it even more adaptable, and for me the best bit is the rubber aerial as it wont snap, I would not be exaggerating if I said I had broken at least ten aerials of radios whilst at work over the years and end up with bits of cable or coat hangers shoved in them.
The casing is a very hard robust plastic and the dials have a good quality feel.
It does not charge batteries like some of the other more expensive makes such as Dewalt or Bosch but at around £30 minus the battery it is good value for money.
The FM radio always picks up a good reception, nice and clear and for a music device that is built more for its robustness than anything else the sound quality is really good.
There are no presets on the radio which would be a nice extra, and if left without a battery for a while it loses the station you were tuned too. To change stations you simply push a slide button up or down until the number of the station you require comes up on the small digital display very easy but a little slow.
As the batteries (not included) are for powering tools they last for ages in the radio and it's a good device for conditioning the batteries as you can leave it on with the volume turned down to flatten the batteries completely once in a while, which I think adds to there life cycle, I used to have to tape the trigger up on one of my drills to do this which is not very practical.
* Battery & charger not included
* MP3 Compatible radio
* Auxiliary Jack for line in feed
* Switch from FM to Aux
* Volume control dial
* Manual and Auto tuning
* Flexible antenna
* 90mm Speaker
Worth its money and keeps the wife happy! You can't argue with that.