DeWalt just announced the DCR002 Bluetooth Radio Adapter, an accessory that allows the contractor to stream music from a phone or mobile device to any jobsite radio with a 3.5 mm auxiliary input. This makes it possible to listen to music without leaving the phone plugged into the radio—where it could be stolen, damaged, or too far away to be heard or answered when a call or text comes in. The adaptor has a range of up to 100 feet and is equipped with an LED indicator light that indicates on/off status, Bluetooth pairing mode, charging, and the successful connection to a Bluetooth compatible device.

The DCR002 is compatible with most major brands of jobsite radio and will work with nearly any audio device with a 3.5 mm auxiliary input—including car and home stereos. The unit is powered by an internal battery and is said to have up to 8 hours of runtime. It can be charged by connecting it to a powered USB port with the supplied USB to micro USB cable. The kit includes Velcro mounting strips to keep the adaptor from being lost.

DCR002 Bluetooth Radio Adaptor Specs
Range: up to 100 feet
Runtime: up to 8 hours
Country of Origin: China
Includes: mounting dock, two adhesive mounting strips, a micro USB to USB charging cable, and USB to AC adaptor.
Available: July 2014
Warranty: two year limited; one-year free service contract
Price: $40

My Take
Bluetooth adapters have been around for years but the DCR002 is the first to be aimed at jobsite users. It would be a handy item to have, even if you’re not worried about your phone being damaged or stolen when left near the radio. It's simply more convenient to keep your phone with you. Some contractors may have trouble keeping the adapter charged; they won’t remember to charge it at the end of the day or will be using it where there is no place to plug it in. Many jobsite radios have powered USB ports and it may be possible to charge the adapter through that—though in most cases, the port isn’t powered unless the radio is plugged in.

This product should be of use to tradesmen who own older jobsite radios and want to stream to them. The day is probably coming when every company that makes jobsite radios offers models with built-in Bluetooth connectivity. Currently, Milwaukee is the only company that has a radio with that feature. The DCR002 is priced in line with other devices of its type, and given that it is being sold by a tool company it is likely to withstand the rigors of the jobsite better than an adapter designed for use in a family room or vehicle.