Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 97
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Station216Creations Great Compact Radio
Where do I start? This radio exceeded my expectations. I love the portability of it, the ruggedness of it and most of all, I love the fact that it uses the same batteries that the rest of my Ryobi tools use! The fact that a battery lasts over 8 hours doesn't hurt either!
If there's a "downside" to this, it's that I wish it was a "stereo" radio instead of a "mono" one...
Great product Ryobi!!
September 22, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JayDubya Great radio, poor job site clock
Have had mine for a few years now & it's still going great but I thought I should inform Ryobi & others of the issues I have with it.
1) It's mono (of course) but if you play a familiar stereo tune, you'll notice one of the channels is missing.
2) The clock- I work on job sites where there no clock at all but the one on my radio. Aux input shows the time but if the radio's on, the display shows the station you're listening to and to see the time, you have to walk over to it & hit the clock button. Kind of inconvenient. I know what station I'm listening to- I chose it, listen to it all day & they even tell me who they are every 30 minutes or so, but I'd rather see the time as a default.
I've read complaints about scrolling thru the presets. There's only 10 so it's not that big a deal but going up AND DOWN the order would be nice.
It's passed the 3'+ drop test on multiple occasions, been sprayed with paint and adhesives and cleaned up OK. A pretty durable unit and if they resolved the clock issue in the next edition, I'd get another one, ASAP.
October 14, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by bainf battery drains when turned off
This was part of a ryobi kit otherwise I would not have bought it. But so glad I did, whenever I am working now I pull it out. So the concept of a 18v battery operated radio is great, but execution is average.
Reception is average
Could be louder, clearer
The elastic on the back does not hold my phone which I use as an MP3 player, It is designed for "belt clips", who has those.
One last , but very important thing, this lasts many hours, maybe more than 6, but it drains the battery quicker off than on. I have to pull the battery out when I turn it off or store it, which is shame as it is my most used tool and would like it to be always ready
March 3, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Ryobi 18 volt radio
Excellent quality of sound. Easy to operate. Figuring out how to pre-set radio stations was a challenge. You need a light touch on the pre-set button. My only caveat is battery charge. Seems like you only get about an hour before the battery icon starts flashing on the radio panel. I have not let it run down completely so do not know how accurate the warning is. Otherwise a solid performer.
March 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Cruz Excellent!!
Great radio, as for the aux jack, just order a longer male to male jack and jack adapter like i did, which cost around $10 if you get it from amazon, that solved it. i have a samsung s4 so it did not fit in the rear compartment, what i did is use a velcro elastic strap and a cell phone case and strapped it around the radio, does not even have any effect on sound quality..
February 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MrFixIt Update to Previous Review
I am updating a previous review of this product in which I gave an unfavorable rating based upon two earlier purchases of this product. Ryobi's customer care representative arranged for me to try yet a third Ryobi radio. This time I took the radio to a farm located in a poor radio reception area of the state. Over a two week period, the radio worked well and managed to pull in radio stations that ordinary household radio receivers were unable to do with any clarity. Since the period of evaluation was relatively short, I cannot speak to its long term quality. However, the price of the radio, its features and the convenience of using Ryobi batteries already in my inventory makes it a solid choice for my uses.
November 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jimmy very nice portable radio
This is a great radio, battery life is great also. No regrets....
February 25, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Kenman Works good and very portable.
I like the radio, all I've used. Easy to set radio stations, be sure to use the two AAA batteries so you don't loose your stations when you change the 18 volt battery. Very portable, mainly use in the garage when working on the car or hobbies.
January 6, 2015