Stuff We Love: Jobsite Bluetooth Audio
The day always goes faster with tunes on the jobsite. Find greater connectivity for music and communication with these Bluetooth devices designed with the pro in mind.
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Music on the jobsite can make a long day breeze along. These days most of us rely on our cell phones for essential jobsite communication as well as music. Today on Stuff We Love we’ve got three perfect Bluetooth audio solutions for the jobsite that will keep you working while taking calls or listening to your favorite tunes. Marty Dyck provides his take on these products in this video. Read on to learn more about these products and where to buy them.
Klein Tools AEPJS1 Jobsite Speaker
This pocket-sized speaker packs a punch. Klein Tools is known for quality, and they hit the bullseye again with this little Bluetooth box. Its basic features include:
- Wireless connection via Bluetooth or a wired auxiliary input;
- A 33-ft. connectivity range in open space;
- Ten-hour battery life;
- Drop protected up to 6-1/2-ft.;
- Powerful rear magnet holds speaker to metal surfaces;
- Twist-lock flange mounts to Klein’s lighted tool bag (cat. no. 55431);
- Threaded mount on the bottom for standard tripod attachment;
- Waterproof and dustproof;
- Hands-free operation with the built-in speakerphone;
- Includes 1/8-in. (3.5 mm) stereo auxiliary cable and micro USB-to-standard charging cable
I was so impressed with the sound quality of this four-inch-square speaker that I went out and got one for myself. It’s been my constant companion, on the job and in the shop. I’ve even attached it to the vent hood in my kitchen when making up some chow. This thing truly rocks! It’s easy to take a call on, the range is as good if not better than expected, and it will take a lot of abuse. I’ve dropped it countless times, lost it in piles of demo debris, and had it outside in wet and muddy conditions. It just keeps working and sounds great! For just $40 this is the perfect Bluetooth box to throw in your toolbox.
DeWalt Jobsite Pro Earphones
There is a lot to be said about having ear protection and Bluetooth convenience. These DeWalt earphones do a good job with both and are worthy of essential everyday wear. Basic features include:
- Bluetooth to answer calls and listen to music;
- Sound blocking, reducing exterior noise levels;
- Integrated volume and playback controls;
- Run time of 15+ hours;
- Flexible neckband adjusts to your comfort level.
DeWalt rates the water-resistance of these earphones at IPX6. That means you shouldn’t jump in the pool with them, but they’ll do just fine in a downpour or on a hot sweaty day. There was no decibel reduction rating available but they seemed to offer the same amount of ear protection as standard foam plugs. DeWalt makes good stuff and doesn’t mess around. All in all, these earphones are a safe bet for ear protection and wirelessly connecting to your phone.
Makita LXT Bluetooth Jobsite Radio
The standard boombox format is still a go-to for jobsite audio. It’s great to have a tuner integrated to your Bluetooth box so you can dial into a game or favorite radio show. It’s even better when that same box will run on your same cordless tool batteries. This Makita LXT box will work with every current type of Makita batteries. Other features to note:
- FM clock radio;
- Thirty-five hours of playtime with fully charged 18-volt LXT 5.0Ah battery; 14 hours with 2.0Ah battery;
- Compatible with seven, 12 and 14-volt Makita lithium-ion batteries;
- A 1/8-in. auxiliary port and USB charging port;
- Illuminated control buttons and dial;
- Two 3-1/2-in. side speakers;
- Water and dust resistant;
- Solidly-built protective bumpers for durability.
This box sounds great with plenty of headroom volume, and its beefy protective bumpers can take more than a hit or two. I like that it’s easy to pack up with your other gear at the end of the day. If you’re running mostly Makita tools, this Bluetooth job site radio will certainly not disappoint.
About Marty Dyck
Marty is a professional woodworker and owner of Good From Wood, a custom woodworking shop in Stillwater, MN. Specializing in unique vintage barn doors, custom skateboards and other innovative wood products, Marty hopes to always build the piece that everyone talks about. Click the links below to learn more about Marty.