Porter-Cable PCJ18JR Radio
Porter-Cable's PCJ18JR is a no frills radio that can play your music and take a beating
Despite its lightweight build, this radio took a beating in the drop test with no apparent side effects. It survived all nine drops without shutting off once, with only a bent volume knob to show for it. In fact, we dropped it from the 10-ft. mark probably a dozen times after that, just to be sure.
This radio has no compartment for storing and protecting an MP3 player, as well as no equalizer settings, only a “bass boost” that muddied the sound when the volume was turned beyond 50%. The power cord was stiff, even at room temperature, and difficult to coil on the radio’s bottom-mounted cord wrap. The position of the radio’s top carrying handle made it difficult to operate the latch on the battery compartment.
This radio doesn’t have the heft and fine lines of some of the pricier models, and some of the features were fussy. It did surprise us, however, with its performance in the drop tests. If you’re looking for a no-frills radio that can play your music and take some abuse, this is a good option.