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DEWALT DC012 Worksite Charger/Radio

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  • 1 hour charger for 7.2-volt to 18-volt DEWALT battery packs (except Univolt)
  • Runs off of 7.2-volt to 18-volt DEWALT batteries making it a cordless radio
  • Power outlets offer more versatility for jobsite power
  • AM/FM digital tuner with LCD display, built-in clock, and high efficiency weather resistant speakers
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number DC012
Item Weight15 pounds
Product Dimensions12.3 x 10.4 x 20.8 inches
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Item model numberDC012
Power Sourcecordless-electric
Voltage18 volts
Item Package Quantity1
Special FeaturesRuns off of a power cord, but can also be run cordless off of DeWalt power tool batteries (7.2-volt to 18-volt, sold separately)
Warranty Description90 Day Money Back Guarantee
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #3,639 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight15.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 14, 2004
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: Parts

Technical Details

  • Runs off of a power cord, but can also be run cordless off of DeWalt power tool batteries (7.2-volt to 18-volt, sold separately)

Product Description

DEWALT DC012 Worksite Charger/Radio

Save time and get more done on the job site with the DEWALT DC012 worksite charger/radio. This dual-function tool provides quick and efficient lithium-ion or NiCad battery charging, and a radio/MP3-plug-in function. Its rugged design stands up to the rigors of the job site, while its digital controls and advanced functions make operation simple and reliable.

The charger/radio weighs a very portable 14.25 pounds and is backed by a limited three-year warranty, 90-day money-back guarantee, and one-year free service contract.

What's in the Box

  • (1) DC012 worksite charger/radio; radio only, battery sold separately
  • Owner's manual
Radio at a Glance
  • Radio/charger for 7.2- to 18-volt NiCad and lithium-ion DEWALT battery packs
  • Digital tuner with LCD display, built-in clock, and 15 station memory presets
  • Three-stage charging system for maximum run time and longer battery life
  • Weighs 14.25 pounds
  • Backed by limited three-year warranty; 90-day money-back guarantee

Features and Highlights

Dual-Purpose Tool Charges Battery and Functions as a Radio

While plugged in, the charger/radio is a one-hour charger for all 7.2- to 18-volt DEWALT battery packs. This radio also runs off of the same 7.2 to 18-volt DEWALT batteries if no outlet is available.

Three-Stage Charging System for Maximum Run Time and Battery Life

To keep users working without interruption, the DC012 has a three-stage charging system that provides maximum run time and extends the overall life of the battery. At the same time, the power outlets offer more versatility for job-site power.

AM/FM Tuner with LCD and Maximum Bass and Range for Quality Sound

The DC012 includes an AM/FM Digital Tuner with LCD display, built-in clock, and 15 station memory presets. The high-efficiency, weather-resistant speakers with dual bass ports deliver maximum bass and range, so users enjoy high-quality sound, even on loud job sites.


  • Voltage: 7.2V, 18V
  • Compatible with: 7.2V, 18V
  • Charge Time: 1 hour
  • Tool weight: 14 lbs
  • Warranty: 3-year limited warranty, 1-year free service contract, 90-day money back guarantee

Special Features

This radio runs off 7.2 to 18-volt DEWALT batteries if no outlet is available.

LCD display with clock, digital tuner, and 15 station memory.

Connect an iPod or MP3 player to the worksite radio and listen to music at work.

Three convenient plug-ins for multiple tool use anywhere at the jobsite.

DC012 Worksite Charger/Radio DCR015 12V/20V MAX Worksite Charger/Radio DCR018 Compact Worksite Radio
Charging (Li-Ion)
Charger Voltages 7.2V - 18V 12V MAX, 20V MAX n/a
Power Voltages 7.2V - 18V 12V MAX, 20V MAX 18V, 12V MAX, 20V MAX
Power Outlets 3 (AC) 2 (AC) USB-only
AM/FM Presets 10 FM / 5 AM 10 FM / 5 AM 5 FM / 5 AM
Backlit LCD
USB Charging
Aux/USB Aux Aux & USB Aux & USB
Weight 14 lbs 13 lbs 6 lbs

Important Information

Legal Disclaimer
Due to California Energy Commission (CEC) regulations, item cannot be shipped to California.

Bulb Voltage
18 Volts

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The radio sounds great and is very rugged!
Brett M
Overall, if I had DeWalt tools I would definitely get another one for myself.
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my hubby and he absolutely loves it!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Professional Consumer on August 21, 2010
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Note that this is the LATEST model (as of Aug 2010, anyway) of the Dewalt Work-Site radio, that charges LI-ION as well as the NI-Cads. This IS THE ONE YOU WANT, not the now-cheaper, older models. They won't charge LI-IONs.

Overall, Dewalt has the best work-site radio for 3 reasons: 1. It can be used as a charger, 2. It can run off of the charged battery if there isn't an electrical outlet available, and 3. It charges ALL Dewalt batteries. Li-ION, Ni-Cads, of all voltages. Dewalt has a huge advantage in the fact they have designed their older batteries (ie, a Ni-Cad 18V) to be compatible with the newer batteries (ie, a LI-ION 18V) of the same voltage. This certainly helps with the radio as well, since it can charge most Dewalt batteries made in the last several years. Most work-site radios only play from a fully charged tool battery; they DO NOT charge the batteries.

Now, for the radio itself:

Positives: Everything mentioned above, plus a very good digital layout and controls, and very rugged. Overall a very good design. The aux input for IPods, or other MP3 players, is really handy. They have resolved many of the issues of the older models.

Negatives: Sound is so-so. Not enough mid-range and treble sounds, too much base. Its acceptable, but not sure why Dewalt didn't invest in a little better speakers. Also, radio reception is just "ok". I hate it when you walk around a radio and the signal fades in and out. That's what this one does if the signal isn't super strong. Compared to other portable radios I have, the reception is weak. Not a problem if you have strong signals, but if they are marginal, you'll be wrapping a wire around the antenna.

In summary, I would buy it again, in spite of the sound quality and reception issues. It does what I need: Charges batteries, and plays a radio off of a charged battery.
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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Charles Gravel on July 24, 2010
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I went out on a limb buying this with the problems that the older dewalt had and not having any reviews out yet, but this radio is awesome, its laid out real nice and really easy to use. everything from programing station memory to setting the clock on it are simple. the radio has a great dial for turning up/down the volume and changing stations. its damm loud, used it while a man was using a skidsteer 10 foot away in a horse stall and and i could still hear it clear and loud. the antenna is nice and swivels in a lot of ways and stays there. the display is clear and the clock comes quite in handy. the cord tucks away underneath the radio nicely. I bought this thinking i would never use the cordless function but was i wrong. i got 6 hours out of a older 18 volt that was pretty much charged. I would recommend this to anyone that wants a nice jobsite radio.
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69 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Fritz W. on November 29, 2010
I am a self-employed handyman and count on my DeWalt tools on a daily basis. I am completely invested in the DeWalt line of cordless tools, and overall, am very pleased with the tool quality and durability. The radio/charger however leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Radio reception is poor. The tuning doesn't seem to stay "locked" on a station and drifts off after a while. It also doesn't seem to pull stations in very well that are farther away. More importantly, the battery charger is nearly worthless. Most of the time, I get the quick flash series indicating that the battery is no good and should be replaced. I put the same battery in a regular charger and it charges in 45 minutes with no problem. All other features are fine. I like having three outlets - a no brainer that should have been on the earlier model. Controls are fine and can be used with gloves on. For the job site radio, the sound is very good. Somebody else complained about the sound quality. Really!? If your job site is a cubicle, then by all means, forget this DeWalt and go for the Bose Wave radio. Bottom line, for the money, this radio should charge the batteries just as well as the stand alone chargers, and the radio tuner should be much better. If you don't have DeWalt batteries to charge, forget this radio. Your money can be much better spent. If you want to charge DeWalt batteries, forget this radio and stick with the standard chargers.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By L. Hill on April 3, 2011
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I finally broke down and bought one of these. I've been a Makita user for years, but converting over to Lithium Ion has caused me to re-evaluate brand loyalty. In looking over website reviews and opinions, I've decided to work my way over to DeWalt. With that, the radio/charger seemed like a good place to start.

The radio is plenty loud enough, even for listening in noisy conditions. Volume won't be an issue folks. I've read some reviews about the volume being less or even insufficient when using the input jack (which I've used for ipods and even my iphone). If it is less, it isn't enough to cause any meaningful difference. My eight-year-old daughter had a pool party at our house right after I got this, and I hooked her ipod up to it so they could listen to her music outside. That badboy blasted for hours on an 18v Lithium Ion battery way loud (no distortion). It was probably half volume, and ten screaming eight-year-olds were swimming, dancing and singing to all of it all through the yard. Again, if volume is your concern, worry no more.

Some people have talked about inaccessibility for a second input jack near the battery or battery cover. Despite the fact mine appears to be the same model, I can't find any such input jack. Even if I could, you're only going to use one at a time, and the jack on the front works great.

Some people talk about the quality of the radio case. Yeah, it's not exactly bullet proof. If not for the "roll cage", I'm sure this wouldn't make it through a couple jobs or parties or camp outings. But the roll cage is there and it does seem to do the protection job well, so no big concern there.

I've read some comments about wandering stations (not holding the station tuning).
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