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Battery charger and jobsite radio in one: Radio charger now with remote control and integrated CD-player


· Job site radio plays songs in MP3 format

· MW/FM stereo radio with liquid crystal digital display

· Device withstands falls from a height of two meters

Bosch has now equipped the Radio Charger GML 24 V Professional with two more functions: the battery charger and job site radio in one can now also be operated by remote control and professionals can listen to the latest hits not only on the radio but also using the built-in, shock-resistant CD-player. It even plays songs downloaded from the Internet in MP3 format in stereo quality.

All of the functions previously offered by the radio charger have been retained on the new version. This means that it charges 12 to 24-volt (L-pack or O-pack) Bosch batteries, it serves as a 2-socket power extension and it has a 12-volt outlet (car lighter socket).

What makes the radio charger special is its robustness: it is spring-loaded in sturdy roll-bars. This enables it to withstand falls from a height of two metres without suffering any damage. A steel frame protects its speakers and rubber-coated control knobs and buttons can withstand the hazards common to construction sites.

The MW/FM stereo-radio of the radio-charger offers electronic channel-search and 20 station pre-sets. An equalizer, two large 12.5-centimeter speakers as well as two tweeters and a switchable bass amplifier provide the right sounds that can even drown out the noise of work on a construction site. If there is no mains connection available on the construction site, the device can be operated with Bosch batteries (12 to 24 volts, NiCd & NiMH).

The integrated charging station for Bosch batteries is concealed behind a plastic flap on the back of the device. It recharges NiCd and NiMH battery packs in one to two hours – depending on the type of battery – while continuing to perform its other functions.

The large liquid crystal display on the front of the device shows the selected radio frequency, the charge state of the battery pack inserted and the time. Thanks to its background lighting, the LCD is easy to read, even in dark conditions.

When connected to the mains supply, the device acts as a mains power distributor with its two splash-proof 230-volt sockets. The user can, for example, connect a cell-phone charger, which has a plug for car cigarette lighters, to the fused 12-volt socket. The three metre power cable can be quickly and easily stored for transport on the cable holder on the side of the device.

The multifunctional cube-shaped radio-charger has a side length of 36 centimeters and weighs just 8.5 kilograms despite its extensive range of equipment and robust technology. Thanks to the built-in carrying handle, it can easily be taken onto any construction site. The radio charger with the extended range of functions will be available at retail outlets from September 2006 onwards.

The Bosch Group is a leading global manufacturer of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology. In fiscal 2005, some 251,000 associates generated sales of 41.5 billion euros. Set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering,” the Bosch Group today comprises a manufacturing, sales, and after-sales service network of more than 280 subsidiaries and more than 12,000 Bosch service centers in over 140 countries.

The special ownership structure of the Bosch Group guarantees its financial independence and entrepreneurial freedom. It makes it possible for the company to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future, as well as to do justice to its social responsibility in a manner reflective of the spirit and will of its founder. A total of 92 % of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by the charitable foundation Robert Bosch Stiftung. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG.

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