A new Hercules 20V / 120V dual power bluetooth speaker radio has shown up at Harbor Freight. Let’s check it out below.
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Hercules 20V / 120V Dual Power Bluetooth Speaker Radio – Features
The long awaited Hercules 20V radio is finally here. We learned about it way back in 2017 and since then Harbor Freight has been saying “Coming Soon”. We thought it was a myth but it’s now a reality after nearly 6 years.
The above image was from 2017 and you can check out the original article here. Of course this new Hercules radio isn’t the same one shown in the picture as we can see it’s gone through some changes. This is most likely a good thing as the actual radio is feature packed as we’ll see below.
This radio isn’t just a radio. It’s also a bluetooth speaker and you can pair your phone to play your tunes wirelessly. The original mockup was listed as just a radio. So it’s good to see they’ve added bluetooth functionality to the one that launched. The Bluetooth signal range is good up to 165 feet clear line of sight.
Hercules 20V / 120V Dual Power Bluetooth Speaker Radio – Display
At the top we see a monochrome LCD display with buttons underneath. The usual controls are there as well as EQ settings and radio station presets.
Sound is produced by a single speaker with metal grill.
It’s got a pop-up up and down antenna up top for reception. I remember when antennas were a thing. They are a relic of a time long ago.
The overall design isn’t much different from their other in house brand Bauer 20V radio. There we can see similar shape and placement of speaker, display, and antenna. An overall similar design. The display looks similar and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the same part to save manufacturer cost.
Just like the Bauer 20V radio, the Hercules can also charge a small electronic devices with a USB port charger on the back. Also like the Bauer, it has a strap to hold a phone on the back. One key difference between the two is that the Hercules can run on 20V battery power and also 120V AC power with included adapter. This radio also has a 3.5mm jack and aux mode to plug in your ipod the old fashioned way.
Harbor Freight says you can get up to 30 hours or runtime with a 5ah battery.
I must say I kinda like the design. I think its because it reminds me of a 90’s arcade cabinet where I spent a chunk of my childhood.
Hercules 20V / 120V Dual Power Bluetooth Speaker Radio – Pricing & Availability
It’s available now at HF for $54.99 as a baretool at the time of writing.
Hercules 20V / 120V Dual Power Bluetooth Speaker Radio
- Up to 30 hours of runtime with the HERCULES® 5.0 Ah lithium battery (sold separately)
- Clear line of sight for BLUETOOTH® streaming up to 165 ft. away
- Rugged and durable design to withstand tough jobsite conditions
- Compact size for improved portability and storage
- Auxiliary input jack for instant connection to MP3 players and smartphones
- Folding AM/FM antenna for strong uninterrupted reception
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