I recently bought a Bosch PB360D Power box and this model is similar to the PB360S which is the standard version. I was asked many times what are the differences between the two models. Thus in answering the question, this article will discuss the differences. Well for a start the notation “D” represents the deluxe version of this well known job-site radio from Bosch.
However, I wish to highlight that there are many similarities between the two versions. Both are built to be heavy-duty job-site radios that can withstand the rough working site conditions and still provide a powerful 360 degree clear sound.
However there are differences between the two models which are not obvious and these differences are discussed below.
The most obvious difference is the control panel. In the PB360D, it has a backlit control panel while PB360S has a normal control panel without any backlit. The backlit has a light bluish tone enabling the display details to be seen in low light condition.
The second difference is the deluxe version has a built-in extra SIRIUS Satellite Dock. Thus one can plug in or dock one’s satellite radio and enjoy satellite radio broadcasting in addition to the built-in FM and AM radio.
The third difference is the types of power outlets. The PB360D and PB360S besides being job-site radios are also power boxes. That is one can plug in one’s power tools to the power outlet and runs from there. The power outlet found in PB360D is GFCi types while those in PB360S are the normal ones. The term GFCi stands for ground fault circuit interrupter which is a safety device. However there are no problems powering Bosch power tools with the power outlets of both models.
The final difference between the two models is the availability of a remote control. The deluxe version comes with a remote while the standard version has none. Well having or not having a remote is not a big deal. In my opinion, the remote may be easily lost in work sites as it is easily taken away.
Well the above are the main differences between the two models. Due to these differences, there is a difference in price too. The model PB360S costs about $180 while the deluxe model PB360D costs $100 dollars more. Both models are available and can be ordered online through online stores like Amazon.com.