There’s a huge range of DAB radios available in the UK in 2017, many of which are rechargeable. This includes pocket radios as well as larger rechargeable radios for listening to around the house and the garden. This article looks at some of the best rechargeable DAB radios in these different categories.
Choosing a rechargeable DAB radio
When choosing a rechargeable digital radio, you should consider these factors:
What kind of battery/batteries does it take?
Some radios use a bespoke battery pack. This can be more convenient as the radio will charge itself when it’s plugged in. However, it normally means that replacing the battery will be more complicated and expensive.
Other radios take regular rechargeable batteries. These batteries are easy and cheap to get hold of, but you will need to recharge them yourself using a battery charger, unless the radio has a built-in battery charger.
What is the battery life like?
Battery life on DAB radios is worse than on FM radios, and batteries can last for as little as 2-3 hours. This means it’s especially important to look for a radio with above average battery life.
Best rechargeable pocket DAB radios
These radios are designed to fit into your pocket and be listened to through earphones. They’re great for listening to while walking, jogging, commuting or just relaxing around the house.
Price: £39.00 on Amazon.co.uk
The VQ Blighty is our current pick as the best DAB radio in the pocket radios category. The Blighty looks great and is solid and well built. It’s a small pocket radio with a rechargeable internal battery that offers a battery life of up to 10 hours, though this will probably deteriorate over time.
This radio charges via a mini-USB cable, so you can plug it into your computer to recharge it. It also comes with a pair of earphones included.
Read our full review of the VQ Blighty here.
Price: £58.50 on Amazon.co.uk
The Sony XDR-P1DBP is one of the best pocket DAB radios when it comes to battery life. Sony state that the battery life is 20 hours when listening through earphones or 15 hours when using the radio’s built-in speaker, and this isn’t an exaggeration.
This radio has a really high-quality feel to it, unlike some of the cheaper pocket radios out there. The built-in speaker is impressive too, and goes surprisingly loud without sounding distorted.
The Sony XDR-P1DBP has a built-in lithium-ion battery which you can recharge from your computer using a USB cable.
Read our full review of the Sony XDR-P1DBP here.
For some other great pocket DAB radios to consider, see this article: Best Pocket DAB Radios.
Best rechargeable portable DAB radios
These radios are a bit bigger than the pocket radios reviewed above, but are small enough to easily carry around the house.
Buy online: £39.00 on Amazon.co.uk
The Roberts Play10 is one of the most popular rechargeable DAB radios in the UK, and offers solid performance as well providing the essential features people look for in a portable radio.
The Play10 is reasonably priced, and offers great value for money. It has good sound quality for the price, and sounds especially good when listening to speech programmes.
This radio is small and light, which makes it easy to carry around the house or into the garden. It takes four AA regular or rechargeable batteries, which are cheap and easy to replace.
See our full review of the Roberts Play10 here.
Buy online: £69.99 on Amazon.co.uk
The Roberts Unologic is an innovative FM/DAB radio with a built-in battery charger. The Unologic takes four AA batteries, so it’s easy and cheap to buy replacement batteries should you need to.
The radio has good reception on FM and DAB, and has a decent amount of bass, giving it better sound quality than most other portable DAB radios, which can sound quite tinny.
Read our full review of the Unologic here.
For some other recommended portable DAB radios, see this article: Best Portable DAB Radios.