You might remember earlier this year when Metabo were first to market with 4Ah li-ion power tools?
Well, now Dewalt have joined the party and from August 2012 will be furnishing their entire range of XR cordless tools with a new 4Ah battery. We first heard about this a few weeks ago after reports were leaked from Australia but our friends at Dewalt were keen to keep the official announcement to dealers until an event at Liverpool FC’s stadium. And now we can finally tell you about it…….
What does this mean for you, the guy who uses Dewalt cordless power tools?
- All UK model numbers will remain the same apart from the "L" becomes an "M" – for example a DCD985L2 combi drill with 3Ah batteries will be a DCD985M2 with 4ah batteries.
- The weight is exactly the same. This has been achieved by the cell walls being slightly thinner (this takes weight out) enabling Dewalt to increase the amount of active materials in the cell (adding weight back in)
- 70 minute charge time from empty using the multi voltage battery charger which is also capable of charging Dewalts 10.8 and 14.4 volt batteries
- The batteries now have a state of charge indicator so you’ll never be caught out again by drained cells
- The cells are currently manufactured by Sanyo
- 33% more runtime versus the 3ah batteries when used in the same tool – Simple maths 4 is 33% more than 3
- 1 year warranty
The range of tools in the XR range is also growing. There’s 2 new impact wrenches – a compact one and a hi-torque model. This compliments the 12 products already doing well for Dewalt in the XR family.
So, now we have Metabo and Dewalt sporting 4Ah in their portfolios, when will Bosch and Makita be sitting at the same table? No news yet from either. Bosch have great batteries already and Makita have worked on their range of tools rather than the batteries driving them.
So whats next? Any ideas how power tool batteries could be made even better? Will you be buying into 4ah any time soon?
By the way, there are some other new tools available August from Dewalt. A new 10.8v recip saw (video here), a 10.8v thermal imager (thermometer) and a couple of new corded compact reciprocating saws.
All in all, it looks like Dewalt are on to a winner with the new tools and battery technologies, but consumers will decide as usual. Will they stick with what they know or upgrade?
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