Back in 2011 Dewalt proudly announced a new range of cordless power tools branded with the “XR” name. But what does the XR from Dewalt mean? In this guide, we’ll cover exactly what XR means and the advantages of using Dewalt XR cordless tools.
“What Does XR on Dewalt Mean?”
This appears to be a common question and although we’ve been living with XT tools for the best part of a decade, it’s time to disambiguate the term. XR means eXtreme Runtime. Simple as that.
But what does that XR translate into with regards to the performance of the tool?
As John from Dewalt explained to us back in 2011 (see video below) the idea behind XR was to provide cordless tools that would be tough outside, intelligent inside. This was achieved by Dewalt completely reimagining the switch on these cordless tools, making it smarter. This means better runtime and performance due to how the power transfer of energy from the XR battery to the motor was managed, but also a fine tuning on how the battery and motor were protected from overloading, overheating, over-charging and also deep discharge, all of which have detrimental effects on the motor and batteries.
Each tool with the XR branding will internally monitor its performance, including the relationship between the battery and what’s happening at the business end; how hard you’re pushing the circular saw or combi-drill, for example, making sure the tool will be protected against being pushed beyond it’s stated capabilities.
What Are the Benefits of Dewalt XR Cordless Tools?
Yes, all users want “extreme runtime” from their power tools, but this has to be balanced by protecting the motor and batteries from lasting damage. Burning out your tool and frying your battery isn’t a very efficient way to operate!
Going beyond the “eXtreme Runtime” ethos and intelligent power tool switches, the huge benefit of XR at launch was a whole range of power tools that could be powered by one battery. If you own any 18 XR power tool that was supplied with a battery, you can use that battery on any other 18v XR power tool. And with Dewalt boosting the charge capacity of these 18v batteries from, at launch, 3Ah up to 6Ah, the term “extreme runtime” is starting to make sense. And of course, with virtually of the XR range now sporting brushless motors, the potential runtime is extending all the time.
While the technology behind XR isn’t new anymore, the range of tools is growing and growing, evolving and adapting to user demands and Dewalt has become one of the most popular power tools brands in the world, thanks in part to what XR technology has allowed end-users like you to do. And, of course, a couple of years ago we saw the American brand launch XR FlexVolt which took the capabilities of cordless tools to a whole new level. Read our report on XR FlexVolt here.
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