Dewalt’s launch of the 54v XR FlexVolt battery platform, and the high-draw, high-powered tools that benefit from them, has marked another turning point towards a fully cordless jobsite.
However, we encounter questions about the battery platform and whether it’s actually as good as Dewalt claim.
In this blog guide, we’ll cover some common misconceptions about Dewalt’s XR FlexVolt battery platform.
#1 – Dewalt XR FlexVolt Tools Are Too Expensive
There’s no question that these cordless tools are fairly big investments cash-wise for any tradesperson. The key thing to keep in mind, though, is that when you buy a new cordless tool with a battery, it’s the battery that’s the most expensive part of the bundle!
However, when you own one battery you can add more body-only tools to your kit at a much lower cost. As we’ve stated above, the XR FlexVolt packs can be used in any of your existing 18v XR kits, with almost double the available stored charge!
When it’s all factored out, the XR FlexVolt kit could well save you time and money in the long run. Remember that Toolstop offers you fantastic finance deals, which you can learn more about here.
#2 – Are Dewalt XR FlexVolt Tools Really As Powerful as Corded Tools?
Yes, and in some cases and circumstances, they’re even more powerful. How so?
With a battery powered motor you’re not relying on the AC/DC current from the mains.
Instead, the power is delivered from the battery to the motor via DC – or Direct Current – only. That means constant power from the battery straight to the motor, allowing the XR FlexVolt tools to work extremely hard and tackle jobs normally consigned to corded tools only.
#3 – Dewalt XR FlexVolt Tools Don’t Run for Long Due to the Low Ampere-hour
An interesting benefit of the XR FlexVolt batteries is that you can slot them into an 18v XR tool and get incredibly runtimes (and sometimes a little bit more power into the bargain). For example, the latest version of the batteries gives you up to 9Ah when used on an 18v tool, which is incredible.
The perceived downside, however, is that when in 54v mode the batteries have a charge capacity of around 2Ah. Is that really a problem?
No. Because the tools are more powerful, they take less time to do the job, particularly in high-draw applications like grinding or cutting long or thick lengths of timber.
As a result, the brushless motor of the tool requires less power from the battery to get the job done.
Do you have any questions about Dewalt’s XR FlexVolt? Let us know in the comments below.