Innovation. Innovation. Innovation.
Sometimes you wish the power tool manufacturers would change the record; it seems all they want to harp on about is innovation.
And then you get the news that Metabo are bringing a new, innovative, lithium-ion battery to the market, and you catch yourself thinking, "oh, here we go again…".
Another new lithium-ion battery. We’ve got Makita and its LXT. We’ve got Bosch and its ECP. And we’ve got Milwaukee with its red.
But then our power tool spy unearthed a piece of news that could suddenly make all of this talk innovation worthwhile.
Metabo are like the rest of the power tool companies. It likes to talk about innovation. They ship their lithium-ion cordless power tools with a 3 year warranty and an air-cooled battery system.
And now they’ve gone to the next level with their innovation. They’re introducing an 4Ah 18v lithium-ion battery as part of their Power Extreme range, and they’ll be available in January 2012.
Metabo seem to want to make a bit of a splash about these batteries, so our first question is, what’s the big deal?
The big deal seems to be all about run time and battery life.
First off, Metabo is claiming 33% more run time on these 4Ah batteries. In the real world that means 40 minutes per charge, for example, rather than 30 minutes.
How does that work out on the job site?
Well, it means less charges. And less charges means more time working on the job. And more time spent working on the job means…you get more work done.
And, for many, that means more cash.
It also means your battery will last longer in terms of its life-span.
What kills your lithium-ion batteries is charging them. Simply put, the more you have to recharge your battery, the more you shorten its life. Therefore, the less charging your battery needs, the longer it will last before needing to be replaced (read more about lithium ion batteries here).
Metabo is estimating 33% longer life-span on their new 4Ah batteries.
But what about the Metabo cordless tools you’ve already invested in? Are you going to be stuck using 14.4v or 18v 3Ah batteries?
No. The new 4Ah batteries are backward-compatible with all of Metabo’s slide cordless range. Just slap the new 4Ah battery in and you’re good to go. And now that Metabo’s 18v lithium-ion range has expanded to include 16 power tools, we reckon Metabo are making its toosl serious contenders against the other big name power tool brands.
So, what do you think? What difference could a 4Ah battery make to your working day? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook.