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October 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Battery Reviews & Chargers

Our charger and battery reviews for cordless tools evaluate battery packs, battery chargers, and other technologies and accessories. We tackle cordless batteries, chargers, and accessories for everything from 3.6V to 120V systems. A few years ago we would have said from 3.6V to 36V. Recently, however, advances in outdoor power equipment have yielded battery packs with much higher voltages. Add new products like DeWalt FlexVolt technology, and you can see there is a lot of room for adept battery reviews. Even the new Milwaukee 9.0 Ah High Demand battery shook up the market with power reserves never before seen in cordless power tools. Chargers and Battery Reviews for Tradesmen For the average tradesmen, they want a battery that will last. A lot of times that goes along with the tool being used. Other times, however, a superior battery platform can also bring the best out of a cordless tool. Better batteries bring longer run-times and more power (thanks to higher power densities in lithium-ion batteries). When new battery technology and products come out, we let you know with our battery reviews and break down the facts.

Milwaukee 9.0 amp hour battery announced

Milwaukee 9.0 Ah Battery Technology Overview

We originally saw the Milwaukee 9.0 Ah battery (48-11-1890) in 2015 at Milwaukee’s New Product Symposium and immediately started wondering what kind of cordless tools this capacity could open up. They were already pushing the limits with cordless mag drills and rotary hammers. A Milwaukee 9Ah battery opened the final door towards 18V table saws […]

Bosch BAT622 6Ah battery pack

Bosch BAT622 6 Ah 18V Battery Pack

Need more run-time? Bosch just released its new BAT622 which is, as far as we can tell, the industry’s first 6.0 Ah 18V lithium-ion battery pack. It goes without saying that the Bosch BAT622 battery is going to increase productivity and maximizing how long you can use cordless tools in the field. The Bosch BAT622 is […]

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milwaukee m12 m18 rapid charger leds

Milwaukee Rapid Charger Station 48-59-1807 Review

It’s no big secret that I’m very interested in Lithium-ion batteries and their technological advances. That obsession also involves chargers that give these batteries life. Typically, battery chargers—even those which are multi-voltage or which feature more than one slot or socket for multiple batteries—will only charge batteries in sequence. This was the case with the […]

Bosch 5 Ah Battery Packs Extend Run Time

Hitting store shelves this month will be Bosch 5 Ah battery packs which should significantly extend run time (check out our 2015 Bosch World of Concrete coverage for new of their Bosch 6 Ah battery as well). The higher capacity increased run time as you would expect, but Bosch has used high capacity, low resistance cells […]

DCB090 USB power source

DeWalt DCB090 USB Charger Power Source

With so many devices powered by USB, it’s probably both fortunate and timely that DeWalt announced a new dual-voltage 12V/20V Max USB Charger Power Source (model DCB090). The new DeWalt DCB090 USB Power Source is unique in that it works with all of the company’s 12V and 20V Max battery packs. You can charge two […]

Ridgid 2.0Ah and 4.0Ah 18V HyperLithium batteries

Ridgid Hyper Lithium-ion Batteries for 12V and 18V Tools

Ridgid announced four new lithium-ion batteries today including two new 12V batteries and two new 18V batteries. The new Ridgid Hyper Lithium-ion Batteries feature Ridgid’s latest Hyper Lithium-ion technology and the power density has been increased dramatically. The new 18V Hyper Lithium-ion batteries coem in both 4.0 Ah (Amp hour) high capacity and 2.0 Ah […]

DeWalt XR 4.0 Ah battery

DeWalt 20V XR 2.0 and 4.0 Ah Lithium-ion Battery Packs

At DeWalt’s press event last week we got treated to a few new products, not the least of which was their new 20V Max Premium XR Lithium-ion battery packs. The batteries are available in 2.0 Ah (DCB203) and 4.0 Ah (DCB204) sizes and, according to DeWalt, provide up to 33% longer runtime than DeWalt’s standard […]

Ridgid 4 Ah battery

Ridgid 2.0 Ah and 4.0 Ah Batteries

Ridgid released its new 4.0 Ah and 2.0 Ah Advanced Lithium 18V batteries to much fanfare. These new 2.0 Ah and 4.0 Ah batteries remain backward-compatible with the current 18V slide packs. Not to be confused with orange Ridgid power tools, these packs go with the red plumbing (Emerson) side of the Ridgid brand. The […]

Milwaukee M18 Sequential Charger 48-59-1806 Preview

Until now, each charger took up a considerable amount of space and arranging six chargers in a row on a wall meant taking up around 4 feet of linear space. The new charger looks to be roughly 11″ x 8″ and comes with integrated hang holes for vertical mounting. We’re hoping the mounting points can […]

Craftsman Upgrades C3 Tools with 4Ah XCP Batteries

Craftsman 4Ah XCP Batteries Upgrade C3 Tools

Craftsman has just jumped into the fray with new C3 batteries that take their lithium-ion powered cordless tools to 4.0Ah capacity. The new batteries are upgraded to the new format which, presumably, uses the new cells with greater power density. The result is a pack with more power in the same size as the former […]