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DeWalt PowerStack Batteries and Technology

DeWalt PowerStack lithium-polymer pouches

Designed with stacked pouch battery cells instead of cylindrical cells, DeWalt PowerStack 20V Max batteries make some huge changes. DeWalt claims PowerStack batteries and technology provide more power with less weight and size. They give the case in point with their debut model, the DeWalt DCBP034 PowerStack 1.7Ah battery.


This might be the biggest announcement made since DeWalt Tool Connect came online. DeWalt also seems to be the first major power tool brand to use pouch cell batteries in the construction industry.

DeWalt PowerStack Technology Overview

The big deal behind DeWalt PowerStack batteries is the use of stacked lithium-ion polymer pouches instead of cylindrical cells. While current 20V Max batteries use either 18650 or 21700 cells, PowerStack uses a literal “stack” of 5 lithium-polymer pouches.

DeWalt PowerStack battery vs compact 20V pack

When using stacking technology, you gain the advantages of less internal resistance, longer life, and better utilization of internal space.

18650 cells vs pouch batteries

That means you can make the packs smaller with the same amount of power output. This high energy density, of course, also lets you choose to occupy the same space while providing even more power. Because you have the potential for greater energy density and more life cycles, stacked cell batteries offer a lot of hard-to-ignore advantages.

DeWalt powerstack pouch battery

Bold Claims

According to DeWalt, their 1.7AhDCBP034 Powerstack battery provides 50% more power than their 2.0Ah DCB203 in a 25% more compact housing. DeWalt also claims 2X the charge cycles compared to the 18650 cell-based DCB203 compact 20V Max battery.

DeWalt PowerStack Technology

More power, more compact, and more charge cycles? You can bet we’ll see a lot more stacked cell batteries in the near future.

DeWalt PowerStack DCBP034 vs DCB203 Compact Battery Specs

When comparing the 20V MaxDeWalt PowerStack DCB034 vs the DCB203 Compact battery we want to look at weight, size, and capacity. Here’s what we know:

DCBP034DCB203
Capacity (Ah)1.7 Ah2.0 Ah
Capacity (Wh)30.6 Wh36 Wh
Length4.1 in.4.625 in.
Width2.5 in.2.95 in.
Height1.7 in.1.875 in
Weight0.7 lbs.0.8 lbs.
Charge Cycles (estimated)1000500
PriceTBD$99

The first thing we noted was the apparently lower Ah and Wh rating of the pack. What has us perplexed is how a 1.7Ah pack is “50% more powerful” than a 2.0Ah pack. We’ll have to learn more about how these numbers translate into real-world results after we get our hands on some of these new DeWalt PowerStack batteries.

DeWalt PowerStack lithium-ion pouch cells

Size Does Matter

The real big deal—aside from energy output—has to be the size. These new packs offer a lot more power density, which means you get more power in less space. The specs above form some of the total picture. Perhaps these photos can help show the key difference in both length and width:

DeWalt PowerStack Battery Pricing and Availability

Fortunately, DeWalt gave us pricing on the new PowerStack battery pack as well as some available configurations. For now, DeWalt has three options for their new batteries with PowerStack technology:

  • DCBP034 Compact Battery – $119
  • DCBP034C Compact Battery Starter Kit with DCB112 Charger – $149
  • DCBP034-2 (2-pack) – $179

The DeWalt PowerStack 20V Max Compact Battery (DCBP034) begins rolling out in North America starting December 1, 2021. DeWalt then plans to continue its global debut of the technology through Spring of 2022. Look for DeWalt PowerStack batteries to arrive as a parallel premium option alongside existing 20V compact batteries.

Final Thoughts

DeWalt couched their comments to specs when talking about power, citing “not in application” when talking about power. We really look forward to understanding how stacked polymer “pouch” style batteries fare in real-world testing. From what we’ve experienced so far, these packs should put out more power while saving on bulk and weight.

The limiting factor does indeed appear to be runtime. When DeWalt manages to release packs with larger amp-hours remains to be seen—that will take the power and add additional runtime.

Traditionally, pouch cell batteries tend to swell with gas during charge and discharge cycles (with as much as a 10% increase in volume). Hopefully, the engineering behind DeWalt PowerStack batteries accommodates or solves this expansion and contraction issue.

The increased number of charge cycles really impresses us. That can’t be overstated as it means your packs last longer—and that translates into real savings.

Get more information from the DeWalt website.


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Steve Harkins

Then there is is this other thing, 1000 cycles, In the last 6 years of Flexvolt use, that is 100% cordless now. The battery will age out before it even comes close to a 1000 cycles.
Get dropped 100 times, be in the sun where it should not be, The casing will crack, the lock switch will wear.
500 cycles is math that matches the container that it is in.
Everything about the design must wear out at the same time.

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Steve Harkins

Powerstack %50 more power
25% more compact
15% less weight
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50% more heat that can not dissipate on a 90 degree day, Just physics.

Bob

This topology of battery has been used in Cellphones and tablets for years. And where/when all the fires first Lipo fires started. Samsung had to pull a whole new launch due to the fires. Yea, not a good thing to compress them to make them fit in the phone, ooopps. The limitations are know, handling has gotten better. But good enough for a tool? The RC world has seen and will still see the occasional fires. The fire proof storage and charging bags are highly recommend in the RC world. Those packs take a good amount of abuse in use… Read more »

John Angliss

Hi when will they come to the UK

Gideon Zook

Does it use the same charger?

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