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March 2, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Hitachi MultiVolt Battery Arriving Now… and It’s Metabo HPT

Hitachi MultiVolt Battery

The Hitachi MultiVolt battery pack is coming and DeWalt will no longer be alone with their FlexVolt system. There are some similarities along with significant differences. And of course, there are the tools to go along with it.


Editor’s Note: Starting October 17, 2018, Hitachi will be fully under the name of Metabo HPT. For more details on the impact, click here.

Hitachi MultiVolt Battery Pack

The pack contains ten 21700 lithium-ion cells giving the battery 144 watt-hours to work with. The 21700 cell is currently the largest we’re aware of in the industry with other brands like MilwaukeeBosch, and Metabo also using the larger cell.

Check out this article for more details on the significance of the cell sizes.

How the Hitachi MultiVolt battery distributes that energy is what makes it special. The pack primarily is designed to run new Metabo HPT 36V tools. Coming out as Metabo HPT MultiVolt tools, the pack will operate at 36 volts and 4.0 amp hours to give you solid run time with more power.

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The battery is also backward compatible with Hitachi/Metabo HPT 18V tools. In any of them, it will deliver 18 volts with 8.0 amp hours, giving it a huge gas tank to work with to extend runtime. And yes, there’s a 4 LED charge indicator on it.

As far as compatibility goes, the Hitachi MultiVolt battery will power any Hitachi MultiVolt tool or 18V lithium-ion tool without issue. Going the other direction, Hitachi 18V batteries will not power a MultiVolt 36V tool and the form factor is designed specifically so it won’t fit in the tool.

Pricing

While the technology is impressive, the price point will also get your attention. You may already be familiar with Hitachi’s Affordable Battery Program where a 3.0 Ah battery runs $39 and a 1.5 Ah pack is $29. Hitachi tells us that they’re pricing their battery packs right at the break-even point after you toss in manufacturing and shipping to the US. The Hitachi MultiVolt battery at 8.0 Ah (as an 18V battery) will run $99 and is arriving at retailers now.

If sales look like it can support it, look for a 2.0/4.0 Ah compact MultiVolt battery for smaller tools like the MultiVolt Triple Hammer Impact Driver.

 

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Kevin Sayers

Why don’t they just make a single cell Lithium battery then dc to dc invert to any Vdc or variable frequency ( Hz) thus maxing power density to package and weight of materials.

Sizarro Barkie

Well, some of these tools are starting to hit the market. While the concept is very good, the price points are ridiculous. No one will buy them and after having a tight relationship with Hitachi, Amazon appears to be turning their back on the Metabo HPTs.

Not a good start for them. The Hitachi 18v tools were quietly the best value out there in terms of quality-to-price and being sold directly from Amazon. I’ll wait to see the mfgr relationship Amazon establishes next.

Joe

So they copied Dewalt

Skip Boll

Go to site.

Matt Lippincott

Wow. $99? Will this be a game changer?

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