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April 22, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


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Lithium-Ion Battery Maintenance

Lithium-Ion Battery Maintenance Tips

Having already covered battery charging tips, we also wanted to cover lithium-ion battery maintenance tips. Lithium-ion batteries are expensive. You want to do all you can to extend the life of the fuel that powers your cordless tools. Of the top 5 killers, we have the most control over heat, but having good charging habits […]

Milwaukee 9.0 Ah battery pack insides

What is a Lithium-ion Battery? A Better Power Source

It’s about 95 percent likely that you used a device with a lithium-ion battery before you got dressed this morning. Maybe it was even more than one device: a watch, a toothbrush, a laptop or tablet, and almost certainly your smartphone. Even your car might use lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion technology powers a mind-boggling amount of stuff […]

Ridgid Octane 18V batteries

Are Loose Lithium-ion Battery Cells Dangerous?

The question comes up on the heels of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s warnings to avoid buying or using loose 18650 lithium-ion battery cells. The CPSC tells us that these cells are manufactured as industrial component parts of battery packs, and are not intended (at least by the original manufacturer) to be sold off […]

Makita XGT 40V battery exploded view

How Long Do Lithium-ion Batteries Last?

Battery-powered tools have come a long way in the last decade. Moving to lithium-ion as an energy storage medium, instead of the older nickel-cadmium batteries, improves performance and runtimes. It does so to a point that “cutting the cord” has become a viable option for many professional applications. Pros can now do away with lugging […]

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Circular Saw 2732 Review

How Can Cordless Tools Replace Corded Tools? By Using More Current

We talk about the cordless job site pretty frequently. But how can cordless tools replace corded tools? The math doesn’t add up, right? Actually, it does. As manufacturers push into more powerful cordless tools, the concept of switching out your corded tools without power trade-offs is compelling. You Have to Do the Math We had […]

Voltage Vs. Amp Hours Featured Image

Voltage vs Amp Hours: What’s the Relationship?

Maybe you just want to know more or see if your notions about voltage vs. amp hours are right. Maybe you’re brand new to cordless tools and don’t know where to start. Glad you could make it to the party! Voltage vs. amp hours is one of the most basic questions asked of cordless tools. It […]

Hitachi MultiVolt Battery

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

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 […]

Bosch Core18V 4.0 Ah Slim Pack Battery

Bosch Core18V 4.0 Ah Slim Pack Battery

We updated our Core18V battery review a few weeks ago with news of a new Bosch Core18V 4.0 Ah Slim Pack. More than just creating a slim pack for Core18V, it’s a genuine step forward for the high-power battery from Bosch. 20700 cells gave the original Core18V battery 6.3 Ah with its 10-battery configuration (5S2P). The move […]

Milwaukee M18 Tools: Voltage Isn't Everything

Milwaukee M18 Tools: Voltage Isn’t Everything

I had the chance to jump on a phone call with Paul Fry, cordless products Guru for Milwaukee Tool. Okay, so I might have made up that title for him, but he’s our go-to guy when it comes to understanding Milwaukee M18 tools. I had some questions about the current state of the M18 platform […]

Milwaukee 12 AH High Output Battery Review

Milwaukee 12 Ah High Output Battery Review

If you followed along with our coverage of the 2018 New Product Symposium, you’re well aware that there’s a new Milwaukee 12 Ah High Output battery in play for the M18 system. It’s more than just additional capacity, though. There’s some serious tech to talk about along with the fact that the 12 Ah pack isn’t […]