Cordless Power Tools

Cordless power tools work on rechargeable batteries, meaning they operate without the need for a power cable. They’re a versatile piece of equipment because as long as the battery is charged the tool can be used anywhere, without having to work near an electrical outlet. There’s also the added benefit of not having to worry about electrical cords getting in the way.

Almost all cordless power tools on the market come with a lithium-ion battery , which is capable of holding a lot of power which doesn’t diminish over time if the tool isn’t used. Plus, the top cordless tools will last a long time before their power starts to fade and some of the high-spec ones come with a fast charger. What’s more, some are up to 40% lighter than some other types of battery, making them easier to work with.

What voltage are cordless power tools?

The batteries for cordless tools come in different sizes, ranging from as low as 6 volts all the way up to 36 volts. The lower the voltage, the less powerful the tool, as this determines how much power the battery can deliver.

For light-duty tasks, a tool between 7 and 15 volts is suitable, for medium-duty tasks look for anything between 12 and 18 volts, whereas for heavy-duty work look for tools which range between 18 and 36 volts.

Advantages of cordless power tools

  • Convenient – one of the biggest selling points of cordless tools is the convenience of being portable, because they don’t require electric supply. They can move with you and are ideal for quick fixes and hard-to-reach places. Plus, with an extra battery always charging, they’re never without power. What’s more, by not having to worry about cords getting in the way this can help to reduce hazards and risks.
  • Extra features – many cordless tools are produced with a variety of features, such as multiple speeds.
  • Multiple uses for the battery – a huge benefit of modern cordless tools is that the same battery can be used in other tools.
  • Storage – cordless power tools are typically easy to store. They can be placed in drawers or on shelves and often come with individual storage containers to house the tool and any accompanying batteries.

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