DeWalt’s compact 18-volt batteries fit old and new tools
All the kings of the cordless category now offer much more compact 18-volt cordless batteries, based on lithium-ion technology, but DeWalt says it is the first to make its new batteries fit its older tools, without compromising performance in any way.
The new, smaller 18-volt pwer packs fit all DeWalt 18-volt tools, from impact drivers to jigsaws, going back more than 10 years. Rather than buy the individual batteries, though, at $99 apiece, DeWalt expects most people to buy new DeWalt compact 18-volt tools, knowing the smaller batteries will fit their other tools. And they expect their new DCK265L combo kit, which includes a 1/2 drill-driver, an impact driver, two batteries, and a charger for $279 to be the most popular package.
Bear in mind that DeWalt also offers its 18-volt tools with full-size lithium-ion batteries, but even those are smaller and lighter than the old NiCad models. By the way, the compact 18-volt batteries offer all the power of their full-size 18-volt brothers, but less run time. This should be attractive to woodworkers, who want better control and ergonomics in the shop but don’t need to drive scores of screws non-stop.