Better With Batteries
The latest battery technology means everything in the modern world can be wireless, cordless, and unplugged. Tools are no different. Feel the freedom the latest and greatest battery powered gadgets can bring. Here’s a list of our favorite tools powered by batteries.
This is not your Grandma’s lopper. Black+Decker’s cordless Alligator Lopper puts the power of a mini-chainsaw in the palm of your hand, cutting up to four-inch branches with ease. It comes complete with a 20-volt MAX lithium-ion battery, which holds a charge longer and outlives NiCad batteries. Available from The Home Depot; $144.19.
Ryobi’s 18-Volt ONE+ cordless orbital sander is part of the world’s largest 18-Volt tool system. It sands at 10,000 orbits per minute for up to 40 minutes per charge with its high capacity battery, giving you the smoothest possible finish. An on-board dust collection bag makes sure your workspace stays clean and dust free. Available at The Home Depot; $39.97. (Battery and charger sold separately.)
The Meterk 20V Cordless electric drill is a great value, coming with a fast charger and two batteries for less than $60. With 21 different torque outputs, there’s no project this drill can’t help you accomplish. And its overall ergonomic design limits vibration, making it more comfortable to work with. Available on Amazon; $55.47.
Be the boss of fallen leaves with the Craftsman V20 Cordless Brushless Axial Blower Kit. Its variable speed triggers let you choose between power and longevity, and its Boost mode will help you clear heavy debris with ease. Weighing in at less than eight pounds, you’ll barely notice you’re working in the yard. Available from Lowe's; $159.
Craftsman’s V20 Jobsite Fan can work off its V20 battery on high speed for eight hours or be plugged into an AC outlet for unlimited runtime. Its pivoting head lets you direct air where you need it, and three speeds allow you to adjust the airflow. It weighs less than four and a half pounds, so moving it around is a cinch. Available from Lowe’s; $59.
You’ll avoid the noise and fumes of a traditional weed whacker with the 56-Volt Lithium-Ion powered EGO Power+ Cordless String Trimmer. Its 15-inch cutting swath will get your trimming done in a hurry, with unrivaled cordless power. Available on Amazon; $278.99.
Never miss a stud again with this 4-in-1 Electric Multi-Function Wall Detector. It quickly locates metal studs, pipes, rebar, joists, and live electrical wires. Its beep signal alert coupled with its digital LCD display make your detective work easy. Available on Amazon; $25.99.
Cordless Stick Vacuum
Take care of any mess quickly and easily with the Bissell ICONpet Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner. It converts from a hand held to a high reach vacuum in seconds. With three cleaning modes and a rechargeable 22-volt Lithium-Ion battery, you’ll have the power to tackle pet hair, dust, kitchen crumbs and more. Available on Amazon; $299.99.
Even heavy duty gluing projects can be handled with the Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Cordless glue gun. It’s full sized, and designed to work with both all-purpose and high strength adhesives. The high capacity battery gives you three and a half hours of runtime, making it suitable for both home and professional projects. Available from The Home Depot; $29.97.
Cutting curves without a cord is liberating. The RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ Cordless Orbital Jig Saw gives you customized settings to help you complete your projects. Variable speed and BladeSaver technology make this little saw a big help at home and on the work site. Available from The Home Depot; $69.
Never drop a screw again! The Black+Decker SmartSelect Screwdriver has a retractable, magnetic screw holder that ensures screws go into the wall straight, and never get dropped. Small, lightweight, and rechargeable, this next level screwdriver is perfect for small jobs and regular maintenance around the house. Available on Amazon; $28.00.
What? A battery-powered light bulb? Yes. GE’s LED+ Battery Backup Soft White LED light bulb automatically recharges when the electricity is on, so if it ever goes out, you can keep the light shining. It will give you 5 hours of battery life at 95 lumens. Unscrew it from the fixture, and it can serve as a flashlight with a built-in switch. Available from Target; $15.99.
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