DeWalt Cordless Drill Mixer DCD130 Review – 60V FlexVolt Power
The DeWalt cordless drill mixers are one of the most popular brands among home users. They have been around since the early 1980’s and they still remain a very successful brand today. They offer many different models ranging from small portable units to large desktop units. The main difference between them is their power source. Some of these units use batteries while others rely on a single 12 volt battery or even a separate 24 VAC adapter.
There are some other differences too such as the size and shape of the unit, how it looks like and so forth. But the main thing is that all of them are powered by a single 12 Volt battery which means they need to be plugged into a wall outlet.
So what makes these cordless drills so popular?
Well first of all, they are affordable. You don’t get much better than this for your money! Second, they come with features that make them suitable for almost any job you might encounter at home or work. They are powerful enough to handle most of the drilling work you will encounter. They also have a wide range of accessories and attachments so that you can use them for various other purposes such as driving screws, mixing paint or even cutting tile. Last but not least, they are all very light weight, compact and easy to store away in a toolbox or a cabinet.
Of course, cordless drills are not without their drawbacks. The fact that they are cordless means that you will have to keep them plugged into an electrical outlet while working with them and this can be a nuisance if you need your hands free. Also, since they rely on batteries, the charge won’t last forever and you will have to spend a few minutes waiting for them to recharge from time to time.
There are several types of batteries which can be used to power these cordless drills and they all have their advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a look at the most popular ones.
Nickel Cadmium batteries (NiCd) – The original battery technology for cordless tools, this type offers a good “power to weight” ratio. It can sustain high torque which is important when drilling into hard materials such as concrete but it has some major drawbacks. First of all, it is not very efficient meaning that the charge won’t last very long. Also, when it runs out of charge it does so all at once which can result in the tool suddenly “jumping” or even breaking if you happen to be using it at the time.
Nickel Metal Hydride batteries (NiMH) – This newer and more advanced technology offers most of the benefits of the NiCd type without the drawbacks. It can sustain high torque, it is more efficient and it doesn’t suffer from “sudden death”. However, it is still relatively new on the market and cordless drill manufacturers haven’t quite managed to maximize its potential yet so it is slightly heavier than the newer Li-Ion type.
Lithium-Ion batteries (Li-Ion) – The newest battery technology which offers the best features of both NiCd and NiMH but without their shortcomings. Drills which are powered by these batteries weigh the least while maintaining the highest level of efficiency and they can sustain a dead battery for an hour or two after the charge has otherwise run out. The only major drawback is the high price but as time goes by, the price is coming down all the time.
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