Porter Cable PC18ID 18V Lithium Impact Driver Review

Porter Cable 18V Lithium Impact Driver Review

The Porter Cable 18V lithium impact driver is a high quality cordless corded impact driver designed for residential use. It features a rechargeable battery pack with a capacity of up to 2 hours of continuous run time and comes in two sizes: 12 Volt or 18 VDC.

The charger unit measures 3″ x 4″, weighs 5 oz., and can charge one 9 volt battery at a time.

The 18V Lithium Impact Driver is powered by a single AA battery (not included) and charges from dead batteries in less than 30 minutes. It will run continuously for approximately 24 hours before requiring recharging.

When not in use, it can be stored safely inside its protective carrying case.

The 18V Lithium Impact Driver is equipped with a built-in safety feature which automatically shuts off power when the battery pack is fully charged. If the battery pack becomes completely discharged, the driver will shut itself down until it reaches a full charge level again.

The lithium ion battery packs are protected against over charging and under discharge by an internal protection circuit. Each tool is equipped with a handy belt clip (removable), a built-in LED worklight, and an on board bit holder (in handle).

With over 20 years experience, Porter-Cable is one of America’s oldest and most experienced manufacturers of professional grade power tools. A family owned business, they are noted for their attention to quality and customer support.

They are the choice of professionals. Backed by a 1-year warranty, the 18V Lithium impact driver comes with a complete package of accessories to get you up and running fast.

When choosing between an 18v and a 12v cordless impact driver, consider the size of the hardware you’ll most commonly be driving into place. If the bolts or screws are larger, go with a 12v.

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If they’re smaller, then an 18v is just fine. A good rule of thumb is if the head of the bolt is larger than a quarter, go with a 12v. If it’s smaller than a quarter, an 18v will do just fine.

Porter-Cable have been designing and manufacturing power tools in the United States for over 85 years, and they are experts in their field. They hold more patents than any other power tool company.

Their cordless tools are perfect for all your around the home repairs and projects.

The 18V battery can be used with other porter-cable 18V products. The one year free service contract ensures that if you encounter any problems you are covered.

With a 3-year limited warranty, this is a comprehensive coverage from a trusted name in power tools. You can choose from a variety of kits or stand-alone items to suit your needs.

Lithium-Ion Battery Pack

The Porter-Cable 18V Lithium-Ion battery delivers 3x more cycles than other leading 18V batteries. This means longer run time and less time charging.

The battery can be charged more than any other brand of 18V and holds a charge 4x longer. With up to 2x more power, this makes the battery the perfect choice for high demand jobs.

LED Light

The built-in LED work light provides increased vision when working in dark places. The light is activated when the trigger is pulled and works independently of the motor, giving you the ability to work in the dark.

Carbon Fiber Brush

The carbon fiber brush resists wear and tear, increases tool run time and reduces the need for replacement. Saving you time and money.

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Magnesium Housing

The magnesium housing is not only lightweight but also durable and resistant to corrosion. It can withstand the most demanding tasks, all while keeping the tool light in your hand.

Ergonomic Grip

The overmold on the grip allows for a comfortable and secure grip, especially when working with the tool for long periods of time. The rubber and plastic materials resist chemicals and abrasion, giving the tool long life.


Brand: Porter-Cable

Model: PCL10820

Voltage: 18V

No Load Speed: 0 – 2,800 RPM

Impact Rate: 0 – 3,200 IPM

Length: 8 in.

Weight: 2.3 lbs.

Battery Size: 18V

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Porter-Cable 18V Lithium-Ion 1/2 in. Compact Impact Wrench

Battery (48-11-1890)

Battery Charger (48-59)

Accessory Kit (55-29)

(2) 1/2 in. Drive Deep Well Socket (05/16)

(2) 1/2 in. Drive 6 Point SAE Socket (10/24)

(1) Carrying Case

(1) Wrench Tool Bag


3 Year Limited Warranty


Porter-Cable Tools Manual

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Porter-Cable Warranty Registration

Porter-Cable 18V Combo Kit Owners Manual


Accessories for this product

Porter-Cable 18V Battery (48-11) Price: $94.99

Customer Reviews

Great tool, wear protective eyewear!

on January 24, 2017

By D Vadasz

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I have an older PC hammer drill that weighs a ton. I bought the 18V One+ primarily to replace it for lighter weight, and smaller size.

The 1/2″ driver is fantastic, and very handy! I like the forward and reverse selector being moved from behind the trigger to the top of the handle. I use this all day, every day, and have had no problems. Wear eye protection when using!! Once this thing grabs a bolt or nut, it’s not letting go until you let go of the trigger!

A good tool to have in your arsenal.

on May 15, 2017

By Gary

I bought this to replace a Craftsman 1/2 impact that didn’t last very long. I’ve only had it for about a month and used it about 10-12 hours so far but it has worked flawlessly for me and the battery seems to last for quite awhile.

I use it mainly for lug nuts on my truck (which can be a pain with a lug wrench at times). It will break them loose pretty quick and then I can switch to the lug wrench to finish loosening them. The light is handy as a lot of my work takes place in the dark.

Very good, but not perfect

on February 15, 2017

By D. D.

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So far I’ve used this impact for several jobs, and really like it. It has loads of power, and chips away at old bolts and rusted parts very quickly.

I had an issue with the LED flashlight being very dim, but a quick call to PC support got that resolved – apparently there was some bad grease where the LED sits, so I cleaned it thoroughly and applied fresh grease, and now it works great! My only complaint is that it seems to eat through the 18V batteries very quickly, even when the RED charge indicator light is still showing. This means I have to keep a spare charged battery on hand so I don’t get stuck, but that’s not really a huge issue since they’re not expensive.

Good power, light weight, and long lasting battery

on May 21, 2017

By R. C.

This impact is replacing a competitors model that only lasted 3 years of weekend warrior use. I’ve been very pleased with this porter cable so far though.

It has good power and light weight and the battery seems to last a very long time even when used heavily for hours. The LED light is a nice feature too, it isn’t as bright as my other one but I’ll take longer lasting over temporary brightness.

Five Stars

on March 8, 2017

By Amazon Customer

Great cordless drill. Only thing I wish it had was a laser to help with drilling holes straight

Five Stars

on December 27, 2016

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By Amazon Customer

Great power in a small package. Would buy again.

Five Stars

on December 21, 2016

By Amazon Customer

nice drill. great replacement for my 18v dewalt that died after 4 years of use

good drill

on March 20, 2017

By James C.

Works well. Does everything I need it for.

Five Stars

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on May 18, 2017

By William A. Beasley

Working good so far…

Five Stars

on December 22, 2016

By David J. Temple

Very nice

Five Stars

on December 20, 2016

By Amazon Customer

A great tool that I use all the time. Thanks, Amazon.

Great tool with some minor issues

on March 15, 2017

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By David G. Gray

I really like this drill and all the features it has to offer. The only issue is that the light that they have built in does not work properly.

It works great when first turning the drill on but after about 30 seconds it starts to strobe on and off making it almost useless. I have tried changing the battery and made sure it was in correctly but it still has the same issue. Other than that its a great drill for all around use.

Five Stars

on March 11, 2017

By Amazon Customer

great drill! compact and powerful

Five Stars

on March 10, 2017

By Mark R.

Great cordless drill. Well balanced and very strong!

Five Stars

on March 7, 2017

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By mr. scootergirl

Great cordless drill! Very light and easy to use!

Five Stars

on March 4, 2017

By dlm

Great product!

Five Stars

on March 2, 2017

By Amazon Customer

Great drill, I really like it.

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Great drill

on February 27, 2017

By Greg J.

Drill works great, battery life is very good.

Five Stars

on February 27, 2017

By Amazon Customer

Great little drill!

Five Stars

on February 27, 2017

By John W. West

Great product.

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Five Stars

on February 26, 2017

By Amazon Customer

love it! great for the price

Five Stars

on February 25, 2017

By Amazon Customer

Heavy duty! Used it to drill through brick.

Five Stars

on February 23, 2017

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By Amazon Customer

great drill!

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