December 30, 2016

Bosch DDB181-02, Compact and Light Drill

Bosch DDB181-02 review

Bosch DDB181-02 might be the most compact and lightest 18V cordless drill at the market. With its compact and lightweight design, the DDB181-02 is ideal for electricians, plumbers and HVAC tradesman looking for a solution that can handle most everyday tasks.

Powered by 18V Lithium Ion Batteries, the 13 amp motor built in this drill has two operating speeds of 400 and 1300 RPM (under no-load). The two-speed transmission enables fast drilling and fastening. The Bosch cordless drill also has a variable speed trigger that allows you to control the speed of the motor. The maximum torque is 350 inch-pounds. and it can handle drilling and driving in wood, plastic, and mild metal at a decent speed

Bosch DDB181-02 cordless drill review

Designed to handle light-duty fastening and drilling jobs, the Bosch DDB181 features a 1/2-inch tool-free auto-lock chuck. It also has built in LED light that turns on when you pull the trigger to help illuminate the work areas that are darkened by shadows.

Possibly the most impressive aspect of the DDB181 is lightweight, compact design. It is a 18V drill driver with a 12V size. The drill weighs 3 lbs without a battery. Just 7.1 inches long, this drill is perfect for smaller hands and tight spaces. The soft grip handle helps reduce operator fatigue.

Bosch DDB181-02 18V cordless drill review

The drill/driver kit includes two 1.5Ah Lithium-Ion batteries. A charger and a soft case are also included in the package. As you know, Lithium batteries can be charged at any time as they do not have cell memory. According to the manufacturer, the batteries will hold their charge for up to 18 months when not in use. Many people have also praised the length of time the battery runs between charges. Recharge time is 60 minutes which is relatively fast.

So here is our short review:

The Plus (+):

  • Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars at Amazon
  • Comes with two 1.5Ah capacity batteries
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Built in LED Light
  • Two Speed Transmission

The Minus (-):
  • Can’t handle heavy duty jobs
  • No battery gauge

The compact 18-Volt drill driver might be less powerful than regular models. However, for anyone looking for a lightweight, compact drilling tool that offers more power than 12 volt models, this product is one to consider. The lightweight design, torque adjustment, two speed ranges and the locking keyless chuck make it well worth looking at.

Item model number
Product Dimensions
14 x 3.5 x 11 inches
2 Battery Kit
Power Source
2 18V Li-Ion Batteries
Included Components
2 Batteries, Charger and Contractor Bag
Warranty Description
1 Year Limited Warranty

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