Pros and cons of universal batteries for power tools – longer version
Updated: Mar 1, 2019
A universal battery system might seem like a good idea for cordless power tools but as well as pros there are cons.
Starting with the pros:
If all cordless tools could use the same standard batteries it could potentially make life easier for users. There would not be any need to hunt around for the right battery to fit a drill, say, and another to fit a jigsaw, for example. And charging would be a lot simpler with just one charger being able to charge all batteries.
Now the cons:
This all sounds like a great idea doesn’t it, but there is a drawback: The trouble with universal standardisation is that it tends to interfere with optimisation and innovation. Apple, for example, probably the most successful mobile phone company in the world, tends to go its own innovative way with the connectors for its phones, and of course with its own software systems. They argue that they produce better products than competing manufacturers, as a result.
Currently, the trend in cordless power tools seems to be to introduce larger, higher power batteries. These are heavier and at some point will probably need larger mountings than current smaller batteries. Thus the larger size batteries may not be compatible with the original smaller size. Result: not a lot different to using an alternative make of power tool and battery configuration in the first place.
With KwikPro, we think we have a better solution. Instead of trying to provide batteries to fit all power tools, KwikPro provides the motor handle and the batteries to fit a range of tool heads to make up a potentially limitless range of different power tools and combination sets. These are much lighter weight to carry and versatile to use. A KwikPro system that can be 10 power tools can actually weigh less than half an equivalent regular set of power tools and there is a range of battery sizes to fit.
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