This year Metabo’s been on the move, slowly adding Li-Ion batteries to their cordless tools to improve usability. Dubbed “Li-Power” by Metabo, their batteries offer a number of interesting features including:
- a multi-function display, showing capacity level as well as temperature and overload warnings
- a terminal neck designed to interface with the air-cooling apparatus in their tools and chargers
- built-in electronics to protect against overcharge, deep discharge, overload, and overheating
Overall, this seems like a really well-thought-out system, as opposed to just swapping in the Li-Ion cells and chargers that have been around for some time.
Metabo continues to add tools to its Li-Power line, and expects to have a full range of cordless tools (including drills, saws, and drivers) featuring Li-Power on the market this year.
Look for more coverage of Li-Power in a cordless drill/driver comparison feature article coming later this week.