Considering that the original Skil iXO’s been on the market for over a year, it’d be safe to call Skil an “early adopter” of the inexpensive lithium-ion driver concept. Since then numerous other companies have come out with quite successful (and competitive) products.
Later this year — before the holidays, of course — Skil will release their updated iXO, called (not surprisingly) the iXO2. (OK, I’m way to lazy to create a superscript for that 2, so could we just take it as read that it’s raised as if to say, “to the power of 2?”)
Besides some form-factor redesign — including a shorter, wider trigger which we suspect will improve significantly on the old tool’s trigger — the iXO2’s improvements include:
- A built-in LED worklight
- An LED charge indicator
- A magnetized 1/4″ hex chuck (the old one wasn’t magnetized)
- And, a built-in bit storage in the charger cradle
Price will remain the same at $40 MSRP. Look past the jump for some more photo goodness.