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As you’ve likely already read here on Toolmonger, we’re pretty big fans of Bosch’s foray into “small” lithium-ion applications — specifically the PS10 and PS20.  Today they announced another slick application of the “less is more” concept: the Flexible Power System, featuring the 36V “SlimPak.”

The “SlimPak” is a smaller, lighter version of their standard 36V.  The idea is that if you need the long runtime, you can use the big battery.  If you’re working one-handed or overhead — or just don’t want to carry around excess weight — you can ditch the extra runtime in favor of a smaller “SlimPak” battery.

As you can imagine, Bosch has a ton of comparisons to help you along your decision to buy, like “twice the voltage and up to 15-percent more runtime than competitive 18V tools” and so on.  But if you’ve ever used one of their 36V tools, you already know how well they work.  This new release simply gives you another option at the 36V level, which we think is a great idea.

Look for additional information and pricing soon.


2 Responses to Preview: Bosch’s 36V Litheon “SlimPak”

  1. Myself says:

    I can’t be the only one who’s sick of volt-mania. Tell me the total usable watt-hours in the pack, not just the voltage. Ever noticed that a 9v battery has about a quarter the capacity of a pair of AA’s?

    Anyway, I wonder how this slim pack will work on the high-amperage tools. A hammerdrill would be a really quick way to destroy some fragile lithium cells at way more than their design discharge rate. Do they warrant the pack, or undereducated end users get to foot the bill for replacing it after a dozen uses?

    I’d love to see a NiCd pack that fits the same mountings, for when weight’s not a concern and you want to use the same pack more than 200 times….

  2. Ruben says:

    I agree with “Myself” (lol – that sounds funny). Companies ought to publish the watt-hours (or watt-minutes) clearly on their batteries instead of amp-hours and voltage. I think DeWalt is on the right track when they compare the unit-watts-out (UWO) of their drills. But I don’t know exactly what this UWO is – I’m assuming it correlates to watt-hours.

    I’d also like to see the combination of battery and tool power expressed as horse-power. For example, the 18v DeWalt XRP drill may have more HP than the Milwaukee 28v drill.

    If a power tool manufacturer was proud enough of their tools they would publish these numbers, and quite possibly gain many fans!

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