Myself writes: “Also in the AA-powered arsenal: Dremel offers three versions of their two-speed tool. Green is for golf, orange is for pumpkin carving, and red is for pet nail trimming. Really, the tools are the same. They’re just packaged with different accessories.
“As with the Black & Decker tool I submitted yesterday, the Dremel “alkaline” model runs as well or better with NiMH rechargeables. Skip the proprietary 4.8-volt “Cordless MiniMite” pack and use your existing batteries!
“Here’s the kicker: While the proprietary packs get stale on store shelves, and even new ones use yesteryear’s low-capacity batteries, the power available in common NiMH AAs is always improving. Your AA-powered tools will be more powerful a few years from now, not less.”
I totally agree with the idea of AA-powered tools. Many of the pics you see here on Toolmonger come from a consumer-grade digital camera that runs on two AA batteries. Sure, we could have a super-slim model (that’s perfect for quickie pics of Aerosmith), but who wants to pay a zillion bux for a second battery — or a new one for that matter? (Since founding TM, we’ve run through 7,500+ pics — and two full sets of NiMH AAs.)
The tool pictured is Dremel’s “Cordless Golf Cleaning Tool” — the green one — but as Myself said, they’re all the same. Of course, if you keep an eye out after Thanksgiving, you’ll often find the orange ones in the sale bins.
Not that you really need to wait — street pricing starts around $20.