Toolmonger reader Ohiohead tipped us off to this possible DeWalt Janet Jackson moment: the photo above is a screen capture of a “battery technology” video off the Dewalt.com site. Note the battery on the left, identified by silhouette as a “Li ion 18V, 2.4 Ah.” Could this be a very early shot of their much-anticipated 18V li-ion line?
Of course the real question is why DeWalt hasn’t already released an 18V li-ion option. The lightness li-ion brings to this mid-sized category makes these the tool of choice among pros, and Milwaukee, Ridgid, Makita, and even Craftsman already mid-sized li-ion lines.
The battery in the photo above doesn’t appear anywhere else on the DeWalt site. Maybe it’s just a Photoshopped “example,” but we’d bet not. DeWalt can only “ride the yellow train” for so long before they’ll have to spread li-ion beyond just their 36V monsters. Though we (sadly) don’t know any more than you do about a release schedule, we’d bet on sooner rather than later.
Note: It’s hard to link the video directly, so try this method to see it for yourself — unless they take it down first. Visit www.dewalt.com. Scroll to the bottom and click on the “Battery Technology / Click Here” box in the bottom right corner of the page. Click the “chemistry comparison” option, then “performance comparison” from the following menu. Enjoy!