Though we’re generally not fans of most Craftsman power tools, the C3 line has been a perennial best-bargain buy since its release, often selling for under $100 — with a free light. If you’re one of the many who invested in the 19.2V series to get started, you’ll be as pleased as I was to hear that Sears plans to offer a C3-compatible 19.2V lithium-ion pack for $70 starting in 2008.
This is a quite large pack — the same form factor as your current Ni-Cd pack — which means it should really pack some juice inside with the new chemistry. Sears claims a 295% performance increase and a 40% longer shelf life — plus a 20% lighter weight. These claims are in line with a Ni-Cd to li-ion shift, so I tend to believe ’em.
Regardless, you’ll have to wait just a little longer before picking one of these up for yourself. While they’re already listed on the Sears website, they’re “temporarily out of stock for delivery” — which means you’ll probably see ’em sometime in January.