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Since Bosch introduced the PS20 a few years ago, most of us who got our hands on one have lamented the fact that a flashlight wasn’t in the line-up. Bosch has now corrected that — and they’re also releasing the PS20-2A driver, the second gen of the original driver.

Though the new batteries are labeled 12V, Bosch says they’re the same batteries that power the original PS20 and PS40. The FL11 12V Max LED Flashlight looks super small and should make a welcome addition to the line.

The Bosch PS20-2A Pocket Driver, the second-generation upgrade of the tool that launched the compact-cordless frenzy around two years ago, boasts more power and increases in speed and torque versus the original. The new PS20 also features the first magnetic bit holder in the ultra-compact category, which means insert bits aren’t a problem — a welcome change.

Retail pricing is set at around $40 for the flashlight, but we don’t have pricing info quite yet for the PS20-2A. Since the battery platform is the same, as well as many of the components, we’re guessing the price point’ll be similar to the PS20.

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9 Responses to Preview: Bosch’s New Arrivals In The Sub-Compact Line

  1. Mr P says:

    June 18th, 2008 at 1:18 pm
    http://www.toolsforless.com/product/30046/Bosch_FL11_108V_Lithium_Ion_LED_Flashlight

    $40 for the led version available in the US

  2. Frank says:

    Lowe’s is selling the new line of Bosch pocket drivers at the same price point as the originals.

  3. kif says:

    I noticed my local HD has the Impactor marked down to $99 from $199, none in sight, though.

  4. Gnufist says:

    A little help please.
    I just got the Impactor, and it’s great for screws and bolts etc.
    But if I need a compact drill, couldn’t I use the Impactor or would you recommend the new PS20-2A. If so, why isn’t the Impactor not good enough?
    I’ve seen several DIY shows where they use impact tools for drilling, good torque etc.
    Am I missing something?

    Thanks

    A new DIY’er

  5. Bill says:

    “Bosch says they’re the same batteries that power the original PS20 and PS40” ?
    O.k., if they’re the same batteries, why the change in label? Will they work in th original 10.8v PS 20 and 40? Will the old chargers work on the new batteries? Is this the case of a manufacturer with a good reputation sinking to the level of bigger is better so well just change the label, claim there’s more volts, and repackage it as a newer better product?

  6. Raul says:

    I hope they release some new tools is this 10.8/12V max platform very soon. There is some strong competition out there with Milwaukee in their SeeSnake micro and Makita with their killer 10.8 volt 2-speed drill with 200 in-lbs.

  7. Ken says:

    What I don’t understand is this: Bosch owns Dremel. Dremel has a sweet cordless 10.8V Dremel. Batteries aren’t the same as the Bosch tools. WTF???

  8. Josh says:

    “Bosch says they’re the same batteries that power the original PS20 and PS40″ ?
    “O.k., if they’re the same batteries, why the change in label?”

    Because the competition is packaging their comparable drivers (namely the Milwaukee 2401-22) at peak voltage (12) even though this quickly drops to a sustained 10.8v. The Bosch has the same performance and didn’t want to appear underpowered.

    Is this the case of a manufacturer with a good reputation sinking to the level of bigger is better so well just change the label, claim there’s more volts, and repackage it as a newer better product?

    I don’t think they’re sinking but are using some word play just like everyone else. Notice they are calling it the 12v Max. I think the chuck is slightly different, so it’s not just the label 😉

  9. Josh says:

    BTW the PS-10 rocks too. No light, but the articulating head is great.

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