Since they’ve been in business, DEWALT has been producing high-quality tools that industry professionals and amateur handymen can stand behind. Their power tool batteries and chargers are no exception to the rule.
Without a replaceable battery or charger, it doesn’t matter how great a piece of equipment may be. Fortunately, DEWALT provides a wide range of versatile battery and charger options for power equipment.
Types of DEWALT Batteries and Chargers
After breaking into two obvious subcategories, Dewalt still has a variety of different battery packs and chargers to offer. For customers that need to replace a lithium-ion battery, Dewalt offers the 20V MAX Premium Lithium-Ion Battery 2-Pack. In a small package, buyers get three times the capacity of a standard battery pack. Keep in mind that, while lithium-ion batteries can be shipped on the ground, Dewalt does not offer air shipments.
As far as chargers go, one of DEWALT’s most popular choices is the 20V Max Lithium-Ion Vehicle Battery Charger. By easily plugging into a vehicle outlet, customers can charge their batteries on the way to a job site or after a long day of work.
What is the Difference Between DEWALT 20V and 20V XR?
The XR version of the 20V DEWALT rechargeable batteries is newer with longer run time. The XR stands for extended runtime. The 20V XR is generally used with brushless motor tools versus the 20V, which is used with brushed motor tools. The 20V XR maximizes a brushless motor tool’s efficiency, creating even more battery life, but any 20V battery can be used on a brushless or brushed motor interchangeably.
Are All DEWALT Chargers the Same?
All chargers are interchangeable between their applicable voltage battery. There are various DEWALT battery charger choices available for their 12V, 20V, and 60V battery lines. Some decrease charge time, while others increase the number of batteries that can be charged at once.
Why Buy DEWALT Batteries and Chargers?
Although many brands may sell rechargeable batteries and chargers, there’s a reason why so many construction workers and handymen choose to put their faith in DEWALT.
With a variety of different options to pick from, there’s a battery or charger for everyone. Not to mention, DEWALT engineers their batteries to be long-lasting while their chargers are durable enough to withstand wear and tear. DEWALT power tool batteries and chargers give customers more than a high-quality product. They also gain access to a friendly customer service staff that’s always more than willing to help as well as speedy shipping on expedited orders.
Considerations when choosing DeWalt replacement batteries
DeWalt offers a handful of different voltages; most tools require one specific voltage, but some welcome batteries that have flexible voltages. Currently, the three main voltages are 20, 40, and 60. In the past, DeWalt tools and batteries may have used different voltages, which means that some of these batteries are still in circulation, but they have limited uses and may eventually become obsolete.
A battery’s amp hour (Ah) indicates its runtime, with lower options around 2.0Ah and more potent batteries featuring an Ah around 7.0 or 8.0. Consider the scope of projects you’ll be undertaking, particularly when it comes to lawn care. You may want to spend more money on a battery that will last long so you know you have time to finish the task.
Lithium-ion batteries are expected to last about three years, but that lifespan can grow or shorten depending on how well it’s taken care of. Find a cool, dry place for your battery storage, and don’t forget you need to invest in a charger as well.
It’s advised to have a backup battery fully charged at all times when using a DeWalt tool. As a battery can take several hours to fully charge, stopping a job before it’s finished may mean not restarting it again until the next day. What’s more, if you have several DeWalt tools, you want a battery on hand to work on complex projects.
DeWalt tools are not exclusively compatible with DeWalt batteries. You may find aftermarket batteries from other companies that suffice. These options are typically less expensive and may even be more powerful; however, they lack the assurances that DeWalt offers. Double-check to confirm not only the voltage matches, but the size and shape fits as well.
Our Top Picks
The dual-voltage 20V/60V MAX FLEXVOLT 9 Ah battery automatically changes voltage when you change tools, providing up to 6X runtime in 20V MAX tools and the power of corded in 60V MAX and 120V MAX tools. Take on tough jobs with this battery because patented technology and large format cells mean it runs cooler than the leading competitor 9 Ah battery pack under a constant discharge. This is the battery for FLEXVOLT power and long runtime.
Power your DEWALT 20V MAX tools with these 20V MAX Premium XR 6 Ah Lithium Ion Battery Packs (DCB206-2). Compact and lightweight, they’re compatible with the entire line of 20V MAX tools. They also has a 3-LED Fuel Gauge allows immediate feedback on state of charge.
The 1800 Watt Portable Power Station and Simultaneous Battery Charger allows for AC power in remote locations for convenient portable power. Able to run most corded tools, it provides 1800 Watts (15 Amp) continuous power and 3600 Watts peak power. The DCB1800B runs on four DEWALT 20V MAX batteries (including FLEXVOLT), and for high power applications, (4) 20V MAX 3 Ah DEWALT Batteries (DCB200) or higher amp hour are recommended to provide the best results.
Not only can the 1800 Watt Portable Power Station power a corded tool remotely, but it also becomes a multi-port simultaneous charger for up to (4) DEWALT 20V MAX Batteries (including FLEXVOLT) when plugged into a wall outlet via extension cord (batteries and extension cord sold separately). Compact and lightweight, the 1800 Watt Portable Power Station weighs just 18 lbs. (without batteries) and is easily portable. Without the need for gas to run, there are no fumes or carbon monoxide emitted from the device.
In addition, the 1800 Watt Portable Power Station can be used to provide temporary power in areas where noise is restricted such as a jobsite with strict regulations. With an integrated temperature-controlled cooling fan and heavy-duty roll cage, the Portable Power Station is a durable and convenient power solution for a variety of uses.
This is next level power. The FLEXVOLT system brings you the future of power with cordless tools unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. With a highly innovative voltage-changing battery and a lineup of groundbreaking 60V MAX and 120V MAX tools to match, FLEXVOLT tools have the power that will revolutionize the way work gets done.
One battery. Two voltages. The FLEXVOLT battery is backwards compatible with DeWALT’s 20V MAX tools so you get up to 4x the runtime. And because FLEXVOLT battery is the only battery that automatically changes voltages when you change tools, you can slide the battery into a whole new lineup of tools from DeWALT.
The DEWALT DCB205 20V MAX 5 Ah XR Premium Lithium-Ion Battery will provide up to 60% more capacity than a standard 20V MAX battery pack. The 3-LED Fuel Gauge System allows gives you instant feedback on the charging state. These XR Premium batteries have no memory and virtually no self-discharge for maximum productivity and minimal downtime.
DEWALT’s DCB205-2 20V MAX 5 Ah XR Premium Lithium-Ion Battery (2-Pack) will provide up to 60% more capacity than a standard 20V MAX battery pack. The 3-LED Fuel Gauge System allows gives you instant feedback on the charging state. And these XR Premium batteries have no memory and virtually no self-discharge for maximum productivity and minimal downtime.
This charger is a 4-Port fast charger that charges 12V MAX, 20V MAX, and FLEXVOLT 20V/60V MAX batteries at the same time. This fast charger quickly charges a 4 Ah 20V MAX battery in 40 mins., and a 6 Ah 20V MAX battery in 60 mins. It is also designed to fit our Tool Connect Tag, and is ToughSystem compatible.
This 12 Amp Fast Charger has the highest charge rate in our 20V MAX and DEWALT FLEXVOLT Lithium-Ion battery range, minimizing downtime on the site. The new Stage 1 and Stage 2 LED indicators communicate more about the battery’s state of charge than those without. The Stage 1 LED blinks until the battery is approximately 80% charged. It then stays solid and the Stage 2 LED blinks until the battery is fully charged. The latching technology increases the durability of the charger and battery connection, adding safer transport when the battery is installed.
How do I best maintain a DeWalt battery?
Fully charge the battery before every use — don’t use a battery that’s partially charged and stop using it immediately once you notice a drop in power. When not in use, the battery can stay on the charger. Do not use a battery that is hot or warm to the touch, and store it in a cool, dry environment when not in use.
How do I dispose of DeWalt batteries?
Do not throw lithium-ion batteries in the trash. Instead, take them to an appropriate recycling center for safe disposal and reuse. DeWalt has locations listed on their website where you’re encouraged to take dead batteries.
How do you take care of a DeWalt battery?
WHAT IS MEMORY, AND DO DEWALT BATTERIES HAVE IT?
Memory is one of many conditions which causes a loss of run-time. Memory is created from repetitive light use in the exact same application (i.e. Cordless Phones, Video Cameras, Electric Shavers, etc.) Our products rarely see light use or the exact same loads, due to variability from the user, the accessory size, as well as the material. The same variability which causes different run-times prevents our cells from developing memory. Power tools are considered high-drain applications. Memory typically develops in lower-drain rate applications, such as cordless phones, laptops, etc…, because the rate at which the battery is draining is continuously the same. Power tools draw higher currents and have sporadic drain rates minimizing the opportunity for the battery to develop a memory.
DOES IT HURT DEWALT BATTERIES TO LEAVE THEM IN THE CHARGER?
No. The DEWALT chargers have a maintenance mode which allows batteries to remain in the charger, maintaining a fully charged pack until the user is ready to work. If DEWALT NiCd batteries are stored outside of the charger, they will discharge naturally, 15-20% the first 24 hours, 7-10% the next day, and about 1% every day there after. NiCd batteries lose the bulk of the capacity when outside of the charger in the first 3 days. In fact, it is better for the battery to leave it in the charger to be sure it goes through Equalization and Maintenance Modes. One of the benefits of DEWALT XRP™ Lithium Ion batteries is that they have limited self discharge. Storing DEWALT Lithium Ion batteries outside of the charger will not result in loss of charge. Learn more about brushless tools technology.