October 25, 2007

Black & Decker VPX Website is Live (for real this time)

bd_vpx_2.jpgWell, after over almost two weeks of looking at that spinning battery, the Black & Decker VPX website is up and running. It looks very cool too. There's good info on all the tools, a bit about the battery system, and a neat page devoted to the team and some of the concepts they came up with during development.

Go and check it out at www.vpxsystem.com.

More on the VPX System here.

VPX tools at Amazon.com

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October 18, 2007

Milwaukee V18 Vs. 18V?

milwaukee_li_ion_18.jpgA while back, we told you about Milwaukee's new Compact 18-Volt Drill, but what we didn't know is that the li-ion battery that comes with it is not the same as Milwaukee's standard 18-volt lithium-ion battery. As it turns out, the differences between the two batteries are significant. For one, the new compact batteries only work with other Milwaukee compact li-ion tools as opposed to the larger batteries, which are compatible with all of your old Milwaukee 18-volt tools.

But don't worry, there's a real easy way to tell them apart. The new ones are called 18V Lithium-Ion Batteries and the older ones are called V18 Lithium-Ion Batteries. Simple, right?

Our buddies over at Toologics have the complete run down of the two batteries here.

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October 16, 2007

Black & Decker VPX3101 VPX Inverter

vpx_inverter.jpgContinuing our coverage of Black & Decker's new VPX line of lithium-Ion tools, we're now going to take a look at the item we think is the most interesting of the bunch, the VPX Inverter.

What this little li-ion gizmo does is provide you with a mobile power source good for giving a little juice where needed. It seems tailored to small electronic devices like cell phones and MP3 players. Because it's no bigger than the average flashlight and weighs less than a pound, it looks like a good thing to throw in the backpack for a camping trip or a long vacation.

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October 12, 2007

Black & Decker VPX Website is Live

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UPDATE: It really is live now. Details here.
Looks like Black & Decker is finally catching up to the buzz that's starting to emerge around their new VPX line of tools. Sometime yesterday, they put up a website just for that set of tools. At the moment, it's just a placeholder with a swirling battery, but if you're into staring at that for a while, the page is at www.vpxsystem.com.

Earlier postings on the VPS System here and here.

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October 11, 2007

Black & Decker VPX Starter Set

black_decker_vpx.jpgLast week, we told you about Black & Decker's VPX Lithium-Ion Tools, their new line of affordable cordless tools. Now, we're going be highlighting the individual tools in the series to give you a closer look at what's available.

Because a lot of the tools in the line are available in tool only-format (no battery included), once you have a few batteries, you'll be able to pick and choose your tools in a relatively inexpensive manner. But, you have to get the batteries somewhere, so why not start collecting the line where Black & Decker advises, their VPX Starter Set.

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October 5, 2007

Black & Decker VPX Lithium-IonTools

BD_vpx.jpgUPDATE: More info on the VPX starter Set here.

UPDATE II: The VPX website is live. Info here.

UPDATE III: More info on the VPX Inverter here.

UPDATE IV: This time, the website is really live. Details Black & Decker is getting in on the big lithium-ion frenzy. They've decided to call their battery system the VPX and they have a new and interesting twist on the whole cordless tool idea.

The deal is that each VPX battery is 7-volts and they work in just about all of the tools, but some tools are capable of taking two batteries to up their juice to 14.4-Volts. It's a neat idea to standardize the batteries for different voltages. As far as marketing goes, it's similar to the Ryobi One+ system, where you're encouraged to buy a starter kit with a battery and charger and then from that point on, you only need to buy the stand alone tools which don't come with batteries, and are thus much more inexpensive.

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October 4, 2007

Dremel Duo Arrives for Review

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Dremel has just released their first cordless screwdriver, and they were nice enough to send one over to us so that we can check it out. Like all Dremel tools, it's not only compact (about 5" in length), but it's also so ergonomically thought out that we think you could spend days using it and hardly even know that you had it in your hands. The tool can be purchased by itself or bundled with the cordless Dremel stylus in a package called the Dremel Duo. We've got the combo pack, so we'll be using both tools and letting you know how they are. Stay tuned.

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September 30, 2007

A Look at the New Ryobi Lithium-Ion Tools

We got our hands on some cool shots of the new Ryobi Lithium-Ion tools. For a larger picture, click on each image. Enjoy.

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September 28, 2007

Ryobi 12-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Drill

ryobi_lithium_12_volt_drill.jpgSo there's a lot of talk about Ryobi's new line of 18-volt lithium-ion tools, but did you know that around the same time, they're going to be releasing a little 12-volt drill as well? Unlike the 18-volt tools, it will be available as a stand alone (no word on when that will happen for the 18-volts). The new drill looks pretty cool and there's no doubt that it will be able to fit in some tight spots, and as with all of Ryobi's lithium tools, the price tag is very affordable.

It's very light, weighing in at only 1.8 lbs. That's 33% lighter than their current 12-volt battery. It's got a 3/8" keyless chuck and something called the MagTray, which is one of those magnets that's somewhere on the tool (we're not sure where), where you can stick a few screws while you work.

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September 26, 2007

New DeWalt Nano Tools

dewalt_18v_impact_driver.jpgThe guys over at Toologics have just uncovered DeWalt's plans for two new battery tools to coincide with the launch of their Nano Battery next month. The tools look nice (and expensive). They are...wait for it.....wait for it....

It looks like they will be available individually as well as in a kit. Also, if you're unfamiliar with the whole Nano thing, DeWalt has a nice new presentation of the technology on their website here.

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