2018 Best Cordless Screwdrivers
Table of Contents
- 1 Torque
- 2 Battery Capacity and Voltage
- 3 Screw Driver Design and Weight
- 4 List of the Best Cordless Screwdrivers 2018
- 5 The Bottom-line
A good cordless screwdriver will always put a smile on your face regardless of whether you are a DIY enthusiast, a handyman or a professional contractor. We can all, without any doubt, agree on this.
The problem is finding the most suitable cordless electric screwdriver can be a daunting task. This is because there are so many different brands that you have to decide on before taking one home. If you are not keen, you may end up picking a cordless electric screwdriver that may not fully serve your needs.
Also, if you attempt to dig into a bit of research to help in your decision-making, you are likely to spend a long time that you would have rather spent on something else. Therefore, we have taken the initiative to lift this burden off your shoulders, do all the hard work for you – and come up with a comprehensive list of the best cordless screwdrivers that you can choose from.
If you are in a hurry, here is a comparison table of the best cordless screwdrivers to buy this year.
- Best Overall
- Dewalt DCF885B
- Torque: 1400 in-lb at 2800rpm
- Battery Specs: 20V 1.5Ah
- Run Time: Up to 18 hours worktime
- Type: Impact cordless screwdriver
- Highlight: High power, battery purchase alone, can be used without battery
- Best Cordless Stick Screwdriver
- Hitachi DB3L2
- Torque: 5nM at 260 to 780rpm
- Battery Specs: 3.6V 1.5Ah
- Run Time: Up to 1.5 hours worktime
- Type: Position adjustable stick cordless screwdriver
- Highlight: Wieldy and easy to use, 2 removable batteries in package, powerful enough to handle all tasks in its range
- Best Battery Life
- Black and Decker LI2000
- Performance:180rpm with spindle lock for hand tightening
- Battery Specs: 3.6V Lithium Ion
- Run Time: Up to 2 hours worktime
- Type: Cordless screwdriver
- Highlight: Long shelf battery life, light and wieldy, spindle lock for extra torque, three position handle
- Best Compact High Torque
- Bosch PS10-2A
- Torque: 80 in-lb at 12000rpm
- Battery Specs: 12V
- Run Time: Up to 5 hours worktime
- Type: High power cordless screwdriver
- Highlight: High power, 12V battery, high torque in compact body, powerful & reliable
- Best Electrician's
- Worx WX252 Extended
- Torque: 3nM 230rpm unloaded
- Battery Specs: 4V 1.5Ah
- Run Time: Up to 8 hours worktime
- Type: extended cordless screwdriver
- Highlight: Extended chunk and controlled power makes it ideal for electrician use
- Best Ready to Use Pack
- Makita DF010DSE
- Torque: 44 pounds/inch 650rpm max
- Battery Specs: 7.2-volt lithium-ion battery
- Run Time: Up to 7 hours worktime
- Type: Compact cordless screwdriver
- Highlight: High power, compact & high quarter, comes complete with starter pack
Before we get into the actual list, we have to consider the essential factors during the process of selecting the right cordless screwdriver. You have to consider the following trio of things – torque, the battery, and the design.
Torque is the turning force the electric screwdriver can apply and it has a direct impact on what screws you can drive onto which surfaces. Having the right torque translates to ease and power of screwing. Bigger screws need more force and so do tough work surfaces like undrilled wood or drywall. Torque is, therefore, an important factor to consider depending on the nature of the work you intend to use an electric screwdriver for.
Battery Capacity and Voltage
Batteries are the source of power in these screwdrivers. The higher the voltage the more the power output and the longer a battery last the better the tool is. A 17-volt screwdriver will have more torque than a compact 4.5-volt unit. You should also consider battery capacity and whether you can easily swap a depleted battery pack for a new one while on the go.
Screw Driver Design and Weight
Design determines the level of comfort during use. A lightweight screwdriver is also preferable if you are highly mobile and you don’t need so much torque.
List of the Best Cordless Screwdrivers 2018
The Hitachi DB3L2 features an outstanding 21-clutch setting making perfect for across the range clutch applications. This setting ensures precision and controlled use besides the more projects that the screwdriver allows you to do with it. The DB3L2 is versatile given its variable speed settings going from 280 – 780 RPM (Revolutions per minute). These speed settings facilitate better control in the different applications that you may use the screwdriver. The clutch also lets you vary the torque as you please allowing you to work on sturdy materials as well as delicate materials.
The DB3L2 easily transforms from a comfortable pistol-grip screwdriver or a straight screwdriver. It allows you to position it in such a way that you comfortably work on whatever kind of project you have. This product’s battery packs 3.6 volts, which is one of the downsides of the screwdriver. The low voltage compromises the screwdriver’s torque immensely. Nevertheless, the DB3L2 is a handy tool that works well enough.
The Black and Decker cordless screwdriver had to make it to this list partly because it is from an established company in the electric tool-making industry. It features a 4-volt lithium-ion battery and a retractable magnetic screw holder. This tool easily pulls through most basic tasks given its 70 inches per pound torque coupled with a speed of 180 RPM. Despite this speed being a bit on the lower end – it is still adequate to keep pace in most tasks making it ideal as a cordless screwdriver for home use.
The retractable magnetic screw holder on the Black and Decker is a useful extra feature. It enhances precision and accuracy during its use besides preventing screws from falling off during screwing. It has six clutch settings, which makes it more versatile. The drawback is that it is only ideal for basic tasks due to its low speed and torque. However, the low speed helps in preventing gear or screw stripping when using it on light jobs.
Black and Decker LI2000 (Best Long Shelf Battery Life)
The Black and Decker LI2000 packs a 3.6-volt lithium-ion battery that is capable of holding a single charge for up to 18 months. Its handle allows you to hold it in three different positions making it an ideal tool for working in tight spaces. You can also lock the spindle if you opt to use it manually to exert more torque and a reverse and forward switch to make the screw removal process easier. This tool works best in DIY tasks, such as furniture assembly, shelving, installing blinds etc.
As a compact tool, the LI2000 is best when used in small projects around the house. It will work just fine assembling that new projector or TV’s bracket, putting together some shelves or tinkering with electrical appliances. Its low torque output is one of the reasons why the battery life is so impressive. You can also count on the Black and Decker L12000 to be a great small powered screwdriver if you are more into screwing and unscrewing electrical appliances rather than punching holes in wood, metal, and drywall.
Dewalt DCF885B (Best Overall)
The Dewalt DCF885B is a powerful tool equipped with a lithium-ion battery packing as high as 20 volts. This high voltage means that the screwdriver packs enough power to serve as a heavy-duty tool around your house. Besides giving the screwdriver high power, the voltage translates to more runtime on its batteries. It can clock speeds of up to 2,800 RPM and has enough versatility to vary speeds between different types of tasks. Regarding torque, this tool is quite powerful – it rocks an impressive 1,400 pounds/inch torque making it a capable tool in virtually all tasks pertaining to screwing and unscrewing or even drilling.
With a pistol grip, the DCF885B is easy to handle and is thin enough for individuals with smaller grips. On the flipside, the casing is a kind of weak given that this tool has a powerful motor. To get the best out of this screwdriver, you need to handle it with care and perform regular maintenance so as to extrapolate its lifespan.
The Bosch PS10-2A cordless screwdriver packs one of the largest batteries in this roundup with 12 volts. This definitely means that it has enough power to perform heavy-duty tasks. It has a torque of 80 pound/inch, which makes it a powerful screwing tool – it also has the capacity to drive in a considerable amount of screws on a single charge. With eight clutch settings, you can easily deploy the Bosch PS10-2A on a wide range of applications by deftly controlling its output torque. Also, the PS10-2A has a dual positioning system with a head, which can rotate for 90 degrees over five lock positions hence making it easier to maneuver the screwdriver
With a speed of 12,000 RPM, the PS10-2A is quite fast and can work on sturdy materials without any problem. On the flipside, the battery may not last as long as expected. You may need to charge it several times in a day if you are a heavy user. Furthermore, the handle is bulky and can cause discomfort with prolonged usage. However, these issues cannot take away the fact that the PS10-2A is a powerful tool and one you should consider.
The Worx WX252 easily makes it to our list given its simple interface and comfort in your hand. As such, it becomes easier to access various screws, lengths, and angles while dealing with hard-to-reach positions. The outstanding feature of this product is its extendable shaft, which is quite useful in reaching the tight positions. Also, this tool warns you through an LED when it is running out of power and needs a recharge. This feature may appear simple but you would be surprised to find out that many similar products lack a similar feature.
This tool features an offset chuck that will come in handy when you need to access tight places on objects that are more intricate or smaller, for instance, a robot vacuum cleaner. It is also light in weight and has a spindle lock that keeps your bits safely locked in position. The Worx WX252 draws power from a lithium-ion battery that packs 4 volts and lasts long enough to perform basic tasks. Unlike other higher end cordless screwdrivers, this tool lacks torque control, which is useful in projects that require varying force and speed.
The Makita cordless screwdriver is one of the best screwdrivers in the market. Though on the higher end regarding price – its quality justifies the cost. It features an inbuilt motor that delivers a torque of up to 44 pounds/inch. Other features include a two-speed gear, a 7.2-volt lithium-ion battery, 21 clutch settings, an automatic stop clutch, and a dual-position handle. Furthermore, this tool is lightweight and has a contoured grip for extra comfort in case you work long hours. There are two-speed settings of high and low torque – the high speed setting clocks in a 650 RPM and the latter at 200 RPM.
Makita’s dual position handle allows you to operate it in either a pistol grip or straight grip position, a feature, which helps in some hard-to-reach areas. When you purchase this unit, you will get two batteries and a case for carrying the tool. Like the Worx cordless screwdriver, the Makita screwdriver also has an LED light that warns you if the battery is running low and needs a recharge or a replacement. Besides the battery indicator, it also has an LED work light that allows you to work in dark areas without any trouble.
We have looked eight of the best cordless electric screwdrivers you can get for yourself. The list is in no particular order but it is worth noting the Dewalt DCF885B. It looks like the best deal in this roundup since it can double up as a heavy-duty screwdriver with its high voltage battery. The Makita DF010DSE also deserves some special attention but its price is maybe a major discouragement unless you are looking for a reliable professional tool.