Dewalt unveils the Flexvolt system, which features the world's first battery that automatically changes voltage when the user changes tools. The Flexvolt battery powers a new lineup of brushless 60V MAX and 120V MAX Flexvolt tools. What makes the Flexvolt battery (DCB606) extremely innovative is its patent-pending technology that is backwards compatible with most existing Dewalt 20V MAX tools and chargers. When used in Dewalt 20V MAX tools, the Flexvolt battery provides up to 4X runtime. In addition, the Flexvolt battery provides more than 3X battery power versus Dewalt 18V NiCad.
The key to this technology is the ability of the Flexvolt battery to switch between Dewalt tools of varying voltages (20V MAX, 60V MAX and 120V MAX). The Flexvolt battery automatically changes voltage depending on whether it's being used in a 20V MAX or 60V MAX tool. Two Flexvolt batteries together power the new Dewalt 120V MAX tools. This means that high power tool applications that previously could only be accomplished by corded tools, can now be performed with the Dewalt Flexvolt system of cordless tools. As a result of this advanced battery technology, jobsites can now fully transition from corded to the freedom of cordless.
The Flexvolt battery not only extends the runtime of existing Dewalt 20V MAX tools, but it also powers five new 60V MAX tools and two new 120V MAX tools (with 2 Flexvolt batteries). The new 60V MAX Flexvolt brushless tools include a 7-1/4" Circular Saw (DCS575), 4-1/2"-6" Grinder (DCG414), Reciprocating Saw (DCS388), 1/2" VSR Stud and Joist Drill (DCD460), and 8-1/4" Table Saw (DCS7485). The new 120V MAX Flexvolt tools are a 12" Fixed Head Compound Miter Saw (DHS716) and 12" Sliding Compound Miter Saw (DHS790).
Frank Mannarino, President of Professional Products Group said, "The impact of the Flexvolt system will be felt throughout the construction industry on each and every jobsite. This new platform packs the power required for heavy-duty applications, makes it easy to exchange corded tools for cordless, and ensures that our existing 20V MAX users get the benefit of added runtime without making the 20V MAX system obsolete."
Also capable of operating off of the Flexvolt battery platform are new 20V MAX tools, including a Portable Power Station (DCB1800), 20V MAX Bluetooth Radio Charger (DCR025) and 20V MAX Bluetooth LED Area Light (DCL070). DEWALT's 20V MAX Hammer Drill & Impact Driver Combination Kit (DCK299) will also be offered kitted with a Flexvolt battery in addition to a 2.0 Ah Pack. In addition to the tools, Flexvolt High Efficiency Accessories are Engineered to Maximize Runtime. This new line is optimized for use with cordless power tools and is engineered to deliver more cuts or holes per charge than standard DEWALT accessories.
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