DeWalt unveils the Flexvolt™ system, which features the world’s first batteries that automatically change voltage when the user changes tools. Two Flexvolt™ batteries, a 6.0Ah battery (DCB606) available in the fall of 2016 and a 9.0Ah battery (DCB609) available in early 2017, power the lineup of brushless 60V MAX and 120V MAX Flexvolt™ tools.
These 2 Flexvolt™ batteries have patent-pending technology that makes them backward compatible with most existing DeWalt 20V MAX tools and chargers. When used in DeWalt 20V MAX tools, the 6.0Ah 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™ batteries to switch between DeWalt tools of varying voltages (20V MAX, 60V MAX and 120V MAX). The Flexvolt™ batteries automatically change voltage depending on whether they’re being used in a 20V MAX or 60V MAX tool. Two Flexvolt™ batteries (of same amp hour) 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.
Both the 6.0Ah & 9.0Ah Flexvolt™ batteries will extend the runtime of existing DeWalt 20V MAX tools, and also power 5 new 60V MAX tools and 2 new 120V MAX tools (with 2 Flexvolt™ batteries). The 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).
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 6.0Ah Flexvolt™ battery in addition to a 2.0Ah battery.