Okay, so you’re finishing up a project and your last Black & Decker cordless power tool’s battery runs out of juice. You just have *just a little bit more* to go. What do you do?
- Whip out that spare battery you wish you bought but didn’t
- Pop it into a charger and take at least a half hour break
- Remove a partially charged battery from the charger, potentially reducing its lifetime
- Use the new Li-ion charger for 10 minutes for 30% of full charge
The new Black & Decker charger, model L2AFCBST, is a rapid charger that accepts all Black & Decker 16V and 20V Li-ion battery packs. It charges them in 40 minutes or less, and has a special flash charge mode that safely charges a battery to 30% capacity in 10 minutes.
Black & Decker also added in a maintenance mode that automatically optimizes the charging cycle for longer battery life.
One more thing we find appealing about the new charger is its small size. Having to deal with one or two large chargers is no big deal. But when you have a bunch to have to work with, engineers’ efforts to scale down charger footprints are much appreciated.
Some neat innovations have come out from Black & Decker recently, most notably their Gyro cordless screwdriver and Matrix modular tool system. Not everyone will find this rapid “flash charger” charger handy, but it’s a great option to at least have available.
Looking at the price, MSRP is shown to be $39, but the lowest price I could find online, including via Black & Decker’s store, is $50. This is more than the price of a single 16V or 20V Li-ion battery pack.
If you only have one battery pack, it might be better for you to buy a second one instead of this new charger, but it also depends on the charger you already have. One of Black & Decker’s standard 16V and 20V chargers, model LCS20, has a charging time of 3-5 hours. Certain kits, such as this one come with a 30-minute charger that’s not unlike this one, except for the lack of a flash charge option.
If you use your Black & Decker cordless tools a lot, this charger looks to be an easily justified upgrade.