A few days ago we posted about the new Bosch 12V Max brushless drill kit. That kit is bundled with a different charger than usual, and we reached out to Bosch US with some questions.
Looking at the Bosch PS32 cordless drill kit, the current and predecessor model, you can see what the “typical” Bosch 12V Max battery charger looks like.
To be frank, the new model looks cheaper, and it is true that many brands include basic-looking chargers with their budget-friendly cordless power tool kits. But, the new Bosch brushless drill is smaller, faster, and more powerful than the previous model.
So, here’s what we found out about the new charger:
The charger that comes with the GSR12V-300B22 kit is our new standard charger that will replace the current BC330 charger in the future. Despite the look, it actually charges batteries faster, with a 2 amp charging current (compared with 1.5 amp for the BC330). The small footprint for the charging bay is also helpful by not taking up as much space on the user’s workbench. It will charge the 2.0Ah batteries that come in this kit in approximately 1 hour.
Compared to the BC330 charger, which is included in the current/predecessor PS32 kit, the new charger has 33% higher charging current output.
I don’t know how I feel about the wall-wart-style transformer plug, but I could probably make it work. The new charging hub does look a lot smaller than the traditional 12V Max chargers Bosch has been bundling with their tool kits.
We don’t know if the new charger will be available separately, but how many people have ever bought a separate 12V-class battery charger? Maybe it will eventually be available for replacement purchases.
Also, it’s now confirmed that this will be the new 12V Max cordless power tool kit charger.