Over in Europe, Bosch has just announced two new 10.8V/12V Max cordless tools for the UK and EU market – a new 10 LED pivoting worklight, and a compact vacuum.
Bosch also came out with a slew of other new 12V cordless power tools for the UK and EU market last December, but those tools have yet to be announced or released in the USA.
The LED worklight looks particularly useful, and offers multiple convenient attachment points. There’s a sturdy 200° pivoting base for positioning the light on a table or the floor, a loop for hanging it from nails, screws, or rope, a carabiner, and it’s magnetic. It also has a 1/4″ thread for attaching the light to tripods and other types of fixtures.
Brightness is rated at about 350 lumens, and runtime is 6 hours on the brightest setting with a 2.0Ah battery pack.
Bosch is calling this the GLI DeciLED in Europe, and FL12 in the USA. It has 10 LEDs arranged in 2 rows of 5. There are two brightness settings to ensure you get the right amount of light for the job.
Price: $59 for the bare tool.
Bosch is calling the new VAC120 hand vac a dust extractor, but it looks more like a cordless vacuum for quick cleanup tasks. I typically think of tool-attached vacuums as dust extractors, and cleanup tools as vacuums. Regardless of how it’s described, the new 10.8V/12V Max vacuum looks like a great addition to Bosch’s compact cordless tool lineup.
It features 45 mbar of max suction power and a max flow rate of 15 liters/second. The storage container is 350ml in size, which is pretty large for a handheld tool, and the vac comes with a removable crevice tool.
The vacuum is fitted with a microfilter with performance rating of “almost 100%,” and it is built to collect dust produced from work on wood, metal, plastic, and tile materials.
Runtime is up to 15 minutes when powered by a 2.0Ah battery pack.
Price: $69 for the bare tool
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Both new products look thoughtfully designed, and they’re also somewhat unique. The new LED worklight and hand vac don’t really resemble any of Bosch’s competitors’ offerings. This is always good to see.
Bosch still hasn’t announced the USA release of tools that were announced internationally last December, including a new 12V circular saw, jigsaw, and rotary tool. Maybe Bosch will announce all five new tools for the USA market at once, but at this point there’s nothing to do but wait and see.
Update: As mentioned, both products have been announced for release in the USA.