Over in Europe, Bosch has announced two new 12V Max (10.8V) Li-ion products – a new 2.5Ah battery pack, and a new drywall screwdriver.
Bosch’s compact cordless tools are marketed as “12V Max” in the USA and North America, and “10.8V” in Europe and elsewhere.
There is no indication as to if or when these products will be announced and released in the USA.
Bosch 12V Max 2.5Ah Battery Pack
Bosch is looking to be the first brand to offer 18V 6.0Ah battery packs, and is also going to be the first brand to offer compact 12V Max 2.5Ah Li-ion battery packs.
These new battery packs are compatible with all of Bosch’s 12V Max tools and chargers.
Right now these have only been announced in Europe, which is why the batteries have 10.8V branding. As you might already be aware, 12V Max = 10.8V, in a similar way that 20V Max = 18V.
The new battery pack will have a charging time of 60-minutes with standard fast chargers. It is about the same size and weight as the previous 2.0Ah batteries.
ETA: January 2015 in Europe
Pricing: 63 euros (~$77) individually, 109 euros (~$134) for a set of two batteries and a charger
Bosch 12V Max Drywall Screwdriver
In discussion of the new 2.5Ah battery pack, Bosch showed off some of the tools whose kits will soon offer the new higher capacity battery.
At the top right is a tool I haven’t seen before – a new compact brushless drywall screwdriver, model GSR 10,8 V-EC TE. It is rated as being able to drive up to 1,200 screws 3.5mm a 35mm into softwood per full 2.5Ah battery charge.
As with the batteries, it is unclear as to if/when this might be released in the USA. Bosch’s 18V brushless drywall screwdriver, first announced in August 2013, has not yet made it to the USA. Maybe both tools will be launched here sometime in 2015.