In a nutshell, Bosch came out with a new inductive charger and matching 2.0Ah battery for their 18V cordless power tool platform.
I know this is an overly-optimistic idea, but what if other brands adopted Bosch’s wireless charging standard? Think about it – one charger that can work with ANY brand’s 18V or 20V Max Li-ion battery pack!
A number of brands designed their oscillating multi-tool blade holders on Bosch’s OIS form factor. So why can’t they collaborate to build cross-platform-compatible battery packs and wireless chargers?
While the price of inductively-charged batteries won’t come down for some time, and they are bulkier than batteries that charge the normal way via conductive contacts, this seems like a feature that a lot of users would heartily appreciate.
Let’s face it, brands aren’t banding together to release a universal battery and charger standard. Even though some of them might even use the same exact battery cells in their battery packs, tools and battery packs all hand-shake differently, not to mention their physical compatibility constraints.
There would definitely be some challenges, but I think that Bosch’s wireless charging technology – and other systems that might follow – is now our best chance at anything that could resemble a universal battery and charger system.
Let me ask you this – would you spend a little extra on 18V Li-ion battery packs if it meant you could charge all of them on the same inductive/wireless charger? Not at the same time of course, but wouldn’t that be something?!