A couple of weeks ago, I came across surprisingly low pricing on a Bosch 18V wireless charging kit, complete with a 2.0Ah battery, charger, and “frame.”
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I haven’t tried it yet, but I presume that the included wireless-capable battery pack can be recharged in conventional chargers as well.
With this kit, you get:
But with the bundle, you get everything for $48. I hope you can appreciate why I said surprisingly low pricing. The pricing has held stable, but I don’t know what that means.
I have a review sample of the wireless charger, somewhere, but I don’t think I ever unpacked it after we moved. I still use my personal 18V drill and impact on occasion, but since there are always new models to test out and review, they don’t quite see much use these days.
If I were a typical user, would I use the wireless battery and charger? Absolutely. Or at least I think so. But, I tend to always have a spare battery or three on-hand, and so I don’t need to recharge any tool’s battery pack when it’s idle for a few minutes.
I used to have a wireless charger for my phone, 2 phones ago. The battery life was dramatically reduced after a year and a half; did the charger contribute to it? I found that it was useful for setting the phone down to charge when going to bed, as it meant I didn’t have to fumble in the dark to align the micro USB port.
With my last phone, I sucked it up and dealt with the micro USB charger.
With my current phone, I have a USB C port that is quick and easy to plug in, in any direction. I charge my phone before putting the kids to bed, and then it’s fully recharged before I go to bed. If I need more battery charge during the day, I plug the phone into a charger when I’m busy doing something.
What I’m trying to say is that I don’t need a wireless charger in any aspect of my life right now. Still, it might provide conveniences at times.
Right now, a 2-pack of 2.0Ah battery packs is $99 at Amazon. The wireless-charging batteries are slightly larger, but for a few dollars less than the same price as a single 2.0Ah battery, you can get a wirelessly-charging 2.0Ah battery pack, along with the charger.
That’s the deal – if you are so inclined, you can try out the wireless charging tech, without the typical premium. I don’t know if or when the pricing will return to normal.
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Update: In comments, TonyT informed me that this is a Prime member-only product.