As you might have already seen, Bosch has come out with a new 18V wireless battery charging system. The system consists of an inductive charger, 18V batteries with integrated charging coils, a charger frame, and a large drill and driver holster.
I have only begun working with the wireless charging system, but there a couple of quick first impressions that I wanted to share.
The system works PERFECTLY. I have only been testing it for a little bit, but it works exactly as expected, with no hiccups at all.
Whether the tool is in the holster, or placed on top of the charger in its frame, there were no issues thus far. Grooves in the battery ensure that alignment is quick and effortless.
If you buy the holster as part of a tool combo, it only comes with the inserts for that tool, or tools in case of a combo. If you buy the holster by itself, it comes with 4 sets of inserts that are compatible with 10 different Bosch 18V drills and drivers.
If you want to use two tools, such as a drill/driver and an impact driver or the hybrid impact driver/wrench, you cannot use the same holster without changing the inserts. It might work, but not optimally or with a perfect fit.
For example, if I equipped a DDS181 drill/driver and an IDH182 impact driver/wrench with wireless batteries, I would have to by two separate holsters in order to keep them both charged. You cannot use one holster back-and-forth with two tools unless they’re of the same class, such as a compact drill and compact hammer drill.
What you could do is place the charger in the frame and use it on a table. Then, you can go back and forth to charge however many and whichever tools you’d like.
I really wish that it was easier to use the holster with multiple tools.
One could buy and install multiple holsters, but each one is pretty big. Two holsters would be an immense waste of space.
Another idea is to mount the wireless charger in its frame and on a surface or wall, but having to charge a battery by itself on the charger sort of defeats the whole purpose of the wireless charging technology.
How many users use just one tool? How many use two, such as a drill/driver and impact duo? Those that use just one tool most of the time probably won’t have anything to complain about. But those users who go back and forth between a drill and driver will have to work with a second charger, a second holster with charger, or a single charger and no holster at all.
I really wish that there was some type of universal insert, maybe as a separate accessory (hint hint Bosch), so that I could use the holster with different tools interchangeably.
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Thank you to Bosch for providing the review sample unconditionally. Review samples are typically given away, donated, or retained for editorial and comparison purposes.