Dewalt came out with a dual-port charger two years ago, but – as I argued at the time – that was more of a universal charger since you could not connect two of the same types of batteries at the same time. This new DCB102 dual-port charger, on the other hand, can accept any combination of Dewalt’s 12V or 20V Max Li-ion batteries.
Most multi-battery chargers charge batteries in sequence. However, this charger can charge two 12V or 20V Max batteries in parallel. In other words, it is built with two complete circuits that can charge two batteries at the same time!
Additionally, the charger features two built-in USB 5V charging ports, which can be used to recharge smartphones, tablets, and other types of mobile devices. These ports can deliver up to 1.5 A of current, which in my experience is better than average for USB chargers.
One tiny part of me is thinking “what are USB charging outlets doing in a professional-grade cordless power tool battery pack charger?,” while the rest of me thinks “YES!!” Dewalt tried something new here, and I think it’s a great idea.
USB charging is independent of 12V/20V Max charging, meaning you can charge up to 2 battery packs AND 2 USB-compatible devices at the same time.
Street Price (as of Jan 2016): $90
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If you spend a little more, you can get the special bundle that comes with a 5Ah battery pack to start you off with!
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I hope other brands pay attention to this. Milwaukee’s six pack M18 charger, as much as I like it, is one charger that I would love to see improved with a USB charging port or two.