One of the best cordless power tool accessories I could recommend is any brand’s 18V or 20V Max USB charging adapter.
Two years ago, Hurricane Sandy knocked out our power for a week. We eventually hightailed it to my parents’ house, but we endured the blackout for a couple of days.
My flashlights got a good workout during the blackout, and I also heavily relied on Milwaukee’s M18 heated jacket and USB power adapter. Milwaukee’s power adapter has USB charging functionality, and so it helped keep my smartphone and iPad charged and operational.
Dewalt has something similar – the DCB090. The DCB090 is similar to the power adapter that comes with Dewalt heated jackets and workwear, but lacks the barrel connector that provides power to the clothes for heating.
It works with Dewalt’s 12V Max and 20V Max battery packs, and features a built-in fuel gauge. There are (2) separate USB charging ports that can deliver up to 1.5A of current, combined.
If you attach two devices at once, the maximum charging rate is halved. Still, it’s nice to have the option – connect 1 device for fastest charging, or 2 devices for greater convenience.
Now that a monstrous snowstorm of “historic proportions” is bearing down on the east coast, I’ve got a couple of Dewalt 20V Max 5.0Ah battery packs charged and at the ready, and one of these DCB090 USB adapters. Just in case.
I wish that the DCB090 adapter was a little boxier – more like Milwaukee’s – and that it had a positive locking mechanism. When attached to a 20V Max battery pack, it’s not exactly locked on. While this hasn’t proved to be an issue in use, it’s something to be aware of. I suppose this is necessary in order for the adapter to compatible with 20V Max and 12V Max batteries.
Milwaukee’s adapter has an on/off switch for the USB charging port. Dewalt’s has a built-in battery fuel gauge. I find that both adapters have their pros and cons, but also that both are extremely convenient cordless tool accessories to have around.
Milwaukee and Bosch both have M12 and 12V Max USB power adapters, but I find that 18V/20V Max adapters are a little more useful due to their higher power storage potential. On the other hand, adapters like Bosch’s 12V BHB120 power port ($44 via Amazon) are more compact and convenient to carry about. The Bosch adapter even has a belt clip.
Dewalt’s adapter is priced at $26-30. If you a couple of Dewalt 12V or 20V Max Li-ion battery packs lying around, the DCB090 is a very handy accessory to keep around.
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