I wrote a bit about the new Flipout cordless screwdriver last month, and recently bought one to take for a spin.
I’m still working on the written review, but here’s a quick show-and-tell video along with some thoughts I have about it:
I can see the potential for the Flipout driver, as a fits where no other cordless driver will and saves your bacon kind of tool. But, it felt a little clunky to adjust, especially when pivoting around.
I think this is a nice cordless driver for certain DIYers, and it also seems like the type of tool that would be at home in a homeowner’s kitchen junk drawer. But if you already have an inline driver and/or right angle drill, driver, or driver accessory, than the Flipout loses much of its usefulness.
It doesn’t feel as sturdy as a pro-grade tool, and its built-in battery probably makes it a little less desirable for techs and professional installers. It’s also not quite as comfortable to use as an ordinary pistol-grip driver, which handles most driving tasks as well or better than the Flipout.
I can’t say I expected more, as this is being marketed as a Lowes’ flagship holiday tool offering, but it could have been more. But not at this price level. Right now it’s $50, and it will surely go on sale for $40 or maybe even $30 once the holiday season is in full swing.
I thought I might be able to use something like this, but it just didn’t feel like something I would get a lot of use out of. At the same time, it feels like it might fall apart or self-destruct if subjected to the type of use and abuse that Bosch, Dewalt, or Milwaukee drivers could easily endure and shrug off.