Lowe’s has a new Kobalt cordless screwdriver, and if I had to guess, I’d say this is destined to be a featured promo for the winter holiday or Black Friday 2022 shopping season.
From what we can see so far, the new Kobalt 4V cordless screwdriver actually has some nice features.
To start off, it looks to have a compact size and measures 5-1/2″ long. Although online images can be deceiving, we can try to go by the 1/4″ screwdriver bit holder for scale.
This Kobalt looks much smaller than the Craftsman Gyro screwdriver. I purchased the Craftsman a while back, but very rarely use due it to its larger size – among other reasons.
The Kobalt cordless screwdriver has a built-in rechargeable battery, which I know some tool users really don’t like, but that’s typical for simple power tools like this one.
It recharges via USB-C.
Lowe’s says the screwdriver comes with a type-C cable, but there’s no charger listed. They don’t specify if the included cable has USB-C connections on both ends, or USB-C and USB-A plugs to fit older-style charging adapters.
The Kobalt cordless screwdriver also has a ring-style LED light at the front, and simple direction selection buttons on the side.
According to the on-tool label as seen in product images, the screwdriver operates at 280 RPM, and its battery has a 1.5Ah charge capacity.
Kobalt and Lowe’s have not yet provided torque specs, but 3.6V and 4V Max cordless screwdrivers typically deliver up to around 40 in-lbs of max torque.
It will come bundled with a bit extension, (20) 1/4″ hex-shank insert screwdriver bits (1″ length), and a charging cable (but presumably no charger).
Details are subject to change.
Frankly, this looks like something I’d be inclined to use, and the $25 price seems reasonable for what you get.
My only criticism is that every good cordless screwdriver needs a flashy name. This is the Kobalt 68686, which doesn’t sound very exciting, although I like that it’s a palindrome.
The Skil 4V Circuit Sensor cordless screwdriver is also $25.