Metabo has teased that they will soon be coming out with a new 18V 10.Ah cordless power tool battery pack.
The new Metabo 18V 10Ah battery looks to be the same size and shape as their 5.5Ah and 8.0Ah battery packs, and also seems to be the highest capacity 10-cell Li-ion battery currently on the market.
At the time of this posting, Metabo has a compact 5-cell 4Ah battery and 10-cell batteries in 5.5Ah and 8.0Ah sizing.
Other brands also have 10-cell 8.0Ah batteries, but higher capacity usually requires a step-up to 15-cell battery sizing, which means bigger size and greater weight.
The greater energy density of Metabo’s new 10Ah cordless power tool battery implies the introduction of higher power 5.0Ah battery cells, which could pave the way for compact 5.0Ah batteries. Other brands might also be working on 10-cell 10Ah batteries or even 15-cell 15Ah batteries.
Price-wise, here are Metabo UK’s catalog prices, excluding VAT:
- 4.0Ah: £88.32 (£100 w/ VAT)
- 5.5Ah: £116.66 (£140 w/ VAT)
- 8.0Ah: £182.50 (£219 w/ VAT)
- 10.0Ah: £224.18 (£269 w/ VAT)
Excluding the 4Ah battery since it’s a 5-cell compact form factor, here is a breakdown of per-amp-hour pricing:
- 5.5Ah: £21.21/amp-hour
- 8.0Ah: £22.81/amp-hour
- 10.0Ah: £22.42/amp-hour
That’s actually very good, that the cost per amp-hour is comparable with that of the 8Ah battery pack and only slightly higher than for the 5.5Ah battery.
What this means is that Metabo’s latest 18V LiHD battery doesn’t seem to carry a disproportionate premium compared to their current Li-ion batteries.
The new battery will fit all of Metabo’s tools and chargers, and that of their CAS (Cordless Alliance System) partners.
Metabo says that their new 18V 10Ah battery is the most powerful 2-row battery pack in the world.
This seems to be true – I don’t know of any matching or higher capacity 10-cell battery at this time.
But, if Metabo has access to 5.0Ah next-gen Li-ion battery cells, how long will it be before other cordless power tool brands will have access to those same cells?
At this time, the new battery has only been introduced by Metabo UK; there is not yet any news about if or when Metabo USA will be launching it here as well.
(Thank you to Big Richard for the tip!)