Metabo North America has announced, via social media, that they will be coming out with a new 18V 4.0Ah compact battery pack.
Described (in Metabo’s words) as the world’s first 18V 4.0Ah battery, the new LiHD battery pack is said to be half the weight and half the size as their existing 10-cell 4.0Ah battery pack, which debuted in 2013.
ETA: May 2018
There are no other details at this time.
Compare(Current Metabo 18V Batteries via Amazon)
Metabo’s pricing remains to be seen. What I wonder is whether the new battery packs will offer any price-per-amp-hour advantages over existing products.
You can currently buy a 2.0Ah battery for ~$55 via Amazon. So if the new battery is priced lower than $110 or so, it should be a good buy.
Also, with this new next-generation of cordless power tool battery packs, we’re sure to see next-generation tools designed to take advantage of their higher power potential. Stay tuned, this will probably be an even bigger year for new cordless tools.
Milwaukee’s 2018 new tool media event is just over one week away. How many other teasers and new battery tech announcements will we see before then?