Shock to the Test of changing batteries: cheap brands are good, Top-brand cuts off defective

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Shock to the Test of changing batteries: cheap brands are good, Top-brand cuts off defective

Devices without a cable to restrict the movement (icon photo)

Devices without a cable to restrict the movement (icon photo)

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A rechargeable battery for many devices – this sounds good. In the case of the Stiftung Warentest, the cheap batteries from Lidls home brand Parkside, ahead of luxury brands such as Bosch,-Professional and Makita.

More and more electric devices to make yourself free from the cable. They work with rechargeable batteries. The Problem: To get rid of is the line, and more chargers find themselves in the apartment. An idea from the tools area scans the Chaos: of the System-exchange the battery. These batteries can be taken out of the device, the battery may be separately replaced. And the batteries fit in many devices of the same brand.

This is an annoying limitation of the good idea. There is no overarching standard, but vendor-specific solutions. But if you stay with one manufacturer, not required for each device it’s own battery. For the do-it-yourselfers, with two donors from often, with which a plurality of devices is operated. The lifting of the battery and charger chaos and it is easy on the wallet tremendous. A device without battery and charging station does not cost more the half of the whole kit.

Brand loyalty

Because it binds with the purchase of the first unit of the brand, the quality is crucial. The Stiftung Warentest has tested eight of the system batteries. The result is more than surprising: In third place behind Einhell and Metabo, the cheap devices the Lidl house brand Parkside, and the two top brands by land, fell – namely, the batteries of Bosch and Makita. These bloopers are embarrassing.

At Bosch, the slip is put into perspective. When you tested the battery, a safety feature was missing. The battery is not monitored, the individual cells. Bosch told, however, that all of the batteries from construction year 2019 dispose of it. The tester had simply caught an old device. Otherwise, the battery cut – when buying you must pay attention to the year of manufacture, and no shop Keeper trying to sell.

Makita is not

In the Test, the batteries had to survive 400 charge cycles without losing significantly in performance. This corresponds to a lifespan of eight years, when charging the battery once per week. When the opportunity to do-it-yourselfers, the battery lasts longer. In the case of a craftsman battery be charged at least once a working day. Ironically, the Makita batteries were the. The first strike after 250 cycles, the second managed 300. For a professional brand that is a disgrace, especially as the Makita batteries were also still the most expensive. At best, the strength of Einhell cut off (18 V 2.0 Ah Power X-Change). They cost 35 Euro and got a grade of Good (2.0). Einhell offers a very wide range of inexpensive devices, which are sufficient for the average do-it-yourselfers the most.

How difficult the decision is, the third-placed battery. The Parkside PAP 20 A1 from Lidl, also got a Good (2.3) and only costs 17.50 euros without charger. But: In the Test, the well-known Image from Parkside showed The battery was harmless, but the connected devices have failed. Two out of three Parkside-screwdrivers not withstood the Test. Tested batteries in the class of 2.0 Ah. These are a comparatively small source of power, sufficient for home use perfect. Especially if the machine is not used in the continuous operation. Larger batteries are not only expensive, they also increase the weight of the unit and make the machine unwieldy.

Pro and cons battery

Battery devices have a single advantage compared to cable devices: you do not need a cable. You can work anywhere with you, without the need for outlets and extension cords, be careful. The performance is lower than in devices in which the electricity comes out of the box, the machines are significantly more expensive and the battery life is limited.

The Use of the batteries depends very much on the work situation. Anyone who works in a roof, will appreciate it very, if not a five-Meter-long cable attached to his machine. Like, if you are working Outdoors. Who the potters are, however, only from to and in the apartment, can also cope with a current device. Also important is the working time of the device. To sink all of the screws to a closet wall, a battery-powered screwdriver is just a few minutes. Devices in continuous operation, such as grinding equipment, leaf blower and vacuum drain the battery much more.

For artisans with Assembly jobs there is no way around the system battery. For the do-it-yourselfers, the decision is more difficult, because he sets for all of the devices on a single manufacturer, and price range. It is not possible to mix devices for professionals with the equipment for the casual do-it-yourselfers. A solution of a binding standard Battery would be, but on a voluntary basis the large companies will not adopt such a thing.

The whole point of the Test, you can view for a fee here.

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