Portable Power Tools Guide: Corded vs. Cordless

      Cordless power tools are popular because they provide the freedom to work anywhere. The lack of dependence on an electrical outlet makes for new possibilities and options. Even corded tools are now designed for enhanced portability, satisfying the need for flexibility.

      Battery Technologies

      For everyday home repairs, a 12V to 14.4V battery is usually sufficient. Batteries can be Lithium-ion or Nickel metal hydrate (NiMH). Lithium-ion batteries will run longer on a single charge, ideal for lengthy jobs. NiMH batteries will need to be recharged more frequently than Lithium-ion packs.

      Contractors and professional users may prefer an 18V battery

      Benefits of Corded

      Corded tools are especially useful with big jobs that require a great deal of power, or in situations where it is not possible or convenient to recharge batteries.

      • Corded tools are always ready for action, as long as an outlet is nearby

      Benefits of Cordless

      Portable power tools allow users the freedom to concentrate solely on the project at hand without worrying about power cord length and energy supply.

      • Cordless tools are portable, so you never have to consider the location of an electrical outlet

      Power Type

      Cordless tools are powered by rechargeable batteries. Users can simply work off of a fully-charged battery while the spare is charging. Batteries are recharged by chargers that work either via a wall plug-in that inserts directly in the tool or a charging stand. Corded tools are powered by a standard electrical outlet.

      • Cordless tools run on rechargeable battery packs that generally take 1 to 3 hours to recharge (depending on the model)