Anyone who spends time maintaining their garden knows how frustrating it can be using old-style battery powered tools. Admittedly they are cleaner and quieter than petrol, are portable and ‘go-anywhere’ unlike mains electric powered tools, but up until recently their power has been limited.
Add to this the slow charging times, the ‘winding-down’ effect as the power dwindled and the fact that they lost all their power when stored and you can see why serious gardeners have traditionally been sceptical.
Until now. A new generation of lightweight Lithium-ion (or Li-ion) batteries, is changing the rules and challenging even the power of petrol.
Lithium (from the Greek for stone, ‘lithos’ ) is the lightest metal and the least dense solid element we know. This makes it ideal for use in batteries, and keeps the weight of tools down.
And that's not all. Modern Li-ion batteries charge fast, do not lose power when stored and run for significantly longer with no ‘winding-down’ effect, just pure power from start to finish.
So. They may be able to challenge electric mains powered but surely they can't challenge petrol? It is, after all, the overall power of petrol tools, particularly in the garden, that has given them the upper hand over the years.
True. But even this is changing. New batteries are being developed all the time, they get lighter and more powerful with each generation and some of the latest models are providing power equitable to that of petrol engines. (See the example below)
Modern Li-Ion battery powered mower - performs like petrol model on small/medium lawns
This situation can only improve with the research and development many companies are putting into this technology, making a truly battery-powered future possible, where all your powered tools can be stored and charged - one unit for all - with phenomenally improved running times and much shorter charging times.
So, for example, you could cut your lawn while your hedge-cutter is charging, then cut your hedge while your leaf blower/vac is charging, then run your blower/vac while you charge your chainsaw, ready to make firewood.
A lot of these advantages are available now. Check out our range of cordless battery powered tools here.