DeWalt USB-C charging kit review: Your power tool battery is now ready to charge devices

DeWalt USB-C charging kit review: Your power tool battery is now ready to charge devices
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Your leaf blower battery should be able to charge a laptop. Your drill’s battery should charge your phone. And while we’re at it, why shouldn’t ours more and more powerful Can USB-C power adapters also charge these power tool batteries?

Basically, there isn’t much of a difference between a battery bank you buy from Anker and a power tool battery from DeWalt – they both contain basically the same thing 18650 lithium-ion cells. But to do all that, your power tool batteries need a powerful USB-C connector.

And that wasn’t really a thing…until now.

Add this connector to any DeWalt 20V power tool battery in a snap with the $100 DeWalt DCB094 USB Charging Kit. Slide this quarter-pound adapter onto your battery and you’ve got one bidirectional 100W USB-C PD port. This means that not only can you charge up to a MacBook Pro laptop with a large enough DeWalt pack, but you can also charge these DeWalt packs using your laptop or phone’s USB-C charger.

The adapter supports everything from the cheap 1.3Ah packs that came with your lossy combo kit to the massive 15Ah FlexVolt packs They would probably only use stationary tools. It’s the biggest gadget charger you’re likely to find outside own power plants.

As someone with a garage drawer full of DeWalt batteries, I couldn’t wait to put it to the test. But neither is it quite the experience I dreamed of.

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I’ve been testing the DeWalt DCB094 on and off for months, and here’s the good news: it absolutely works.

I turned DeWalt’s Monster 15Ah pack into an external USB-C battery that could charge my wife’s battery 14 inch MacBook Pro (69.6Wh) three times full and still had petrol in the tank. we steam deck? I’ve fully charged the 40.04Wh pack five times – that’s an extra 10 hours elden ring exactly there. When I was filming an almost three hour lego build in time lapse With my iPhone I put it in a 6Ah DeWalt pack knowing there was one no way I ran out of juice.

You get a 100W USB-C PD port and a 12W USB-A port. The USB-A port performs pass-through charging while you’re also charging the DeWalt battery.

Every DeWalt 20V battery I’ve tried, new or old, big or small, also worked with the adapter. This includes my two 1.5Ah packs, one 1.7Ah pack, the two 5Ah packs that came with my lawnmower and the two 6Ah packs that I bought about a year ago Bought it a year ago and rarely use it. I charged them all through this USB-C port at up to 100W in both directions, enough to power today’s (but not tomorrow’s) largest USB-C PD laptops that run as if plugged into the wall.

When it came time to charge those power tool batteries, the 100W USB-C port sometimes let me do it faster than DeWalt’s power adapters, too. While DeWalt unfortunately only ships the DCB094 with a 65W USB-C charger, even that should offer a faster charge rate than the company’s cheaper power supplies that come with drill or driver kits. And when I added my own separately purchased 100W USB-C charger, my 4A (80W) DeWalt power adapter saved me time charging the very largest packs.

Here’s how fast I charged these batteries and roughly how much I got out of them:

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DeWalt battery battery condition 65W USB-C charger + adapter 100W USB-C charger + adapter 4A DeWalt Wall Charger (DCB115) Charging the vapor deck from the DeWalt battery*
DeWalt battery battery condition 65W USB-C charger + adapter 100W USB-C charger + adapter 4A DeWalt Wall Charger (DCB115) Charging the vapor deck from the DeWalt battery*
1.5Ah (30Wh) Moderately used 26 minutes 27 minutes 22 minutes 21Wh (half charge)
1.7Ah (34Wh) Brand new 30 minutes 26 minutes 26 minutes 22.8Wh (half charge)
4.0Ah (80Wh) Heavily used 55 minutes 51 minutes 47 minutes 48Wh (1 charge)
5Ah (100Wh) Moderately used 1h, 29m 1h, 5m 1h, 14m 66Wh (1.5 charges)
6Ah (120Wh) Slightly used 1h, 47m 1h, 24m 1h, 29m 84Wh (2 charges)
15Ah (300Wh) Brand new 4h, 33m 3h, 14m 4h, 6m 206Wh (5 charges)

*Longer charging of larger batteries can be more efficient. Using a 15Ah DeWalt battery, I saw closer to 224Wh charging a 69.6Wh MacBook Pro and closer to 240Wh charging a 100Wh USB-C battery bank.

The only problem I had was that when I completely discharged a battery, and I mean fully deflated it – ran it all the way down in a leaf blower or repeatedly poke until it stopped spinning – sometimes the DeWalt adapter wouldn’t light up when I popped it open. Sometimes I had to trick it by plugging it into a different battery or charger first. Oh, and you can’t charge a DeWalt battery with another DeWalt battery with two adapters. I tried.

So if overall everything works great, why am I giving this product a 6? Partly because The edge just switched to a full 10 point scale for assessment scores to avoid score inflation – a 6 is still good! — but also partly because the benefits of the DeWalt adapter wear off when you are a notice Pair it with a 15Ah battery that costs $389 alone.

Every battery I’ve tried works – even a Chinese knock-off – but not all batteries are created equal. I wouldn’t bother using a tiny 1.5Ah battery. Also not the fake because the seller lied about its capacity.

With smaller batteries like my 1.5A, 1.7A and even 4Ah packs they just didn’t charge the required devices long enough to justify charging them through a traditional battery bank or charger to grab.

Part of that is likely due to transmission losses, which aren’t unique to DeWalt. You can’t fully charge a 100Wh laptop battery with a 100Wh battery like DeWalt’s DCB205 because some of that energy doesn’t get there. (Some are consumed as heat, and I can confirm this charge my 100Wh HyperJuice with the DeWalt adapter, the HyperJuice got uncomfortably hot.) In general, I saw losses of between 20 and 33 percent on my devices – for example, the 6 Ah (120 Wh) DCB206 only gave me an 80 Wh Steam Deck battery life.

You can even super-slow charge your DeWalt batteries in no time with a 5V USB-A adapter. It took 28.5 hours to charge this 6Ah DeWalt battery.
Photo by Sean Hollister/The Verge

But that 6Ah battery is also a 2.5 pound brick once you add the DeWalt adapter – twice the weight of my HyperJuice, even assuming I don’t need to buy the DeWalt battery because I already have one for my tools. DeWalt’s 5Ah battery is only slightly lighter, but then I might only see 66Wh of power for my devices and whatnot.

When you consider that DeWalt’s batteries are quite expensive and heavy for the capacity they typically offer, I wouldn’t really recommend anyone to buy into the DeWalt ecosystem just for that feature unless you really need it robust Batteries that can charge your devices and power tools on the go.

But if you beautiful Have a garage full of large DeWalt batteries that don’t get much use? I could absolutely imagine spending $100 if I didn’t already have a capable power bank or two. Between the 5A charging speeds and the 100W power for gadgets, there’s a lot to like.

The A terminal supplies 5 volts at 2.4 amps, the C terminal supplies 5 to 15 volts at 3 amps or 20 volts at 5 amps.

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What I really want now is for DeWalt and co. to take the obvious next step: put the USB-C connector on the battery itself, so we don’t have to mess with adapters at all. In JanuaryDeWalt product manager Sean Fitzgibbons told me the DCB094 could be a kind of test balloon: “If we get the interest that I’m expecting, I think that would open the door a lot more to potentially add that straight to the batteries down the road.” ”

I think DeWalt should just do it. Many people would buy a USB-C native power tool battery that would never consider a $100 adapter that you have to turn on and off every time.

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