Consumer Reports did a review back in january where they almost
universally agreed that voltage had much more to do with power than
(Popular name) brand(s), with brand making a difference given
Around the $100 price, the Black & Decker Firestorm 18V and the Skil
18V both ranked well. I'd pay attention battery charging times and if
the kit comes with a spare battery.
For example, my Dewalt 18V has a short-life battery, but it comes with
a spare and takes only an hour to charge, so it is a good comprimise
for the amazing power and reliable clutch.
Basically, I'd recommend going with a "Cheaper" brand in 18V rather
than a "Premium" Brand in 9.6V or 12V. The minimum voltage you should
go with is 14.4, unless you need something REALLY compact.
Oh, and never buy anything with "Versapack" stamped on it ;)
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